According To Greta

Featured In Issue 148, May/June 2010

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Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Mature thematic material, some sexual content and drug references
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Nancy Bardawil
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Hilary Duff delivers the most unexpected performance of her career as Greta, a rebellious 17-year-old "exiled" for the summer to a sleepy Jersey shore community, where she immediately informs her grandparents (Murphy & Burstyn) of her plans to kill herself by the time she turns 18. But before Greta can cross suicide off her "to-do" list, she'll begin a romance with a young cook from a troubled background (Ross), confront a tragic family secret, and maybe even discover the promising young woman beneath her sarcastic shell. Just when Greta's looking for a way out, will life find a way back in? (Tricia Spears)

Special features include the "Greta: Behind The Scenes" featurette (SD 18:39), deleted and alternate scenes (SD 07:17), and an alternate ending.

The 1080p 1.85:1 AVC picture is terrific, with a pleasing cinematic appearance. Resolution is excellent, with fine facial features and texture perfectly detailed and revealing. Contrast is well balanced, with excellent black levels and shadow delineation that is clear. The imagery is dimension, with excellent depth perspective as well. The color palette is perfectly natural, with rich and warm hues that enhance the sense of realism. This is a pleasing film experience that is photographed well and communicates visually and emotionally. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is challenged with a limited sound design due to the dialogue-focused nature of the storytelling. Dialogue is perfectly intelligible and generally well integrated spatially in the scenes. The music score is engaging, with a soft overall edge but is well recorded. Surround envelopment is limited or subdued. During the climatic boat accident scene .1 LFE bass is engaging, and the sound effectively intensifies. Overall, this is a satisfactory soundtrack that severs the storytelling. (Gary Reber)