Despite its crunchy outer crust of teen spewed vulgarities, SUPERBAD ($35) is actually a coming of age comedy with a gooey nougat center of sentimentality that tells a tale of a friendship at the crossroads. The premise of SUPERBAD follows a day and a night in the lives of high school seniors Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) who are mere days from graduation. Unfortunately for our heroes, they have had non-existent high school social lives due to the fact that are amongst that group of uncool, teen outcasts- better known as dorks (and in their case horny dorks to be precise)!
Of course, fate does smile on said dorks on this one particular day, with each being presented with an opportunity for social acceptance, not to mention a potential sexual encounter. All that is required of them is to come up with plenty of alcohol for an underage teen party. This sets Seth and Evan off on an epic quest (one filled with perilous obstacles) to get the alcohol. As expected, their quest leads Seth and Evan into a series of comic misadventures, especially after they are joined by their uber-dork buddy Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who is now in possession of a fake Hawaiian driverís license and even more fake identity as McLovin. The cast of SUPERBAD also features Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Martha MacIsaac, Emma Stone, Aviva, Joe Lo Truglio, Kevin Corrigan, Clement Blake, Erica Vittina Phillips, Joe Nunez, Dave Franco, Marcella Lentz-Pope, Scott Gerbacia, Laura Seay, Roger Iwata, Clint Mabry, Stacy Edwards, Mark Rogen, Charlie Hartsock, Donna Hardy, Charley Rossman, Carla Gallo, Ben Best, Jody Hill, Kevin Breznahan and David Krumholtz.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made SUPERBAD available on DVD in a 1.85:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. SUPERBAD isnít a stellar looking DVD because the cinematography never seems to have any aspirations beyond being a competently photographed teen comedy. Everything is sharp and reasonably well defined. Colors are rendered at a reasonably natural level of saturation and the flesh tones appear accurate. Blacks are generally pretty deep and the whites are stable. Contrast and shadow detail are fine. The film elements are free from serious defects, although a bit of grain shows up in places. Digital compression artifacts are usually well concealed.
SUPERBAD comes with a fine Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack, which sports a better than expected comedy mix. The surrounds are fairly engaging and offer a bit more activity than a typical comedy. Ambient sounds and musical fill are also nicely deployed through the rears. The forward soundstage is still dominant and offers good channel separations. Like your typical comedy, the track has a strong musical component, which is rendered with great fidelity. The bass channel has little to do, other than keeping the track grounded and pumping up the music. French and Spanish 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the DVD, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplemental materials, which have been spread across both discs of this set. Disc one features a running Audio Commentary with director Greg Mottola, producer Judd Apatow, screenwriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and actors Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Moving on to disc two, one will find the remainder of the supplemental programming: Deleted And Extended Scenes (seven scenes), Line-O-Rama (adlibs), Gag Reel (self explanatory), Cop Car Confessions (cut cameos), The Making-Of Superbad (self explanatory), Vag-tastic Voyage (web porn), Original Table Read 2002 (Seth Rogen reads for the part of "Seth"), Cast Audition Footage (Jonah Hill, Michael Cera & Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Michael's Voicemails From Jonah (prank calls), Snakes On Jonah (comic cast fear factor), Dancing Title Sequence (how it was done), TV Safe Lines (Watch Jonah Hill try to record alternate "safe" lines appropriate for television), On-Set Diaries (cast & crew interviews), The Music Of Superbad (soundtrack), Everybody Hates Michael CeraĖ The Unfortunate True Story (mocumerntary), Press Junket Meltdown (mock interview) and Pineapple Express: Exclusive First Look (upcoming flick).
Despite its vulgar dialogue, SUPERBAD is a teen comedy with a lot of heart. The DVD looks and sounds good, plus there are a lot of superbad extras!
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