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I’m sexy, I’m cute. I’m popular to boot. I’m bitchin’, great hair. The boys all love to stare. I’m wanted, I’m hot. I’m everything you’re not. I’m pretty, I’m cool. I dominate this school. Who am I?, just guess. Guys wanna touch my chest. I’m rockin’, I smile. And many think I’m vile. I’m flyin’, I jump. You can look but don’t you hump. I’m major, I roar. I swear I’m not a whore. We cheer and we lead. We act like we’re on speed. Hate us cause we’re beautiful. Well we don’t like you either. We’re cheerleaders. We are cheerleaders!!

Bring It On
Feature
"Ok.." I hear you say. But this movie is AWESOME...give me an A??? Bring It On is a fresh and engagingly fun film that rarely has a moment to draw breath. It plays around with old cliché’s and plot lines and re-creates them into something that feels new and unused. Just from the opening scene (quoted above) you will either be hooked or will be outtie(clueless lingo)...But really why did you buy or rent this film if you weren’t prepared for gorgeously spastic women throwing pom-poms and even themselves into the air?? Ok back to the plot:
Torrance (Kirsten Dunst) has just been handed over the spirit stick and become head cheerleader of the mighty Toro’s (the not-so-mighty football team). First day of practice goes horribly wrong when a cheer-mate falls off a stunt and breaks her neck. Anyone for some hilarious auditions?? Well we get them from strippers to male ballerina’s...but the squad debatably decides on new girl Missy (Eliza Dushku), who has a great gymnast stunt double and a spunky brother Cliff (Jesse Bradford), who becomes Torrance’s love interest. Missy at her first practice finds out that the Toro Cheerleaders have ripped off all their cheers from a not-so-wealthy team called the Clovers lead by Isis (Gabrielle Union) and throws a wiggy at Torrance. And Torrance decides to make it right....with some pit-holes and bitchy cheerleaders in the way.

Video
Straight off this region 2 PAL transfer is one of the most gorgeous transfers I’ve seen...EIV started off shaky in the UK but have now picked up their act with the likes of American Psycho and now Bring It On. There are no artifacts or marks on this transfer and it runs perfectly from start to end. Colours are very important to this movie because of the genre and because of the costumes and the transfer holds true to this and maintains skin tones exactly. Blacks were black...although not that many opportunities in this movie to test them and shadow wasn’t noticeable. The image is remarkably clean and the clarity is well...AWESOME. My only gripe was with the layer switch in the movie which is just before the end of a scene, interrupting Torrance and her parents conversation, nearly three-quarters of the way through the film. But was only a little noticeable or maybe I was just too engrossed looking at the cheerleaders?? Nope not much I can say about this transfer due to its great quality. Just go and see for yourself.

Bring It On
Audio
The sound was the only disappointment and not because of the actual audio on the disc, just because it didn’t include DTS like its US counterpart. But the 5.1 was very aggressive (B-E Be Aggressive - see the movie;) which was needed for the film. In my opinion you have to play this film LOUD! because it is just a dance-type movie and I was surprised how much surround and bass it used. The audio is very spacial and has great directional effects. It swings 180’s and 360's around the room quite frequently and uses the left and rights to their ultimate advantages. I loved the competition scenes where girls are thrown into the air...it just feels like you are flying up with them. It is just such an involving soundtrack, that it’s hard not to get involved into the fun.

Extras
The DVD’s doesn’t disappoint on the special features. Let’s go through them one by one...shall we?:

Spotlight On Location: Just a fun 10 minute promo for the movie, telling us how they selected their cast and used real cheerleaders etc. It’s quite entertaining and maintains the fun of the film. Make-Up & Wardrobe Tests: A very short music video of Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku wearing different clothes and make-up and making love to the camera. It’s alright if you like clothes, make-up or the girls. Music Video - Blaque “As If”: Quite a catchy song by three of the Clover girls in the film. The film clip is about pushing some ex-boyfriend in a wheelchair down some stairs...eek!

Car Wash Home Video: Not that exciting, more of a perve and a little amusing extra of the full cut of the car wash scene. That’s right, the cheerleaders in bikini’s and the guy cheerleaders in boardshorts washing cars to raise money.

Bring It On
Extended & Deleted Scenes: Very entertaining scenes that definitely should have been cut, but make great scenes to watch for those fans that want to see more. There are about 3 extended scenes and 10 deleted scenes which include an alternate ending with Torrance, Cliff & Isis in College. Check ‘em out!

Audio Commentary: Peyton Reid is a very funny, entertaining man and it shows in his film and this commentary. He talks ALOT, but is always informative and/or humorous. Trailer: A fun trailer that shows more deleted scenes not included on the DVD. Such as Isis and kissing some guy.

Overall
If you couldn’t tell, I loved this movie and the DVD, except for the DTS removal. It has great extra’s, a stunning transfer and an impressive DD 5.1 track. It’s a great film that not only makes fun of cheerleader’s, but shows them as talented athletes and shows cheerleading as a sport (and boy are they great). If only the cheerleaders I’ve seen could do what these girls and guys do. Anyway go out and buy this baby now...you won’t regret it.


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