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A Very Harold and Kumar 3-D Christmas (2011/Warner Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet Copy)

 

Picture: A-/B+/B†††† Sound: B/B/B-†††† Extras: C†††† Film: B

 

 

As the third installment of the Harold and Kumar franchise I was a bit scared, especially after how little I enjoyed the second film.I was, however, shockingly surprised how fun and hilarious the film was; as it embodied the feel of the first film and took it a step (or several) further by making fun of the whole concept.The film is over the top and almost has a B-Movie feel as the writers, director, and actors are fully aware of how bizarre the film is and have tons of fun with the concept.

 

For this film has Harold and Kumar are no longer friends; Harold married Maria, has a cushy Wall Street job , and even round normalcy with his boring friend/neighbor Todd (Tom Lennon).A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas is in the tradition of age old over the top Christmas films.As Harold sets out to buy the perfect Christmas tree to impress his scary father-in-law (Danny Trejo) who has a strong dislike for Koreans and an even stronger love of Christmas, it should be a wonderful holiday.Of course, things canít be so simple, so as Harold attempts to make it through Christmas unscathed, Kumar is back in the picture to cause chaos when a package arrives on Haroldís doorstep.Kumar burns down Haroldís father-in-lawís rare Christmas tree and not long after that destroys the replacement; leading the two (along with Todd and Kumarís druggy friend Adrian) on a long strange journey to New York City.Neil Patrick Harris shows up (wasnít he dead?) along with a Ukrainian thug, a baby on drugs, and a slue of other oddities.The whole adventure is rather fun and out of this world; not making it an Oscar winner, but certainly an entertaining popcorn, laugh out loud flick.

 

The technical features on this 3D film are VERY well done (surprisingly).The film is a 2.40 X 1, AVC encoded MPEG-4, 1080p High Definition that utilizes the 3D technology from beginning to end, never subdued like other recent 3D creations.Harold and Kumar go old school as they have objects flying out of the screen (some more obscene than others) from beginning to end.The colors are bright and blasting, very reminiscent of the holiday season in which the film takes place.The crispness and clarity is there, even with the over emphasis on 3D.The textures are great and every detail pops (too much pop at times, ewww).The sound is a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Track that explodes as the surrounds are fully utilized as this is a high action, fast moving film with plenty of music and adventure to make the panning effects very noticeable.The dialogue is crisp, clean and clear from beginning to end.†† My only complaint would be the bass is a bit absent, but perhaps that is me being picky.

 

The Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray are essentially the same, but the film was intended for 3D and many of the jokes are lost without the 3D format.The DVD is a major step down and worth little when compared to the Blu-ray 3D.

 

The extras are a few featurettes.None are too impressive and all too short, all together only being less than 20 minutes.The extras are as follows:

 

  • Through the Haze with Todd Lennon
  • Bringing Harold and Kumar Claymation to Life
  • Deleted Scenes

 

 

- ††Michael P. Dougherty II


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