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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas: THE HTF 3D ADDICT REVIEW



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#1 of 19 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 29 2012 - 05:25 AM



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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.






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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.


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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).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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


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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.



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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

 

 

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#2 of 19 OFFLINE   dmiller68

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Posted January 29 2012 - 05:33 AM

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). :)


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#3 of 19 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 29 2012 - 05:38 AM

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.


 

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#4 of 19 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted January 29 2012 - 07:47 AM

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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#5 of 19 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted January 29 2012 - 10:59 AM



Originally Posted by dmiller68 

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). :)



You can buy it, keep it at my house and "borrow" it whenever you want....Posted Image  I'm not sure how much repeat viewing is here.  Unfortunately I don't think anyplace locally rents 3D Blu-ray.




#6 of 19 OFFLINE   dmiller68

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Posted January 29 2012 - 12:52 PM

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. :)

Originally Posted by Adam Gregorich 



You can buy it, keep it at my house and "borrow" it whenever you want....Posted Image  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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#7 of 19 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted January 30 2012 - 02:44 AM

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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#8 of 19 OFFLINE   cafink

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Posted January 30 2012 - 05:33 AM

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.
 

 


#9 of 19 OFFLINE   RolandL

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Posted February 24 2012 - 01:40 AM

You can buy it, keep it at my house and "borrow" it whenever you want....:laugh:   I'm not sure how much repeat viewing is here.  Unfortunately I don't think anyplace locally rents 3D Blu-ray.

You can rent from 3DBlurayRental - http://stores.3d-blu.../StoreFront.bok . New titles are $7.99, older $3.99 or $4.99.

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#10 of 19 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted February 26 2012 - 05:05 AM

Ron, I'd recommend the first film but not the second one as follow-up viewing.

#11 of 19 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted September 10 2012 - 12:35 PM

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.
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#12 of 19 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 10 2012 - 12:38 PM

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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Posted September 10 2012 - 03:51 PM

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.

Best Buy has it for $29.99

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#14 of 19 OFFLINE   Tino

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Posted September 10 2012 - 11:10 PM

Best Buy has it for $29.99

its been that price for a while at bb....its still a bit too high..$19.99 and ill bite.
It's gonna be a hell of a ride. I'm ready. .

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Posted September 11 2012 - 01:06 AM

its been that price for a while at bb....its still a bit too high..$19.99 and ill bite.

They also have the $5 Blu-ray upgrade frequently throughout the year so, maybe it will be $24.99 then.

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#16 of 19 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted September 11 2012 - 03:27 AM

its been that price for a while at bb....its still a bit too high..$19.99 and ill bite.

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.
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#17 of 19 OFFLINE   Jesse Skeen

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Posted September 15 2012 - 04:53 PM

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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Posted January 13 2013 - 08:33 PM

$14.99 at Best Buy now, $10 with upgrade and save deal...
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Posted January 14 2013 - 09:11 AM

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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