Mean Girls (Blu-ray)
SRP $29.99 1.78:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 PARAMOUNT

"MEAN GIRLS" has a lot of similar qualities to some of the better films of the late '80s. The plot is simple, revolving around a very pretty, girl struggling with the high school social structure and risk/cost analysis of choosing the right people to hang out with versus being unpopular. Lindsay Lohan is surprisingly quite good in the lead role of 15 year old Cady, a new girl at the school, quickly learning who the popular girls are, knows as the "plastics." and, in a witty, funny twist, plays amongst them in the day, while doing her best to ruin them at night. Most of the script is clever, but it's unfortunate that an otherwise intelligent comedy gets diminished with some really stupid, unrealistic moments revolving around the "adult" characters.

PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release.  Colors are more vibrant than on dvd, however, they tend to veer towards heavy red tinting in spots. Detail is excellent, and while "MEAN GIRLS" doesn't astound the viewer like some superior blu-ray titles, it's notably better than dvd, and the image never falls flat. Blacks are inky, allowing for fine detail in darker scenes.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  This mix is never aggressive, and like most generic comedy mixes, tends to be center channel focused. Surrounds and bass kick in occasionally to boost some of the soundtrack, but otherwise, only minor ambient effects are present. It's a decent mix, and with better dynamic range than standard Dolby Digital, but nothing great.

Deleted scenes, three featurettes and a dull commentary are offered(all in 480p), as well as the trailer in 1080p.