Stick It (2006)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2006|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (68:44)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Jessica Bendinger|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
This release feature a rather spartan extras package.
A rather clunky animated menu with audio.
A rather generic trailer for the DVD release of Stick It
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.
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.
|DVD||LG V8824W, using S-Video output|
|Display||LG 80cm 4x3 CRT. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Pioneer VSX-D512. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||150W DTX front speakers, and a 100W centre and 2 surrounds, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub|