Mr. Woodcock

Featured In Issue 129, March 2008

WSR Score3.5
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John Farley (Scott), a successful self-help author, returns to his hometown to find his mother (Sarandon) has fallen in love with his sadistic high school P.E. teacher, Mr. Woodcock (Thornton). John, a former chunky teenager, remembers in horror the mental and physical humiliation he suffered at the hands of the no-nonsense gym teacher. Vowing to do whatever it takes to derail his Mom's budding relationship, John soon finds himself locked in a battle of body and mind with his old nemesis. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include ten deleted/alternate scenes, the following two featurettes: The Making Of Mr. Woodcock (15 minutes) and P.E. Trauma Tales (12 minutes), the original theatrical trailer for this film, and previews.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD exhibits a generally bland picture, with desaturated colors and an overall dim appearance. Black levels are solid, though, and shadow delineation is fairly impressive. Contrast can be somewhat overblown with hot whites. Details are not captured incredibly well, and compression artifacts can be noticed from time to time. Edge enhancement is minor and does not pose much of a problem. The VC-1-encoded Blu-ray Disc shows a similar appearance, with desaturated colors and a relatively dim appearance. Whites are still somewhat overblown, and details aren't as well resolved as in the best high-definition releases. Black levels are solid and shadow delineation is good. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack often sounds tinny and hollow, with somewhat unrefined fidelity. A high-pitched hissing can also be heard from time to time throughout the presentation, which can be a slight distraction. Shuffling distortion can be heard as well. The front stage is fairly wide, especially for music, but atmospheric effects are generally constrained. The surround channels can be ignored for much of the presentation, leaving the soundtrack sounding fairly one-dimensional. We can only decode the DTS® core stream from the DTS-HD Master Audio encoding found on the Blu-ray Disc, but it still features better fidelity than the DVD's encoding, with more natural-sounding dialogue and better dynamic range. A high-pitched ringing can be heard, but the shuffling distortion is lessened. (Danny Richelieu)