Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) - Unrated Extended Edition

Genre(s): Comedy
New Line || Unrated - 90 minutes - $19.98 || January 4, 2005
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2005-01-17


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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

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Danny Leiner
Writer(s): Jon Hurwitz (written by) & Hayden Schlossberg (written by)
Cast:


Theatrical Release Date: July 30, 2004


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director & Actors' Commentary
  • Writer's Commentary
  • "Extreme" Commentary
  • John Cho and Kal Penn: Backseat Interview
  • The Art of the Fart
  • Cast & Crew: Drive-Thru Bites
  • A Trip to the Land of Burgers
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • New Line Trailers
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is absolutely one of the dumbest movies I've seen, but god help me, I laughed. H & K is the 21st century version of the Cheech and Chong movies and has nudity, drug use, a raccoon, cheetah and Neil Patrick Harris. Where else could you find these things? Now, anyone out there need an explanation of the plot? Two stoners set out for the scrumptious White Castle burgers (unfortunately there are no WC's in Oregon...). Anyways, this is a very funny movie that will be a blast to watch with your friends (stoned or not).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

I've been reviewing several "unrated" DVDs lately and each of them have been a disappointment when it comes to features. This disc, though, has a decent amount of stuff for a comedy.

Commentary with director Danny Leiner, actors John Cho and Kal Penn: A somewhat standard track but still has its funny moments. It shows what good friends Cho and Penn are as they recall filming locations and the other cast and crew members. I also appreciate it when the commentators talk through the credits (where one of them tells a funny story).

Commentary with writers Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg & Harold Lee: Fairly typical track with the writers, though they do add in their "inspiration", Harold Lee. There is a little telestrating of the scenes but as writers they do get a little "in-depth" into the characters (as much as one could with a pot comedy). The writers also talk about what was or was not originally in the script. There's also discussion about meeting the cast, etc.

"Extreme" Commentary with Extreme Sports Punk #1 Danny Bochart: And I thought the Anchorman commentary with Ferrell and McKay was weird. No, this is stranger. This track just has this Bochart dude who has never acted in a movie before. He takes the a majority of the film rambling about how he was casted, the callbacks, etc. Um, I really don't know how to describe this. Weird stuff. If Stifler was a real person, this would be him. I applaud you if you can listen through the whole thing. If you're curious as to what "big 'ol bacon strips across the pillow" means, you gotta listen.

John Cho and Kal Penn: The Backseat Interview: Has the look of the HBO show "Taxi Cab Confessions". Bobby Lee (Kenneth Park) drives around chatting with Cho and Penn who are sitting in the back seat. There are some clips of the film spread out. Lee basically questions whether Penn actually shaves his pubes or how much like their character they are. Now, this is an excellent take on the interview/documentary.

The Art of the Fart: What would you expect on a DVD that gives a minor character his own commentary track? Why yes, there are interviews with the director and sound designer about how he came up with the fart sounds. There's footage where he does "research" on farts, trying to find the right recording. I think you'll enjoy this mockumentary as the sound designer goes into bathrooms planting microphones on toilets. A featurette on fart sounds and farting for more than 10 minutes? All I have to say is yowsas!

Cast & Crew: Drive-Thru Bites: Mini-feaurettes with interviews with minor characters like the English twins, actor Steve Braun (who shows off his Sharpee tattoos), Eddie Kaye Thomas and David Krumholtz (Rosenberg and Goldstein), actress and hottie Paula GarcÚs, Fred Willard, Neil Patrick Harris, the two writers and director Danny Leiner. Each of the interviews last about two minutes. Some of them are serious and straigt forward, while others had some fun with it. Once again, a unique way of presenting the same old stuff seen on other DVDs.

A Trip to the Land of Burgers: Kind of a 'making of' the Land of Burgers sequence with interviews with the director, editor and others. There's some behind-the-scenes stuff with the actors in front of the green screen. There are deleted shots with the other characters seen in the movie (Rosenberg and Goldstein, Ryan Reynolds, Freak Show, and the raccoon).

Deleted/Extended Scenes and Outtakes: There are several scenes including an alternate ending with a yet another cameo appearance from Luis Guzman, another one with the a cop getting high on pot (and has his own fantasy sequence), more Rosenberg and Goldstein, the green screen stuff for the Land of Burgers, etc. The scenes are accompanied with an optional commentary by Leiner, Cho and Penn. Majority of the scenes were cut due to pacing, but most of them were certainly funny. Also included are outtakes that are pretty funny (one of them including Christopher Meloni, as Freakshow, eating out of the raccoon... yum yum).

There are also: New Line trailers (Blade: Trinity, etc), trailer for Harold & Kumar and a music video.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The Dolby Digial 5.1 mix actually comes across better than in many thrillers (where sound is more important, IMO). But, since this is a comedy, I don't place sound and picture high on the totum pole with the rating. It's definately good, though so if this is important to you, you need not worry.



.::OVERALL::.

This is an excellent movie to watch on a Friday night with a bunch of friends. Although the jokes and plot are insanely dumb, you will no doubt laugh (maybe laugh at yourself for laughing).