Old School (2003) - Unrated [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount || Unrated - 91 minutes - $29.99 || December 16, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-09


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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

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Todd Phillips
Writer(s): Court Crandall and Todd Phillips & Scot Armstrong (story), Todd Phillips & Scot Armstrong (screenplay)
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Ellen Pompeo, Leah Remini, Jeremy Piven


Theatrical Release Date: February 21, 2003


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Old School Orientation
  • Inside the Actors Studio Spoof
  • Outtakes and Bloopers
  • TV Promotions
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

Will Ferrell is comedy gold. Every movie he has ever starred in after leaving Saturday Night Live has been a blast to watch. Put him with other veteran comedy actors Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson to create one of the best comedy movies ever known as Old School.

Mitch (Luke Wilson) returns home early from some sort of business conference to surprise his girlfriend only to find her watching a dirty movie. No, not a movie with dust on it, you know what I’m talking about, don’t make me type it.

Mitch tries to act all nice and play along with it until a nude couple emerges from the bathroom door. He recoils in horror and moves out. A wedding takes place the next day where Frank “The Tank” (Will Ferrell) is getting married much to the hatred of their mutual friend Bernard “Beanie” (Vince Vaughn). Beanie tries to stop Frank from throwing his life away but Frank continues down the path and marries his wife anyways.

During the ceremony Mitch gets drunk and stumbles into a hallway where Nicole (Ellen Pompeo) who he has had a crush on for a long time strikes conversation up with him. Of course being as drunk as he is he makes a complete fool of himself by spilling a drink on her dress.

Mitch ends up moving near a college where he hosts a party with help from his friends Frank and Beanie. However Mitch makes the mistake of being too heartbroken and ends up sleeping with his boss’s daughter Darcie (Elisha Cuthbert). He runs into even more trouble when Dean Pritchard (Jeremy Piven) tries to ruin Mitch’s life since he’s on fraternity grounds and doesn’t have one.

The gang has to start a fraternity, and in the meantime manage to find time to get girls to wrestle an older gentleman and screw up Frank’s marriage. The rest of the flick deals with the trials of a fraternity, more nudity, and a funny cameo from Comedian Andy Dick.

The movie does have a few slow points, mainly towards the end, but it keeps a constant flow of laughter and entertainment throughout.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Feature Commentary – Director Todd Phillips, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Luke “One-Take” Wilson team up for a laugh-filled commentary track. From start to finish this is a commentary that is well-worth a listen to when you have some free time. Wilson and Ferrell are funny, Vaughn seems like he’s in a coma, and Phillips gives some background about the movie.

Deleted Scenes (13 minutes) – A collection of scenes that didn’t make the movie. A few of them are funny, but the rest are hit or miss.

Old School Orientation (13 minutes) – The cast talks about their roles in the movie and what they wanted the movie to be like. Ferrell as usual is hilarious in this bit.

Inside the Actors Studio Spoof (14 minutes) – Ferrell takes over the role of James Lipton in a spoof of the hit TV show on the Bravo network. It’s a bit dry at times but worth a look if you’ve got some free time.

Outtakes and Bloopers (5 minutes) – Flubs that happened during the taping of the flick. Some of the bloopers are hilarious though so check it out.

Also included is the Theatrical Trailer in HD and TV Promotions for the movie.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

While this is a step up from the DVD version released years ago, it’s not a complete upgrade in some respects. Colors are often too colorful at times, and the contrast is slightly off during some scenes. Grain is somewhat present during the film which is a constant annoyance. This isn’t a horrible transfer by any means but it’s not something that I consider to be worth purchasing it on video alone. In terms of quality the movie is passable. It just feels like more could have been done with a better transfer in terms of color and contrast.

Just like the video, there’s nothing spectacular about the audio either. The Dolby TrueHD track doesn’t help out the comedy much, although audio is fine and there is rarely a dull moment or a too quiet one. The concert scene near the start uses the rear speakers, but other than that scene rarely do they get used again.



.::OVERALL::.

Old School is a laugh riot for fans of Ferrell, Vaughn, or Wilson. Even if you aren’t a fan of them, this is still one of the best comedies in the past decade. Along with average audio and video qualities and a fairly entertaining special feature package, this is a great movie for a stocking stuffer. Just don’t forget to buy earmuffs for the little ones.