Romy & Michele's High School Reunion [15th Anniversary Edition] [1997] 
Blu-ray Comedy
Written by Noah Fleming   
Friday, 10 August 2012

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Some movies just hit the spot.  “Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion” is one of those films.  If not for a few slow lingering moments in the film, this film would garner five stars, easy.

Video: 4/5

The AVC-encoded Blu-ray of this 15 year-old film makes a nice debut.  Don’t believe the box art when it comes to aspect ratios.  Time and time again I see aspect ratio listed as 1.78:1 when in actuality the film is actually 1.85:1.  No kidding the aspect ratio is 1.78:1, all Blu-rays are.  That doesn’t mean the film’s image is in that ratio.  Come on studios, give us the correct info.  There is room for improvement but sadly I don’t think that will ever happen.  If it does it won’t until the 20th or 25th anniversary edition in which more years and degradation of the original film elements will have passed.  That aside, the film contains lush colors that don’t bleed like the previous DVD release.  The opening credits are horrendous, but that is simply due to the optical elements of the credits.  Fast forward straight to the opening sequence and all will be well.  The image contains a full layer of grain that is consistent and unaltered.  This provides a nice filmic texture.  Object details are decent.  However, there is an ultimate softness about the image that overall works in favor of the feature.  Black levels are consistent and shadows are decently delineated.  Thankfully, Disney has graced us with a double layer Blu-ray disc, avoiding the last few gigabytes of data compression.

Audio: 4/5

The lossless DTS track here presents us with larger than life 80’s pop hits.  The music is beautifully rendered for the home theater environment.  Aside from the music, the LFE channel gets a couple driving moments, but again the music is where the bass comes in (not really LFE though).  The frequency range is fairly decent with only minimal distortion due to noise reduction.  The dynamic range is better than to be expected.  Rear speaker activity is limited to mainly the music.  Dialogue remains clear and prioritized.  There is not a lot to this audio track in terms of elements, but it is an accurate transfer.  Certainly better than the Dolby DVD release.

Special Features: 1/5

The disc merely contains an original production promo featurette and a trailer.

Studio Touchstone Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating R
Starring Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming, Julia Campbell, Kristin Bauer, Camryn Manheim, Justin Theroux, Elaine Hendrix
Director David Mirkin
Film Release Year 1997
Release Year 2012
Resolution(s) 1080p (main feature) • 480i (supplements)
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Running Time 1 hr. 32 mins.
Sound Formats English DTS-HD Master 5.1 • French Dolby Digital 2.0 • Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English SDH • French • Spanish
Special Features Production Featurette, Trailer
Forum Link
Reviewer Noah Fleming

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