HOME   News   Reviews   Adv Search   Features   My DVD   About   Apps   Stats     Search:
  Directed by
    None Listed
  Starring
  Specs
  • Widescreen 2.35:1
  • 16:9 Enhanced
  • Dual Layer (RSDL )
  Languages
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • English: Dolby Digital Surround
  Subtitles
  • None
  Extras
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cast/crew biographies
  • Behind the scenes footage

The Faculty

Roadshow Entertainment/Roadshow Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 104 mins . M15+ . PAL

  Feature
Contract

Some of the best sci-fi/alien/horror movies are the ones where you know what the menace is but you don't know who is the hosting victim. Classic examples of this theme are films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the Hidden and the excellent The Thing. Although the 1994 remake of Invasion, simply titled Body Snatchers, didn't do much for audiences, the Faculty is a new attempt on the theme with screenwriter Kevin Williamson (Scream series) ringing in the usual high school teen element. You want a touch of style and quality in the film-making? Then let Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Dusk til Dawn) direct it.

In a small town, with a high school housing a champion football team, nothing seems out of the ordinary until Coach Willis (Robert Patrick, T1000 in T2) goes from a ruthless slave driver to caring 'human' overnight. He's also developed an extreme thirst and is constantly drinking water or standing under sprinklers. Soon, alot of the other faculty members start exhibiting similar character changes which make students Casey (Elijah Wood) and Delilah (Jordana Brewster) curious.

Here's where the truth reveals itself and soon almost the entire school has become 'infected' with this alien symbiotic host. It's up to Casey, Delilah, Zeke (Josh Hartnett), Stan (Shawn Hatosy) and Stokely (Clea Duvall) to find the queen and restore the school to normal. There are more plot holes in here than a loose rabbit could burrow but who cares, I'll leave the quality dinners to the Hyatt and the daily trash to McDonalds. This is your typical wholesome trash with the meal deal coming including extras such as Salma Hayek, Piper Laurie, Bebe Neuwirth and the hilarious Christopher McDonald.

  Video
Contract

This is yet another great transfer from Village Roadshow to add to their collection given that they are only using a single layer for this movie. The 1.85 anamorphic transfer is totally clean of any video or film noise and only some very, very marginal mpeg artifacting in some select high motion scenes.

As per usual with Village Roadshow, they have provided an excellent balance between the black levels and shadow detail. This movie has a fair few dark environments that need to be reproduced as best they can and it's achieved here with ease. There is also a high contrast ratio that provides excellent dynamics in the image to give background, foreground and intermediate objects a true sense of depth. Color saturation is high with flesh tones true to form.

Sharpness is consistently high with an abundance of detail in the image. This is a surprisingly good transfer given the space utilised. I'm not sure why only a single layer was used but it was used superbly.

  Audio
Contract

Complimenting the video is an entertaining Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix that provides an active audio environment from start to finish. There are a few occasions throughout that provide an abundance of surround activity giving the scene a very eerie aura to it all. Take chapter 20 for example where our heroes are trying to escape through the school grounds and their names are being whispered all around you. Creepy stuff.

Dialogue wise, all is in order. Everything is clearly heard throughout the movie and nothing is drowned out by any of the additional soundtrack. Audio synch is fine, even on my Pioneer 505.

The musical score is your typical 90's contempary MTV teen tunes brought together to sell CD soundtracks but surprisingly is a very good compliment to the feature itself. Only problem here is that they've tampered with the classic Pink Floyd "Brick in the Wall" hit (but Paul can tell you about it in his review).

  Extras
Contract

There's not much more to fit on this disc but there are a number of extras to keep you around once the movie has finished.

  • Theatrical Trailer - Ordinary video quality with a 2 channel soundtrack promoting the film to the masses.
  • On the Set - Take a few behind the scenes shots and make a short 5 minute compilation feature. Voila.
  • Interviews - A bunch of VERY short interviews with the cast, director and writer, somehow all commenting on the director and writer more than the movie itself.
  • Hidden Trailer - Not very hidden but it is the last dot on the main menu screen. Selecting it gives you the teaser trailer to Deep Blue Sea.

  Overall  
Contract

I enjoyed this movie alot more than the other teen thriller flicks to come out of late, can anyone say Jawbreaker? It's got all the elements Rodriguez used to scare us in Dusk til Dawn and the some with decent special effects to boot.

Watch it at night, grab some popcorn and invite over those friends of yours who break the long jump records when being scared out of their seats. You'll have fun.


  • LINK: http://www.dvd.net.au/review.cgi?review_id=302
  • Send to a friend.

    Cast your vote here: You must enable cookies to vote.
  •   
      And I quote...
    ""
    - Steve Koukoulas
      Review Equipment
    • DVD Player:
          Pioneer DV-505 Gold
    • TV:
          Hitachi CMT2979 68cm
    • Receiver:
          Onkyo TX-DS777 THX Select
    • Speakers:
          Peterson Labs 100Watts
    • Centre Speaker:
          Sherwood SC-60E
    • Surrounds:
          Sherwood LS-502
    • Audio Cables:
          Standard RCA
    • Video Cables:
          standard s-video
      Recent Reviews:
    by Steve Koukoulas

    Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume 1
    "... created for the Cartoon Network, made their way onto starwars.com in small quicktime versions and are now available on DVD."

    The Fifth Element - Collectors Edition
    "a truly special edition"

    Duel - Special Edition
    "Duel is easily the best bang-for-your-buck suspense car-chase, truck hounded thriller ever ... a must have for Spielberg and suspense fans."

    Dodgeball - Uncut
    "Sometimes the simplest of ideas for a movie pay off the best."

    Ultimate Matrix Collection (10 Disc Box Set)
    "If no-one can be told what the Matrix is, this Ultimate collection edition is the closest you're going to get to finding out."

      Related Links
      None listed

     

    Search for Title/Actor/Director:
    Google Web dvd.net.au
       Copyright DVDnet. All rights reserved. Site Design by RED 5   
    rss