Film - When three thirtysomething friends with woman troubles (Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Vince Vaughn) decide to form a fraternity, it's supposedly to save Wilson from losing his house, which the nearby college is trying to claim for academic purposes. But really, Ferrell and Vaughn are desperate to return to the reckless, feckless days of beer bongs and hot chicks, and they drag Wilson along with them as they throw themselves into gathering frat pledges of all ages. Old School could have been just another string of bad jokes hanging on a flimsy plot, but the script and the cast have a jovial energy and just enough grounding in reality--at least, up until the obligatory beat-the-system ending, but by that point you'll forgive the excesses of this silly, cheerful, and frequently funny movie. Featuring Jeremy Piven and Juliette Lewis, with cameos by Snoop Dog, Andy Dick, and others.
Blu-ray - Old School enrolls on Blu-ray with a 1080p, 2.35:1-framed transfer of above-average quality. Much like the movie, the first half of the transfer don't seem to hold up as well as the later half. Much of the image takes on a rather drab, slightly obscure tone at first, not allowing for much in the way of vibrant colors or high levels of fine detail. Later in the movie, the image seems to brighten up, offering more robust and rich colors, and an appreciable, but not high, level of detail and texture. Both the early and later segments of the movie offer good high definition imagery, but neither qualify as "eye candy." Nor does the film exhibit much depth. The print's second half is also cleaner than its first; grain and blemishes both seem reduced later in the film. Blacks are strong, and flesh tones never veer too far from natural. Old School is certainly no Baraka, but DreamWork's efforts here are satisfactory and should please any and all die-hard fans.