It would have to be the overall look of the menu screens. The design is a perfect match for this movie, in that the screens all look very cool, have great motion transitions, and give an awesome first impression that information of substance is contained within, even though it isn't. (I'm a big fan of irony.)
Menu Screen Presentation:
All user interfaces for this DVD are easy to navigate. The opening features all three Angels, and shows a cool triple split-screen montage of scenes from the movie. Also features buttons at the top and bottom of the screen for Play Movie, Audio Set-Up, Subtitles, Scene Selection, and Special Features. The scene-index menu consists of stills from the film. The Main Menu screen includes the year 2000 version of the Charlie's Angels theme song. Other menu screens have no music or moving images.
The Usual Stuff
Director and Cinematographer Commentary:
A very self-congratulatory commentary track. Not much information that is really about the making of the film, just comments on the fairly obvious aspects. Basically 90 minutes of director McG and cinematographer Russell Carpenter telling each other how great they each are.
Sound and Image Quality:
Excellent sound quality, and crisp image quality with brilliant color.
Two commercials, er, I mean music videos, are included. The first is the song Independent Woman Pt 1 by the pop/soul group Destiny's Child, and the second is the new version of the Charlie's Angels theme, by the club group Apollo Four Forty. Both songs and videos are entirely forgettable.
Teaser and theatrical trailers are included for Charlie's Angels. Other trailers are included for My Best Friend's Wedding, Vertical Limit, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and The Adventures of Joe Dirt. Also, a great teaser trailer for Final Fantasy is included, as well.
Cast & Crew:
Talent Files are included for Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray, and director McG.
Language Tracks and Subtitles:
English and French subtitle options are provided, and spoken language tracks are available in English and French, as well.
The Not-So-Cool Stuff A.K.A. The Complaints Department:
Marketed and presented as separate featurettes, the Set Design, Fashion, Martial Arts, Stunts, Special Effect, and Director sequences are obviously just segments of what was originally only one longer featurette, which has been chopped up and re-edited to produce the illusion of more DVD content. (My love of irony only goes so far.)
The deleted scenes, outtakes, bloopers, and "Wired Angels" features also appear to have been taken from the previously mentioned once all-encompassing featurette. The continuation of a cheap trick.
Not too happy with this one. I'm left with the distinct feeling that I've been cheated. If they had been honest about the featurettes, I would feel slightly better, but the overall content of this DVD is still not very impressive.
A.J.'s DVD Rating: 2 Stars - DeVoiD of CONTENT
March 28, 2001
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