Pineapple Express (2008) - 2-Disc Unrated Special Edition

Genre(s): Action / Comedy
Sony || Unrated - 111 minutes - $34.95 || January 6, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-23


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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

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: David Gordon Green
Writer(s): Judd Apatow & Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (story), Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (screenplay)
Cast: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny R. McBride, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Angie Anderson


Theatrical Release Date: August 6, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Extended & Alternate Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • The making of Pineapple Express
  • Phone Booth
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Direct-O-Rama
  • Item 9
  • Saulís Apartment
  • Raw Footage
  • Rehearsal Footage
  • First Table Read
  • Comic-Con Panel
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I thought Knocked Up and Superbad were two of the funniest movies Iíve ever seen. They had everything from comedy to non-stop laughter, great plot, characters, basically everything you want in a movie. I figured, Seth Rogen couldnít possibly be in a bad movie, could he? Yeah, streak broken.

Pineapple Express tells the tall tale of Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) as a guy who serves subpoenas to people during the day and a stoner by night. He meets with his drug dealer, Saul (James Franco), to find out he has a massive new drug that only he has, known ironically enough as pineapple express.

Saul sells the pineapple express to Dale, and Dale leaves to obviously go out and smoke some. He stops by a house when a cop pulls up behind him but leaves him alone. Much to Daleís chagrin, he still smokes the weed even though the cop just went into the house across the street. He hears a commotion, and suddenly a man is executed in cold blood by Ted (Gary Cole) while the female cop Carol (Rosie Perez) watches.

In haste to get the heck out of there, he throws the weed out the window and speeds away. Ted and Carol head to see who he was and finds the weed. Interestingly enough, Ted knows about the weed and knows that Red (Danny McBride) and Saul are the only two with it, so it shouldnít be hard to track down.

Dale speeds over to Saulís house, where he lets him know about what just happened. In true stoner fashion, rather than get out of the house right away, they choose to grab snacks and weed and then leave. Two bodyguards of Tedís enter the apartment only to find it vacant, Budlofsky (Kevin Corrigan) and Matheson (Craig Robinson). Dumb founded, they try to catch the two stoners for the rest of the movie.

This is the worst plot ever. The fact that it is so ludicrous just isnít funny or entertaining in the slight. Even funny actors like Corrigan and Robinson are complete idiots in the film and have absolutely zero funny lines in it. Corrigan continuously talks about eating dinner with his wife, a joke that goes on for so long it made me want to mute the television every time he talked.

Even worse, Rogen and Francoís characters are bumbling fools too. The lines they are given are supposed to be funny, and deep down I know that, but they just arenít. Even the extended cut of the movie doesnít help it, as whatís thrown in adds fairly little to the plot or the joke side.

This is the straw that broke Rogenís back. Itís just not funny.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

There are a ton of extras, but most are lackluster and pointless.

Disc 1:
Commentary with cast and crew: Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow, Craig Robinson, James Franco, and many more come together for the commentary. Itís a hilarious comedy, and I strongly urge you to listen to this rather than watch the movie.

Extended & Alternate Scenes (10 minutes): A collection of four scenes from the film. Same as the movie: not funny.

Gag Reel (5 minutes): Flubs from the flick. Ironically this five minute feature is better than the entire movie.

The Making of Pineapple Express (21 minutes): Your basic ďhow did they do it, why was this created, etcĒ feature. Itís interesting to hear how they came up with the concept of the movie.

Finally, previews for other films are seen on the disc, such as Superbad and Step Brothers.

Disc 2:
Deleted Scenes (3 minutes): Three deleted scenes that didnít make it into the movie. Nothing funny here.

Extended & Alternate Scenes (11 minutes): Four scenes either extended or done in a different way. Once again, laughter isnít present.

The Action of Pineapple Express (12 minutes): This feature details the action scenes found in the movie, while there are only a few, itís still an interesting feature to watch if you enjoyed the film.

Phone Booth (6 minutes): Judd Apatow plays the female on the other end during the phone booth scene. No idea.

Line-O-Rama (3 minutes): The actors try to say different lines rather than the correct ones. Itís hit or miss here.

Direct-O-Rama (4 minutes): Director Green tries to have the actors do their lines properly. As usual nothing watching.

Item 9 (4 minutes): A joke about pineapple express. Not the movie, the drug in it. Also not a joke.

Special Featurettes (85 minutes): A few of these are actually hysterical. The others are fairly boring. Worth a look, as the cast talks about some of the pains involved with the movie, including their injuries. The Comic-Con feature is pretty funny to hear Seth Rogen talk about the movie, as he described it as a ďWeed-Action ComedyĒ type of movie.

Finally, the filmís Red Band Trailer and Previews for other movies can be found as well.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

On a technical perspective, the video works perfectly for the film. Colors are perfect, with no edge enhancement. The characters are defined with no real issues there. However, the night scenes suffer from major contrast issues as well as grain in huge doses. While it may not be as noticeable to some, it was enough for me to subtract a point from the overall total. Minus that flaw, this is a great transfer.

Equally impressive is the audio. The 5.1 Dolby Digital track does what it should do, as gunshots are heard clearly as is the dialogue. Levels are consistent with no need to turn up or down the volume at any point during the film. There were a few instances where the background noise was a bit soft or over powered other elements in the flick, but otherwise a great job on this one.



.::OVERALL::.

After seeing all of Seth Rogenís films, I can honestly conclude that this is the one that may ruin his career in the comedy world. This is an awful movie, if you can even call it that. The plot is ridiculous, the characters are boring, and there are literally no funny parts at all. Even though the video and audio are decent, and the supplements are extensive and more entertaining than the film itself, thereís no reason to punish someone with this. Express yourself far away. This pineapple is rotten.