Hitch (2005)

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Released 15-Aug-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy Trailer-Are We There Yet?, Man Of The House, Spanglish
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer
Outtakes
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-Dance Steps Made Easy
Featurette-Love In New York
Featurette-Hitch Style
Featurette-The Dating Experts
Featurette-Will Smith's Red Carpet Race
Music Video-"1 Thing" Performed By Amerie
Trailer-Bewitched, Little Black Book
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 113:24
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (70:33) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Andy Tennant
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Will Smith
Eva Mendes
Kevin James
Amber Valletta
Julie Ann Emery
Robinne Lee
Nathan Lee Graham
Adam Arkin
Michael Rapaport
Jeffrey Donovan
Paula Patton
Philip Bosco
Kevin Sussman
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music Alan Elliott
George Fenton
John Legend


Video Audio
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
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Dutch
Arabic
Bulgarian
Croatian
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Icelandic
Romanian
Serbian
Slovenian
Turkish
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    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.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    There are plenty of varied extras.

Menu

    Animated with audio.

Theatrical Trailers

    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.

Featurettes

    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.

R4 vs R1

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

    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.

Summary

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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