Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) - Unrated [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Universal || Unrated - 118 minutes - $39.98 || September 30, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2005-09-15


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Writer(s): Jason Segel (written by)
Cast: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand


Theatrical Release Date: April 18, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Cast & Crew Audio Commentary
  • Cast & Crew Video Commentary (BD Exclusive)
  • BD-Live (BD Exclusive)
  • MyScenes (BD Exclusive)
  • U-Control (BD Exclusive)
  • Karaoke (BD Exclusive)
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Puppet Break-Up
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Sex-O-Rama
  • Drunk-O-Rama
  • A Taste for Love Featurette
  • Dracula's Lament Table Read
  • Russell Brad: Aldous Snow
  • The Letter U with Aldous Snow
  • Crime Scene: Alternate Scenes/Hunter Rush Line-O-Rama
  • Sarah's New Show
  • Raw Footage: Video Chat
  • Video Diaries
  • Gag Reel
  • Red Band Trailer
  • Music Video
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Are you ready to watch one of the best comedies of the year? Then do yourself a favor and purchase Forgetting Sarah Marshall on Blu-ray.

Being dumped sucks. That's exactly what happens to Peter (Jason Segal) who just so happens to have been dating the famous Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) from the hit NBC show, "Crime Investigation". Peter, now all alone, decides to take a trip to Hawaii to get away from everything that reminds him of Sarah. Little does he know Sarah Marshall is also in Hawaii at the same time.

While Peter attempts to try and book a room at the hotel courtesy of Rachel (Mila Kunis), he runs into Sarah Marshall who now thinks Peter is stalking her. Rachel, feeling bad for Peter, books him a room at the hotel and Peter goes on to enjoy his vacation...until he meets Sarah's new boyfriend Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). The two of them of very different but Peter still tries to win back Sarah Marshall while at the same time trying to court his new love Rachel.

I love Apatow. I love his first show, cult-hit "Freaks and Geeks" (and if you've never seen it, go out right now and buy it on DVD. One of the best shows ever made). Then he went on to make "Undeclared" and I loved that as well. Then a few years past and a little film called 40-Year-Old Virgin comes out and *BOOM* the guy is a household name. After that we get a string of comedy hits like Knocked Up, Superbad and then finally, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The guy knows how to make funny movies and Apatow is at the top of his game with FSM.

What's amazing about the film is its not only really funny - but has a great romantic twist to it. Sure, Knocked Up could also be included as well, but FSM really tries to position itself as a comedy and romantic film to appeal to two different audiences. It succeeds as I was able to watch this film over and over again with a different group of people and everyone seemed to like the film - which tends to be very unique with my group of friends.

After now watching the film several times in the course of a few days I easily find it to be Apatow's best film to date. While I loved 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, repeat viewings of both are not up to par (especially the unrated cut of 40YOV). Sarah Marshall continues to make me laugh each time I watch the film, not only the same jokes, but small things I missed the first time around. Is it my love for Kristen Bell that throws a little bias into the mix? Yeah, probably a bit, but I still think itís a very well done film with the right amount of comedy blended together.

While I don't want to ruin each scene for you, I'll mention a few that standout. Of course the one most people will remember this film for is right at the beginning where Sarah Marshall is breaking up with Peter... who happens to be buck-naked. Yes, we see everything from the butt, to the penis, to a little bit in between... which is very unique for a film where we typically see random boobs just for the sake of it being rated 'R'.

Probably the funniest part of the film is the Dracula play. Jason Segal, who has been writing a real Puppet Dracula play ever since he starred in "Freaks and Geeks", incorporated it into the film where it tends to play center stage for the latter half of the film. At one point he decides to see an excerpt from his song... easily one of the best moments during the film.

I can't say anything bad about the film. Iíve watched the theatrical and unrated (extended) Cut numerous times and it seems like the perfect comedy. Not only do we get a few small cameos from Apatow's other films and TV shows, but we get a cast of characters who seem to fit together.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

ALL Special Features are presented in HD. This release also includes a slip cover.

