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American Pie Presents: Band Camp – Unrated


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Main Program: C-



Just when you though the American Pie franchise was so finished that you could yell “stick a fork in it, its finished” (or cooked) comes a fourth installment.  Whether this was intended for theaters to begin with or not is debatable, but Band Camp has gone straight to DVD and though it is not always campy, it does not do anything the first three films already did.  Only Eugene Levy is the major holdover here as a new cast is introduced and as is the case with such sequels (especially a part four without the old cast) has casting meant to remind us of the original stars instead of something new.  The younger brother of one of the leads from the trilogy is now in school and is as much of a dork.  Guess what happens next?


I was not a big fan of the previous films, but this is just thrown together with dialogue that thinks it is rawer than it is and all of it tires very quickly.  Not even all the T&A can save it.  This epitomizes the “youth market” product we usually hear about and do not see much.  When all is said and done, they should have quit while they were ahead.


Victor J. Kemper, A.S.C., who makes this look better than your run of the mill straight-to-DVD release, shot the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image.  Color and definition are not bad and at least do not have the tired look of desaturated colors that are killing the industry.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is nothing spectacular, but has some healthy surrounds and is a clean recording and mix.  Extras include two wacky featurettes on the unrated edition only with Ginger Lynn and a poolside segment with “The Band Camp Girls” that are as “open” as anything in the main feature.  A Music Video, three featurettes, deleted scenes (which did not matter much) and outtakes are also included, so at least this was not meant to be an outright mindless cash-in.  Only huge fans of the first three films need apply.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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