Honey (2003)

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Released 24-May-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
dts Trailer
Audio Commentary-Bille Woodruff (Director) And Jessica Alba (Actor)
Featurette-Making Of
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Featurette-Make Your Move: Dance Like Honey!
Music Video-Jadakiss And Sheek: J-A-D-A
Music Video-Shawn Desman: Sexy
Featurette-In The Mix With Blaque
Music Video-Blaque: I'm Good
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 90:04
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (66:55) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Bille Woodruff
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Jessica Alba
Lil' Romeo
Mekhi Phifer
David Moscow
Zachary Williams
Joy Bryant
Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott
Anthony Sherwood
Lonette McKee
Wes Williams
Judi Embden
Laurie Ann Gibson
Scott Neil
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music Rodney Jerkins
Ludacris
Mervyn Warren


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
English Audio Commentary
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Honey is a sickly sweet teen-orientated dance-drama, drawn from the same cheesy mould as Glitter, Showgirls, and Staying Alive. There is absolutely nothing original about this cliché-soaked movie, which tells the story of a dancing bartender who dreams of the bright lights.

    Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba) works as a bartender at night. During the day, she also works in a record store, and in the afternoons, volunteers, teaching dance classes to underprivileged urban kids. When not helping to keep street kids off drugs and comforting old ladies, Honey dreams of becoming a dancing superstar.

    After being 'discovered' while dancing in the club that she works at, Honey enjoys a meteoric rise to become the premier hip hop music video choreographer (within a week or two). But alas, the sinister Music Video Director Michael Ellis (David Moscow) begins to drool over the supple and lithe Honey. When the sweet and innocent Honey rejects his advances from her high moral horse, maintaining the movie's kid-friendly rating, Ellis tries to have her black-listed in the industry. Meanwhile, the community centre where Honey volunteers at is being closed. Oh oh, the poor homeless kids will have to put on a show to raise money to keep the centre open . . .

    Gee, I wonder if it will all work out in the end?

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Overall, the transfer is pretty good.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness and shadow detail are both good, although the print is sometimes grainy. Often resembling a hip hop music video, colour is used extensively in the film as part of the story-telling, and the colours are well presented. The skin tones are accurate.

    There are no problem with MPEG or film-to-video artefacts. A few tiny film artefacts appeared occasionally, but they were never distracting.

    Only English subtitles are present on the DVD, and they are accurate. This is a Dual Layered disc, with the layer change placed at 66:55.

Video Ratings Summary
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Shadow Detail
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Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
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Audio

    The feature has two audio options: English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s) and English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s). There is also an English Audio Commentary, presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s) which is surround encoded. To be honest, I couldn't hear much difference between the feature's Dolby Digital and dts tracks.

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are excellent.

    The musical score is credited to Rodney Jerkins, Ludacris, and Mervyn Warren. Obviously a lot of hip hop music is used throughout, and there are also a number of cameo appearances, such as by Missy Elliot.

   The surround sound quality is a bit of a mixed bag. At times it's done quite well, and the score is often piped through the rears as well. However, at other times the surround mix collapses into the front or centre speakers. For example, in the hall at 80:01 when the whole audience is applauding, there is virtually nothing from the rears. The LFE track is often called upon to help out with the pounding bass of the hip hop music.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    As with many recently released movies of lower quality, there are plenty of extras.

Menu

    An animated menu with audio.

Audio Commentary

    Bille Woodruff (Director) and Jessica Alba (Actor) provide an annoying team. While Woodruff points out some of the difficulties in shooting this movie in 18 days, Alba does her best to be cutesy and flippant. Usually they merely narrate what's happening on-screen, and provide a few anecdotes.

Featurette-Making Of

    Running for about 10 minutes, and entitled "Behind the Groove", this featurette is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. It includes a smattering of behind-the-scenes footage, interspersed with talking heads. The interesting bit is the footage of the auditions for the film's street dancers.

Deleted Scenes

    Running for over 30 minutes, there are a number of deleted and extended scenes presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, non 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio

Outtakes

    About 4 minutes of bloopers presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, non 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.

Featurette-Make Your Move: Dance Like Honey!

    Hosted by the film's chorographer, Laurie Ann Gibson, this featurette will teach you a dance routine from the movie.

Music Video 1

    Jadakiss And Sheek: J-A-D-A

Music Video 2

    Shawn Desman: Sexy

Featurette-In The Mix With Blaque

    A behind the scenes look at the making of Blaque's music video.

Music Video 3

    Blaque: I'm Good

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Honey has been released on DVD in Region 1.

    The Region 4 DVD misses out on:

    The Region 1 DVD misses out on:

    In terms of features it's pretty even, but I would favour the R4 for the dts option, and our superior PAL encoding.

Summary

   Honey is a sickly sweet piece of fluff. I was toying with giving it one star overall, but Jessica Alba's amazing stomach has earned it another.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is also good.

    Sadly, there are plenty of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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Extras
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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Friday, May 14, 2004
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Jessica is a real honey - Trevor