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Whipped
New Line/Roadshow Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 79 mins . MA15+ . PAL

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Gather a bunch of four guys around a table in a diner, get them to discuss their weekend exploits and then... Well, to divulge that last bit would be to divulge the plot here folks. Then again, the title says it all so it must be the fun ride throughout the movie that will keep you hooked right? Umm, no.

Touted as American Pie meets Sex in the City, Whipped is anything but, taking the crudeness of American Pie to a new, almost pathetic and unnecessary level, and insulting the intelligent writing of Sex in the City. Having seen the trailers a while ago, it did strike me as something to look out for in the home video market. It's a pity how trailers can often reveal the best parts of a movie and portray it as something better than what it actually is.

Brad, Zeke, and Jonathan are intent on finding the perfect woman to help them settle down, and when they each do finally meet the girl of their dreams they also find that their friends' 'girl of their dreams' is the same one. None of them being prepared to give up on the beautiful Amanda Peet, the boys decide to stick it out in what turns out to be a very uncomfortable scenario for the trio. Soon their friendships are being tested and whilst this girl has them 'whipped', they fail to see anything other than their desires being satisfied.

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The video transfer is another good effort from Village Roadshow, but the small budget this film was made on shows in the visuals with the picture being soft yet still detailed. Colour saturation is good enough in certain scenes, but lacking in others. Black levels are as good as they get with VR discs meaning shadow detail is also up to par.

Audio is on the subdued side as the whole movie is dialogue driven with said characteristic being up to scratch. Surround activity provides subtle ambience with the musical score providing an expansive sound field across the front and into the surrounds. Bass response is also subdued throughout and only called upon to support the musical soundtrack.

Extras wise, all that is present is the Dolby Digital Egypt trailer and a bad looking theatrical trailer. So this simple movie is rounded off with the barest of extras and a decent enough transfer.


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  •   And I quote...
    "Rounded off with the barest of extras and a decent enough transfer..."
    - Steve Koukoulas
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          Hitachi CMT2979 68cm
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    • Centre Speaker:
          VAF Signature I-91
    • Surrounds:
          VAF Signature I-91
    • Subwoofer:
          VAF LFE-07
    • Audio Cables:
          Standard Optical
    • Video Cables:
          standard s-video
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