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Tanner Hall Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 96 Mins
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • List Price: $29.99

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:2.5/5]

Friends Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg write and direct this poorly written and directed coming of age dramedy about four girls in a cozy New England boarding school, Tanner Hall. From the moment you see Chris Kattan (Mr. Middlewood) make an appearance early on as the horny teacher having a prank played on him by one our lead girls, you know this film is a bust.

The lives of this group of close-knit friends at boarding school is disrupted when the abrasive and non-conformist new student Victoria (Georgia King) arrives for senior year. Suddenly the girls are wilder and in more trouble than ever and confronting issues about their sexuality, friendships, and surroundings they hadn’t before.

One-dimensional characters with a lack of development inform this flawed film from go. The slutty girl Kate (Brie Larson), the sexually confused, androgynous girl Lucasta (Amy Ferguson), the self-destructive girl Victoria (King) and the thoughtful girl Fernanda (Rooney Mara) are all here, as are the pervy teacher (Chris Kattan) unsatisfied with his wife (Amy Sedaris). Story lines meander aimlessly without ever coming to their fruition and these girls basically behave rather badly and supposedly “grow” simply because we are told they do at the end of the film, although we never actually see them do it.

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Tanner Hall looks generally gritty and low budget, as you’d expect a, well, low budget indie film to look. This AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement does the best it can to stay out of the way and there are moments when it looks pretty good, nicely detailed and almost clean. Still, it is a rather uneven looking film and won’t be skyrocketing to the tops of anyone’s lists as reference material anytime soon.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Audio is a simple Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack that doesn’t do much with the surround channels, but does, however, provide clean dialogue, a punchy and natural sounding midrange and spacious and dynamic soundfield across the front for the musical soundtrack, which is anchored by alternative and sadcore acts like Stars and Iron & Wine.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1/5]

The extras are light on here, consisting only of a filmmaker commentary and the original theatrical trailer:

  • Audio Commentary with writer/producer/directors Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini
  • Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

Tanner Hall is a missed opportunity. Cast with some strong up and coming new faces, the screenplay is a bore and the characters are a miss, making the film, overall, pointless. Skip it.

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Tanner Hall -

Purchase Tanner Hall on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Tanner Hall

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

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