Snowboard Academy (DVD)

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has released the lost masterpiece, “SNOWBOARD ACADEMY”!  No, it’s not a masterpiece, but it is actually entertaining, and it’s certainly (for a 39 year old) nostalgic, being that it stars Cory Haim, Jim Varney, and the ex-Mrs. Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen. 

The dramatic conflict here focuses on two brothers at odds over which pastime is better, skiing or snowboarding.  Shakespeare it’s not, but it is fun, sophomoric, and even, in a PG kind of way, titillating.  Haim stars as the “cool” brother who likes snowboarding.  Paul Hopkins plays his brother, whom looks down on snowboarders, preferring skiers.  Paul challenges his brother to a race, and the rest of the film concerns Haim trying to make his band of snowboarders into contestants to be feared.  Jim Varney plays an engineer, and he’s not bad, although he’s no Bill Murray. And, “SNOWBOARD ACADEMY” is a very poor man’s “Caddyshack”.

There are numerous problems with the film,…story, acting, editing, but, still, somehow, it manages to pull more than a few laughs, and adolescents, whom are its target audience, will enjoy it!

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented the film with a 1.33:1 full frame ratio.  While colors aren’t rich, they’re never dull or lifeless. The image has a generally soft look to it. Contrast is fine. Fleshtones appear natural.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix, however, there’s no noticeable separation.  Dialogue is always intelligible, and music is presented with adequate fidelity.