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Kit Kittredge – An American Girl (2008/Warner/New Line Blu-ray + DVD-Video)


Picture: B-/C+/C     Sound: B-/C+/C     Extras: C-     Film: C



After several home video-only features, the first theatrical release of a live-action adaptation of Valerie Tripp’s American Girl books is now on Blu-ray and DVD.  Kit Kittredge – An American Girl (2008) stars Abigail Breslin in the title role of a young lady dealing with the prejudices and horrors of The Great Depression and how she deals with it.  This includes trying to become a writer at a newspaper, but the film tackles several ideas at once.


Unfortunately, the continuous shots at the poor and vulnerable without response becomes as annoying as it does an elongated illicit appeal to pity that trivializes the situation and likely unintentionally.  Not that it needs to get political, but it becomes eventually unbelievable that the targets would continue to take this over and over.


The one thing that helps make this more watchable is the supporting cast, including Joan Cusack, Julia Ormond, Wallace Shawn, Glenne Headly, Dylan Smith, Stanley Tucci, Jane Krakowski and Chris O’Donnell, but when all is said and done, it is average at best and not the best adaptation of one of Tripp’s books.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image is a little softer than it should be on Blu-ray, even softer in the anamorphically enhanced DVD and is especially bad in the 1.33 X 1 pan & scan flipside on the DVD.  Some of the production values and costumes look good, so it is too bad all versions disappoint.  Both formats have Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes and are on the quiet, weak side, with the Blu-ray only being slightly better than the DVD.


Extras include digital copy capacity to you can have a copy of the film on portable PC devices, minor DVD-ROM features on the DVD and three trailers for other releases in the American Girl series, including Molly – An American Girl On The Homefront, which we reviewed at this link:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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