BLU-RAY REVIEW: Get Him to the Greek
Jonah Hill and Russell Brand in another crass, lewd and obscene home video...
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There's nothing like a raunchy, lewd, obnoxious movie to make you cringe and laugh out loud. Seriously...considering fart jokes are always funny and, as of late, Russel Brand and Johan Hill have become the "go to" guys for this sort of humor, Get Him to the Greek encompasses all that is raunchy, dirty and laugh out loud funny...if your tastes include that sort of thing.
An extension of the previously released Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek follows the previous film's rock star Aldous Snow (Brand), a down and out musician who, following the release of a terrible song, finds himself with down and out and, luckily, with a unique opportunity to redeem himself and get back into the public's good graces. Enter Aaron Green (Hill), a young music exec, who's fighting tooth and nail to ensure Snow makes it to the show on time. Ironically, the two men share more in common than their similar taste in booze and broads as both seem to suffer from woman troubles and have regrets about their lives which it seems their misadventures together put into perspective.
While I'm not personally a big fan of films like this, both Brand and Hill do a great job of making Get Him to the Greek a hilarious buddy film that'll have viewers laughing out loud at the true gross negligence and total disarray of these two characters' lives. With plenty of comedy, drama, and even a taste of romance thrown in for good measure, Get Him to the Greek does a great job of delivering a uncouth movie with a positive and very real message.
The blu-ray features a solid video transfer in full 1080p in the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The English DTS-HD Master Audio track delivers plenty of sound; especially the music, which is a key factor in this film about a rock star.
Something that'll impress those who like to watching extras is the loaded Blu-ray and DVD which includes a smorgasbord of special features, including two versions of the film (original and uncut) as well as an unrated commentary with director Nicholas Stoller, producer Rodney Rothman, and castmembers Brand, Byrne and Moss; three featurettes, the 30-minute "Getting Into Get Him Back to the Greek," a 15-minute "Getting in Tune With the Greek," and "Making of African Child." Each focuses on both the characters, music and the very ridiculous video featured in the film. And speaking of the music, a load of music videos are also here, including "Greek Concert 1999," "Greek Concert 2009," "The Today Show," "VH1 Storytellers: Furry Walls," "World Tour: Riding Daphne," "London 02 Concert," and "Karaoke."
Other special features include two gag reels, a "Line-O-Rama" made from various lines from the film, both an alternate ending and intro, 17 deleted scenes, 22 extended and alternate scenes, various uncut interviews with Aldous Snow (from the film), cast auditions, and a mix-mash of laugh-out-loud scenes from Sarah Marshall's show Blind Medicine.
Overall, the set comes loaded to the gills with enough bonus features to warrant a purchase, especially since the film itself is funny as a drunk British rocker making a comeback by singing about a STD on the Today Show (yes, that happens in the film and yes, it's that funny!)
While personally not a fan of this sort of humor, I have to say I almost peed myself from laughing at many a scenes from this film. With a cast that knows how to make audiences both cringe and crack up, a story with a heart...and a drunken depravity, and a solidly entertaining sound track, Get Him to the Greek makes for an enjoyable home video experiance.
Get Him to the Greek is rated R for strong sexual content, drug use throughout, and perverse language (and the unrated cut is even worse!). The DVD and Blu-ray is available now wherever fine home video is sold.
- Jess C. Horsley