After having been denied admission from all universities to which he applied, even his fallback school, Ohio State, Bartley "B" Gaines (Long) finally gets Accepted to South Harman Institute Of Technology (S.H.I.T.), a little place of higher learning that he made up. And with the help of some of his fellow rejects, they take over an abandoned psychiatric hospital...and welcome in the first class of S.H.I.T.Heads. (Jack Kelley)
Special features on the DVD version include commentary with Director Pink and Actors Long, Black, Hill, and Adam Herschman; an 11-minute in-depth (but not too deep) look at Herschman; a ten-minute making-of featurette; a five-part interactive campus map; "Hanging On The Half Pipe" and "Keepin' Your Head Up" music videos; deleted scenes; a gag reel; and music from the movie for MP3s. Plus forced previews. The HD DVD version includes all of those features (minus the MP3s), but also includes two U-Control features: Picture-In-Picture with commentary by Director Pink and Actors Long, Black, Hill, and Herschman; and production photographs while watching the movie. There is also a feature (My Scenes) where you can handpick your favorite scenes and create a list.
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits bright, vibrant colors, although the entire presentation is slightly washed out. Details can be slightly fuzzy, and noticeable edge enhancement makes medium and long shots a mess. Inadequate shadow delineation makes for a generally flat image, but the picture can look good. The VC-1-encoded HD DVD provides much more vibrant colors, but the image is still slightly fuzzy with less than perfectly refined details. (Danny Richelieu)
The DVD's Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is generally relegated to the center channel, with some stereo spread across the front stage and very little surround envelopment. The LFE channel is incorporated into the mix with music, which is really the only deep bass present. Fidelity is good, though, and dialogue sounds good, which generally is the driving force of this soundtrack. The HD DVD's Dolby Digital Plus encoding makes the soundtrack sound slightly more refined, with a smoother response and tighter bass, although the mix still is not very exciting. (Danny Richelieu)