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Frat Pack Tribute Review: Forgetting Sarah Marshall Unrated DVD

Review

By Kevin Crossman

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a satisfying entry in the Apatow Productions pantheon, following up on 2005's The 40 Year-Old Virgin and 2007's Knocked Up. Director Nick Stoller is at the helm in the film written by costar Jason Segel. Judd Apatow is onboard but as a producer for this endeavor, but nonetheless features crew from other productions such as Superbad, Undeclared, and Freaks and Geeks.

Struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) has spent six years idolizing his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). He’s the guy left holding her purse in paparazzi photos and accidentally omitted from acceptance award speeches. But when she decides to break up with him, Peter’s world falls apart. To clear his head and lift his spirits, he takes an impulsive trip to Hawaii, where he runs into the last thing he expects to see: His ex and her hip new British-rocker boyfriend, Aldous (Russell Brand), staying at his hotel. Even as Peter keeps running into the two people he is trying to avoid, he finds comic relief and support in his new-found hotel buddies, including a growing flirtation with Rachel (Mila Kunis), the beautiful resort staff employee whose laid-back philosophy inspires him to get back on track and rejoin the world. In the process, Peter discovers what makes him feel truly happy...his vampire musical project, a daring albeit unplanned dip in the ocean, and the pleasures of many, many fruity cocktails.

Knocked Up's Jason Segel is the star in this surpisingly charming and hilarious romantic comedy. Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell both portray characters with depth and nuance and both are excellent at balancing the emotion with the crazier antics of characters from Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Jack McBrayer, and others.

The extended version of the movie restores seven minutes of footage, most of which is a funny but ultimately unnecessary scene with Kristen Wiig as a yoga instructor. Many fans of Wiig (Knocked Up, Walk Hard) were looking forward to this scene and were disappointed when it was cut from the theatrical version. Thankfully, fans will be satisfied by the inclusion in the extended version on home video. Even better, the additional footage in Forgetting Sarah Marshall does not make the film feel considerably longer, as it did in The 40 Year-Old Virgin, nor does this version omit footage from theatres as did Apatow's production of Talladega Nights.

    

Overall

The extras provide a considerable wealth of insightful and hilarious material. For those who love the Muppet/Dracula aspect of the film, there's a lot of material to dig through. For those, like myself, who didn't love that you will still find there's plenty of value with this collection.

The Movie:
The Extras:

Technical Details and Extras

The following bonus features are featured exclusively on The Unrated Collector’s Edition DVD:

The following bonus features are featured on both The Unrated Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-rayTM Hi-Def:

The third disc in the Unrated Collectors Edition DVD includes a digital copy of the movie for transfer to PC, Mac, iPod, etc. I was unable to test this since the file cannot be activated until street date.

Technical Details

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