High School Record [DVD] [2005]

Four years after making the rounds of the film festival circuit, Ben Wolfinsohn's independent comedy High School Record has been released on DVD in this edition from the Brooklyn-based film and music imprint Factory 25. High School Record has been transferred to disc in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16:9 monitors. While the unfussy visuals are clearly a part of the film's style, the framings look good in this transfer and the images are crisp, with a subtle, naturalistic color balance. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, and the quality is good though not outstanding. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple language option or subtitles included. A small selection of bonus material is featured: the original theatrical trailer, a handful of deleted scenes and a clip from a television show that inspired one especially curious scene in the movie. High School Record is by no means a masterpiece and this release doesn't treat it like one, but the DVD looks and sounds good and presents the movie in respectful form.
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Special Features

  • 13 minutes of deleted scenes
  • A short film that influenced High School Record


High School Record
Two high school students offer a behind-the-scenes look at the eccentricities of their peers in this offbeat independent comedy. Nicholas (Nicholas Gitomer) attends a high school for arts students in California, and for a special senior year project he's decided to make a documentary about his classmates with the help of his friend Susan (Susan Estrada). Nicholas's film primarily focuses on six students who attend an acting class that's been retitled "Comedy for World Peace" by bubble-headed teacher Ms. Farewell (Becky Stark). Caleb (Dean Spunt) is a would-be performance artist with a history of bad hair decisions who is working on a children's television show about nutrition in outer space. Caleb is dating Sabrina (Jenna Thornhill), who likes having sex with him but isn't very interested in going out on dates. Sabrina also has her eye on Eddie (Bobby Sandoval), an aspiring race car driver and ladies' man who is having an affair with Ms. Farewell. Erin (Jennifer Clavin) is pretty, popular and willing to give advice to other girls about fashion and dating, whether they want it or not. And Tomes (Maneesh Madahar) is a burly but awkward kid in the market for a girlfriend who is attracted to slacker Amy (Jessie Clavin). Director Ben Wolfinsohn primarily cast High School Record with musicians from noted indie-rock bands; Dean Spunt plays drums with No Age, Jenna Thornhill, Jennifer Clavin and Jessie Clavin are members of Mika Miko, and Becky Stark is the lead singer for Lavender Diamond. The film also features Mike Watt of the Minutemen in a small but memorable role as Sabrina's ailing father. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Jenna Thornhill - Sabrina
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    Dean Allen Spunt - Caleb
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    Becky Stark - Ms. Farewell
  • Mike Watt
    Mike Watt - Sabrina's Father
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    Jim Smith - The Cop
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