I rather enjoyed Coyote Ugly, and not just for the obvious reasons. Yes, as a heterosexual male, I found the sight of a bunch of nubile young babes as they gyrate on a bar to be visually stimulating, and that aspect of the story is clearly what got the movie made.
However, even without that element, I thought Ugly was a surprisingly engaging little flick. Though this trek is geographically minor, it represents a large leap for her mind set as she goes to the big city to establish herself as a songwriter.
Down on her luck, Violet encounters some brassy young women at a late-night diner. Violet works her way through the inevitable hurdles and eventually develops some confidence in her newfound career. However, it actually works fairly well here. Although virtually no real character development exists, I still found myself caring about the participants, and I was happy to see the successes that greeted cute little Violet.
Is Coyote Ugly somewhat cheap and manipulative? Coyote Ugly is a slick and entertaining little no-brain movie that did what it set out to do: While mostly positive, the transfer was inconsistent. Sharpness appeared strong throughout most of the film. Nonetheless, the majority of the scenes were accurate and concise. I noticed no jagged edges or shimmering, and edge enhancement remained minimal. Print flaws were also minor, though they seemed somewhat excessive for a release.
Intermittent white speckles cropped up through the movie, and I saw a little black grit as well. Colors looked nicely bright and vibrant throughout the film. The movie often favored some stylized colors similar to those found in music videos, and the hues always came across as accurate and clearly saturated. More natural tones also seemed rich and clean. Black levels looked very deep and dark, while shadow detail appeared appropriately heavy but never excessively thick. Ugly featured more than a few low-light sequences, and these always looked fine; even during scenes in near-total darkness, the images were nicely visible.
Also strong were the soundtracks of Coyote Ugly. We find Dolby Digital 5. As usual, the DTS track appeared somewhat more rich and deep and it portrayed a moderately broader and better-placed environment, but as a whole, the two mixes were very similar.
The soundfield mainly focused on the mix of pop music heard throughout the film, and these tunes and showcased neatly. Effects also benefited from the broad and engaging soundfield, though to a lesser degree.
Audio quality seemed solid. Dialogue always appeared distinct and natural, with no signs of edginess or problems related to intelligibility. Effects came across as clean and realistic without any distortion. Music remained the star of the show, and the songs appeared bright and bold.
The tunes displayed fine clarity and boasted nice bass response; the soundtrack cleanly represented the original tracks. All in all, the audio added a positive dimension to the film. To be honest, probably not. As I looked over my old comments, I thought the two discs seemed very similar and I simply had different standards for grades back then.
However, I seriously doubt that the old DVD looked or sounded better than the new one; based on my written impressions, I believe the two discs are likely virtually identical in both picture and audio categories. Instead of the theatrical PG version, we get an unrated one. Other than that sequence, I was hard-pressed to notice much new.
Every other extra on the DVD repeats from the original release. We start with a running audio commentary from the Coyotes themselves. Yes, that means we get remarks from the sexy young actresses involved: This track was somewhat screen specific, though the topics varied a lot, and seemed to mostly have been recorded in one session with all of the ladies present. However, it sounded like some of the statements - especially those from Bello and Banks - may have come from a separate taping.
Since the various bits are pretty short, this was a very useful feature. Search for the Stars uses three mini-pieces to look at how the various actors got their roles. The first takes on Perabo, while the second examines the other Coyotes and the last one discusses Garcia. Ultimately the clips are watchable but unspectacular. Schlockmeister extraordinaire Diane Warren composed most of the tracks, and we hear from her, singer LeAnn Rimes, and various cast and crew.
The excessive praise of Warren nauseated me, but otherwise the piece was decent. Coyote gives us three more mini-features, all of which concentrate on the work the actresses had to do for their roles. These run a total of six minutes and 40 seconds. As with the other pieces, the clips are moderately interesting but nothing especially compelling.
Additional Scenes features five different deleted clips. These last a total of six minutes and 55 seconds. Less useful is Action Overload. It seems kind of pointless to me, but if it interests you, have fun! Though it was formulaic and predictable, the movie portrays its subject with enough spark and energy to make it worth a look. The DVD offers good picture and sound plus some semi-superficial but fun extras.
Is it worth a repurchase for seven minutes of clips?