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Election (1999/Paramount/MTV Blu-ray)


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



Alexander Payne is a good filmmaker and keeps getting better, but I was not as big a fan of breakthrough film Election (1999) about a battle that happens between a spoiled-brat overachiever (Reese Witherspoon in an easy to underrate performance) Tracy Flick.  She is a part of everything, has most of what she should have, intends not to peak in High Scholl and God forbid anyone questions her or how wonderful she is.  Also, no one would ever run against her for class president.


Enter Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) who thinks it is unhealthy for her to not to be challenged in any way.  He recruits another student (Chris Klein) to run against her, but the real battle breaks out between them, driving her crazy and bringing out the unfulfilled teen in him.  It is a good idea often realized, and yet, there is more comedy than character study, which is where the film comes up somewhat short.  I think its eccentric style is a mixed blessing and the result is some missed opportunities, but it holds up well on what is now its 10th Anniversary (already!) and is a film people still rightly talk about.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image has good color, yet is still a bit soft throughout along with a slight paleness and grain that seems to be more pronounced than at anytime that I have seen any clip of this film or 35mm footage of the film since its initial release.  It looks good, but as I watched, I wondered if Director of Photography James Glennon, A.S.C., would have approved of this transfer.  The Dolby TrueHD 5.0 mix is not bad for its age, but this is a low-budget, dialogue-based film, so only expect so much.  The only extra is a feature-length audio commentary by Payne, which is good, but I was expecting more.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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