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Ping Pong Summer (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review

A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: 2014 Millennium Media
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 91 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s):
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Marcello Conte, Judah Friedlander, Amy Sedaris, Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah
Directed by: Michael Tully
Music by: Michael Montes
Written by: Michael Tully
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 5th, 2014

"1985 - Wish you were here!"

My Take:

Set in 1985, Ping Pong Summer tells the coming of age story of "Rad" Miracle. He is a shy kid who is into Hip-Hop and Ping-Pong. Rad and his family are on vacation in Ocean City Maryland and it is here he will learn some life lessons as he has that magic summer of taking on the mean rich kid, falling in love for the first time all while finding himself in the process. Mentored in Ping Pong by the local weirdo played perfectly by an under utilized Susan Sarandon, Ping Pong Summer has obvious throwbacks to The Karate Kid and many of the 80s summer flicks that were so much harmless fun in a less jaded decade 30 years ago.

Ping Pong Summer is built on a stock plot, with humor that often missed the mark (well there is one memorable moment when Rad is beat Boxing in the bathroom and his mom played by Lea Thompson thinks he is in there masturbating), however, the thing I can give it credit for is that it doesn't need 90 minutes of classless potty humor and situations to try to win us over. Writer/Director Michael Tully works with nostalgia, throwing in red Nike sneaks and Micheal Jackson pants, Boom Boxes and using a time where an Arcade was the place to hang young teenagers. He went for heart and humor but mostly came up up a bit too bland.

Parental Guide: Some profanity.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 80
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Video: 86
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Ping Pong Summer comes to Blu-ray Disc from Millennium Media featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26.8 Mbps and DTS-HD MA lossless that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps.

Ping Pong Summer intentionally looked dated, with an abundance of grain, a poppy and warm color palette that makes this look, feel and taste like the 80s. The grain mingles well with delineated fine details and stable contrast, and strong black levels are the icing on the cake. I was a bit more scrutinizing of the films 80s hip-hop soundtrack as it was aggressive, had some decent low end, but did feel a little hollow at times. Dialogue is fine as are its surround channels, but the music (even though it sounded good) was sitting a little awkward in the mix. Even with that complaint Ping Pong Summer was a very good in HD with its lossless audio track.

Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Michael Tully and Producer George Rush
  • (HD) Lazer Beach: The Making of Ping Pong Summer - 14min doc
  • (HD) Previews of other Millennium films

Final Thoughts:

Ping Pong Summer strove for depth, heart and humor but never fully scored on any level. If you want a heartfelt and humorous coming of age film I can steer you to many better titles. Great Video and very good audio round the disc out making it worth a viewing for interested parties.

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I'd give this movie a try only as a Netflix or Amazon Prime download.
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