Drumline (2002) - Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Music
Fox || PG13 - 118 minutes - $29.99 || January 27, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-02-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Charles Stone III
Writer(s): Sawn Schepps (story), Tina Gordon Chism and Sawn Schepps (screenplay)
Cast: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts, Afemo Omilami


Theatrical Release Date: December 13, 2002


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 3 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Thai

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.::THE FILM::.

I was never one of those ďband geeksĒ as they were called at my school as a kid. I played the piano when I was younger, for like a week. Yeah, I was a pretty cool kid. I miss childhood. Now I have to work and watch movies all day. Oh wait, thatís awesome! Anyways onto Drumline which stars Mariah Careyís husband Nick Cannon and Orlando Jones from the 7up commercials. See? I was going somewhere with the whole ďband geekĒ thing. I think I used this intro before though, but oh well.

Devon Miles (Nick Cannon) is graduating from high school today, and at his ceremony itís immediately clear that is a rude and obnoxious person. He and the other band memberís screw with the music for the ceremony and when he receives his diploma he acts like a complete fool in front of everyone, but they just laugh and play it off. So itís off to college for him, where he will be trying out for the Drumline. Hence the name of the movie.

So off to college he goes where he meets the beautiful Laila (Zoe Saldana) and the two hit it off, well, sort-of. Miles is still being his usual obnoxious self and Laila shrugs it off. Later on, he heads to try out for the college band, which is led by Dr. Lee (Orlando Jones) only to realize that he has to play sheet music. Miles has been keeping a dark secret about his talent as a musician, which is the obvious fact that he canít read music. Although for his tryouts, we donít find this out quite yet, but itís fairly implied that something is wrong when he tries to see the music and play it. So how does he do it? It turns out that he can listen to the people before him play the song, and play it back without any flaws. Itís kind of a cool thing.

So anyways, Miles makes the team but has a few scuffles with some of the other band members, such as the person who is in charge of leading the band while out on the football field named Sean (Leonard Roberts) who hates Miles from the start. The two get into a conflict and Miles ultimately takes Seanís place out on the field during the first game, which not only leads to a warring situation between those two but also Dr. Lee gets irate about the switch that was made without his knowledge.

This however leads to an even bigger conflict, as Sean realizes that Miles canít read the music sheet for the games and embarrasses him in front of the class. Dr. Lee has no choice but to kick Miles off the drumline until he can read music successfully. In the meantime, the flirting between Laila and Miles picks up and the two date. But can their relationship stay strong throughout the turmoil of trying to read sheet music, and can the drumline survive without Milesí obnoxious attitude or will he change for the better?

I actually enjoyed this movie, but it felt a bit too tacky at some parts. The whole relationship between Miles and Laila felt thrust upon viewers a little too quickly, as even though he was still a jerk in every right she still somehow falls for him anyways. The movie is also a tad bit long, as it lasts nearly two hours and I think a decent fifteen-twenty minutes of the flick could have been cut to make it a little easier to get through.

All in all though, the cast and writing is solid. Iím not sure what exactly the difference is between the theatrical/extended cut, but I watched the extended cut. So watch the theatrical if you want a little shorter running time, otherwise if youíre dying to know whatís different then by all means watch the extended version.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentary w/Director Charles Stone III: A rather dry commentary, although Stone does talk a lot about the movie and the hardships of making a low-budget film. Itís worth a listen if youíve got spare time though, as he is rather informative in his own way. *Note this is only available for the Theatrical Cut, not the Extended*

Deleted Scenes (6 minutes): These are presented in SD, which is kind of a letdown. They donít amount to much either, so these can be skipped.

BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES:
The following are all presented in HD.

Half-Time Heroes (14 minutes): A look at the half-time shows found in college games. Itís interesting if youíre in the band or want to know more about the trials that the people go through to put on a good show during a game.

The Real Battle of the Bands (9 minutes): This feature takes a gander at what the battle of the bands is like for the players. Itís interesting as the cast talks about the film as well as a few other subjects.

Anatomy of a Drumline (9 minutes): Another feature that details more about the drumline as the cast and crew once again talks about it. Itís an interesting feature if you enjoyed the film and wanted to take a closer look at the band aspect of it.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Fox yet again has pulled out all the punches with the transfer this flick, and even though it isnít an especially flashy film by any means it still looks pretty dang good. Flesh tones are colorful but not blown out of proportion either. Depth is also fine for the movie, as is contrast for the most part. Grain is however apparent in most of the night-time scenes, which is a big of a drag though to grain haters. Otherwise, itís a great transfer as usual from Fox.

The audio side of the film blasts off with an overkill of the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Some of the stadium scenes can be considered reference material for just how loud and lifelike they sound coming from my speakers. Sadly though, there are multiple scenes where dialogue is a bit too light or hard to make out exactly what the cast is saying. It is however still a phenomenal audio track despite the few gripes about the dialogue levels being slightly off.



.::OVERALL::.

Drumline is a light-hearted comedy that works in the genre that itís portrayed in. It has its funny moments, even though it does run a tad too long and a few scenes could have been cut. The technical presentation however is stellar, and the extras are enough to keep fans interested if they already own the DVD copy and want to upgrade. Itís worth an upgrade for those who enjoyed the film the first time around and a rental for those who have yet to see it.