VICE PRINCIPALS: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

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VICE PRINCIPALS: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review
  • The Movie
  • The Video
  • The Audio
  • The Suppliments
3.9

VICE PRINCIPALS is an HBO series that follows the insane antics and alliance/rivalry between Neal Gamby and Lee Russell.  They are rude, obscene, and complete idiots in both their jobs and in life.  They are fighting to be principals of the school and little did they know that the spot was filled with Dr. Belinda Brown, a superintendent hire.  

Danny McBride and Walton Goggins are incredible together.  They seem like they can bounce ad-libbed lines off of each other all day.  McBride is constantly doing comedy roles so seeing him in this show feels natural.  However, Goggins is typically seen in dramatic roles and I find him hilarious doing comedy.  He is like the devil that exacerbates every situation and drags Gamby along.

Cast
Danny McBride as Neal Gamby
Walton Goggins as Lee Russell
Kimberly Hebert Gregory as Dr. Belinda Brown
Georgia King as Amanda Snodgrass
Sheaun McKinney as Dayshawn
Busy Philipps as Gale Liptrapp
Shea Whigham as Ray Liptrapp

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VIDEO QUALITY:

The video is a 1080p AVC transfer and it looks great.  The coloring isn’t as bright as some of the HBO shows I’ve seen on Blu-ray lately like BALLERS but the coloring is still very good.  The school’s colors are a royal blue and that is always a standout when you see it at various times.  Goggins’ character wears much brighter clothing than a lot of the other characters.  As for the details, the images are crisp and full of intricacies.  All in all, the video has been done very well.

AUDIO QUALITY:

The audio is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that definitely gets the job done.  There aren’t very many “loud” moments in the mix aside from the marching band-like theme and score.  There is some ambient sound in the larger gatherings like the cafeteria scenes.  The sound is primarily in the front speakers from dialogue so the rest of the speakers are rarely used with any real force.  

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SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING

Disc One
-Audio Commentaries
Ep. 1 – The Principal: with Actor/Writer/Executive Producer Danny McBride, Director/Writer/Executive Producer Jody Hill, Actor Walton Goggins, Actress Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Actress Georgia King, and Actress Busy Philipps.

Ep. 2 – A Trusty Seed: with Actor/Writer/Executive Producer Danny McBride, Writer/Co-Executive Producer John Carcieri, Co-Producer/Editor Jeff Seibeneck, Costume Designer Sarah Trost, and Actor Walton Goggins.

Ep. 3 – The Field Trip: with Actor/Writer/Executive Producer Danny McBride, Music Composer Joseph Stephens, Costume Designer Sarah Trost, Actress Georgia King, Actress Edi Patterson, and Actor Mike O’Gorman.

Ep. 4 – Run for the Money: with  Actor/Writer/Executive Producer Danny McBride, Director/Writer/Executive Producer Jody Hill, Writer/Consulting Producer Jeff Fradley, Actor Walton Goggins, Actress Kimberly Hébert Gregory, and Actress Ashley Spillers.

Ep. 5 – Circles: with Actor/Writer/Executive Producer Danny McBride, Director/Writer/Executive Producer Jody Hill, Writer/Co-Executive Producer John Carcieri, Costume Designer Sarah Trost, Actor Walton Goggins, and Actress Kimberly Hébert Gregory.

-Deleted Scenes

Disc Two
-Audio Commentaries
Ep. 6 – The Foundation of Learning: with Actor/Writer/Executive Producer Danny McBride, Director/Writer/Executive Producer Jody Hill, Actor Walton Goggins, Actress Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Actress Georgia King, and Actor Mike O’Gorman.

Ep. 7 – The Good Book: with Actor/Writer/Executive Producer Danny McBride, Director/Writer/Executive Producer Jody Hill, Writer/Co-Executive Producer John Carcieri, Actress Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Actress Georgia King, Actress Edi Patterson.

Ep. 8 – Gin: with Actor/Writer/Executive Producer Danny McBride, Director/Writer/Executive Producer Jody Hill, Writer/Co-Executive Producer John Carcieri,
Actor Walton Goggins, Actress Kimberly Hébert Gregory, and Actress Georgia King.

Ep. 9 – End of the Line: with Actor/Writer/Executive Producer Danny McBride, Director/Writer/Executive Producer Jody Hill, Writer/Co-Executive Producer John Carcieri, Actor Walton Goggins, Actress Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Actress Georgia King.

-Blooper Reel

-Deleted Scenes

Disc Details
2 Disc Blu-ray Set w/ Slipcover
Digital Copy

Running Time
269 mins

Edition Ratings
Rated TV-MA

Region Coding
Region A

Video Resolution
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio Mixes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French DTS 5.1
Spanish DTS 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH
French
Spanish

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THE BOTTOM LINE:

VICE PRINCIPALS is only on its first season but I can see a couple of solid seasons as long as they keep with the tone they have setup.  The established cast have chemistry and other than adding to the cast, they definitely shouldn’t subtract.  The release has both audio and video that make sense for the series.  There is a great list of features for the season and worth checking them out.  If you’re into McBride and brash comedy, I would highly recommend picking this up.

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About the author

MEDIA JOURNALIST & STAFF WRITER | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema. He collects many things from movies to Steelbooks to 1/6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. Anything that is even slightly related to these things are always on his radar and most definitely a comic book nerd. He is also, of course, a Batman junkie and will chat it up about pretty much anything.