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Strange Wilderness [Blu-ray]

3.8 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews

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After the genial, beloved TV host of the popular wildlife show "Strange Wilderness" passes on to the great nature special in the sky, his son Peter Gaulke takes over the series - and things are never the same. Ignorant, bumbling and blissfully unaware of his own lack of talent, Pete sprinkles his documentary narrations with dubious factoids. When the ratings sink to an all-time low and the show is about to be cancelled, Pete and his filmmaking partner Fred Wolf realize they have to come up with "something big" to save the series. It looks like they've hit the jackpot when Pete lucks into a map of the legendary Bigfoot's secret cave. But when the clueless producer leads his ragtag crew to the wilds of Central America to film the elusive beast, they encounter a string of disasters. Desperate for a stunt to drive "Strange Wilderness" ratings back up and salvage the show, Pete brainstorms with his motley crew. Their luck seems to take a turn for the better when Pete gets a visit from his father's backwoods survivalist friend Bill Calhoun, who offers to sell him a map to Bigfoot's jungle hideout. Convinced this is the big break they've been waiting for, Pete and Fred hire two new crewmembers, Bill Whitaker and Cheryl, and set off for Ecuador in their dilapidated RV. From the start, however, the ambitious expedition is beset with disasters. Along the way, the hapless crew will have to survive near-death encounters with overzealous border guards, an amorous turkey, flesh-eating fish, murderous natives and a host of other obstacles that more than live up to the name "Strange Wilderness.]Struggling nature show tries to salvage their ratings.]0]]Fred Wolf]]]Steve Zahn]Allen Covert]Justin Long]Jonah Hill]Jeff Garlin]Kevin Heffernan]Ashley Scott]Robert Patrick]Alison Kay]

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  • Actors: Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Kevin Heffernan
  • Directors: Fred Wolf
  • Writers: Fred Wolf, Peter Gaulke
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Bill Todman Jr., Brian Shows, Edward Milstein, Erin Newell
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QU9RU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strange Wilderness [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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This is the all time funniest movie I have ever seen, hands down, bar none, the funniest. I have never laughed so hard or so much during a movie. I don't own many DVDs of movies. I own this one. If you live in a place where it's legal to do so, medicate yourself and your friends and watch this... you don't have to medicate, but it is a stoner movie, so it just adds that little bit of spice to it.... that's not why it's funny though. It is ridiculously funny because of the dialog and situations, the characters... the whole thing is just A++.
If you are a tight a$$ boring old coot, this movie isn't for you... if you like Adam Sandler movies, WATCH THIS!!! Five Frikkin Stars!!
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This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I really can't get enough of this film. It's pure comedy, with a great soundtrack, hilarious actors, and great filming locations. It's got way too many instant-classic lines to even go into here.
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There were some decently funny scenes in this movie, but for the most part it was just kind of ridiculous. I kept hoping for something that would make me burst out laughing, but honestly, the funniest part of the movie was at the end when he was doing a shark voice-over. The humor was a little gross for a Happy Madison movie. I didn’t go into watching this movie with super high expectations, so it’s not like I was hugely disappointed. The characters were interesting enough, but overall all I can really say about this movie is that it was okay. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it.

The plot, loosely, is that Steve Zahn has a nature show that used to be popular when his father hosted it and now the show is a joke. They go on the road to find bigfoot in order to save their show and shenanigans happen. I used Shenanigans on purpose because Favre (Super Troopers) is in it and he’s always great. Overall, if this movie is free somewhere then go ahead and watch it. There are some mildly amusing scenes but I wouldn’t pay for it..
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This is a very bizarre movie. It's a mash of toilet humor, hilarious random-type humor, and shock humor. You're not expecting some great American cinematic experience for the ages, but this was weird even for a stoner/college guy movie.

I wish the entire movie was the actual wilderness show they did within the movie with their hilarious commentary. One scene where Jeff Garlin's character is going through footage from their show and asks basically what the heck the background music is and why they would show it, after having shown other similar random footage (like a guy on fire), made my friend who rarely laughs at movies just lose it and crack up for about three minutes to the point of tears coming down his eyes. Quotes like, "Bears are a proud people, although they're not people per-say. They're animals." were awesome. Unfortunately those parts only last a few minutes. An entire movie of just completely ridiculously-made up facts with animal footage would've been so much better.

Unfortunately however the movie continues to get weirder and stupider. It ends with the actors in the movie seeming to actually start laughing in real life, randomly. We thought it was the kind of movie the director probably lost future gigs directing for having done this movie. Unless the director was a 12-year-old, then I suppose he'd have his whole life in front of him still.

The random pretty gal I've never seen before in any movie seemed like someone where when casting they were like, "Oh no, we need an attractive woman too - yoo hoo, hey, Miss, come be in a movie?" And she probably looked in a nearby mirror with a blank expression on her face for a half hour and eventually replied, "Okay.
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***1/2

"Strange Wilderness" is a good-natured, frequently hilarious takeoff on all those nature documentaries that play on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and whose pedigree stretches all the way back to the granddaddy of them all, "Mutual of Omaha`s Wild Kingdom." Peter and Fred are the producers of a wildlife series entitled "Strange Wilderness" that has been foundering in the ratings ever since Peter's father, a Steve Irwin-type naturist and the original host of the show, passed away, leaving his less-than-stellar son to carry on his legacy. The sheer scientific illiteracy of much of the commentary that Peter provides for his footage probably hasn't helped matters much in this regard. Now faced with the prospect of series cancellation, Peter and his crew of incompetent dweebs head off to the wilds of South America to file an exclusive report on the famed Bigfoot who has recently been spotted there.

Though adolescent in the extreme, "Strange Wilderness" turns out to be a zany, endearingly random and unflaggingly energetic little comedy whose likable cast is obviously dialed into what the moviemakers are trying to do here. Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Covert, Ernest Borgnine, Jeff Garlin, Kevin Heffernan, Justin Long and Harry Hamlin seem to be having the time of their lives here and their enjoyment rubs off on us as well.

Is it dumb? Of course it is. Is it lowbrow, inane and hopelessly juvenile? You betcha'. But unlike so many other films that fall into those categories, "Strange Wilderness" has a shrewd mind for parody and a liveliness of spirit that actually make the movie funny.
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