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Division III: Football’s Finest Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/16-bit)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 98 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Image  Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • List Price: $29.97

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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The Film

[Rating:2/5]

I’m afraid that as a comedian and actor that Andy Dick has just never done anything for me, therefore even in this watchable, though predictable comedy Division III: Football’s Finest, I just can’t seem to find the underlying humor.

Division III, directed by and starring Marshall Cook is your typical Bad Teacher or Bad Santa type film, wherein Andy Dick plays Rick Vice, a washed up football coach at the small liberal arts college Pulham. Brought in to coach the team who plays in the NCAA’s Division III, the lowest division in the league, Vice, a wild, redneck, violent, and often racist character must turn around the school’s football team, the Blue Cocks, lest they be cut from the budget for good.

Dick’s humor is way over the top in Division III, which follows a rather predictable story arc for sports comedies set in college. Grumpy coach shows up, rag-tag players must be kicked into shape and resist then somehow click and start to win, cue party scenes, love interests and final game sequence. There are far better – and funnier – sports comedies out there, particularly without the annoying Andy Dick in them.

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The film itself looks rather dull without much of a film-like quality to it. There is certainly not much going on in the production to show off a high definition transfer. The often muted looking production even fails to take advantage of its strengths, not showing off the colors of the sunny outdoor football practices and so forth. Still, there is a life-like quality in the AVC/MPEG-4 encodement and solid amount of detail on closeup shots. The image is clean with little noise and hardly softening.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

A DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/16-bit) soundtrack is provided, but it doesn’t do much with those two surround channels or the subwoofer. In fact, the entire mix is quite front-heavy with minimal stereo panning and somewhat jagged sounding high frequencies. Dialogue is clean, but there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about this typical comedy mix.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3/5]

For Andy Dick fans, the extras that include an commentary, outtakes, and deleted and extended scenes will be worth watching for a bit more of the comedian’s brand of humor.

The supplements:

  • Commentary with Marshall Cook and Andy Dick
  • Outtakes (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:09:30)
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes (1.78:1; 1080p/24):
    • Flyer
    • Georgia Anne’s Plans
    • Heineken Maneuver
    • Hernandez
    • Magic
    • Monkey in the Middle
    • Sour
    • Vice’s Rant
    • Villain
  • Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

Andy Dick and a predictable story ruin this below average sports comedy. Stay away from Division III and watch something better.

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[amazon-product]B005XN6OFO[/amazon-product]

BestBuy.com:
Division III: Football'S Finest - Widescreen AC3 Dts

Purchase Division III: Football’s Finest on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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