Through their manufactured-on-demand service, the MGM Limited Edition Collection, Fox and MGM present High School Hellcats on a single-layer DVD-R in its original aspect ratio of about 1.33:1. The film was previously available on VHS through MGMís ďMidnite MoviesĒ series but surprisingly never made it to the same series on DVD.
Iím actually quite impressed with how this edition is being presented. Despite being just over an hour theyíve still seen fit to give the film as much room as possible and it just about takes up all of the space on the disc. Because of this the film receives a fairly high bitrate and the image comes off all the better because of it.
Sometimes it looks like the image has been smoothed over a little much but as a whole the film looks crisp and clean. Edges are well defined and there are moments where fine details really pop off the screen. Contrast is decent and gray levels are nicely defined, and blacks even come off inky but maybe theyíre a little too deep; details can get lost in some of the darker scenes.
Damage is limited but gets heavy during moments, with blasts of debris appearing, usually during transitions, but in between these few moments damage is minimal. There is some minor compression noise noticeable in darker scenes but other than that the transfer is clean.
In all a very big surprise and this is probably the best image Iíve come across yet from the recent batch of MOD titles from MGM. 7/10
All DVD screen captures are presented in their original size from the source disc. Images have been compressed slightly to conserve space. While they are not exact representations they should offer a general idea of overall video quality.
(It isn't bad enough that they're teenagers who smoke, they also smoke where it isn't allowed!)