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Legally Blonde was a sleeper hit in the US, a summery chick-flick in the Clueless tradition concerning an air-head blonde’s attempts to make it at Harvard Law School and get her errant boyfriend back.

Legally Blonde
Do you think Clueless is, like, totally, like, the best film, like, ever? Totally? Then you’re going to, like, totally love Legally Blonde. If you looked up the phrase “chick flick” in the cinema, then you’d find Legally Blonde sat there, tied up in little pink ribbons in pink scented cotton wool.

Legally Blonde involves Elle (Witherspoon) attempting to get her boyfriend back by proving that she’s not a dumb blonde, a frankly implausible procedure which involves going to Harvard law school, and becoming involved with an important trial. That’s it. That’s the entire plot, give or take. Not only is it totally linear and guessable, but Legally Blonde doesn’t try anything new at all.

Having said that, this isn’t actually a bad film. Certainly it’s not for everyone, but Witherspoon is likeable enough, and once you get past the toe-curlingly awful opening credits, and if you don’t balk at the sickly sweet ending, then there’s enough jokes in this to raise a few smiles, plus some scene stealing performances from Elle’s dog. Curiously, Legally Blonde is a winning film, and you certainly wouldn’t leave the cinema feeling like you’ve wasted your money, as long as you’ve got the correct chromosome and attitude configuration for the film. The question of whether this is a film you’d want to watch over and over on DVD is for you to make, however.

It’s low-brow entertainment, of course, but if you went into this expecting anything else, then you’re getting what you deserve.

Legally Blonde
As usual with recent films, the transfer is up to scratch with no real noticeable problems. The disc carries both 4:3 P&S and Anamorphic 16:9 widescreen on the same side. As this side is dual layer, there is no noticeable drop in picture quality as a result. The widescreen edition of the film is presented in the original 2.35:1 ratio. There’s little to make this a difficult film to transfer, and it seems fine.

A 5.1 Dolby Digital mix is present, and while it certainly won't be shaking the walls (this is, after all, hardly an explosion packed movie!) it gets the job done, and the dialogue and music are clear throughout. Both commentaries are presented in Dolby Surround 2.0.

If you enjoyed the film, then the extras here are a treat.

Most innovative is a "pop-up-video" style feature which gives little balloons of random facts throughout the film which are by-and-large entertaining and informative, and hopefully this is something we'll see more of in future releases. For me it’s key use was when I was watching it with friends, as it meant that I got something new out of the film while they saw it for the first time.

There are two commentaries, one with the director, and Reese Witherspoon which is lively and entertaining, with plenty of anecdotes about the shooting, and another with the crew of the film which I found slightly less enjoyable.

The reverse of the disc contains the bulk of the special features, including several deleted scenes, a featurette, and a music video.

The featurettes are the usual puff-pieces for the film and add little to the experience, unless you’re especially interested in the number of wigs used for Reese’s character, and the deleted scenes were correctly excised, both for pacing and quality reasons.

While these are all fairly average, they do add up to a neat and comprehensive package in all. It’s certainly all you could possibly expect for a film of this type, and it seems that MGM have really made an effort to make this worthwhile.

Legally Blonde
The film isn't for everyone, but if you enjoyed it at the cinema (or liked the sound of it) then the DVD does it more than justice with a decent transfer and a more than adequate selection of extras adding up to a comprehensive package.