Rated & Extended Feature Commentary - Both of these are the same track, just edited a bit differently for the additional few minutes in the Extended cut. Overall, a good track filled with behind the scenes tidbits but mostly itís just the cast and crew laughing at whets going on during the film. Russell Brand is really tough to understand though... seems a bit wasted. Kristen Bell is the only star missing from the commentary because she is doing "press"... dammit.

Visual Commentary - Identical to the track above just with the entire crew sitting in front of a camera. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

BD-Live (Profile 2.0 Only) - If it wasn't for this, I would have given the disc a perfect score. Several features are only available via BD-Live and when they are up for download, I can almost guarantee you they will be in SD. It's great to see Universal dabbling in online features (as its nothing new with them with their experience with HD DVD), but to offer certain features only via BD-Live that are readily available on the 3 DISC DVD edition is just a poor excuse to get people to use you're service. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

MyScenes (Profile 2.0 Only) - This little feature allows you to bookmark your favorite scene to watch later or share them with friends via BD-Live. I imagine everyone will have the same certain "sex" scene and of course, Jason Segal's Penis. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

U-Control - This tends to recycle most of the special features already present below, but captures many of the better portions of them. If you enjoyed the film and don't feel like going through each and every special feature, then use this feature instead. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Karaoke - Allows you to sing-a-long with the songs featured in the film. Wow... ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Deleted and Extended Scenes - Close to 2 hours worth of deleted and alternate scene. There are some real gems here...and some duds. Still, this is probably one of the best features on the disc.

Puppet Break-Up - A very short scene that has the puppets engaging in a break-up... looks more like a deleted scene.

Line-O-Rama - These are just the actors giving different lines for scenes.

Sex-O-Rama - A look into all of Peters different sex adventures in the film with, of course, different takes for each scene.

Drunk-O-Rama - Yet again, different takes of Peter at the bar. Still love the Sex and the City jabs though.

'A Taste For Love' Featurette - A great little featurette that goes into great detail on how many puppets were made for the films conclusion and how the idea got planted into Jason Segal's mind.

'Dracula's Lament' Table Read - A simple table read of the famous scene in the film where Peter sings the Dracula song for the first time. Pretty amusing to see him pulls out this giant keyboard and belt the song aloud for everyone.

Russell Brand: Aldous Snow - I actually like Russell Brand's character in the film so it was interesting to see how he got the role and how they changed the script to having him be a rock star instead of a British author.

The Letter 'U' with Aldous Snow - We get some more Russell Brand where he tries to make a kids show with the letter 'U' puppet.

Crime Scene: Alternate Scenes/Hunter Rush Line-O-Rama - Love the digs at ďCSI: MiamiĒ in nearly every scene presented here.

Sarah's New Show - We get some major digs at NBC here where Sarah takes on the roles of many different characters for some NBC pilots.

Raw Footage: Video Chat - Jason and Bill goofing around doing the video chats during the film.

Video Diaries - Over twenty different diaries shot during various days of production. Itís not all that exciting but nice to see they included them anyways.

Digital Copy - Finally! A digital copy that I will actually use! This film will end up on my iPhone in the very near future.

Also included is the Red Band Trailer, Gag Reel and 'We've Got To Do Something' Music Video.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB disc. While comedies typically don't fare well in the HD world, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Colors look very vibrant and the gorgeous scenery of Hawaii looks great. The picture can look a bit washed out and soft a few times, but overall a great transfer for a great film. There is, however, one small issue with this transfer and that is a bit of macro blocking as the doctor closes the door at the 9 minute mark (depending if you watch the theatrical or extended cut - both exhibit this behavior). It's very slight and I only noticed it because a fellow reviewer told me to look out for it to see if it was just his player having an issue.

Universal has included an English DTS MA 5.1 track for this release. Once again, for a comedy, I was pleasantly surprised with this. While itís no where near reference or demo quality, itís still sharper than the Apatow's previous flicks. The best part? Dialog is crystal clear, which is exactly what I want for a film that is so dialog driven.



.::OVERALL::.

One of the best comedies of the year comes to Blu-ray and I %100 recommend purchasing this movie along with 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up - both arriving September 30th along with Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Not only is the Blu-ray loaded with hours and hours of special features, but the film is something that can be viewed multiple times and still is funny.