100 Girls (2000)

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Released 9-Apr-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 90:30 (Case: 99)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Michael Davis
Studio
Distributor

Magna Home Entertainment
Starring Jonathan Tucker
Emmanuelle Chriqui
James DeBello
Katherine Heigl
Larisa Oleynik
Jaime Pressly
Marissa Ribisi
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RPI $29.95 Music Kevin Bassinson


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I was fully prepared to despise this film - I was expecting it to be a perfect example of the worst kind of teen movie - just an excuse for a few shots of gratuitous nudity, lots of innuendo, some gross moments, and a dreadful pseudo-plot.

    Fortunately, there's a bit more to this film. Don't get me wrong - there is gratuitous nudity, there is innuendo, and there are gross moments - if that's what you're looking for, you won't be too disappointed. But you might be exposed to some ideas that shock you, too - that women have problems of their own, and perhaps talking to them is a good idea, for a start. Being an American film, the moral is hammered home repeatedly - perhaps they think that's the only way an American teen male might get the point.

    If you can stand the juvenile, even puerile, moments, you may well enjoy this film. I did. Oh, there are moments I winced at: the moments with the supposed ben-wa balls are excellent examples, as are the moments in the Women's Studies class. But there are some delightful moments, too.

    The basic plot is fairly simple: a guy gets trapped in an elevator during a blackout; he talks to, and then makes love to, the girl he's trapped with; but she is gone before he wakes up. Now he wants to find her again, but he has no idea which one of the 100 girls living in that dormitory she is. He sets out to find her - and you know he's going to come up with some really crazy plot of how to achieve this...

    The guy is Matthew (Jonathan Tucker). His fairly gross roommate is Rod (James Debello). Matt gets help from a friend from school, Wendy (Larisa Oleynik). He has interesting encounters with party-girl Patty (Emmanuelle Chriqui), tomboy Arlene (Katherine Heigl), "goddess" Cynthia (Jaime Pressly), plain girl Dora (Marissa Ribisi), and others. Slowly, but surely, he learns more about women, and he starts to care about all of them. It's a little surprising how much impact he has on them - there are some amusing "look at her now" moments in the closing few scenes.

    Which girl is it? I think you may be surprised when you find out.

    The fact is that this film is crude, rude, vulgar, and more fun than you might expect.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This film is presented in an aspect ratio of about 1.85:1, but it's not 16x9 enhanced. That's a shame - this film looks fairly sharp without enhancement, but would have been razor sharp with it.

    The image is fairly sharp and shadow detail is rather good. There's absolutely no low-level noise.

    Colour is excellent. There are some bright, vivid colours which are fully saturated, but there's no oversaturation nor colour bleed.

    There are a few tiny film artefacts, but you have to be really looking to find them. There is no significant aliasing, no moire, and no noticeable shimmer. This is quite a good transfer.

    There are no subtitles.

    The disc is single-sided and single layered. There is no layer change, but the single layer might be the reason they made this transfer without 16x9 enhancement.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    There are two soundtracks, both in English. I listened to the default Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. The second soundtrack is Dolby Digital 2.0 with surround encoding - there's no menu item to select it, but you can use your DVD player remote to pick it if you feel like listening to the inferior soundtrack..

    The dialogue is always clear and easy to understand, with no audio sync errors. Given the glibness of some of Matthew's dialogue, that's helpful.

    The music, by Kevin Bassinson, suits the movie. It's brash, it's brassy, it's hip - there are quite a few songs, which are rather well-chosen.

    This soundtrack makes surprisingly good use of the surrounds - the soundtrack is enveloping, with the score and ambient sounds spread well around the sides. The subwoofer doesn't get a whole heap to do

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Extras

Menu

    The menu is animated with sound. Try not to pay too much attention to the sound behind the menu - it is a spoiler.

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 disc is full-screen, with only Dolby Digital 2.0 sound, but it gets the theatrical trailer as an extra. The Region 4 disc may be missing the trailer, but at least it's widescreen with a 5.1 soundtrack - this is an easy win to the R4 disc.

Summary

    100 Girls is a (late) teen movie that has some surprises, on a reasonable DVD.

    The video quality is quite good, despite missing out on 16x9 enhancement.

    The audio quality is really good.

    There are no extras at all.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-S733A, using Component output
DisplaySony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE
SpeakersFront Left, Centre, Right: Krix Euphonix; Rears: Krix KDX-M; Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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