Pitch Perfect Aca-Awesome Edition Blu-ray Review
Now that it’s gone, I can freely admit that I originally enjoyed the television program GLEE. Whether or not it’s because I was big in the drama club in high school or that I love to sing in the car, I always thought it would be great to just be able to spontaneously break out into song at the drop of a hat. Sadly, GLEE became more about issues and less about the music. Not that I’m against issues. But when it got to the point where the girl with the obese lunch-lady mother stopped eating because she feared that she, too, would gain wait, I stopped watching. But one thing that I did enjoy, courtesy of GLEE, was the film PITCH PERFECT.
We find ourselves on the campus of Barden University. Becca (Kendrick) is a freshman against her wishes. She dreams of becoming a music producer/DJ, but her father wants her to get an education. She does get him to agree to fund a trip to LA at the end of the school year to check out the music biz so things aren’t as bad as they seem. Becca meets Jesse (Skylar Astin) and discovers that he is a member of the school’s all-male a cappella group. Since she is interested in music, Becca joins the Barden Bellas. Soon the two are making music together in numerous ways.
Filled with great musical numbers and a very funny script to boot, PITCH PERFECT is a great example of what happens when great talents get together. The screenplay, by Kay Cannon and based on Mickey Rapkin’s book of the same name, is full of great one liners that the cast deliver with ease. Rebel Wilson almost steals the film from the others in her portrayal of “Fat” Amy, a name she gives herself so “twig bitches like you don’t do it behind my back.” She is wild and up-front, never taking the time to worry about what her bluntness will lead to. My personal favorite character was Lily, played by Hana Mae Lee. Lily has a sad habit of softly repeating unusual lines to herself, like “I ate my own twin in the womb!” That she says these things in a voice no quieter than a whisper only adds to the creepiness. And you can’t help but laugh at the witty remarks made by Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins, who appear as the broadcasters who cover and report on the various musical events.
Technically the film is well paced and the various musical numbers are outstanding. Don’t be surprised if they make you want to break out into song yourself. And, since that is the highlight of this new DVD release, I encourage you to try it out. I know I was singing along at home. Go ahead and try it…that’s why God invented the privacy of the living room. I think you’ll agree with me that PITCH PERFECT is aca-entertaining. Even if you can’t carry a tune you’ll want to stand up and sing!
Video: Presented in its original 1:85.1 aspect ratio, the picture is an amazing collection of bright colors and pyro-technics.
Audio: The soundtrack is available in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 in English and it covers the room with a brilliant mixture of music and vocals. There is also a DTS 5.1 soundtrack available in French.
The extras included on this disc are available on earlier versions of this film with the exception of the first. I was hoping since it came out right before the release of “Pitch Perfect 2” in theatres it might have included a short featurette or at least a trailer.
Aca-Awesome Edition Sing-Along Track: The disc comes with a Karaoke-style setting which allows the viewer to sing along to their favorite songs.
Audio Commentaries: the disc comes with two audio commentaries. First comes the film’s co-producer Paul Brooks. The second one includes co-producers Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman as well as director Jason Moore. Both are quite funny and informative.
Deleted and Extended Scenes (16:17): Twelve deleted or extended scenes. None of them were missed.
Meanwhile…(19:39): These are extended and alternated versions of scenes from the film. Again, nothing here would have made the film any better.
Line-O-Rama (13:26): Three different montages of alternate line deliveries. Funny.
Backstage at Barden (4:11): College interview videos with cast members in character.
A Look Inside (3:34): A very brief behind-the-scenes featurette.
On the Set: Burrito Drive By! (1:13): An even briefer series of “burrito bomb” tests. Don’t ask.
Music Video (4:23): A video for the song “Starships” featuring Mike Tompkins, the Pitch Perfect cast and fans.