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Back to School Blu-ray

United States
413
8
13
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1986 | 97 min | Rated PG-13 | May 29, 2011

Back to School (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
French: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free

Price
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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.4 of 53.4
Audio 3.0 of 53.0
Extras 3.4 of 53.4
Based on 5 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Comedy100%
Sport45%
Romance-
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Back to School

 (1986)

Back to School Blu-ray offers decent video and mediocre audio in this still overall recommended Blu-ray release

Millionaire businessman Thornton Melon enrolls in college to persuade his son, Jason, not to drop out. How will the campus' oldest freshman fit in? Will he even bother to try?

For more about Back to School and the Back to School Blu-ray release, see Back to School Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Burt Young, Sally Kellerman, Robert Downey, Jr., Terry Farrell
Director: Alan Metter

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Back to School Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

The AVC-encoded image for Back to School is noticeably grainy, and the amount of grain varies significantly from shot to shot. As a general matter, brightly lit scenes, especially outdoors, show the least amount of visible grain, and it's only in darker scenes, either indoors or outdoors at night or in shadow, that heavy grain becomes noticeable. This phenomenon is clearly source-based, because it changes precisely when the scene changes. Digital tools exist to reduce or eliminate such grain without losing picture detail, but they have to be applied carefully by expert hands, and studios aren't yet ready to invest in the effort for anything but their A-list catalogue titles. Until that attitude changes, the preferred approach is the one taken here, which is to leave the grain intact, rather than recklessly sand it off, along with vital picture detail.

Detail is adequate but not exceptional, and the same is true of the black levels, which often appear to be crushed. Here again, this appears to be source-based and may be a product of inadequate lighting during principal photography. (Much of the film was shot on location at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and location lighting can be difficult to control.) Colors are generally realistic and not heavily saturated, but the school color is red, which ensures that there's usually something bright in the frame.


Back to School Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

Presented in DTS lossless, the soundtrack has been remixed for 5.1, but I don't know why anyone bothered. The mix remains entirely front-oriented with almost no surround presence. The two essential components are the dialogue, which is clear, and the energetic score by Danny Elfman, who appears in the film with his band, Oingo Boingo, playing at one of Thornton's dorm parties. The music sounds great, but it would have been just as good in stereo.


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