Eighth Grade Blu-ray Review

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The Movie: 8.5/10
8th grade sucked, but Eighth Grade (the movie) is a joy, even if it shows how much 8th grade in real life sucked! I can’t say it made me nostalgic for the days of pimples and soul crushing self doubt, but what it did do was make it clear that we are not alone in our horrifying memories of that time of our lives.

The performances are all amazing. The dialogue between the daughter and father felt uncomfortable and real, which was only enhanced by the people inhabiting those characters. The snotty girls, the awkward boys, the jerk in the car, they all did a great job of keeping the tone and vibe right on through the movie. No one was too precious or theatrical, and at times that would seem like a challenge with a movie involving lots of young folks.

The story is of a young girl finding her way through her eight grade year of school in America. She’s smart and funny and the world of Middle School does NOT appreciate those qualities so it’s a challenge, as it always is unless you are one of the “cool kids”. She’s awkward enough, but so sincere even when it’s embarrassing, or to as an adult I KNOW it would have been embarrassing.

Eight Grade brings back horrid memories, and yet I can’t be too upset about it. I felt a certain kinship with this girl, her desire to just be who she is but pulled by the pressure of the moment to be something else….luckily she’s smart enough to know which way is the right way to go:)

Features: 7/10

  • Audio Commentary With Bo Burnham & Elsie Fisher
  • Your Not Alone: Life In The Eighth Grade (14 Minutes) – An EPK style featurette featuring interviews with the main cast.
  • Deleted Scenes (12 Minutes) – These deleted scenes are superb and I can’t understand why they were cut from the finished movie. If you are a fan of Gabe you will get a massive kick out of this.
  • Music Video (3 Minutes) – A music video from the film’s composer Anna Meredith.
  • Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy

Audio & Video: 9/10
Eighth grade comes to Blu-ray with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and a 1080P AVC transfer. The film looks incredible start to finish with great lighting and nice flesh tones. A lot of the movie takes place on laptop or phone screens and these are easy to come across blown out, not here though everything remains intact.

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track used here is also stellar and for a film of this type quite impressive. Music is a major player in this story and it always comes across loud and focused. Dialog is centered and never muffled this is an impressive piece of sound design for an independent film such as this.

Overall Score 8.5/10