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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Action Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 106 (Mar 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Nick Cannon, Shawn Ashmore, Roselyn Sanchez, Kelly Hu, Ian Gomez, Hugh Bonneville & Cheech Marin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 1.5
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Special Features
Special features include a seven-minute featurette "The Making Of Underclassman," five minutes of cast auditions, feature commentary with director Marcos Siega and co-writers David T. Wagner & Brent Goldberg, and 15 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Marcos Siega and co-writers David T. Wagner & Brent Goldberg. There are also sneak peeks and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 49667
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For violence, sexual references, drug material, and some teen drinking
(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): 93
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/17/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Marcos Siega
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Tre Stokes (Cannon) is a very young-looking officer who longs to get off bike-cop duty and move up to detective. When a dead body is found at the posh private Westbury School, Tre volunteers to go undercover to investigate whether the death was accidental or not. When he discovers that luxury cars are being stolen left and right, Tre sets up a sting to try and fish the crooks out. And after his boss's (Marin) car is stolen in the set-up, Tre takes things into his own hands, proving once and for all that he's ready to become more than just a pedal pusher. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD picture exhibits very nicely rendered images, with well-saturated colors, natural fleshtones, and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed, with pleasing textures and definition. Contrast and shadow delineation also contribute to the natural appearance of this DVD. Occasional pixel breakup and edge enhancement might be detected by finicky viewers, but distractions are minimal overall. (Suzanne Hodges)

While each of the available channels are active for much of the presentation, the Dolby