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Half Arsed Edition,
This review is from: Half Baked (Widescreen Special Edition) (DVD)
A hilarious movie for everyone who likes stoner/slacker movies, Bill & Ted's, Saturday Night Live, and offbeat comedy in general. Dave Chapelle and Jim Breuer are riotous, and the movie itself is pretty decent. There are some really funny lines in here and you can see a lot of that trademark Chapelle humor that he would later make famous on his Comedy Central show. You can read about the story elsewhere so I am going to talk about the DVD itself.
Commentaries and extras are a deciding factor for me when purchasing DVD's. Being called the "Fully Baked" edition, I had high expectations for this, but in terms of features, this DVD is only on par with current generation DVDs (commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes).
The first problem is when you load the DVD, there's a smoking symbol and a non-smoking symbol to choose from, with no description of what they mean. Selecting either leads to the same features, with only the main background animation being different. Are they the director's cut and the theatrical release? I can't tell.
Lackluster commentary: Tamra Davis is completely dull! Of the more than 100 DVD's I own and dozens of other commentaries I have listened to on rented DVD's, I can't think of a more sleep-inducing commentary than hers. She is silent for long stretches of time and I spent as much time waiting for her to say something as I did listening to her talk. It is obvious she hadn't seen the film in years (something she even says at the beginning of the track), and she came totally unprepared to do the commentary recording.
Other directors are a treat to listen to and they talk the entire time, offering a lot of extra information about various things, like production difficulties, costs, whatever, just spontaneously as they watch the film again and comment on it. They don't just talk, they talk about interesting stuff. Davis is silent about half the time, and the things she does say when she opens her mouth are completely uninteresting.
crappy other features: The Granny's baking tips extra is dead unfunny. Don't even bother watching it. 5 Minutes With the Guy on the Couch is dead unfunny also, except maybe if you're trippin' balls. The deleted scenes (10 of them) are all strung together back to back, with no menu, selection screen, or any descriptions. The studio really skimped here. You have no idea what scene they are cut from. The guide to different types of smokers is just 4 or 5 short and crappy animations. Don't bother. All in all, an OK DVD with a standard treatment. Still worth it to own, but don't be fooled by the "Fully Baked" name. it doesn't deliver.