Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality

Sandra Bullock
Director: Donald Petrie Cast: Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
, Michael Caine
Michael Caine
, Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt
Donald Petrie

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Warner Bros.' DVD edition of Miss Congeniality seems to have passed through the process to release without receiving much attention, though it does come with a pair of commentary tracks and a pair of featurettes as extras. The video is a clean anamorphic transfer that maintains the 1.85:1 aspect ratio of the original. The source print is free of dust speckles and scratches. The transfer, however, is lacking in contrast, and seems to have problems with levels from time to time -- some night scenes turn to mush, and some outdoor day scenes come close to washing out. Colors appear accurate, though subdued, but the overall image seems slightly soft. Blacks are reasonably solid, compression artifacts are minimal, and there appears to be no stairstepping from digital enhancement. The Dolby 5.1 is adequate to the task at hand, with good separation and good use of the surround channels for atmospheric and ambient effect. The bass channel is good, with solid, clean lows. Dialogue is very clear throughout, and never overwhelmed by other soundtrack elements. The French-language soundtrack maintains the audio quality, and has a good voice cast, but somewhat sloppy dubbing. The first commentary track features Sandra Bullock and screenwriter Marc Lawrence, while the second has director Donald Petrie soloing. The Bullock/Lawrence commentary has a jokey, chatty, sometimes surreal air to it, and is effectively wall to wall -- good for a certain amount of entertainment, though it does sometimes get irritating. Petrie's commentary, on the other hand, is a plodder -- long gaps, little information (delivered slowly at that), and not much of interest. The two featurettes seem like one longer piece simply cut in half. Each one includes some background information on the film, a handful of bloopers, and concludes with deleted scenes. The sound quality is fine on both, but the image quality is mediocre. Cast and crew information and the theatrical trailer cap off the special features.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2001
UPC: 0085391897620
Original Release: 2000
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 15,744

Special Features

Two audio commentary tracks: one with Sandra Bullock and co-screenwriter Marc Lawrence and the other with director Donald Petrie; making-of featurettes, Preparing for the Pageant and The Pageant; cast and filmmaker profiles; original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Gracie Hart
Michael Caine Victor Melling
Benjamin Bratt Eric Matthews
William Shatner Stan Fields
Ernie Hudson McDonald
John DiResta Agent Clonsky
Candice Bergen Kathy Morningside
Heather Burns Cheryl "Rhode Island"
Melissa DeSousa Karen "New York"
Steve Monroe Frank Tobin
Stephen Bruton Bartender

Technical Credits
Donald Petrie Director
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Sandra Bullock Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Susie de Santo Costumes/Costume Designer
Katie Ford Co-producer,Screenwriter
Scott Grossman Choreography
Barbara Haberecht Set Decoration/Design
Raymond Kluga Art Director
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Marc Lawrence Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Steffan Olsson Songwriter
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Schnur Musical Direction/Supervision
Ellen H. Schwartz Asst. Director
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Ginger Sledge Executive Producer
Billy Weber Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Young Gracie intervenes. [2:08]
2. Grownup Gracie intervenes. [4:51]
3. Official business. [4:07]
4. Antisocial engagement. [4:10]
5. Undercover candidates. [4:43]
6. Wrestling with the idea. [2:25]
7. The new entrant. [2:39]
8. Gliding with Dirty Harriet. [4:58]
9. Beauty without mercy. [4:14]
10. Nice work (Mustang Sally, She's a Lady). [2:38]
11. Aloha, fellow contestants. [3:09]
12. Amazing Grace. [2:17]
13. Cheryl's talent. [3:59]
14. What's Gracie's talent? [:13]
15. Good cover. [2:14]
16. Gun crazy. [2:42]
17. Between us girls. [2:54]
18. They're gonna love you. [2:24]
19. Swimsuit time. [4:38]
20. A hardened criminal. [3:08]
21. Girls night out. [2:17]
22. Alone in the right place. [5:01]
23. A gift from Victor. [3:27]
24. States on parade (One in a Million). [3:46]
25. Top-10 finalists. [3:52]
26. Just us vs. Frank. [1:59]
27. Her new talent. [3:21]
28. The final five. [3:17]
29. Brief shining moment. [2:16]
30. Crowning moment. [1:57]
31. It's a date. [4:30]
32. Miss Congeniality. [2:21]
33. End Credits (She's a Lady, Bullets). [2:38]

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