Movie Review: Three O’Clock High (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray 

Three O’Clock High was directed by Phil Joanou from a screenplay by Richard Christian Matheson and Tom Szolossi and stars Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan, Richard Tyson, Stacey Glick, Paul Feig, Mitch Pileggi and Jeffrey Tambor. The music by Tangerine Dream.

The new kid, Buddy Revell (Richard Tyson), is rumored to have a violent history and Jerry Mitchell (Casey Siemaszko) has been tasked with getting to the bottom of it for the school paper. Desperate to get out of writing the story, Jerry accidentally angers Buddy and earns himself a date with Buddy’s fists later that day. Can Jerry escape his parking lot date with destiny?

Looks like it’s going to be one of those days. In Three O’Clock High, one of the teachers ends up asking Jerry to write a story on Buddy and it doesn’t sit well with the new student. The two really don’t hit it off at all and Buddy tells Jerry to meet him after school so they can fight each other. Jerry ends up sweating bullets all day long at school and tries to come up with a number of different ways to get out of the fight because he’s petrified to go up against the intimidating new arrival. Jerry is normally the perfect student but he begins to get himself in all kinds of trouble in school to avoid his fight with Buddy but he finally realizes the best thing he can do is to stand up to the bully and face him like a man. The two ultimately meet after school and fight it out. In the end, Jerry not only realizes that he has what it takes to stand up to the school bully but he discovers a side of himself that he never knew existed.

Okay, the 80’s cranked out some awesome comedies and even though I had never watched Three O’Clock High until now, this 1987 obscurity is definitely one of the best that I’ve come across from this awesome decade. I really had a lot of fun watching this movie! After doing a little research, I discovered it was pretty much a box office bomb and I can’t figure out why? Maybe it didn’t get a good push by the studio or maybe it got overshadowed by a more popular release but this is a really good teen comedy and it comes with a great message. Stand up to bullies! As far as the story goes, it kept things simple and all of the characters were fun to follow. Casey Siemaszko does a fantastic job as the school nerd and Richard Tyson delivered a great performance as the school bully. Tyson has always done a good job with these villainous roles he’s tackled over the years. The movie is all about these two students and these two actors are the heart and soul of the story.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve also features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork and the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Three O’Clock High was another first time watch for me and I had so much fun with it. The movie plays exactly like a John Hughes‘ comedy and is just as good even though it’s more of an obscurity. It also had that “After School Special” kinda thing going for it, too. Anybody out there remember those? The story was a lot of cheesy fun and all of the acting was really good. I also noticed a number of the supporting cast in the movie who went on to do much bigger things later on. I even noticed Barry Sonnenfeld‘s name in the credits before he became a big time director. These characters were so much fun to watch and director Phil Joanou did a great job building the hilarious tension between the nerd and bully as the clock counted down to the final bell. This 1987 teen comedy makes its high-def debut on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on October 17th. The movie is the latest to join Shout! Factory’s new Shout Select line and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, an interview with the director, screenwriters and costume designer, the theatrical trailer and still gallery.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Phil Joanou
  • NEW “Head Of The Class” – an interview with Director Phil Joanou (32:31)
  • NEW “Passing The Test” – interviews with screenwriters Richard Christian Matheson and Tom Szolossi (17:59)
  • NEW “School Clothes” – an interview with costume designer Jane Ruhm (13:43)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:31)
  • Still Gallery (07:54)
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