DVD & BLU-RAY
Be Your Own Hero When Whip It Hits DVD In January
Author: Perri Nemiroff
published: 2009-12-06 20:08:22
You’d think a positive critical consensus would mean a good showing at the box office. Sadly, that wasn’t the case for Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It. Help Whip It earn the coin it deserves when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases it on DVD and Blu-ray on January 26th.
Desperate to defy her beauty pageant-obsessed mother and escape her small hometown of Bodeen, Texas, Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) recruits her best friend Pash (Alia Shawkat) to go with her to Austin to check out a roller-derby bout. She’s instantly hooked and eager to give up the dresses for a pair of skates and a Hurl Scouts uniform. After convincing Pash to cover her shifts at their afterschool job and telling her mother she’s enrolled in an SAT prep course, Bliss is ready to hit the track as Babe Ruthless.
Having been one of my favorite movies of the year works against the film’s release on DVD and Blu-ray. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray for Whip It come with a dismal selection of bonus material. The DVD has an alternate ending and eight deleted scenes. The BD adds just a writer's draft with Shauna Cross, the author of Derby Girl, the book upon which the film is based, and a digital copy of the movie. I loved both the film and the book, but those two additions are not nearly enough for me to drop $39.99 on the BD rather than just $29.98 on the DVD.
Don’t let my disappointment with the special features deter you from buying this movie. If anything, it shows how much I truly enjoyed the film. I was looking forward to more Whip It. and what these buying options come with just isn’t enough to satisfy.
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