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DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 91 minutes, two audio commentaries, deleted and extended scenes, featurette, animatic, comic, production stills, and music video

STUDIO: Destination Films/ SPHE

RELEASE DATE: 6-7-2005

ANALYSIS:   D.E.B.S is one of those films that you will like or hate. Are you watching it for the beautiful chicks in short skirts? Do you think it will be as good as Charlie's Angels (I hated that movie, but I like D.E.B.S.)? D.E.B.S. is a parody of Charlie's Angels with Clueless thrown in to boot. Where the Charlie's Angels movie sucked the life out of the room, D.E.B.S. on the other hand is quite fun in a guilty pleasure kind of way. D.E.B.S is a secret paramilitary group of college co-eds who are out to protect the world. Don't take the premise seriously because the movie doesn't either.

One team of D.E.B.S lead by Max and has a three other members including a hot Asian chick (Devon Aoki who is underused in this film), perfect score Amy Bradshaw, and Amy's best friend. Their mission is to spy on sexy lesbian super criminal Lucy Diamond (the hot Jordana Brewster). Amy's personal problems get in the way and the survelliance is blown. Amy comes face to face with Lucy. She survives the encounter and oddly enough Lucy has developed an interest in Amy. Lucy even goes as far to kidnap Amy and her best friend. After that encounter, the D.E.B.S. will confront Lucy yet again duringa bank robbery. Amy decides to go with Lucy. The D.E.B.S. think Amy has been kidnapped, but does she really want to be rescued and is she finding her true self?! Is that why she scored perfected on the secret D.E.B.S. test because she lies to herself so well?

D.E.B.S may be dumb, but it is funny. It has eye candy for the guys and a lesbian love story. The plot may not be focused at times, but it is pleasant enough to watch for 90 minutes.

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) and 1.33:1 (for those who want to watch Full Screen)

The transfer is a little soft. It would have been better they had chosen to just include the widescreen version and used more bit space.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English, French (Special Features not subtitled)

The 5.1 mix is top notch. The music and sound effects really stand out.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Two audio commentaries were recorded for the movie. The first commentary is with Writer/Director Angela Robinson and the second is with cast members Sarah Foster, Jordana Brewster, Meagan Good, and Jill Ritchie.

INFLITRATING D.E.B.S. is a fluff piece on the movie which starts with the origin of D.E.B.S from a short film to feature film. Too bad the D.E.B.S. short isn't included on the DVD which they showed clips from. Over eight minutes of deleted and extended scenes are included (my favorite shows parts of a love scene cut from the movie). Also included is a music video ("Into the Morning" by The Weekend) which has a attractive female lead singer. Too bad I don't like the music. Production Stills, a D.E.B.S. comic, and a Comic Animatic round out the extras in addition to previews for other SONY DVDs (including the XXX Director's Cut).

FINAL ANALYSIS: D.E.B.S is a promising effort which could have had a better second half. Definite guilty pleasure and plenty of eye candy.

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