Sugar & Spice (2001)

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Released 9-Jan-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer-Rain
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Filmographies-Cast & Crew
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Theatrical Trailer
Deleted Scenes-4
Biographies-Character
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 77:37
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Francine McDougall
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Marley Shelton
Marla Sokoloff
Melissa George
Mena Suvari
Rachel Blanchard
James Marsden
Alexandra Holden
Sara Marsh
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $34.95 Music Mark Mothersbaugh


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Sometimes Hollywood will produce two or even three movies at the same time dealing with almost exactly the same subject. It is often claimed that this is pure happenstance (by the lawyers), or cosmic synchronicity (by the New Agers), but I have my own theories: I suspect that someone has been hawking a script around, and although the studio turned down the script, they liked the idea, and gave the go-ahead to a similar effort. Sometimes the two movies are equally good (or bad): consider Deep Impact and Armageddon, for example. And sometimes one of the movies is good, and the other is not. In this case I rate Bring It On as the good one, and Sugar and Spice as the one that is not. And as is not uncommon, the good movie is mentioned on the cover of the other... 

    This movie has one simple theme: cheerleaders are stupid. Well, actually, there are a few themes: 

    These themes are hammered home repeatedly, with a distinct lack of finesse. Add in the horribly obvious moral: "Teen pregnancy is disastrous", and you have a movie that is rather cringe-inducing. 

    This movie is a sequence of events leading up to their "big idea" - you can picture the executives pitching this movie: "five cheerleaders dressed as pregnant cartoon characters rob a bank". 

    There are one or two scenes that are funny, or close to funny, but they are separated by quite a few scenes that aren't. The sequences in the women's prison are entertaining.

    The ending is very weak. I guess they blew all their creative energy on their big idea.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    There's a theory that the worst movies get the best transfers. This movie is another example to support that theory.

    This movie is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The image is gloriously sharp, with excellent shadow detail, and no trace of low level detail.

    Colour is strong and well balanced. There is a whole lot of pink on display, and the cheerleading uniforms are bright blue. These colours are fully saturated.

    There are no visible film artefacts. There are tiny touches of aliasing, but nothing troubling. The only other visible flaw is a moment or two of background shimmer.

    The only subtitles are in English. They are presented in an attractive simple font, and are easy to read - they're accurate and well-timed.

    The disc is single-sided and single layered, so there's no layer change. Given that the movie is so short, and the extras fairly limited, there's plenty of room on the one layer for everything.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
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Film Artefacts
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Audio

    The English soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, and in 2.0, not surround encoded. I listened to the 5.1 soundtrack, and sampled the stereo.

    The dialogue is easy to understand. There are no visible audio sync issues.

    The score is credited to Mark Mothersbaugh, but also includes a number of songs, a couple of which I recognised.

    There's nothing much for the surround speakers to do, and the subwoofer turned off partway through the movie from lack of anything to do.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menu

    The menus are very pink, with a lipstick kiss as the selector. They are animated, with music.

Cast and Crew

    This is rather more than usual. For each person we get a character profile and a filmography, and for most we get a filmed interview (called a sound bite, even though it includes vision) as well. The interviews are poorly done, with each person answering questions, but we don't know what the questions are. The people covered are:

Trailer (2:15)

    It's an average trailer. At least it is presented wide-screen.

Deleted Scenes (4)

    These aren't bad - you can see why they were deleted, but they provide some amusement.

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 version also includes a pan-and-scan version as well as the widescreen, and some DVD-ROM extras, but it's in a snapper case. I'd suggest that the Region 4 is just as good, unless you need a pan-and-scan version.

Summary

    Sugar & Space has a dreadful plot, but it is well filmed and nicely presented on DVD.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is very good, although lacking in direction.

    The extras are reasonable.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Saturday, December 08, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDArcam DV88, 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 and Right: Krix Euphonix, Centre: Krix KDX-C Rears: Krix KDX-M, Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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