- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- Subtitles: English SDH
- Region: A
- Rating: Not Rated
- Discs: 2
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Blu-ray Release Date: October 5, 2010
- List Price: $29.98
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Animal House meets Porky’s and American Pie for Spike TV’s rude, crude, and lewd series on the life of college football athletes and their quest to “par-tay.” Semi-nudity, profanity, and bodily functions are the focus of the comedy as three college freshman — second string quarterback Alex Moran (Darin Brooks), running back Craig Shilo (Sam Jones III), and team mascot Sam Cacciatore (Chris Romano) — arrive at Midwestern football powerhouse Blue Mountain State and immediately have to deal with hazing, surviving on the team, and the struggle to find sex by any means possible.
To call Blue Mountain State puerile would be an understatement. Its irreverent brand of shock humour is not without its moments of laugh inducing fun, but it wears thin very quickly. To sustain it over the season’s 12 half-hour episodes is impossible. The shows become repetitive and more and more revolting in their humour as the season drags on. For example, if you think guys racing with Oreo cookies in their buttocks and then eating them makes for good comedy and it doesn’t make you at all queasy or college guys letting an eighty-year-old woman give them hand jobs so they can get passing grades, then Blue Mountain State is the show for you.
Blue Mountain State doesn’t exactly have the sort of production that is going to “pop” in high definition and become a home theatre reference, but the 1080p/24 AVC/MPEG-4 encoding From Lionsgate is a solid one. The outdoor football scenes offer vibrant colors and good flesh tones, overall detail is strong, and noise levels in darker scenes are relatively low.
The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix offers nothing particularly exciting, but the dialogue is clean, the surround channels are filled with a good amount of audible ambience and dynamics are preserved. The show’s musical soundtrack is also given a god, wide soundstage with smooth and airy high frequencies.
There aren’t an abundance of supplements provided with Blue Mountain State, but everything is offered in HD and pertinent to the series.
The supplements provided with this release are:
- Outtakes/Deleted Scenes (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:10.35) — Played continuously; a combination of bloopers and deleted scenes.
- Locker Room Rewind (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:26.43) — A picture-in-picture commentary for the pilot episode.
- Making the Squad: The Cheerleaders of BMS (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 0:04.47) — Romanski interviews a BMS cheerleader in character.
The Definitive Word
Spike TV’s Blue Mountain State is “guy TV” aimed right at the 18 to 24 crowd. Why exactly that means it has to be crude, mindless television with an emphasis on sex and partying, well, your guess is as good as mine. Be that as it may, Lionsgate’s Blu-ray release of the series is a solid effort that is a sure upgrade over broadcasts of the series, albeit not much of a home theatre showcase.
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