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BAD TEACHER

Watching the trailer and television commercials for BAD TEACHER ($36), one has the expectation that this will be a raunchy and crude comedy. And while BAD TEACHER is indeed raunchy and crude, the problem is that films of this type are rarely as raunchy or as crude as one would imagine. Still, BAD TEACHER is a pretty darn funny movie; it just doesn’t go to the depths one would hope for its humor. BAD TEACHER stars Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth Halsey, the dreadful educator of the film’s title. When we first meet Elizabeth, she is about to ditch teaching for the pampered lifestyle guaranteed by marrying her wealthy fiancé. However, Elizabeth’s fiancé comes to the realization that she is a gold-digger and dumps her before their marriage.

Forced to fall back on education as a means of paying the bills, until she can snag another big fish, Elizabeth proves to be less than a sterling instructor. Up all night partying and trolling for a rich husband, Elizabeth’s modus operandi is to sleep during class, while showing "educational" films to her students. Russell Gettis (Jason Segel), the school's gym teacher, takes an interest in Elizabeth, but she isn’t interested in the lifestyle that can be bought on his salary. Enter substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), who comes from a wealthy family and immediately registers Elizabeth’s radar. While Elizabeth throws her hook in the water repeatedly, Scott isn’t biting, and instead, becomes interested in Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch), an overly perky and decidedly dedicated educator. Elizabeth come to think she isn’t using the right bait and decides she needs to raise $10k quickly to pay for a boob job. When she discovers that the school district is paying a large cash bonus to the teacher whose class score highest on a standardized test, Elizabeth decides to do a complete about-face and pull out all the stops to ensure she wins the cash. The cast of BAD TEACHER also features Phyllis Smith, John Michael Higgins, Molly Shannon and Eric Stonestreet.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made BAD TEACHER available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. Both the original Theatrical Version and a longer Unrated Cut of the film are present on the disc. BAD TEACHER sports a fairly terrific 1080p presentation that is certain to please anyone with a Blu-ray player. Image sharpness and dimensionality are really quite impressive for a comedy. Close-ups look best, offering excellent texturing and fine detail; wider shots are a bit softer, but not significantly so. Colors are pretty vibrant, but are not excessive. Flesh tones are always appealing. Blacks are inky, whites are crisp and contrast is smooth. Shadow detail is just fine. The elements from which BAD TEACHER have been transferred appear relatively free from blemishes. There is a mild veneer of grain throughout the course of the presentation, which helps maintain a very film-like quality.

BAD TEACHER is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. As expected, BAD TEACHER features a fairly standard comedy mix, but the outlying channels do engage occasionally for mild sound effect placement. BAD TEACHER is almost always on talky side, but the ambience in the sound design helps create fairly natural sounding sonic environments. Thanks to the lossless encode, fidelity is really quite strong, where the music is concerned and the sound effects are convincing. As for the bass channel, it has little to do other than adding weight to the effects and a bit of depth to some of the music. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. A Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track is also encoded onto the disc, as is an English descriptive track. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplements. Starting things off is Jams Yearbook- Hidden Moments, an interactive feature that offers a bit more info on the characters in the film. Featurettes and other programs include the following: Way Behind The Scenes With Jason And Justin (six minutes), Raising More Than Funds (four minutes), A Very Odd Blacksmith Story (two minutes), Swimming With The Dolphins (four minutes) and Good Teacher (four minutes). Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel and Bonus Trailers close out the standard extras. BAD TEACHER is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player). Sony’s MovieIQ feature is available through BD-Live, which provides the viewer access to a continuously updated database of additional information about the film, its cast, crew and soundtrack, as well as other trivia.

BAD TEACHER is funny, just not as raunchy and crude as some might like. The Blu-ray gets very good grades. Recommended.

 
BAD TEACHER 


Bad Teacher (Unrated Edition) [Blu-ray] (2011)

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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