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Drillbit Taylor

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 134 (Sept 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Owen Wilson, Leslie Mann, Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile, David Dorfman, Alex Frost, Josh Peck, Danny McBride & Stephen Root

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include a feature commentary track by the film's cast and crew, a 14-minute The Writers Get A Chance To Talk: Kristofer Brown And Seth Rogen featurette, 13 deleted/extended scenes, a four-minute Line-O-Rama, a four-minute Gag-Reel, a one-minute Rap-Off, a three-minute behind-the-scenes look at Sprinkler Day, a three-minute look at the Bully of the film, a three-minute featurette Directing Kids, a six-minute interview with The Real Don: Danny McBride, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 344062
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/01/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Steven Brill
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Thrilled to be shedding their former junior-high geek status, best friends Wade (Hartley) and Ryan (Gentile) are looking forward to donning a new persona in high school. When the friends arrive on their first day of school to find Filkins (Frost), the school bully, stuffing a diminutive fellow freshman in a locker, Wade speaks up against the bully, sealing his fate as the target of hazing and harassment. Wade and Ryan are sure the only way out of the daily torture of being picked on by Filkins and his buddy Ronnie (Peck) is to hire a bodyguard for protection. Limited funds lead the boys to find a cut-rate solution to their problems in local homeless Vet, Drillbit Taylor (Wilson). With the assistance of the hired help, the nerdy group of friends take on the school's bullies. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD shows deep black levels, for the most part, but there are scenes where the blacks appear overly gray. Shadows are delineated well, though, and there is a pleasant sense of depth to the image. Colors are somewhat drab and desaturated, and contrast is too hot with whites that often bloom. Fleshtones have a pinkish hue, and highlights in skin often look too bright. There are occasional compression artifacts noticeable, and resolution is adequate. Edge enhancement is recognizable but not distracting. (Danny Richelieu)