"PROM," is now available on blu-ray from BUENA VISTA. As suggested by the title, the plot revolves entirely around high-schoolers either excited by, getting ready for, or in someway dealing with the expectations associated with their high-school prom. Current films rarely offer any deep insight or genuine empathy for the daily conflicts of high school youth. Check out James Foley's "RECKLESS" for a stark comparison! But, the limitations of depth found to all the characters in "PROM" doesn't prevent it from remaining entertaining. In fact, in comparison to semi-similar films, eg. "VALENTINE'S DAY," "PROM" is noticeably superior in almost every way imaginable.
The characters are limited to cliches like:
the sweet, innocent Nova, excited like no other just to be helping with decorations for the event.
Tyler, the jock, doing everything imaginable to keep his female suitors from becoming undone
Jesse, the rebel on a motorcycle(but with little else to differentiate himself from the "conformists" at school, and so on.
As the "Prom" event gets closer, friendships are tested, and love either blossoms or ends, but all of these scenarios are handled in generic, acceptable but non-original ways.
The actors give adequate performances, but like the rest of the film, nothing really stands out, leaving one to remember being impressed by anything special.
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this AVC-MPEG-4 encoded 1080p blu-ray. Colors are rich throughout. While fleshtones veer towards an unnatural hue at times, generally they look natural. Contrast is impressive, with blacks that aren't close to inky, but deep enough to retain depth in darker scenes. Very few scenes look completely flat, with most offering the kind of depth one hopes for with the HD format. A good transfer, but nothing to boast about.
For a soundtrack loaded with popular music, it's surprising to find that BUENA VISTA doesn't push the full potential of this lossy mix. Surround speaker utilization, even during music, is sparse. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion, but the overall mix feels a bit too front speaker-focused. Dynamic range is impressive, making the limitations of the surrounds all the more frustrating.
BUENA VISTA has thrown in some extras for fans.
A featurette, "PUTTING ON PROM," is short and typical of promotional items, but harmless. Bloopers run only a couple of minutes, and while non-eventful, may please younger viewers.
A short devised "solely" for this presentation, "LAST CHANCE LLOYD" adds more scenes around a film character, continuously being turned down by girls he tries to date. (not sure of any positive message this is supposed to be offering for any viewer, other than humor relating to someone else's misfortune???)
Deleted scenes, offers three scenes with intros giving reasoning as to why they were cut. Nothing eye-opening here, but good quality HD.
7 Music videos are offered, but none are complete, instead having been edited to include snippets of the film alongside the original video.(HD)