It's no small coincidence that Jerry Bruckheimer's "COYOTE UGLY" bares more than a passing resemblance in theme, look and mediocrity to his earlier hit, "FLASHDANCE." But, he probably figured the teen girls "COYOTE UGLY" is targeted for weren't old enough to remember the earlier film. The ridiculous, annoying plot revolves around Violet, a sweet girl from NEW JERSEY, struggling to fulfill her dreams as a songwriter in the mean streets of NEW YORK. Like Little Red Riding Hood, she's comes painfully close to various threats and dangers, but things begin to look brighter when she gets a job at "COYOTE UGLY!" There, she finds solace with the caring owner(Maria Bello) and her fellow "Coyotes." Tyra Banks gives yet another annoying performance but she's got competition in that category by the "how is this girl getting parts when everyone around her is more talented" Bridget Moynahan!
Everything about the film is cliche' and yet, the younger adolescent teen girls watching this blu-ray absolutely loved it! At least, the film has some decent production values, and it's less painful than "LITTLE NICKY."
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p blu-ray release with AVC MPEG-4 encoding. The theatrical version, as well as a slightly more adult "unrated" version are included here. The "unrated" version offers a few more minutes of footage and some extended nudity with body doubles. As with all Bruckheimer films, "COYOTE UGLY" is intentionally glossy in appearance. Colors are pushed to neon and filtered extremes. However, colors never appear oversaturated. Blacks are inky and the contrast offers exceptional depth in darker moments. The level of detail is exceptional, especially when considering the kind of lighting design behind so many scenes, as well as the film being a catalogue title. While fleshtones vary in terms of quality at times, "COYOTE UGLY" is ultimately a great looking blu-ray with plenty of "jump off the screen" imagery.
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. for both the theatrical and seamlessly branched "unrated" version. Unfortunately, the mix isn't notably better than the standard Dolby Digital mix found on dvd. There's not the level of expansiveness one expects for a Bruckheimer film, and, his "CSI" series actually has better 360 degree atmosphere. There are some surround moments, but most of the film's soundstage is focused towards the front and even then it feels a bit restrained. While separation effects are utilized towards the front soundstage, the dynamic range isn't as impressive as we'd expected.
BUENA VISTA offers some commentaries and featurettes, all in standard definition, and none for any but the film's biggest fans, who've not been committed to a mental institution.