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Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay - Unrated (New Line Blu-ray + DVD-Video/2008)


Picture: B/C+     Sound: B/C+     Extras: D     Film: D



While Dark Knight sets new records and enjoys amazing critical acclaim, too much of the bad Hollywood product plays it safe and follows formulas by executives with little talent, imagination and no love of film just trying to keep jobs they should not have.  Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (it took two people to write and direct this?) are responsible for Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantánamo Bay (2008), which automatically is the worst sequel to a spin-off in cinema history – that in itself gives you an idea of the desperation here.


The title characters (John Cho, Kal Penn) are still together and this time, they get on an airplane, are “mistaken” for terrorists (horrifying movie screens worldwide does not violate the Patriot Act or U.N., civil rights charters) while on a flight and are arrested (hurray!) on sight.  It gets so bad hat they are sent to Guantánamo Bay, the first two who clearly deserve to go there.  Before Amnesty International can do anything, they escape and this becomes one of the worst chase films of all time.


In yet another reason Warner Bros. folded New Line into their main studio, this is intended as a mindless quick-buck release, which bombed at the box office.  Anyone worried about this being “anti-American” is a fool wasting their time; this is anti-everyone!


Disposable, pointless and even racist in its exploitation of the leads as stereotypes, no matter how self-sufficient and in control, is an affront that holds back other non-whites from making strides in Hollywood and Penn’s lame appearance in Superman Returns proves my point and the overall disposability going on here which is more on the level of the worst things that really have happened at the real Guantánamo Bay since 9/11.


An embarrassment all around!



The 1080p 1.85 X 1 image is soft, has motion blur, color issues and is a flat shoot reminiscent of a bad TV sitcom, which means the anamorphically enhanced DVD is that much worse, with more of the same and bad Video Black.  The DTS 7.1 HD Master Audio (MA) Lossless mix sounds better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 EX on the DVD, but neither have any great use of surrounds or soundfield, while the dialogue and supposed jokes are recorded well in one of the only competent features here.


The extras (they actually included some!) are 27 additional scenes (!!!!!!!), the “Dude, Change The Movie” feature where you can rearrange the film’s “narrative” to control their trip proving how generic this all is, Bush PSA, two audio commentary tracks, a making of featurette and a bonus digital copy so you can infect your portable PC and other electronic devices with this mess.


Worst of all, another sequel has been announced!



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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