SRP $34.95 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 PARAMOUNT
   
   
SRP $39.95 2.35:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 

While having to admit not being at all impressed with the trailer to "DRILLBIT TAYLOR" and accepting it's like a very "PG" version(for the most part)of "Superbad" in many ways, it's ultimately a well-meaning, spirited film, and it's hard not to like Owen Wilson, even though most of the plot offers contrived scenes that pull short of originality where they could've been with a little more work. 

After being bullied around enough, two high school freshmen, hire a bum(Wilson)to be their bodyguard and mentor/trainer,etc. The problem is, although Drillbit has the school fooled into believing he's a substitute teacher, he's a bum, and it's got to be only a matter of time, even within a ridiculous plot like this, before he's discovered. Of course, Drillbit also finds a pretty teacher enamored with him, enough to have full relations behind various school doors(eluded to,  but not shown). 

Most adults, will find the story overly predictable and simple, but Wilson's charisma(yes, charisma)ultimately saves the day and the film. 

PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement here.  For some reason, the colors here are pushed to the limits, creating a hyped up atmosphere that calls too much attention to itself. It was a bit rich and bright in theaters, but it's too oversaturated on this dvd, for its own good. Watchable of course, but annoying in spots.  Detail is acceptable, but less impressive than on the many superior PARAMOUNT dvd releases available. The blu-ray, while offering better resolution, and improved depth, still has the same color flaws as the dvd, with excessive brightness and a general softness marring many scenes.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix  While there are some ambient effects, most of the separation is limited to the front speakers. It's an unremarkable mix. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix offers better ambient effects, particularly with subtle background discrete effects, but it doesn't standout as anything particularly great when compared to most other TrueHD blu-rays already available.

There are plenty of deleted scenes(all 16:9 enhanced)and a gag reel, commentary from director and crew, and a featurette.