3D Blu-ray Review A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas: THE HTF 3D ADDICT REVIEW

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    What can I say?  I love 3D!  From the moment I began watching 3D content in my home I quickly discovered that I needed more content.  I suspect that those of you just purchasing your first 3D hardware will acquire the same ferocious appetite.  That's why I became the HTF 3D ADDICT.  I personally love images that pop off the screen and come inches away from your face without becoming overly gimmicky.  However, I certainly appreciate the nature documentaries that offer beautiful depth and separation.  These are not necessarily reviews of the film themselves.  I am not going to concentrate on story or supplements -- you can find the 2D reviews elsewhere on this forum.  My job is to let you know exactly what kind of 3D experience to expect from the titles that are being released.   As I will be receiving a handful of new product from the studios expect to see more title coverage.






    A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR

    3D CHRISTMAS


    Studio: Warner Bros.

    Product Release: February 7, 2012

    Ratio: 2.4:1

    Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

    Running Time: 96 Minutes

    Rating: R



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    ON A SCALE 0-5

    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 5

    3D Separation: 5

    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 5


    "It makes Avatar look Avatarded"


    Okay, here I go....


    For the record, up until today I have never seen a Harold 

    & Kumar movie -- nor had I ever had the wish to do so.

    And, since I'm being totally honest with all of you, when

    this screener arrived at my front door it would have been

    impossible not to hear my loud sigh of disgust knowing

    that I would have to subject myself to reviewing this film.

    As I shamefully slipped this Blu-ray disc into my player,  

    I couldn't help but think I was about to take one for the team.


    Some 90 minutes later, I find myself the happiest viewer

    on Earth.  I'm not quite sure what just happened, but having

    just watched A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, I feel

    as if I have had one of the most outrageously fun, enjoyable

    3D experiences ever!  One should never, ever judge a Blu-ray

    by its cover nor hate Harold and Kumar just because they like

    dining at White Castle.



    I hope you will excuse the fact that I have no prior knowledge of

    the adventures of Harold & Kumar prior to this third installment

    of the film series as I attempt to describe where the story picks up.

    It seems that some years have gone by since Harold (John Cho)

    and Kumar (Kal Penn) have seen each other.  While Kumar remains

    the stoner that I would assume he has always been, Harold has 

    gotten his life together and settled down in a very expensive part

    of the suburbs alongside his gorgeous Latino wife (Paula Garcés).



    Things turn from bad to worse when Kumar is accidentally sent

    a package addressed to Harold.  Upon delivering that package

    to Harold's home, he manages to burn down a sacred Christmas

    tree belonging to Harold’s father-in-law (Danny Trejo).  With only

    hours before Christmas the duo springs into action to find a 

    replacement for the burnt fir as they become entangled with 

    Ukranian mobsters, experience a Claymation hallucination, and

    find themselves in the middle of a Rockettes musical number

    headed up by Neil Patrick Harris -- who I have gained an immense

    amount of respect for after watching his performance here.


    Folks, let me tell you, I still cannot believe how much I enjoyed

    watching this film.  A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas sinks

    to the lowest bowels of humor and rises up as one of the raunchiest,

    funniest and most graphically crude R-rated films I ever have had

    the pleasure of watching.  



    And, really, if you don't plan to watch this film in 3D, you are going

    to miss the ride.  The filmmakers don't hesitate for a moment in

    letting the audience know that this is a 3D film.  They don't just

    throw everything they can at the audience --- the slow it down and

    splatter it up to the point that there is no mistake that you have just

    been slapped in the face with an effect.  Be prepared to be assaulted

    with eggs, splattered with blood, blitzed with traffic barrels, and

    overcome by smoke and dancing embers emitted from a giant joint.

    The CG effect work in this film has shifted into hyperdrive for the

    sake of keeping its audience completely immersed in the 3D experience.

    Even when the action slows down a bit, I still found myself very

    much entertained by falling flakes of snow or thrown confetti that

    came within inches of my face.  Of course, there is one show-stopper

    moment here that I will not ruin.  Let's just say it takes place during

    the Claymation sequence and it will have everyone in the room 

    howling hysterically with disbelief.


    If there is any criticism that I could give to the film would be the

    fact that I wish there was a little more perception of depth.  

    Fortunately, this is just a personal preference for me that may

    not matter to most of you. I prefer my 3D films to have that pop-up

    book look.  You notice that very effect during the film's various

    flashback sequences, but outside of those moments, I felt that 

    depth levels were not as deep as I would have personally wished.  

    Be it as it may, I will not let my personal preferences get in the

    way of giving this Blu-ray disc presentation a perfect score. 


    You will be very happy to know that crosstalk/ghosting is at 

    absolute minimal here.  This is important for the many effects that

    project themselves outward to be convincing.  I only noticed

    a single instance of double-imaging when the Ukranian mob boss

    points a gun after the contents of a closet are revealed.



    None of the highly-pleasing 3D visuals I described above would

    be possible if not for the film's immaculate transfer.   Image quality is

    superbly detailed, blacks are excellent, colors are vividly beautiful

    and skin tones look naturalistic.  Since the entire film has a Christmas

    theme to it, I was delighted to see how well all the colors of the season

    have been perfectly translated through this transfer.  


