Trailer-Are We There Yet?, Man Of The House, Spanglish
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer
Featurette-Dance Steps Made Easy
Featurette-Love In New York
Featurette-The Dating Experts
Featurette-Will Smith's Red Carpet Race
Music Video-"1 Thing" Performed By Amerie
Trailer-Bewitched, Little Black Book
|Year Of Production||2005|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (70:33)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||Andy Tennant|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Julie Ann Emery
Nathan Lee Graham
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.40:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Hitch is a great date movie, about dating.
Like many of Hollywood's romantic comedies, Hitch is set in Manhattan, New York. Hitch (Will Smith) is a dating consultant. Men come to him for help on how to woo and win the women of their dreams.
What makes his character, and the film, so charming and likeable is that Hitch is about succeeding in romance, and not sexual conquest. His clients are in love, not in lust. Hitch carries out his vocation with a sense of pride, basking in the happiness he helps other people find.
However, the very smooth, confident, and idealistic Hitch love express hits an iceberg in the form of cynical, tough-as-nails gossip columnist Sara (Eva Mendes). Hitch falls for the gorgeous Sara, but while the feeling is mutual, soon their jobs complicate matters between them.
There is also a lighter, and related, fun sub-plot, where the dorky, tubby, asthmatic accountant Albert (Kevin James), who is hopelessly in love with his wealthy and very beautiful client Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta), gets coached by Hitch on asking her out.
While this is a standard boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back plot, Smith's charisma and cool style makes Hitch really work.
Overall the transfer is excellent.
The widescreen transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The sharpness is very good, as can be seen with the clearly defined books on the shelf at 31:45. The black level and shadow detail are also very good, such as in the dark night club at 25:14.
The colour is excellent throughout, and the skin tones are accurate.
There are no problems with MPEG, film-to-video, or film artefacts.
English, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Turkish, and English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles are present. The English subtitles are accurate.
This is a single-sided, dual-layered disc with the layer change occurring between scenes at 70:33.
There are two audio options on the DVD: English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), and English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).
The dialogue quality and audio sync are excellent on the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.
The musical score is credited to Alan Elliott, George Fenton, and John Legend. It is a subtle orchestral score, with a number of songs used well throughout.
The surround presence and activity is a bit of a mixed bag. While the rears are used for the score, such as at 35:01 and 73:34, the surround sound mix is quite front-heavy. For example, during many moments that would be perfect for surround ambience, such as the party scenes and New York traffic scenes, the rears are noticeably silent.
The subwoofer never drew attention to itself, but as a romantic comedy I wasn't expecting an LFE-heavy audio track anyway.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are plenty of varied extras.
Animated with audio.
There are three forced trailers at the beginning, but these can be skipped once they start. They are all 16x9 enhanced.
The trailers are for the films:
More Theatrical Trailers
There are a further two trailers accessible in the extras. They are also 16x9 enhanced, with either Dolby Surround or Dolby 5.1 audio.
The trailers are for the films:
Gag Reel (3:48)
Outtakes from the film presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital stereo audio.
Deleted Scenes (7:21)
There are two deleted scenes, and one alternative scene, introduced by the Director.
All presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital stereo audio.
Music Video-"1 Thing" Performed By Amerie (3:59)
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital stereo audio.
Apart from some minor variations with some of the trailers and subtitles, the R1, R2 (UK) and R4 versions of Hitch are identical.
Of course one must consider the affordability and superior PAL image of the local release.
Okay, so you've already seen all the funny bits of Hitch in the trailer, but what remains is a charming and warm romantic film.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is very good albeit quite front-heavy.
The extras are varied and suit the film.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|