FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT has rushed the film debut and possible swan song of “AMERICAN IDOL” stars Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, titled simply enough, “FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY”. In a throwback to the “BEACH BLANKET BINGO” movies of the past, “FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY” is set during Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, and its two stars play innocent teens with the names “Justin” and “Kelly”! It’s love at first sight for these two, and unfortunately, one of Kelly’s friends is intent to break them apart, by altering text messages that read “From Justin to Kelly” etc.
The film was put together in a hurry to capitalize on their recent television name recognition, and Ms. Clarkson certainly wasn’t overly concerned at the time with her body image. Unfortunately, this fact is apparent in almost every scene while beautifully fit people dance and gyrate around the two stars, all to music which is memorable only due to how bad it is!
FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement, and offers a full-frame version as well, each on opposite sides of the single disc. The locations look terrific here, and colors are often vibrant. Contrast is fine, with generally better-than-average detail in darker scenes. Fleshtones appear natural.
FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for this release. While the mediocre songs are presented with a full surround presence, regular dialogue suffers from distortion in spots. In spite of some dialogue problems, the mix is more aggressive than we’d expected from most musicals, during non-musical sequences.
FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT has actually made this release a “Special Edition”, offering two “more” songs, that only the most die-hard fans will appreciate. A commentary with the film’s stars as well as its director is included. It’s unintentionally funny at times, and worth a listen for that reason alone.
Several mini-features are also included, including a very brief gag reel.