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As hard as it may be to believe, "KIT KITTREDGE" is one of the most entertaining family films this reviewer has seen in years!  It may have helped to have extremely low expectations, but even though the film had been marketed towards young girls, it's a great film for any gender, and any age!  Abigail Breslin stars as a young girl, whose parents try hard to shelter her from the stark situation which faces her family during the "Great Depression."  When her father must temporarily leave the family for work in another state, Kit decides to become a hard-nosed reporter for the local newspaper, and it's to the film's credit little of this feels over-the-top!  Kit's exploration of life for hobos, isn't exploitative, it's powerful and moving. And, when some questionable boarders arrive at the same time hobos are being blamed for robberies, it's up to Kit's investigative skills to uncover the truth.

The script, direction, acting and overall atmosphere make "KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL" feel like a cross between a great Shirley Temple film and the best of "VERONICA MARS."

NEW LINE/WARNER BROS provides the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for the dvd(16:9 enhanced) and 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray.  Unfortunately, it's a disappointing image for blu-ray. There's virtually no discernible difference between the two formats as presented here. Colors are off and fleshtones never feel natural. Contrast is bland, due to blacks and grays often blending. While the dvd is adequate, the blu-ray just doesn't do it. The blu-ray image is flat from beginning to end.

NEW LINE/WARNER BROS provides a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for dvd and blu-ray. Neither mix stands out and both are comparable in dynamic range. A few ambient effects appear, but most of the film is center channel focused and nothing stands out about either format's mix.

Trailers and a Digital copy are provided.