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Blue Crush
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 70 (Mar 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis, Sanoe Lake, Mika Boorem & Faizon Love

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include two audio commentary tracks (one with director John Stockwell, and the other with cast members Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sanoe Lake), a making-of featurette On The Set Of Blue Crush (15 minutes) and deleted scenes with optional director commentary. Additionally, there are many short featurettes and brief segments which offer optional director commentary including Filming Blue Crush, The Female Surfing Revolution, a Wipeout! montage, Riding The Waves: The Girls vs. The Guys collection of great surfing footage not used in the movie (about three minutes each), a brief skateboarding segment, and a Blue Crush promo spot. Follow Sanoe Lake and a rep from Billabong for five minutes of Surfing Fashion or watch Lenny Kravitz

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22132
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Sexual content, teen partying, language and a fight
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/14/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Stockwell
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Special Notes:
Also available in a separate full screen version.

Story Synopsis:
Based on the magazine article

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits stylized images and a gritty texture to give the picture an edgy appearance that visually complements the storytelling. Colors are well balanced and organic, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast is acceptable in the dim scenes like the pre-dawn surfing and late-night partying. Edge enhancement can, at times, be a problem with this DVD, and there is some minor pixelization, which distracts from an otherwise beautiful picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack offers a very energetic sonic presentation with substantial spatial rendering for both effects and music. The spatial character can be downright immersive at times, with aggressive surround envelopment and considerably convincing dimensional engagement of atmospheric effects. Another standout aspect of the soundtrack, though sounding a little disjointed from the rest of the audio, are the impressive, powerful deep bass rumbles associated with the waves. Together with some prodigious low-end output from the music, the LFE channel pegged our Dorrough signal monitoring meter system at times, prompting a warning to insure that your subwoofer(s) can handle the sheer deep bass intensity of this soundtrack. This is a very well-recorded soundtrack, leading to a clear and natural-sounding dialogue presentation. Those who love lots of surround sound and powerful deep bass will very likely enjoy this title. (Perry Sun)

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I remember trying to surf once. Much like Greg Brady cursed by the tiki idol, I wiped out in a most spectacular way. I have never since been on a surfboard. That was a long time ago, but sitting through Blue Crush made it seem like yesterday. The ocean is powerful and nothing made by man can stop that force. Sit down and watch and you will feel it. Early in the film, during Chapter 2, you will be treated to one hell of a ride, with very strong motion and vibrations, especially from approximately 11:00 to 14:00 into the movie. Scenes like this are why the Odyssee is one of the greatest additions to a home theatre. As you sit on your sofa or recliner, you will rock back and forth with the waves and feel some serious pounding from the surf. Once back on the land, however, things will take a turn towards the more mundane. It is unfortunate that all of the scenes are not as immersing as Chapter 2. Later, when surfing in Chapter 11 in much more tame waters, the action, while very convincing, isn