Stick It (2006)

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Released 18-Oct-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio & Animation
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 98:55
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (68:44) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jessica Bendinger
Studio
Distributor
Spyglass Entertain.
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jeff Bridges
Missy Peregrym
Vanessa Lengies
Nikki SooHoo
Maddy Curley
Kellan Lutz
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $39.95 Music Mike Simpson


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/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 Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    'Stick It' - not just a very PG insult, but slang for making a perfect landing in the gymnastics world. Appropriately, Stick It is a teen drama set in the world of gymnastics. Two years after walking out on Team USA during an international competition, Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) is in trouble with the law after a BMX stunt goes a little too far. The court gives her two options, Military School or the Vickerman Gymnastic Academy. Choosing the latter, Haley has to win over her new coach Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges), her new teammates and the gymnastics world that she offended years earlier.

    It's hard to know what to expect from a teen sports drama that sells itself with the tag line "From the writer of Bring It On" and only features Jeff Bridges' name above the title. There is certainly more room in the world for light-hearted teen fluff with a good sense of humour, as was the case with Bring It On. Maybe Jeff Bridges has cult following among teens that they are keeping secret from the rest of the world (except, of course, movie producers). Probably not.

    Stick It is quite a dry drama and lacks the sense of fun that made Bring It On really enjoyable. It does occasionally try for that sense of fun, but it rarely clicks. The reason why it rarely clicks is simple; the supporting cast are underwritten and underused, so there is none of the sense of camaraderie that drive many of its peers' success. It's not all bad though. In particular, the inevitable montage bits are extremely well done - rather than chop together filler footage of training and the like they feature some kaleidoscopic dance routines that are quite fun to watch.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The image is quite sharp and very clear. There is no noticeable grain or low level noise at any point during the movie. The level of shadow detail is not very good (for example 4:28, where there is very little detail distinguishable on the characters' clothing), but there are literally two scenes dark enough to notice this in the entire film.

    Colour levels are bold and even throughout the film. Many scenes, particularly those in the Vickerman gym and at competitions, make excellent use of colour and contrast.

    There are no problems with MPEG or Film-To-Video Artefacts in the transfer.

    English subtitles for the hearing impaired are provided.

    This is a single-sided, dual-layer disc, with the layer change placed at 68:44.

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Audio

    One audio track is available, English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384 Kbps).

    The dialogue is clear and in sync throughout the film, but is quite soft in the mix - particularly in comparison to the music.

    The soundtrack mostly consists of a diverse mix of alternative rock and hip hop. A piano based score from Mike Simpson is sparsely used throughout the film.

    The soundtrack makes limited use of the surround speakers for anything other than music. The music gives the whole sound system a good workout and makes frequent use of the subwoofer.

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Extras

    This release feature a rather spartan extras package.

Main Menu Audio & Animation

    A rather clunky animated menu with audio.

Theatrical Trailer

    A rather generic trailer for the DVD release of Stick It

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 1 release of Stick It features a much more comprehensive package of extras than the local release. Region 4 misses out on:

    Region 1 only misses out on the Theatrical Trailer featured on the local release.

    The winner of this comparison is Region 1 by a landslide.

Summary

    A mediocre entry into the teen sport drama genre. Only a trailer in the way of extras.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good, but dialogue is quiet in the mix.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDLG V8824W, using S-Video output
DisplayLG 80cm 4x3 CRT. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderPioneer VSX-D512. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-D512
Speakers150W DTX front speakers, and a 100W centre and 2 surrounds, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub

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