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  • Actors: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Icelandic
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KO8E8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Recently fired from his rock band, Dewey Finn takes a job as a 4th grade teacher at an uptight private school where his free-spirite d attitude and shenanigans cause the students to discover other sides of themselves. Dewey forms a rock band with his students to wi n a Battle of the Bands, help get himself out of debt and re-establish himself as a musician.

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Turbo-charged comic Jack Black shakes School of Rock to its foundations, wailing with born-again metalhead passion as Dewey Finn, a guitarist who gets kicked out of a band because he grandstands too much--or, to put it another way, enjoys himself. Through an intercepted phone call, Finn gets a job as a substitute teacher for a fifth grade class at a private grade school. Neither students nor teacher quite know what to do with each other until Finn discovers that some of his young charges can play instruments; at once he starts turning them into a blistering rock & roll troupe that can crush his former band at an upcoming competition. School of Rock is silly and formulaic, but director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), writer Mike White (The Good Girl), and especially Black and co-star Joan Cusack invest the formulas with such glee that the movie is irresistibly fun. --Bret Fetzer

On the DVD: Like the movie, the DVD extras are smarter and a lot more entertaining than your average flick. The making-of feature ("Lessons Learned") has the usual behind-the-scenes banter but Jack Black is in fine form--that is, something special--interviewing as much as being interviewed about the making of the film. His unique pitch to Led Zeppelin to use their song is alone worth the price of the DVD. Black is more his maniacal self and a bit more grating in MTV's Diary segment, but his commentary track with director Richard Linklater is as insightful as it is funny. Ok, it's a lot more funny, but entertaining throughout. The commentary track featuring just the kid actors is less so, but any preteen would love listening to it. To top it off, the DVD-ROM has Dewey Finn's instantly famous blackboard history of rock. You can drill down to the bands mentioned and get a brief history of each. --Doug Thomas

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Haig on 24 July 2004
Format: DVD
"School of Rock" isn't going to win Oscars, but its feel good, laugh-out-loud formula is guaranteed to win you over.
Black puts on a likable performance as the hapless would-be-teacher, the young actors and actresses do an excellent job as his pupils, and the music is great. What more do you want?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jdennis_99 on 14 Dec. 2006
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There's some things in life that you know you shouldn't like, and it goes against all good sense to like. Things like 'Meat Loaf' albums, and the 'Sister Act' and 'Ghostbusters' films, and the old 'Transformers' TV series. 'School of Rock' slides into this category effortlessly.

Jack Black plays a disenchanted musician who gets kicked out of his band for being a little too stage-greedy, and uses his friend's name to get himself a job as a substitute teacher for the fifth grade in a private prep school. When he learns that the kids have some musical ability, he forms a band with them, and takes them to the Battle of the Bands competition.

The storyline is far from serious, or realistic, but it never pretends to be anything it's not. Black is actually quite convincing as Dewey Finn, and some of his speeches are hysterical. Highlights include:

'I pledge allegiance... to the band... of Mr Schneebly... I will not fight him... for creative control...'

The terrible disease the children suffer from: 'stick-it-to-da-Man-niosis'!

Superb film - I was laughing all the way through!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
The perfect vehicle for Jack Black, a film to show that given the right material he’s a bona fide comedic actor of some worth. Plot has Black as Dewey Finn, a wastrel musician who has no job prospects and who spends his time mooching off of his best mate Ned Sheebly (Mike White). When Dewey is fired from his rock band he’s left in limbo and in danger of being homeless. But when he answers a phone call offering Ned a job assignment, Dewey decides to take it upon himself to impersonate Ned and take the employment himself; as a schoolteacher!

So it’s Jack Black in a classroom full of kids, it probably shouldn’t work, and even might seem like some sort of cruel and unusual punishment to anyone with an aversion to Black, but this is feel good nirvana and a paean to rock and roll. It’s perhaps unsurprising that it’s crammed with clichés from the classroom splinter of moviedom, the kids a roll call of characters we have seen numerous times. The spoilt swot, the roughneck, the one suffering parental peer pressure, the weight issue one and on it goes, but boy can they play music when Dewey takes them out of classical mode and into rock central.

How nice to find that director Richard Linklater and writer Mike White have managed to rise above the clichés and avoid syrupy fodder, there’s such a zest and earnestness to it all, and the kids acting is high in quality as well, led by the big kid himself, Black on full tilt. But most of all, even as the morals and life affirming threads come wading in with the pulsing rock soundtrack, it’s a very funny picture, the gag quota enormously high. Be it Black trying to bluff the kids, the kids trying to bluff everyone else - or the wonderful Joan Cusack as the scatty stickler for the rules Principal Mullins – a laugh is never far away. Rock on! 8.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2004
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Sod training. If anyone is to teach anything, they have to be enthusiastic about their subject. Jack Black nails that. Starting off as a slacker just trying to get money, and then being completely inspired when he is able to teach something he knows and loves.
As usual, Joan Cusack isn't on screen enough. As a matter of fact, her part is just right. The film isn't about her, but you absolutely know that could have been a stereotyped crabby / repressed headmistress role will be taken outside and given a good kicking. It makes you think what she'd be like playing opposite Alan Rickman. And if there is any Hollywood star brave enough to appear in the same film.
Did anyone think the bit about her when she used to be fun was a reference to "Say Anything"? No matter.
But I digress. For once I had a look at the extra features. There is a brilliant 5 seconds or less of the rehersal for the "teaching Zack well known riffs" scene. The commentaries are quite good. The kids' one is a bit rambling as they get bored with it, but they seem genuinely OK and spend a good bit of the time trying to persuade Robert Tsai to talk, which was sweet.
Things wrong with the film? The final show costumes were a bit naff. Very strange, since pretty much everything else was cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "colpax" on 30 July 2005
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This is a great film for all the family. As a 20 year old I was a little sceptical about this film and that it would be another kiddie film but I was very surprised.
The film is about an aging Rocker who has failed to make it who then gets kicked out of his band. Being given grief by his best friend's girl friend to start paying rent and not wasting his life away he impersonates his best friend to become a substitute teacher at the best prep school in the country.
From this point it focuses around a group of "geeky" school kids who transform into a fairly good band and play an amazing set at the Battle of the Bands.
This is a great film Jack Black is brilliant as the teacher; this part just seemed to be perfect for him. There are some great interactions with Joan Cusack who is cast as the school principle. The children seem to be a good bunch musicians and it will be interesting to see if any of the become major performers either acting or music in the future.
I would certainly recommend it to anyone, the DVD has a few interesting documentaries which are worth a watch but by no means would I buy the DVD because of them. The film however can more than sell it on its own.
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