Superbad: 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition – DVD Review

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Columbia Pictures presents Superbad: 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition. Written by Seth Rogan & Evan Goldberg. 118 minutes. Unrated. Originally Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image – all involving teens.

Directed By:

Grerg Mottola

Cast:

Jonah Hill……….Seth
Michael Cera……….Evan
Christopher Mintz-Plasse……….Fogell
Bill Hader……….Officer Slater
Seth Rogen……….Officer Michaels
Martha MacIsaac……….Becca
Emma Stone……….Jules
Aviva……….Nicola
Joe Lo Truglio……….Francis the Driver

The Film:

There have been many teen sex comedies over the years. Some of them classics, while others have been complete rubbish. It is very easy to say that Superbad is most certainly the prior.

On the surface it’s about two friends trying to buy beer for a party so they can score with the girls of their dreams. At its heart, though, it is a great story of friendship. Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) have been best friends for years, and in their last year of high school a rift has formed between them. Evan is going off to a good college and Seth is not. Seth says this doesn’t bother him but it’s obvious it does.

Then on the other side we have Fogel (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and the two cops, Michaels (Seth Rogan) and Slater (Bill Hader). The cops just want to prove to Fogel (aka. McLovin) that not all cops are bad and that they too can have a good time, “We needed to prove it to ourselves.” And in this moment a new bond of friendship is formed.

However, not a lot of people are going to be paying attention to that. They’re going to walk away remember the absurd use of the F-bomb and other expletives as well as Seth’s obsession with drawing very mature and explicit images in his younger years.

Mostly they are going to remember McLovin. Most of this cast are seasoned actors and have worked together before but this is Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s first film. In fact, it was his first audition and he nailed the role. He plays the squirrelly little nerd with a fake ID to perfection and his interaction with the cops is something the kids will talk about for ages.

Superbad will be a film down the line that young kids sneak out of their parents DVD collection to watch while they are out of town. It has a sort of timeless quality to it which may be do to the fact that writers Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg (Gee, the two main characters are named Seth and Evan Hmmmmm.) started writing when they, themselves, were in high school.

This isn’t a film for everyone; the humor is very juvenile and very, very blue. So if you’re easily offended then steer clear, but if you’ve still got a teenagers heart then be prepared to laugh yourself silly, and enjoy Superbad!

The DVD:

This film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Sound is in Dolby Digital Surround 5.1. Also offers Spanish and French language tracks as well as Spanish and French subtitles.

Extras:

Disc 1:

Audio Commentary with Greg Mottola, Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Judd Apatow: This is a damn funny commentary. Half the group is in New York and half is In L.A. Jonah is in New York with Judd and his 9-year-old daughter so Jonah isn’t aloud to cuss. Eventually he lets a few F-bombs slip which upsets Judd. Judd and Jonah argue and eventually Judd storms off taking his daughter with him. Which might be a commentary first. After the Apatow’s leave Jonah curses up a storm. The rest of this is a bunch of friends just talking and having fun and talking about the movie from time to time. They even point out most of the added footage.

Disc 2:

Deleted & Extended Scenes: (13 min.) These are seven scenes that are all pretty funny. The best is kid at the part doing a perfect Christopher Walken impression; this totally should have been in the film.

Line-O-Rama: (4 min.) Alternate lines not used in the film. All of which are funny.

Gag Reel: (4 min.) Pretty self explanatory, this is an above par gag reel, good stuff.

Cop Car Confessions: (33 min.) 13 ad-libed scenes with Seth and Bill playing the cops with different people in the back seat. Highlights include: Chris Kattan, Judd Apatow, Joe Lo Truglio, Nick Swardson and Justin Long.

The Making Of Superbad: (13 min.) A pretty standard making of, only, you know, funny. Not much else to say about this.

The Vag-Tastic Voyage: (1 min.) This is the entire footage shot for the porno the kids are watching early on in the film.

Table Reads: ( 28 min.) These are two different table reads. The first is from 2002 with Seth Rogan reading for Seth and fellow Freaks And Geeks alumni Martin Starr and Samm Levine also doing readings. The second is from 2006 with the real cast. The sound isn’t that good but it’s still pretty funny.

Auditions: (13 min.) You get these for Michael Cera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mints-Plasse. Watching these it’s easy to see why these guys were cast in this movie.

Michael’s Voicemails from Jonah: (3 min.) These are four messages Jonah left for Michael; whether real or staged these are all really funny.

Snakes On Jonah: (4 min.) Jonah is afraid of animals so the director brought in some animal wranglers to torment him. It’s hilarious to see Jonah totally freaked out when they but the giant boa around his shoulders.

TV Safe Lines: (3 min.) Apparently they shot versions of scenes so they movie could be aired on TV. The edited dialog is hilariously bad.

Everyone Hates Michael Cera: (7 min.) If you watched the Knocked Up DVD then you know how much these guys like fake documentaries. This one is about how annoying Michael Cera is on the set and everyone really hates him. This is funny, funny, funny stuff.

On Set Diaries: (17 min.) Jonah and others walk us through the days on the set. Much hijunks ensues and fun is had by all.

The Music Of Superbad: (13 min.) Superbad has a great soundtrack and there is a reason. Funk legends Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Catfish Collins sat down in the studio and funked out to make this memorable score. This is great footage of the living legends at work recording the music.

Press Junket Meltdown: (3 min.) In what must be another fake featurette Jonah and Michael sit through the interview from hell where all the worst questions are asked of them to the point where Jonah freaks out and leaves. I can’t tell if Michael and Jonah were in on the joke or not. I really hope they weren’t.

Pineapple Express: Exclusive First Look: (4 min.) This is a scene from Seth and Evan’s new movie and man is it good. It’s Seth Rogan and James Franco sitting around and talking pot for four minutes. These guys are going to have another hit.

The DVD Lounge’s Ratings for
Superbad: 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition
CATEGORY
RATING
(OUT OF 10)
THE MOVIE

9
THE VIDEO

9
THE AUDIO

9
THE EXTRAS

10
REPLAY VALUE

10
OVERALL
10
(NOT AN AVERAGE)

The Inside Pulse
These guys are like the KFC, only they do DVD’s right. Not only is this one of the funniest films of the year, but the DVD is a cornucopia of hilarious extras spread over two discs. This is most certainly a must own but you have any reservations, rent it first, then you’ll know for sure.

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