Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy
Release Date: July 21, 2020
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
After 25 years, Clueless remains a smart, charming, and hilarious classic that truly captures what it was like to be a teen in the 1990s. Alicia Silverstone shines as the 15-year-old Beverly Hills High School student who thrives on shopping, enjoys the perfect social life, and plays matchmaker to all her friends… just don’t ask her who she’s dating, AS IF! Directed by Amy Heckerling, the movie also stars Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Donald Faison, Stacey Dash, and Wallace Shawn.
There’s a good chance that unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 25 years, you’re familiar with the comedy classic ‘Clueless’. The film tells the tale of spoiled teen Cher, a beautiful, popular and wealthy high school student who has it all, but after taking on a new student as her personal project she discovers that she may have everything that money can buy, but appears to be missing something far more important. Unfortunately, in order to figure out what’s missing and find her way to a more fulfilling existence she may have to reevaluate her entire way of life.
Written and directed by Amy Heckerling who directed the 1980’s classic ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and is certainly no stranger to noteworthy coming of age tales, and starring Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Donald Faison, Stacey Dash and Wallace Shawn, ‘Clueless’ still remains a thoroughly enjoyable and touching comedic coming of age tale two and a half decades after its initial release. Complete with a touching romantic tale in the background, some important life lessons and of course plenty of ridiculous and over the top hilarity every step of the way, it all still comes together to make ‘Clueless’ something special in a genre that’s often rich with unoriginality and lacking in style; a true modern classic that isn’t likely to be forgotten anytime soon.
Paramount Home Entertainment’s new 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook release of ‘Clueless’ comes home sporting collectible Steelbook packaging (we’ve included a beauty shot of the artwork below for a better idea of what to expect) and offers quite solid high definition video and audio presentations of the film itself, combined with a collection of fun archival extras. While the quality is certainly on-par and shouldn’t disappoint, those who already own the previous Blu-ray edition of ‘Clueless’ released in 2012 will want to consider whether the collectible packaging is reason enough to justify a double dip as the disc itself and all of the content within is identical to the prior edition (the disc itself still even includes a 2012 copyright). For those fans who don’t already own this comedy classic on Blu-ray though, it should definitely be well worth picking up a copy of this nice collectible Steelbook to finally add this classic to your collection.
Overall, the Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Steelbook release of ‘Clueless’ should make a perfect release of the comedy classic on Blu-ray for the fans who don’t already own the film on the format. Delivering great high definition video and audio presentations of the movie itself, combined with a collection of bonus content it makes the release a perfect purchase for those who never got around to buying the previous Blu-ray. Yet for those diehard fans who already own the previous Blu-ray released in 2012, you’ll want to consider whether or not the new collectible Steelbook packaging is worth the money for a double dip considering the actual disc itself is identical and even retains the 2012 copyright. That being said, the quality is impressive and definitely shouldn’t disappoint fans who don’t already own the movie on Blu-ray.
The ‘Clueless: 25th Anniversary’ Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook release features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation which along with everything else on the disc is identical to the 2012 Blu-ray release looks great as a whole and provides a sharp, smooth and nicely detailed presentation from start to finish that looks clean and neat while still retaining its share of grain and other positive elements representative of its film source. It holds up nicely even during the few fast moving and heavily populated sequences, never allowing anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a pretty great high definition video presentation which may be the same one previously released on Blu-ray, but it still holds up and delivers quite nicely for anyone who doesn’t already own the film on the format.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack delivers a crisp, clean and occasionally somewhat aggressive audio presentation that’s more than up to the task. It frequently takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send the music throughout each speaker, while offering some more aggressive moments such as the driving practice scene where they end up on the freeway which allows various automobiles to zip throughout the speakers, along with more; all the while making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clean and fully audible. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that sounds wonderful throughout and should easily satisfy the fans.
The ‘Clueless: 25th Anniversary’ Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook release offers a number of enjoyable extras, all of which were previously available on other editions of the film (and the entirety of which were included on the 2012 Blu-ray release which this edition borrows the disc from) and includes the option to view the film with the ‘Clue or False Trivia Game’ which features pop-up trivia questions throughout the movie with fun facts and your score displayed in the corner. The release also includes a collection of previously released Behind the Scenes Featurettes that feature interviews/comments with members of the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. They include ‘The Class of ‘95’ (running approximately 18 minutes in length), ‘Creative Writing’ (running approximately 9 minutes), ‘Fashion 101’ (approximately 11 minutes), ‘Language Arts’ (8 minutes), ‘Suck-N-Blow: A Tutorial’ (3 minutes), ‘Driver’s Ed’ (4 minutes) and ‘We’re History’ (9 minutes). The ‘Teaser Trailer’ (approximately 2 minutes) and full ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (approximately 3 minutes) for the movie are also included.
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Disc Rating: 8/10
‘Clueless’ Celebrates its 25th Anniversary With a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook Available July 21, 2020 & On a Standard Blu-ray Now Available from Paramount Home Entertainment