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High School (Blu-Ray) Review

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High School (Bluray) Review

High School (Bluray) Review

High School (Bluray) Review

High School is a stoner comedy released in 2012 that stars the likes of Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis and Colin Hanks. In this comedy, valedictorian Henry Burke (played by Matt Bush) smokes some weed for the first time and as fate would have it, the very next day, his ball busting principle (Chiklis) institutes drug testing for all students. It’s up to Burke to fail the drug test and lose his future or embrace the friendship of a stoner to beat the system.

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Entertainment

High School is a stoner comedy that wasn’t heard loudly at the theaters but has taken on some momentum with its Blu-ray release. While there are three solid actors you’ve seen before in Brody, Chiklis and Hanks, it’s the others in Bush, Sean Marqette and Adhir Kalyan that do most of the comedy in this film. Frankly, if you don’t like stoner comedies, you’re not going to understand this one in the least. However, if you are a fan of movies like this (think Pineapple Express, just not as funny to be perfectly honest) then it’s definitely worth a watch. The main plot was decent enough and the heist scenes were pretty good. Not to be a big spoiler (this part is on the back cover), but their attempts to get the entire school high simultaneously so everyone fails the test was pretty solid as well. Again, for stoner comedy fans, you’ll have your share of laughs and if you aren’t a fan of the genre, you won’t find much at all entertaining about High School.

Extras

Regretfully, there’s not much in the way of extras which is rather shocking for a Blu-ray release. There’s audio commentary with the writer and director of the film, plus some deleted scenes. The dearth of decent extras is pretty woeful considering how much fun they must have had filming this movie.

Audio & Video Quality

High School on Blu-ray represents a full 1080p transfer so this is one of the better looking films we’ve seen from Anchor Bay in a long time. The video quality is excellent and the colors look absolutely true to the filmmaker’s intention. The sound is rendered in Dolby TrueHD 5.1, which represents a purported lossless soundtrack, which is crystal clear if you’re lucky enough to have the right audio gear.

Overall Impressions

Fans of stoner comedies that have already watched Pineapple Express 47 times will get a hoot out of High School, which brings a decent amount of laughs. This movie certainly isn’t recommended as a first stoner comedy and people that aren’t fans of the genre should stay away. We thought the movie was underrated since we didn’t expect much and the cast, specifically Chiklis and Brody, had some big moment laughs that were very memorable. The major downside of High School’s Blu-ray release is the small amount of extras. Overall, a decent movie and recommended for fans of the sub-genre.

HIGH SCHOOL (BLU-RAY) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall70%

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE7

High School had some nice moments where you'll laugh out loud. Not the best stoner comedy but certainly not the worst.

AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY9

The 1080p video transfer looked amazing and the surround sound was good as well.

EXTRAS5

There's just not a lot here. Audio commentary and then some deleted scenes. Such a shame because some more extras would have been very promising.


Sean Gibson

Sean Gibson

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Sean Gibson was the founder of Gaming Illustrated and served as Executive Editor and lead reviewer from 2002 to 2014. He no longer is affiliated with Gaming Illustrated, but remembers his time with the site fondly.
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HIGH SCHOOL (BLU-RAY) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall70%

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE7

High School had some nice moments where you'll laugh out loud. Not the best stoner comedy but certainly not the worst.

AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY9

The 1080p video transfer looked amazing and the surround sound was good as well.

EXTRAS5

There's just not a lot here. Audio commentary and then some deleted scenes. Such a shame because some more extras would have been very promising.

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