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Prom (2011) Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011
Image“Prom” is, to put it mildly, a watered-down teen dramatic comedy.  There is nothing original here and nothing to really teach teens.  The story is about the abysmal life of high school and the juvenile problematic relationships of youths.

The film follows a few teens of different backgrounds and different clicks.  Nova (Aimee Teegarden) is the primary character and she is the popular nerd of the school.  She is the class president and the chair of the committee for senior prom.  At the same time she is still popular.  When the carelessness of a womanizing lacrosse player results in the burning of the shed containing all the prom decorations, Nova is paired with trouble young man, Jesse (Thomas McDonell) to rebuild all the decorations within three weeks.

The two of them are at each other’s throats at the beginning and begin to warm to each other as they learn about their personal lives.

Meanwhile, a sophomore is smitten about a girl that is having an affair with a senior lacrosse player who already has a girlfriend.  Elsewhere, a senior couple is divided by reluctance on the part of the girlfriend to tell her boyfriend the truth about being accepted to a school that will keep them apart.

That about covers it.  The progression of the events in the film unfold sweetly, but utterly predictably.  The film is a success for its target demographic, teenagers.  However, it fails to have any significance beyond that target.  The weakness of the originality and the lack of a wide audience keep this film from being a sweet high school tale. Video:

The video quality of this transfer is a tough one to judge.  At first glance, the video quality is dull and uneventful.  This remains true even after thorough inspection of the video.  However, the overall quality is much better.  This film is shot with a new digital technology, and it shows how bland an HD film can be on Blu-ray.  The colors are less than spectacular.  More energy was spent on the contrast, brightness and deep black levels.  And as far as those items go, they are terrific.  However, the lack of vivid colors really makes watching this film a downer.  It shows how big of a part stylistic choices play in the viewer’s experience of the film.  Details are extraordinary.  However, as with colors, the texture is missing, leading to a bland image with a lack of depth.  Despite these issues, the video quality remains one of the most natural looking films.  Just doesn’t convey that cinematic experience.


The DTS-MA HD 5.1 audio track on this release is faithful to the original, but overly bland.  This matches the blandness of the video quality.  The surround channels come and go, but remain inactive for most of the film.  The LFE channel also comes and goes, but is never provides the low-frequency impact that is expected.  The liveliest part of the audio track is the compilation of pop/rock music.  Still, the overall enveloping nature of the audio track is missing.  Aside from this, dialogue is clear and present and the dynamic range is decent for the original sound design.

Bonus Materials:

This Blu-ray package comes with a Blu-ray disc and a DVD Copy of the film.  All the bonus materials are on the Blu-ray, but only a couple of them make it to the DVD.

“Last Chance Lloyd” is a short that seems more like some deleted scenes about Lloyd and his sister.  “Putting On ‘Prom’” is a quick making-of featurette.  Aside from that there are seven music videos, bloopers and four deleted scenes.

The bonus materials are fairly weak, demonstrating the lack of depth in the film itself.

“Prom” is comfort food, a bit entertaining, but of hardly any real substance.  The video and audio qualities are decent, but mainly suffer in terms of original stylistic choices.

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