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The Movie:

Actress and former model Nikki Ziering looks as if she's trying to replace "Taradise" host Tara Reid (although Nikkdise" doesn't exactly have the same ring to it) in "National Lampoon's Spring Break 24/7", the latest video release under the National Lampoon banner. While the front of the box makes this look like another "American Pie-ush" straight-to-vid teen flick, this is actually something of a documentary following teens around on Spring break in both Vegas and Cabo. There's a few "acted" scenes with a couple of guys looking for action in Vegas, but these scenes appear to be shot with a $50 camcorder (the rest of the movie appears to be filmed with a higher quality digital camera) and the performances are laughable.

Ziering plays host, as she is filmed on a beach in various skimpy outfits (including a sheer number) introducing the bits. It looks as if she filmed these sequences over the course of an afternoon. However, I'm guessing that the footage of the parties is taken from the National Lampoon's Tours over the past few years (yes, National Lampoon's has gotten on the Spring Break tour biz; wacky misadventures cost extra), making this flick something of an informerical for the tours.

Those seeking out some "Girls Gone Wild"-ish nudity will find a few instances here, but it's mainly teens/20-somethings getting drunk, messing around and often going, "Woooohhhhaaaa we're on Spring breeakkk!" Those seeking to relive past Spring break partying (the same audience who rented "The Real Cancun" when that acme out a few years ago) or parents looking for footage of what goes on at Spring break (yeah, I know I'm a bummer on that second part) may want to take a look at this, but otherwise, the footage does begin to get repetitive, even at only 70 minutes.


The DVD

VIDEO: "National Lampoon's Spring Break" is presented by Vivendi Home Entertainment in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show's original aspect ratio. The differing cameras that appear to have been used in filming result in some scenes that look crisp and clear and others that look soft and rough, as if they were filmed on a basic home camcorder. Some mild artifacting is seen in the darker scenes. Colors remained bright and vibrant throughout, aside from a couple of smeary moments.

SOUND: Crisp, stereo soundtrack that delivers all the slurred, drunken dialogue and bassy tunes.

EXTRAS: Trailers for "National Lampoon's TV" and "National Lampoon's Pledge This!".

Final Thoughts: Fans of such Spring Break docs as "The Real Cancun" may find something to like about this effort from National Lampoon's, but otherwise, watching drunk teens/20-somethings party for 70 minutes does wear out its welcome. The DVD presentation offers fine audio/video quality, but minimal extras (no deleted footage?)



DVD Information





National Lampoon's Spring Break (Unrated)
Vivendi Home Entertainment
1.33:1
Stereo
70 minutes
Subtitles: English
Rated UR
Dual Layer:Yes
Anamorphic:No
Region:1
Available At Amazon.com: National Lampoon's Spring Break (Unrated) DVD