School Of Rock Special Collector's Edition DVD Review
PicturePresented in Anamorphic 1.85:1 the transfer is rather good, but it does have a few issues which mark it down slightly. The print is for the most part free from grain and dirt and also looks sharp and clean, however this is not consistent and some scenes do appear to soften up somewhat. I also noted an image wobble now and again which was slightly distracting during some of the classroom scenes, I can only presume that this happened during the telicine process. Colours are also natural looking and well saturated with no obvious signs of bloom or bleed, flesh tones are also realistic. Unfortunately we don't escape the dreaded edge enhancement which is seen on a regular basis on a larger display, but it is never overly distracting. Overall it's a standard transfer which doesn't overly disappoint.
SoundThe Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix is somewhat disappointing to be honest and for the most part is squarely fixed on the front three channels. Only during the live music scenes does the soundfield come to life, but even then you will find yourself turning the volume up slightly to get that “LIVE” feel. Overall apart from the volume issue the track is dynamic and has some pleasing stereo pans where required, dialogue is always rich and easy to follow. Maybe this is an example where a DTS track might have made a difference with the music and volume, but what is here is acceptable if a little disappointing.
ExtrasFor the first time in a while I actually sat through the entire Audio Commentary by Jack Black and Director Linklater as they discussed the various stories surrounding the production with some good humour from both. Also featured is a commentary from the kids of School of Rock which whilst not overly informative is good fun and never quiet.
One of the funniest featurettes I have seen in a while the MTV Diary of Jack Black is hilarious. Ever wanted to know about a balanced diet? Try Blacks three animal diet with veg in the shape of fries! We also see Black and Tenacious D partner Kyle work on some songs and watch Black putting the final touches to the films mix. Next up are Jacks Plea to Zepplin, a making of feature, music video and theatrical trailer.
VerdictOne of the funniest films of the year and Jack Blacks finest performance yet (I can't wait for the Tenacious D Movie), the audio and video are adequate and the extras are good, highly recommended.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £29.95