Almost two decades ago, actress Reese Witherspoon made her mark on the movie industry when she starred in MGM’s female-fronted comedy Legally Blonde. Two years later, it was followed by the sequel Legally Blonde: Red, White & Blonde. Now early next year, the franchise is allegedly set to see another installment. As audiences wait and see if that movie actually happens, Shout! Factory has a collection available now featuring the first two Legally Blonde movies on Blu-ray. This latest collection is a work that the franchise’s most devoted fans will appreciate. That is due in part to the set’s bonus content, which will be addressed shortly. The set’s packaging plays its own part in the collection’s presentation. Its average price point rounds out its most important elements. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this presentation. All things considered, they make Shout! Factory’s Legally Blonde Collection appealing for the most devoted fans of this franchise and of Reese Witherspoon.
Shout! Factory’s recently released Legally Blonde Collection, released Feb. 26 on Blu-ray, is a presentation that the most devoted fans of this franchise and of Reese Witherspoon will appreciate. That is due in part to the collection’s bonus content. Much of the content featured in the collection was carried over from previous releases of the movies, including the audio commentaries The feature-length commentary in the franchise’s first flick offers some of the most engaging and entertaining content. Viewers learn through this commentary, items, such as its director, Robert Luketic was actually a lawyer and member of the New York State Bar before making a career change. That might account for his interest in the movie, even though he was not one of the movie’s writing staff members. Staying on that note, it is also revealed that the movie’s writing team of Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith were on set throughout much of the movie’s principal photography to make sure every joke and every line worked. It shows, too in watching the movie sans commentary. That revelation comes late in the movie’s run along with the revelation that the jail scenes were shot in a real jail and that said facility was allegedly haunted and was where the infamous “Manson Girls” were detained. Witherspoon herself even takes time to discuss how she developed her persona for Elle at various points in the commentary. She talks about developing Elle’s walk, her body language and even the inflection in her voice. That is interesting to learn. This is just some of the information revealed in this one of two feature-length commentaries featured in this collection. There are also mentions of the homage to the classic 1967 Dustin Hoffman movie The Graduate and the casting director’s tie to another female-fronted flick in Bring It On.
The audio commentary featured in Legally Blonde 2 offers its own share of interest for viewers thanks to cast members Coolidge, Jessica Cauffiel and Alanna Ubach. The trio reveals throughout the movie, items, such as Witherspoon was actually pregnant in reality during the filming of the movie. The very first scene, the trio reveals, was intentionally set up to reveal her growing baby bump. At another point, the group points out Elle’s endless kindness toward others despite their lack of kindness toward her. That in itself makes for an interesting starting point for discussions about that personality trait in the real world. The rest of the movie is a bit of a Mystery Science Theater 3000 type presentation from the women more than anything informational. Of course considering that the movie’s story is essentially a rehashing of the first movie’s story, just in a different setting, it would be understandable that there is not much informational to offer. That aside, it still offers its own entertainment by and large.
The bonus commentaries featured with the Legally Blonde Collection are just a portion of what makes the two-disc set appealing for the franchise’s most devoted audience base. The set’s packaging plays its own part to its whole. As noted, this set is a two-disc set. Each disc is placed in its own spot inside the case, allowing the case to be a standard-size Blu-ray case. This in turn, allows for space-saving on viewers’ DVD and/or BD racks. It also protects the discs from each other in terms of scratching. To that end, the packaging for the set was done right, another positive to the set. It still is not the last of the most important elements to discuss in examining the set. Its average price point rounds out its most important elements.
The average price point of the Legally Blonde Collection is $16.73. That price is obtained by averaging prices at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million and Shout! Factory’s own store. Best Buy was the only major retailer not listing the collection at the time of this review’s posting. While Shout! Factory’s listing of $15.99 is not the least expensive of the set’s listings, it also is not the most expensive. It is also below that average line. The most expensive of the set’s listing is $19.99 (at Books-a-Million and Barnes & Noble Booksellers). The least expensive of the set’s listing is $14.12 (at Amazon and Walmart). For lack of better wording, whether consumers choose Shout! Factory’s store or those of Walmart and Amazon – or even Target, which lists the set at $16.19 – they can by and large purchase the set at less than $20. Considering that the average price of so many Blu-rays today can be anywhere from $20-$25 (or more in some cases) that shows that this collection is affordable for the noted devotees of the Legally Blonde franchise and of Witherspoon. That positive mark joins with the positives in the set’s full-length audio commentaries and the other bonuses, and the set’s basic packaging, to make the set in whole a welcome addition to the libraries of any of the noted viewers.
Shout! Factory’s recently released Legally Blonde Collection is a positive addition to the home libraries of the most devoted fans of the noted cinema franchise and of Reese Witherspoon. That is proven in large part through the bonus content that is featured with the collection. There are some new bonuses and some carry-overs that collectively offer the noted viewers plenty of engagement and entertainment. The set’s basic packaging saves space and protects the set’s two discs from being scratched. The average price point of less than $20 makes the set appealing for the noted viewers in its own way. Each item does its own part to make this collection appealing for audiences. All things considered, they make the set a presentation that will receive a positive verdict from the franchise’s most devoted fans. It is available now. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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