Film: **** 1/2 out of 5
Video: **** 1/2
Audio: **** 1/2
Extras: ** 1/2
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The teen dramedy was never really considered a genre of its own until
John Hughes managed to single-handedly master it. Since his heyday,
we’ve been subjected to so many teen movies, it’s hard to keep track of
them all. Once in awhile they manage to still hit the bullseye, such as
writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig’s hilarious The Edge of Seventeen. Providing Hailee Steinfeld a role that shows her Oscar-nominated turn in True Grit was no fluke, Seventeen also manages to wash the bad taste out of our mouths after Craig’s disastrously received Post Grad.
Having learned from her mistakes, Craig proves she’s far more in touch
with her teenage angst than she is with millennial entitlement.
Universal Studios brings The Edge of Seventeen to Blu-ray for STX
Entertainment on a 50GB disc in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Filmed digitally, the film never falters with the sometimes flat
appearance digital photography offers. Detail is super sharp with colors
extremely natural. Once in awhile, blacks could stand to be a little
darker, but considering it would result in loss of detail, it’s a wash.
There was one quick instance of banding, otherwise everything from
aliasing and crush are non-existent. There is some noisy phone captured
footage, but considering its source, it’s acceptable.
Where the disc is on the verge of overkill is with the 7.1 DTS-HD
Master Audio track. While there are very few instances for ambience, it
serves absolutely no purpose. At least it does manage to make every
hilarious line of dialogue audible and when there happens to be a party
scene or anything happening outside, the surrounds envelope the
soundscape nicely. It’s the only audio track, but there are Spanish
With the film being an indie endeavor, it should come as no surprise
that it is pretty scant on the special features. A “Gag Reel” (5:21) is
pretty fun to watch. Mostly for the sake of seeing how much fun the cast
had on set. It helps the audience believe the characters all like each
other when you know the cast did too. A collection of “Deleted Scenes”
comes with a play all option, even if none of them add a lot to the film
as whole. Included are: “Nadine Asleep in Mr. Bruner’s Classroom”
(1:53), “Mona’s Interior Monologue” (0:43), and “Nadine Needs the
Bathroom Key” (1:14).
When it came time to cast our nominees for the annual Utah Film
Critics Association voting, Steinfeld made it onto my ballot for Best
Actress and Craig’s screenplay almost squeaked in. The Edge of Seventeen
was one of the best films of 2016 which is no small feat. It may not
have been a great year as a whole, but there were some fantastic films
sprinkled throughout. This is definitely one of them. Filled with a
charming cast and hilarious, poignant observations on teenagers, the
hype was real. Seventeen fits right alongside modern teen comedy classics such as Juno. With a fantastic video/audio presentation — even if light on the special features — The Edge of Seventeen
lives up to the hype and stands as one of the best comedies you might
not have seen. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy, it’s like,
totally worth a blind buy.