American Pie: Band Camp DVD Review
PictureOk, so assuming you are still with me, time for a little bit of praise. The picture here is presented as anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 and is of a high standard. The image is crisp, clean and very colourful. As this movie has been released direct to DVD there has obviously been no chance for anything to go wrong in the transfer and it has a very natural feel to the image.
SoundJust to rub it in, we have an ironic surprise - this turkey comes with a DTS soundtrack!! Yep, there is both an English 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS soundtrack here and as ever, the DTS one pips the DD to the post with a richer, more dynamic presentation. They are both good - with plenty of thumping teeny-rock music so synonymous with these American teen movies. There isn't much surround action but it is one of the most upbeat and dynamic soundtracks you'll find on a comedy DVD. I guess that begs the question why this isn't the case more often... here's hoping it's the start of a new trend by Universal.
ExtrasIt's hard to be enthusiastic about even more of something this bad but for completeness, here goes...
Outtakes (4m17s). Usual bluffs and “funny” mistakes....
Deleted Scenes (11m51s). A few scenes that didn't make it into the movie - we are given no information as to their context or why they were omitted which normally would disappoint me....
Band Camp Dirty Diary (17m24s). The title of this extra demonstrates this DVD's attempts at cheap titillation. There is nothing dirty about it, it's just the usual behind-the-scenes featurette featuring interviews with the cast.
Band Camp's Dirty Secrets Set Tour (5m36s) is another behind the scenes featurette, this time led by a couple of the Band Camps “counsellors” Angela Little and Rachel Veltri.
Secret Rovercam Footage (14m40s). This is supposedly footage from a remote controlled spy-camera and features in-character footage from the various characters in the film. It is quite a novel idea to pad out the characters and would make a welcome addition to other movies. Unfortunately here, the characters are so one-dimensional that I wasn't interested in seeing what else they might get up to.
Baby Got Back Music Video (1m32s). This again features the “counsellors” dancing to Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-lot. If this isn't designed to get 15 year olds (and the rest of us) hot under the collar... I don't know what is. Take 4 stunning models, put them in bikinis, stick them in the school shower and having them shake their stuff to the camera, complete with “T&A” close-ups throughout. That's it. Classy.
VerdictAmerican Pie Presents Band Camp is a brainless, cynical piece of movie making and is an insult to its target audience. For those still finding their tastes in cinema, I urge you not to waste your time with this; there is so much good stuff out there to catch up with... In the words of the classic summer holiday kids TV programme “Why Don't You”...” Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set And Go Out And Do Something Less Boring Instead?". Enough said.
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