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HTF DVD Review: GET HIM TO THE GREEK 2-Disc Unrated Collector's Edition DVD



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#1 of 1 Timothy E

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Posted September 28 2010 - 11:14 AM

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GET HIM TO THE GREEK

2-Disc Unrated Collector’s Edition DVD


Studio: Universal

Year: 2010

Rated: Not Rated

Film Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes(rated), 1 hour, 54 minutes(unrated)

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French


Release Date: September 28, 2010


The Movie


Get Him To The Greek is the sequel(of sorts) to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, with Russell Brand reprising his role of debauched rock star Aldous Snow. Jonah Hill also returns from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, this time playing rising music executive Aaron Green. Aaron’s boss, Sergio Roma(Sean "P. Diddy" Combs) assigns Aaron the job of getting the rock star transported, without serious harm to himself or others, from his home in London to his comeback concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Various hi-jinks ensue departing from this premise.


Director Nicholas Stoller returns as director, having also directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and has written the screenplay this time as well. Brand and Hill have great screen chemistry here as their characters play off each other; the producers discovered the rapport between the actors during rehearsals for Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which undoubtedly played a role in Hill getting the role in this film opposite Russell Brand.


Get Him To The Greek has a number of funny bits, but the whole is less than the sum of its parts here, meaning that the story never quite delivers the kind of hilarity that we might expect from these actors. For all of the laughs in the film, there seem to be missed opportunities in this "road trip" film that could have made it a better film. The result is an average comedy rather than an above average comedy. The unrated edition includes approximately 4 minutes of extra footage integrated back into the film. The extra footage consists primarily of some sight gags from the psychedelic journey taken by Aldous and Aaron.


Video


Get Him To The Greek appears on DVD in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Video image is excellent with only minor compression issues. Brightness and contrast are fine with no apparent black crush. DNR and edge enhancement are employed sparingly. This is a much better than average transfer from film to DVD.

 

Audio


The English Dolby Digital 5.1 track is more than adequate with no apparent flaws. Dialogue intelligibility is fine with excellent dynamic range. The audio may not be demo material but it does excellent service to the film.


Special Features


The special features are extensive on both discs. Disc 1 includes the rated and unrated versions of the film as well as all of the following special features:


Feature length commentary by writer/director Nicholas Stoller, producer Rodney Rothman, and actors Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, and Elizabeth Moss.


Gag Reel Part 1(5:05): Flubs by the cast and crew.


Line-o-rama (9:11): This includes improvised material by the cast that was not included in the film.


Deleted Scenes (2:32): These may be selected individually or with a "Play All" option.


Extended and Alternate Scenes (10:57): These may be selected individually or with a "Play All" option.


Blind Medicine (2:31): Includes additional amusing footage of Kristen Bell playing her character in the "Blind Medicine" television show.


The special features on Disc 2 include all of the following:


Digital copy of Get Him To The Greek for transfer to portable media device.


Gag Reel Part 2(5:18): More flubs by the cast and crew.


Documentaries: Getting to Get Him To The Greek (32:00): A documentary with interviews of cast and crew regarding making the film.


Getting In Tune With The Greek (13:42): This featurette details the efforts made by the producers and actors to create the music for fictional rock star Aldous Snow.


The Making of African Child (6:27): This featurette details the efforts made in composing and creating the music video for the "so bad it’s good" song from the film.


Music: Music Videos (13:56): Selected Aldous Snow music videos for African Child, I Am Jesus, Ring ‘Round, Supertight, and Just Say Yes produced just for this film. These may be selected individually or with a "Play All" option.


The Greek Concert 1999(6:37): Additional footage of Aldous Snow’s original 1999 concert at the Greek Theater.


The Greek Concert 2009(3:25): Additional footage of Aldous Snow’s 2009 concert at the Greek Theater as he sings his hit single "Yeah Yeah Oi Oi."


World Tour: Riding Daphne(3:53): More faux concert footage of Aldous Snow on tour.


London 02 Concert: Dracula’s Lament(3:24): Jason Segal and Jack Black join Russell Brand on stage for a special performance.


Alternate Intro: The Castle(5:52): This is an alternate, rejected opening for the film.


Alternate Ending: Riding Daphne(3:17): This is an alternate, rejected ending for the film.


Deleted Scenes(15:50): These may be selected individually or with a "Play All" option.


Extended and Alternate Scenes (13:46): These may be selected individually or with a "Play All" option.


Interviews (18:00): Russell Brand performed interviews in character as Russell Brand on the television shows The One Show, MTV, The Today Show, and The View. These may be selected individually or with a "Play All" option.


Conclusion


Get Him To The Greek is an amusing comedy with Russell Brand playing the type of character that he plays best. Even with a few missed opportunities for hilarity along the way, this is an entertaining film that is carried primarily by the actors’ performances. The video and audio qualities of these DVDs are excellent, even if the film itself falls a little short of its goals. There is a wealth of special features included in this 2-disc collector’s edition, many of which are as entertaining (or even more entertaining) than the film itself. If you enjoyed Russell Brand’s performance as Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you will probably enjoy his role here as well, even if this sequel (like most sequel) suffers from the law of diminishing returns. 







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