An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky
- Street Date:
- July 2nd, 2013
- Reviewed by:
- Bryan Kluger
- Review Date: 1
- August 8th, 2013
- Movie Release Year:
- Universal Studios
- 100 Minutes
- Release Country
- United States
The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take
I had no idea what to expect from a film called "Saige Paints The Sky.' I was informed that this movie is based on a line of dolls geared towards girls ages 4-12. While there isn't any mention of a doll in the actual film, the only people who would enjoy this horrible mess of a movie would be girls that age. And even then, that's pushing it.
The main character, Saige, is every five year old girl's dream. Saige has wealthy, loving parents, friends at school, and a cool Grandma (played by a bored Jane Seymore) who owns a giant state-of-the-art ranch where she rides horses, paints, and has a good looking stable boy to help out around the estate. And Saige gets to visit, ride horses, and paint whenever she wants. Needless to say, Saige has it all and couldn't be happier.
But Saige's world is turned upside down and taken away from her, when terrorists take over her school and kill her classmates and her favorite teacher, leaving Saige's face soaked with blood and hell-bent on vengeance. Wait, that's only what I wish had happened. The real story is that Saige's best friend has made another friend over the summer, which makes Saige Hulk-mad. The new friend seems very cool, as she is polite, has fun ideas, and is extremely nice to Saige. But Saige is so jealous that her best friend is not paying attention to only her now, that she transforms into an annoying and ungrateful kid.
On top of this earth-shattering problem, Saige's school has cut the art program, and her grandmother strokes out, falls down, and ends up in the hospital. After a quick stay in the hospital for grandma, Saige sets out to raise a few thousand dollars to save the art program at school, accept the fact that she is a demon-child, and allow other friends to make decisions and new friends, which all leads up to the climactic finale full of explosions and carnage. Well, replace "explosions and carnage" with "a parade in which Saige rides a horse with streamers."
Sure, if your daughter is a fan of the line of dolls, she will get some of the references, but these lessons of conquering stage-fright, accepting new people, and being an all-around decent person have been done better many times before, leaving this wretched film best left in the garbage. There isn't one single ounce of good acting, a solid line of dialogue, or a single moment that didn't make me want to gouge my eyes out. Sure, Jane Seymour still looks good for her age, but she clearly owed someone a favor for being in this movie. If you're looking for a good movie to show your daughters, look elsewhere, as this one will leave you and your kids bored to death.
The Video: Sizing Up the Picture
'Saige Paints the Sky' comes with a decent 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Unlike the movie itself, 'Saige Paints the Sky' looks good. The detail is finely tuned as we can see clearly in closeups. The wrinkles in Jane Seymore's aging face are clearly defined, while the younger actor's makeup stands out like a sore thumb.
The colors are well done and well-saturated. Every color of the prism is used in this movies as Saige and her friends paint, do arts and crafts, and perform a skit in front of the entire school. The landscape at the ranch looks amazing and provides some good depth. The black levels are deep and inky here as well. There was no evidence of banding or dirt on the print, however some light motion blur was detected.
The Audio: Rating the Sound
This release comes with a solid lossless DTS-HD 5.1 audio mix. Although you'll never want to hear what's happening on screen, the dialogue is crystal clear and always easy to understand. There was no evidence of cracks, pops, or hissing in the soundtrack. The music in the film is the worst there is, but comes across louder than the dialogue at times through all speakers, as if they turned the volume up on everything.
There isn't much directionality here either. They dynamic range is average with the bass only hinting at its own presence. I'm sure the little ones will love the sound and music in this film, but don't expect any awards from this. For a direct-to-video release for small children, it does the job.
HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?
There are no HD exclusives.
'Saige Paints the Sky' is one of the worst films ever made. I think they wanted to show a story of young girl trying to do some good and overcome her fear of stage-fright, but the end result was showcasing a bratty rich kid who throws a hissy fit when she doesn't get her way. The video and audio are average with no extras on this release. Stay far away.
- Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet/Digital Copy
- BD-50 Disc
- 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- English SDH, French, Spanish
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