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(Unrated Widescreen Edition)

Having grown up with the teen comedies of the 70s and 80s, I can honestly say you can never have too much gratuitous nudity in this particular genre. With a title like AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE NAKED MILE ($30), this reviewer knew he wasn't likely to be disappointed in at least one aspect of this direct-to-video installment. Where the film disappoints is in the terms of originality and humor, both of which come up somewhat short. Juvenile antics are taken to an all time low in AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE NAKED MILE, but then again, that may just be the point of this particular offering. For a generation where "reality TV" and things like JACKASS are considered high art, AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE NAKED MILE may be the right movie at the right time (for the right audience).

The plot of AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE NAKED MILE concerns the sole Stiffler in the history of creation, who may graduate high school as (gasp) a virgin! Poor Erik Stifler (John White) "can't get no satisfaction" (other than from dumpster porn and his right hand), due to the fact that Tracy (Jessy Schram), his sweet, virginal girlfriend of several years, isn't ready to put out. Taking pity on poor horny Erik, Tracy gives him a free weekend pass to fornicate with someone else to get it out of his system. Of course, this leads to a road trip for Erik, as well as best friends Cooze (Jake Siegel) and Ryan (Ross Thomas) to visit cousin Dwight Stifler (Steve Talley) at college and participate in The Naked Mile- an annual student event at this bed of higher learning. As you might have guessed, The Naked Mile consists of college students stripping down to their bare essentials and running across campus. Look for Eugene "anything for a paycheck" Levy reprising his role of Mr. Levenstein from the previous AMERICAN PIE outings.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has made AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE NAKED MILE available on DVD in a 1.85:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE NAKED MILE looks pretty good for a modestly budgeted direct-to-video production. Sharpness and detail are about average most of the time, with some softer looking shots creeping up in places. Colors are solid, with the flesh tones appearing fairly natural. Black are OK, whites are stable and the level of contrast is just fine. Some grain is noticeable, but isn't particularly bad. Digital compression artifacts are fairly well contained.

AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE NAKED MILE comes with a fairly standard comedy mix in its 5.1 channels Dolby Digital. As expected, there is more activity across the forward soundstage than there is in the rear channels, but the surrounds do supply the usual complement of ambient sounds and musical fill. Music is reproduced with respectable fidelity. Dialogue is always easy to understand (blessing or curse- you decide). The bass channel keeps things grounded. French and Spanish 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the DVD, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Starting things off is a running audio commentary featuring director Joe Nussbaum, writer Erik Lindsay, plus actors Jake Siegel, John White, Ross Thomas and Steve Talley. Next, we have six minutes of Deleted Scenes, plus an Outtake Reel. Featurettes include Life On The Naked Mile (sixteen minutes), Little People, Big Stunts (seven minutes), The Bare Essentials (four minutes) and The Yoga Guide To Getting Girls (three minutes).

AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE NAKED MILE is a modestly amusing time waster that should appeal to primarily to college age and younger audiences. Universal's presentation is just fine for this type of direct-to-video production.



American Pie Presents - The Naked Mile (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2007)



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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