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Aquamarine (Fox)

 

Picture: B-†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: C-

 

 

Elizabeth Allenís Aquamarine (2006) is very simply a safe fantasy tale about young ladies, the young boys they are interested in and the title character, a mermaid who surfaces in the latter part of the summer.I guess this is so the season ends more memorably and the kids are more easily distracted by the fact they will have to soon drag themselves back to school.

 

The film is predictable and formulaic without any shame whatsoever, but Fox decided to greenlight the project and wing it to see where it goes.It was unsurprisingly a dud at the box office, but in the long term, it could become some kind of minor favorite like the simpler novels marketed to young pre-teens by the publishing industry.Outside of young girls and their gay male counterparts, there is nothing to see here otherwise.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is better than the 1.33 X 1 flipside, with detail and color improvements, though cinematographer Brian Breheny, A.C.S., has done this odd thing with the image of slightly overexposing it to make it look a tad sunnier, though color and definition are affected.It is a shrewd move for such a commercial film, but if this catches on in the long run on DVD and Blu-ray, he will be responsible in part just by having made it look just that different form other films.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on the widescreen side is more accurate and less butchered than the pan & scan side and is passable, if not spectacular.Extras include an odd intro by Allen, deleted scenes, a couple of commentary (one only scene-specific) tracks, deleted scenes and three featurettes.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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