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Frat Pack Tribute Review: Knocked Up DVD

Review

Following up on stellar critical and popular acclaim comes the highly anticipated home video release of Knocked Up. As is common for comedies, there are several versions to choose from, but even casual fans should bypass the one-disc Rated and Unrated editions and go straight to the only edition worth owning, the two-disc Collector's Edition.

The Extras

The additional footage in the Unrated edition only amounts to a couple extra minutes, none of which is sex related, so the "unrated" label is a bit of a misnomer here. This differs from director Judd Apatow's previous film, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, which had 15 minutes of extra footage on the Unrated DVD, much of it sexual in nature.

Apatow is front and center for most of the DVD extras, including the commentary with costar Seth Rogen and actor Bill Hader who appears briefly in the movie but more extensively on the DVD extras. The commentary is entertaining but often lacks insight into the filmmaking process. Instead, Apatow oftens jokes with Rogen and periodically calls on Hader to do various impressions of stars including Peter Falk, Vincent Price, and Al Pacino. Though not as distracting as the guest star commentary for the Apatow-produced Anchorman, Hader's impressions take time away from discussing the movie and left this reviewer wanting more.

More insightful, however, are Apatow's video diaries. These bring true insight to the creative process and it's a kick to see Apatow wearing t-shirts referencing his past productions Virgin and Talladega Nights. It's also kind of fun to see his beard grow over time. The "Apatow process" of feeding actors lines from off-camera is also illustrated well in the "Raw Footage" segments.

Knocked Up was a long movie by comedy standards and there are numerous deleted, extended, and alternate scenes on the two discs. There are dozens of entertaining scenes, including Jonah Hill's Brokeback Mountain rant, more of Dr. Kuni, and additional details of Ben and Allison's relationship. These scenes fill in little gaps in the story and are extremely entertaining and some are funnier than scenes including in the final cut. Even with all the additional footage, several scenes shown in the production diaries are not included at all. So, I guess we'll have to wait for those when a new DVD edition of Knocked Up is released ahead of a future Apatow or Rogen theatrical release (can you say Pineapple Express? I knew you could...).

Other DVD highlights include the "First Sex on Camera" and "Beard-o-Rama" vignettes, as well as Katherine Heigl's audition tape. These are just a few examples of the quality extras on this collection.

Some extra features aren't worth watching more than once. Don't bother getting excited about the hyped "topless" scenes; I won't spoil the surprise but let's just say they're not going to show up on FleshOfTheStars.com.

Mockumentaries a Plenty

Did you know that Seth Rogen wasn't the first star cast in Knocked Up? That's the premise behind "Finding Ben Stone," a hilarious mockumentary that wants us to believe that Judd Apatow can't work with actor in Hollywood, even himself. The featurette includes guest stars ranging from Apatow regulars David Krumholtz, Bill Hader, and James Franco along with others such as Orlando Bloom, Michael Cera, and Justin Long. This is one of the most original, effective, and entertaining DVD extras in years.

"Gummy: the Sixth Roomate" is nearly as good, effectively weaving a tale that includes Woody Allen and an over-the-top performance by David Krumhotlz. The mockumentary "Directing the Director" isn't as funny as "Finding Ben Stone" and perfectly predictable as well.

The Music

One of the more interesting aspects of the Knocked Up was the unusual genesis of it's score, performed by Loudon Wainwright III and written by Wainwright and Joe Henry. The soundtrack is only barely addressed in the commentary, though there is a nice featurette of a Wainwright recording session on disc two. There are also three live performances of Wainwright singing, but disc one contains the more obscure of the three songs, "You Can't Fail Me Now," while the more memorable "Grey in L.A." and the poignant "Daughter" are relegated to disc two.

Unfortunately, there's precious little information detailing which songs come from Wainwright's catalog of songs and which ones were written especially for the movie. And there's no information about the soundtrack album, "Strange Weirdos," that features full songs that appear in Knocked Up as instrumentals. The use of Wainwright's songs for the DVD menus is a nice touch, though.

Overall

Leave plenty of time to savor the many enjoyable segments on the Knocked Up DVD. Just like the movie, you'll want to watch them over and over again.

The Movie:
The Extras:

Three Editions - Only One Choice

The following bonus features can be found on both the Unrated and Rated DVD:

The following bonus features are exclusive to the Unrated DVD:

The following bonus features are exclusive to the two-disc special edition (this is the one to get, guys!):

Technical Details

Owen Wilson Cameo

The question asked most often by Frat Pack fans is whether the cameo that Owen Wilson filmed is on the DVD. We are pleased to confirm that is indeed there, in the deleted scenes of disc one.

It's a good cameo and would have added less than a minute to the final cut of the film. However, it is thematically similar to Steve Carell's cameo and the filmmakers must have thought it was redundant.

You Know How I Know You're Gay? You Find Secret DVD Features

There's a reference in the film's commentary to an updated version of Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd's "You know how I know you're gay?" routine from The 40 Year-Old Virgin. Unfortunately, you won't find that listed anywhere in the DVD features or menus.

You will, however, find a secret link to the hilarious routine on Disc Two of the Collector's Edition. Head on over to the Languages menu and click on the "+" shown in red. Enjoy!


 

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