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Billy Madison (HD DVD)
Universal // PG-13 // July 10, 2007 // Region 0
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Review by Matthew Hinkley | posted July 18, 2007 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Oh, Adam Sandler, how I always have enjoyed your films. I don't care what others say, I am an Adam Sandler fan, and probably will always be. I like everything from "Happy Gilmore" to "Punch Drunk Love." So, did I enjoy "Billy Madison?" Yes, I do quite enjoy the film, and think it is actually one of his funnier films to date.

Billy Madison (Adam Sandler) is due to inherit his father's Madison Hotel business, having never worked a day in his life...or even passed school on his own! Hotel underling Eric Gordon (Bradley Whitford) plans for things to end up differently and makes a deal with Billy. If he can't complete grades 1-12 in 24 weeks, Eric will become owner of all the Madison Hotels. As Billy progresses through school, Eric grows more impatient and a little nervous, and begins to try and make Billy fail. With the help of his third grade teacher/love interest, Ms. Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson), Billy must complete all the grades, gain back his father's trust, and earn his inheritance.

Okay, so Adam Sandler isn't the best actor in the world...but for some reason, he has always been a guilty pleasure for me. He always seems to do a great job of entertaining. He is a complete goofball, and enjoys making a fool out of himself...so if you enjoy dumb, stupid movies that of course don't have a lot of plot and you just want to laugh, kick back and enjoy a good rainy day laughing to Adam Sandler.

So "Billy Madison" isn't a great film, it has a weak plot, and characters that are pretty shallow. However, Billy Madison himself is a riot. The way he moves, talks, and acts is absolutely childish and makes me hope that there is absolutely no one in this earth that actually like him. But for some reason, I just keep laughing throughout the film no matter how many times I have seen it. And what is worse is that I will continue to laugh...and laugh...and enjoy "Billy Madison."

So, if you are up for a dumb movie where you can sit, relax, and not worry about plot, acting, or anything else for that matter, then "Billy Madison" is for you. "Billy Madison" has become a classic over the years for fans of Adam Sandler, and will always be loved.

The DVD

Video:

So here we actually get a very nice release with a VC-1 1080p transfer. This transfer actually quite surprised me with very even skin tones, good colors, especially reds, yellows, and greens, and a good amount of detail. I guess I could complain about the grain and that there is some...but hey, it's a comedy, I am looking to laugh, not worry about a tiny bit of grain that may cause detail loss in dark areas. Rounding things off are nice, deep rich blacks that impress throughout. I was actually very impressed with this release and will be able to enjoy this over and over again.

Sound:

Honestly I wasn't expecting much out of "Billy Madison" in the sound department. When I read that we got a 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus track I began to get a little more excited. Well, stop there...don't be that excited. Unfortunately, the audio is quite lacking throughout the film. I am going to say this again, like I said in the video...it is a comedy that I want to laugh at...so even though the audio barely uses the surrounds and the dialogue can be quiet at times...I still was able to laugh...a lot. So there you have it; okay sound, not good surround use, but a movie filled with somewhat-quiet dialogue doesn't mean it isn't still funny.

Extras:

Deleted Scenes: There are a lot of them...but eh, not so good, nothing that I really care to ever watch again, or watch in the first place.

Outtakes: Good for maybe one laugh...okay, not really.

Commentary with Director Tamra Davis: Davis is very upbeat throughout but never really gives us any info that has substance to it. A lot of times she doesn't really even remember things and will just tell us "I think that this was..." I actually laughed a couple times as she tried so hard to remember what was going on at the time. This is however more entertaining then the deleted scenes.

Final Thoughts:

Alright, yah yah, "Billy Madison" is a lot of fun. Okay, I love "Billy Madison." I think it is a great flick that Adam Sandler just lets loose and has a great time with. Sure the plot is meaningless and the characters fine, but shallow. Thankfully we get a very nice video release that unfortunately couldn't be matched by the audio or extras departments. Overall a fun flick that I have to Recommend because I know a lot of you out there enjoy "Billy Madison" as much as I do, and it is just nice to have in this next generation format!

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