    The 5.1 DTS-HD soundtrack creates an immersive soundfield that's

    completely engrossing for the viewer.  The fronts provide a dynamically

    rich sonic experience -- particularly in the film's musical sequences that

    are supported with robust low-end LFE support.  The rears do a terrific

    job of ensuring that thrown effects buzz across the viewer's head before

    crashing or exploding behind them.  It's such a delight to have a film

    that immerses the viewer equally in sound as it does in visuals.  Yet

    another reason why I found this to be the perfect three-dimensional

    experience. 



    A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas arrives as a 2-disc Blu-Ray

    3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet Digital Copy set housed in lenticular

    packaging.  While the package is being promoted as the extended 

    "Extra Dope Edition," the extended cut only exists on the 2D Blu-ray 

    disc. The Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital Copy versions only contain the 

    theatrical cut.  The 3D Blu-ray contains a 2D trailer for the animated

    Justice League Doom.  Sadly, the Blu-ray contains a promo for 

    Warner 3D Blu-ray, filled with what would amount to great demo

    material if only it had produced it in 3D rather than making it a standard

    2D promotion for those who still haven't bought into the format.


    The 2D Blu-ray contains the extended cut as well as two featurettes:

    Through the Haze With Tom Lennon, and Bringing Harold & Kumar

    Claymation to Life.  Deleted Scenes are also included.



    CONCLUSION



    I introduce no embellishment when I say that A Very Harold &

    Kumar 3D Christmas is the 3D film that you have been waiting

    for.  When all other filmmakers are making 3D films that play it

    too safe, this is the kind of movie that isn't afraid to let it all hang

    out -- and trust me, it does.


    Of course, it would be very irresponsible of me not to note that 

    this is one of the raunchiest R-rated films ever made.   You 

    certainly don't want your kids watching this no matter how cute 

    you may think these characters are.  What this film best serves 

    its purpose for is being the perfect party staple for your most 

    uninhibited of friends. Go ahead and invite them over, have a couple 

    beers, smoke a bone (if that's your thing), and sit back back and 

    have the time of your life.


    If ever there was a reason to invest in 3D, this Blu-ray is it.



    Images are for illustrative purpose only not representative of the picture quality of this disc. 



    Equipment


    LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D display

    Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray Player

    Denon 3311CI Receiver

    Atlantic Technology H-PAS AT-1 fronts, 4400 center; 4200 rear speakers

    SV Sound Subwoofer

     
     
  2. dmiller68

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    I would like to see it in 3D however, this is one of many movies I could never own (or buy is a better term). :)
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    David,

    You gotta trust me on this. I though the same as you, but
    I think the more you hear people's reactions about this film
    over the upcoming weeks, the more you will be convinced
    that it's worthy of a purchase.

    Of course, I would wait for the price to come down a bit.
     
  4. Colin Jacobson

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    Only saw this one 2D and wasn't very entertained by it. If you liked the prior H&K flicks, you'll probably enjoy it. I thought they had some funny moments but not a ton of them, and I felt the same about this one...
     
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    You can buy it, keep it at my house and "borrow" it whenever you want.... I'm not sure how much repeat viewing is here. Unfortunately I don't think anyplace locally rents 3D Blu-ray.
     
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    Hey I was thinking the same thing I don't think your collection would be complete unless you bought it. Then I could borrow it from you. :)



     
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    I have not seem a film that depended on 3D to carry it as much as this one did and is not much of film without the 3D effects. It was a good try to actually plan and make a movie for 3D and not let it seem as an after thought, but the story just did not work. Since I am not 3D equipped, I will pass on this one and if I was equipped, I would probably pass still.
     
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    I saw this theatrically in 2D and I loved it. I thought it was funny, joyous, silly, and just a blast overall. It's obvious that a lot of shots were designed to exploit the 3D, but I still enjoyed the film for everything else it offered, and I definitely plan to purchase the Blu-ray.
     
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    You can rent from 3DBlurayRental - http://stores.3d-blurayrental.com/StoreFront.bok . New titles are $7.99, older $3.99 or $4.99.
     
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    Ron,
    I'd recommend the first film but not the second one as follow-up viewing.
     
  11. Johnny Angell

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    Why is this movie so overpriced? It's almost $38 at Amazon right now. This has been out for a while and it's way out of line with other movies. I bought Hugo for $20, Titanic for $26.
    I like funny, crude movie as much as the next guy, but not for $38.
     
  12. Ronald Epstein

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    Johnny,

    I thought this was a fun movie that took advantage of the
    3D format in some really crude and hilarious ways....

    One of my favorite 3D films.

    ...however, it is not worth spending $38 for.

    I am amazed that it's still that expensive after all these months.
     
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    Best Buy has it for $29.99
     
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    its been that price for a while at bb....its still a bit too high..$19.99 and ill bite.
     
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    They also have the $5 Blu-ray upgrade frequently throughout the year so, maybe it will be $24.99 then.
     
  16. Johnny Angell

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    Ditto for me. I own about 15 3D titles and by waiting for deals and price drops, have averaged paying under $20. I just paid $26 for Titanic, so that'll hurt my average.
    BTW, still don't have. 3D setup, hope that changes this year.
     
  17. Jesse Skeen

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    Fry's had it for $19.99 a few months ago, that's when I got it. There's a bunch of 3D discs that are overpriced which I haven't bought, mostly from Universal.
     
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    $14.99 at Best Buy now, $10 with upgrade and save deal...
     
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    I got this movie for $15 from BB some months ago with the trade-in coupon. I know have a 3D setup. This is a grody movie. I love it. :)
     

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