Media

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

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"Mr. Woodcock" (Blu-ray)

movie-mr-woodcock-bd.jpgSynopsis

 

Scott stars as John Farley, a self-help author who returns to his hometown only to discover that his mother has fallen in love with his old high school nemesis, Mr. Woodcock - the gruff, no-nonsense gym teacher who had put him through years of mental and physical humiliation.

Specifications

  • New Line
    2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 28 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Directed by Craig Gillespie
  • Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Sean William Scott, Susan Sarandon, Ethan Suplee
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

I had low expectations going into this one. The trailers didn’t do much for me but I knew there would probably be some laughs. The story overall is pretty predictable and at times you’ll almost feel guilty for laughing with some of Thornton’s antics, but in the end it ended up being an entertaining hour and a half. While I wouldn’t recommend a purchase, it wouldn’t be a waste of a rent.

Technical

The HD presentation is quite solid and near reference for this genre. Color rendition is solid and I was impressed with the saturation and deep hues throughout. Most of the outdoor scenes look spectacular. Fine detail is impressive but I couldn’t help feel like some of the image was slightly veiled giving some parts a rather glowing look. Contrast is strong and helps with dimension a lot and depth of image is outstanding. I didn’t see anything in terms of compression issues.

New Line looks to be continuing their working relationship with Mi Casa Multimedia as evident through their strong use of DTS-HD Master Audio and 7.1 soundtracks. Mi Casa seems to be a fan of 7.1 mixes. Honestly, this track really didn’t need it, but I guess it doesn’t hurt in the long run. Like most comedies this track relies heavily on dialogue and the soundtrack selections. Both work well with nice balance and timbre. Dynamics are fine, but this isn’t an aggressive track by any means. The 7.1 mix does add to the spatial quality of the ambience, but I didn’t hear too much from the rear soundstage.

Extras

Some deleted scenes, a production feature, some funny P.E. stories, and the trailer are included.