Coyote Ugly (The Double-Shot Edition) (2000) 
Blu-ray Drama
Written by Noah Fleming   
Monday, 09 August 2010

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I know that this film came out on Blu-ray a while ago, but it was sitting on my shelf and something made me want to review it.  After watching it again I’m not sure exactly why.  Perhaps it had something to due with being in Vegas the other week and visiting the Coyote Ugly bar at the New York New York Hotel.

Anyhow, “Coyote Ugly” seems to have had a brief shining moment and then faded into the abyss.  The film is short on everything from good story to good acting.  However, it does have some catchy tunes that spawned a multi-platinum soundtrack.  It also helped bring LeAnn Rimes back into the pop-scene spotlight.

“Coyote Ugly” is a typically summer Hollywood movie.  It has a tiresome and predictable romance and a “you can achieve anything you dream about” story.  Oh, and how can we forget all the women dancing on top of the bar while the devil went down to Georgia and Kid Rock so eloquently stated he was a cowboy baby.

Piper Perabo portrays Violet Sanford, a young songwriting from a small town in New Jersey that moves to the big bad city of New York to make her dreams come true.  Naïve enough, she believes that she can just pop into an agency and hand her tape directly to a big artist like Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston.  Once she gets the hint and has her place robbed, she must turn to getting a job.  Through some coincidences she lands an audition as a bartender at Coyote Ugly.  Not knowing what she got herself into she shows up expecting to wait tables and serve drinks.  It doesn’t take more and a second for her to realize it is not for her.

Lucky for her, the boss (Maria Bello) forces her to show her stuff.  After some “your fired but not fired” routines, she begins to really love it at the bar.  Her songwriting takes a back seat.  What is really holding her back from pursuing songwriting is her fear of the stage, which is based solely on the fact that she believes her mother was afraid of the stage.  Apparently the only way to make it as a songwriter is to go out to clubs and perform your own songs.

Violet meets Kevin (Adam Garcia) man that leaves on his own two feet like he wanted to.  Despite a lack of chemistry the two find each other attractive and start their romance.  He does everything to help her overcome her fear of the stage and get her songs heard.  However, Violet lets the bar get in her way, always using it as a crutch.  When some unfortunate events occur in her life she returns to her sweet and innocent self, leading us to a happy ending.

In all honesty I wasn’t too impressed with the video quality on this Blu-ray.  Considering the film is less than a decade old at the time of the Blu-ray’s release, I expected better quality.  While the movie is certainly watchable, it doesn’t scream high definition.  Most distracting is the condition of the source print.  There is a smattering of dust and scratches on the print.  Film noise is unpredictable.  It seems to tame itself as the film progresses, but early scenes are marred by rampant noise and inconsistency.  Colors are vivid but not exactly accurate.  Black levels are good but some crushing does appear in the darker sequences.  Shadow delineation in those darker sequences is lacking a bit.  Fleshtones range from terrible to excellent.  All in all, with Disney’s track record for quality Blu-ray transfers, I expected much more from this release.

Only slightly better than the video quality, is the audio quality.  While initially it may seem that the audio is leaps and bounds better than the video, don’t be fooled.  The audio track is presented LPCM 5.1, which handles what it is given flawlessly.  However, the audio track has been remixed for the home theater, which in case makes the audio a bit brash in the upper frequencies.  The upper mid frequencies are full of chaos.  The track lacks that cohesive and separated sound.  Everything smashes together, creating a jumble of noise.  The subwoofer lacked any real significant impact.  I was waiting for those bar dancing moments of feet stomping and heart pounding music, and I was left disappointed that the subwoofer didn’t get much action.  The surround channels are decent, but lack true immersion and any type of directionality.  It seems that the original designers didn’t know what to do with the surround channels to make it a more enjoyable audio experience so they just threw random effects and ambient back there.  Music doesn’t exactly have a set place in the surrounds.  It is hit or miss depending on the music track.  While technically the LPCM track delivers, the original design falls flat.

The Blu-ray of “Coyote Ugly” comes with a nice package of special features.  Unfortunately, there isn’t much information contained in the commentaries and featurettes.  This Blu-ray disc is the “Double-Shot Edition.”  This means the disc has two cuts of the film, the theatrical release and six-minute lengthier Unrated Extended Edition.  The unrated edition contains six minutes of women’s body parts that were left out of the theatrical release, including extended footage of Piper Perabo getting dressed for work and the nude body double that was cut from the love scene between Piper and Adam.

There are three audio commentaries on this disc.  The theatrical release contains a commentary with Jerry Bruckheimer and David McNally and another commentary with the Coyotes (Maria Bello, Piper Perabo, Bridget Moynahan, Tyra Banks and Izbella Miko.  Neither commentary is very coherent, with many stories left unfinished.  The girls’ commentary is all in good fun though.  The unrated edition of the film has the same Coyotes commentary but with the Bruckheimer and McNally commentary integrated.

Other features on the disc include: some deleted scenes that are not in either cut of the film, a theatrical trailer, “Coyote 101” in which we see what the girls learned in order to tend bar in the film, “Inside The Songs” and “Search For The Stars,” which are self-explanatory.  “Action Overload” is compilation of some of the scenes from the film and there is also a LeAnn Rimes music video.

“Coyote Ugly” is not a terrible movie.  It is light-hearted and some good fun, but it find that it is a film that is best suited for just one few.  After its initial viewing the film gets very tiresome.  The video and audio quality are the best that Disney has released, but the fact that the original DVD release was widescreen framed inside of a letterbox screen is enough to make fans upgrade to this Blu-ray release.
Studio Touchstone Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating PG-13
Starring Piper Perabo, Bridget Moynahan, Maria Bello, Tyra Banks, Izabella Miko, John Goodman, Adam Garcia, Melanie Lynskey
Director David McNally
Film Release Year 2000
Release Year 2008
Resolution(s) 1080p (main feature) • 480i (supplements)
Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
Running Time 1 hr. 41 mins, 1 hr. 47 mins.
Sound Formats English PCM 5.1 • English Dolby Digital 5.1 • French Dolby Digital 5.1 • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English SDH • French • Spanish
Special Features Producer and Director Audio Commentary; Cast Audio Commentary; Deleted Scenes; Music Video; “Coyote 101”; “Inside The Songs”; “Search For The Stars”; “Action Overload”; Theatrical Trailer
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Reviewer Noah Fleming

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