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Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part I

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"Old School" (HD DVD)

Old SchoolSynopsis
What's a guy supposed to do when he catches the early flight home and finds his girlfriend in bed with a room full of naked strangers? Return to college and start a fraternity! Before you can say "wild and wet wrestling, "Frank, the Tank", Mitch, and Beanie have their own frat raging with out-of-control antics. But when things get too wild, the dean sets out to shut them down.

Specifications

    • Dreamworks
      2003, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 31 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English/French/Spanish DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Todd Phillips
    • Starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Ah the fun of reliving the glory days. Nothing like a bunch of older guys trying to ignore the sorrow of their home life by escaping to the college campus and partying it up! Old School is fun but ultimately not that great of a film. It follows in a long line of college comedies that have their moments but ultimately leave me wanting in the end.

Technical

For some reason, I didn't think this one was going to look that good in HD. I don't know why though. Thankfully that is not the case. The HD transfer is actually quite good, with no glaring edge enhancement or obvious noise reduction.

Dimensionality is quite good, and fine detail is abundant. Contrast is lacking a bit, but the image has a very natural film like look to it. Colors are very natural, with no exaggeration at all. Overall, a very good HD transfer.

The audio presentation was also better than I was expecting. Presence can be quite good at times with a very open front soundstage and imaging. Dynamics aren't quite as good as I was hoping for, but some of the music in the film amps things up a bit. I was surprised how convincing the soundstage could seem at times though. Like the video presentation, a welcome surprise!

The uncompressed PCM mix is pretty dry as well. This is a comedy, so I wasn't expecting much to begin with. Dialogue sounds good and balance is solid, so I don't have too much to complain about. There isn't much in terms of dynamics, but I wouldn't expect much given the genre. The soundtrack adds some nice dimension at times, but again nothing too thrilling. A run of the mill soundtrack for this type of film.

Extras

Extras are pretty much the same as the special edition DVD. The only HD extra is the theatrical trailer. You also get a feature commentary, lots of deleted scenes, some spoofs, bloopers, and some TV spots.