Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...

Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

MGM Studios DVD presents
Dorm Daze (Unrated) (2003)

"No longer will you cry in the shower, knowing no matter how hard you scrub, that you cannot rid yourself of that most heinous of afflictions: virginity."
- Styles (Patrick Renna)

Review By: Rich Rosell   
Published: August 09, 2004

Stars: Boti Bliss, Tatyana Ali, Marieh Delfino, Tony Denman, Patrick Renna, Randy Spelling, Cameron Richardson
Other Stars: Marie Noelle Marquis, James DeBello, Danielle Fishel, Jennifer Lyons, Courtney Gains, Edwin Hodge, Chris Owen, Gable Carr, Patrick Cavanaugh, Gregory Hinton, Paul H. Kim, Katie Lohmann, Lindsey Talbott
Director: David Hillenbrand, Scott Hillenbrand

Manufacturer: Deluxe Digital Studios
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (nudity, language)
Run Time: 01h:36m:27s
Release Date: August 10, 2004
UPC: 027616912176
Genre: comedy

Image Transfer
Audio Transfer

DVD Review

There's a real level of marketing desperation by releasing a "rated" and "unrated" version of this teen sex comedy, which when coupled with the National Lampoon banner, seem to plead the case for a raucous and ribald bit of entertainment, à la Animal House, something that the movie branch of the Lampoon name has been living off of for decades.

I haven't seen the R-rated version, but this unrated edition is fairly tame, and any of the naughty bits seem horribly out of place in a film that could have easily been PG 13 without sacrificing too many potential laughs. But there's probably more rental dollars in an unrated teen sex comedy than one rated PG 13, so it becomes more a matter of marketing than filmmaking.

As told in countless teenage sex comedies before, Dorm Daze starts out by equating virginity as being akin to cancer, in that it must be cured OR ELSE! Oddly enough, the subtext of losing one's virginity is just a small component of the interconnected storylines in this film, set in the very stylish and fictitious Billingsley University during Christmas break. It is not just the antics of a horny student (Patrick Renna) trying to get his virgin brother (Chris Owen) laid by hiring a tough as nails hooker (Boti Bliss), it is also an endless and interlinked series of compounded misunderstandings and coincidences that move quickly into farce territory involving mistaken identities, nerds, gays, pratfalls, a very sticky towel and ultimately, young love.

There are a lot of characters in Dorm Daze, most of them ridiculously good-looking, and each one is involved in some wacky storyline that involves a colossal case of confusion, whether it be a hooker and a French foreign exchange student both named Dominique or a character whose rehearsal of lines for a play is mistaken for real life by a pair of nosy Valley Girl types. The stories more or less overlap as the farce content escalates into the kind of far fetched unbelievablity that would be questionable in a community theater production.

To be fair, there are some actual laughs to be found here on occasion, such as nerdy Newmar's (Tony Denman) double-entendre sausage conversation with hooker Dominique, or Styles' (Renna) presentation of a very special rag named Suzy to his virgin brother. Those slightly racy bits admittedly generated a few chuckles, while the rest of the film seemed content to ply age old PG contrivances of exaggerated misunderstandings to excessive depths. The inclusion of a brief bit of nudity from the staggering buxomness of Katie Lohman (The Mummy's Kiss) and an obvious bit of body doubling for Boti Bliss seem gratuitous, as if the filmmakers were required to add some bare breasts OR ELSE!

Rating for Style: C
Rating for Substance: C-


Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: All in all not a bad-looking transfer, with MGM issuing this one in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Detail is high, colors are bright, and everything looks extremely presentable.

No major compression issues or artifacting to contend with, other than some extremely minor haloing.

Image Transfer Grade: B


Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital

Audio Transfer Review: With regard to audio, I wasn't expecting much from this teen sex comedy, but the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix was surprisingly full. Small details, like birds chirping when Marieh Delfino is waiting at the arboretum, were pleasing touches to a mix that could have just as easily gone with a more stripped-down presentation. Dialogue is clean and well mixed, with some nicely place directional pans across the front channels.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+


Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 16 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, Spanish with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
0 Other Trailer(s) featuring Species III, Soul Plane, Barbershop 2, Girls Will Be Girls, Pieces of April, Coffee and Cigarettes, Saved!, Unspeakable
3 Deleted Scenes
1 Documentaries
2 Featurette(s)
1 Feature/Episode commentary by Scott Hillenbrand, David Hillenbrand, Dave O'Brien
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: The extras on this unrated edition are built around showing off yet more boobage of actress and former Playboy Playmate Katie Lohman in He Said, She Said: Behind the Scenes of the Fantasy Scene (05m:57s). Sure, there's talk from the Hillenbrands, Patrick Renna, and Marie Noelle Marquis, but this is really an excuse to show audition footage of a topless Lohman, and to basically milk another few precious onscreen moments of her implants.

Also included is a commentary track from directors Scott and David Hillenbrand, along with editor Dave O'Brien that while patently innocuous, is mostly made up of telling us what's happening onscreen. The few fragmented bits of production info, such as pointing a seldom seen mural that contains all the overlapping plot points or discussing the set design of each character's dorm rooms, are of moderate interest at best. They seem like likeable chaps, but their commentary was uneventful.

A flub filled Gag Reel (03m:46s) is provided, and to me these are always like watching paint dry, and this one is no exception. There are three Deleted Scenes, available with optional director's commentary, but the transitional sequences in total barely run two minutes so there really isn't much here. The scenes are:
Cliff and Hooker Find the Purse (01m:02s)
Claire Confides in Maria and Lynne (:27s)
Lorenzo and Claire Arrive at McMartin Hall (:25s)

National Lampoon's Master Debaters (25m:07s) is allegedly some program put out by National Lampoon Networks (whatever the hell that is), and is a debate show presided over by three white-wigged moderators whose idea of comedy is deadpanned insults delivered to contestants. In this installment, two guys debate why X-ray power is the greatest superpower, and the ep ends with a debate lightning round featuring Danielle Fishel, who arrives there after trouncing Tatyana Ali.

In addition to fair amount of trailers (including a couple of forced ones), the disc is cut into 16 chapters, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish.

Extras Grade: C


Final Comments

I'm a bit disturbed by the quote on the back cover that says "Dorm Daze delivers everything that made Animal House and Vacation stand alone comedies", from something called "Nolan's Pop Culture Review".

I'm disturbed because I don't know what that means, exactly, other than trying to glom onto the success of those long ago comedy classics, because there just isn't anything here that is remotely on the same level.


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90


Microsoft Store


television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
Promote Your Page Too



Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store