Old School: Unrated Blu-Ray Edition

DVD Reviews | Dec 22nd, 2008

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Starring Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Luke wilson, Jeremy Piven
Written By: Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Studio: Dreamworks
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The cult comedy classic Old School is now available in Blu-Ray and what a better to way to watch Mitch and Co. than in high definition. Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell and Luke Wilson star in this comedy about men who try and form a male fraternity after Mitch catches his girlfriend cheating on him with a room full of strangers. Out of control antics and hijinks ensue until the Dean goes out of his way to try and shut them down and kick them off campus.

The Blu Ray release was impressive in quality. The audio and visuals turned out great. The colors were crisp and clear, with no apparent distractions from the movie like some other high definition releases out there. I haven’t seen Old School in awhile so it was a real treat to watch the film again, especially in High Definition. It was great to watch a movie that I didn’t have to adjust the volume every two seconds to hear dialogue or with a change of scenery, the levels change. The audio stream was loud and definitely came across smooth and solid.

Perhaps I don’t remember the extras the first time around, but I loved the deleted scenes, and the outtakes. I thought that most of them should have just been left in the movie, especially for something like the Unrated Edition when it shouldn’t be a big deal with time constraints. I can see why some of them were cut due to continuity, or just stand alone jokes. The other extra I enjoyed for a bit was the Inside The Actors Studio spoof with Will Ferrell as Host James Lipton as he interview Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, Director Todd Phillips, and Ferrell himself. It was funny but I think the bit would have benefited from a real audience. It was too quiet in the background so the stuff that was being said kind of fell on deaf ears.

The cast on this movie is what made it work. Having several big time actors, some on the way up, some on the way down really helped make the jokes work. The film at times is crass to some, but hysterical to most and I fall in the latter category. Vaughn and Ferrell had great comedic timing and the rest of the pledges for the frat were great as well, albeit lesser known actors and comedians. It would be nice to make a sequel to this film, and it’s been talked about in the past but I think some of the actors are just too big and expensive to put that film together. I suppose you run the risk of the sequel not being funny and tarnishing the image of the original.

Feature Commentary
From The Cutting Room Floor:
– Early Flight Home
– Legal Advice
– Beanie’s True Colors
– Planning Max’s B-Day Party
– Mitch Visits Dean Pritchard
– Original Locker Room Scene
– House Inspection
– Frank’s Soul Mate
Old School Orientation
Theatrical Trailer
Inside The Actors Studio Spoof
Outtakes & Bloopers
TV Spots:
– Working Together
– Old Wild
– Nomination

ENGLISH: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color – 1080p

English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

Favorite Scenes: Mitch-A-poolaza, Recruiting, Birthday Party, KY Wrestling, School Spirit
Rating: NR
Running Time: 92 minutes
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