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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Various
Cast:
John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris
Writing Credits:
Jon Hurwitz (and characters), Hayden Schlossberg (and characters)

MPAA:
Rated NR

DVD DETAILS

See individual reviews for additional specs on the collection.


Price: $49.99
Release Date: 11/13/2012

Bonus:
• Scented White Castle Coasters
• Scented Car Fresheners


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Harold & Kumar Ultimate Collector's Edition: 3 Movie Collection [Blu-Ray] (2012)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (November 15, 2012)

HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE: “Beyond the unusual ethnicity of its leads, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle presents pretty standard teen comedy fare. It spurts out some laughs but also drags a lot of the time and never becomes much better than average.”

HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY: “While the original flick didn’t dazzle, it looks pretty good compared to the limp Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. It runs too long and offers too few laughs along the way.”

A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR CHRISTMAS: “Unlike the crude but clever Bad Santa, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas simply seems crass for its own sake. The movie manages the occasional amusing segment but fizzles more than it delights.”


The Blu-ray Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus B

When Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle made it to movie screens in 2004, it earned a mere $18 million at the US box office. Apparently it found an audience on home video, as the flick went on to spawn two sequels via 2008’s Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and 2011’s A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas.

All three of those films appear in this 2012 release called “Harold and Kumar Blu-ray Ultimate Collector’s Edition”. Do the UCE’s Blu-rays differ in any way from those already available on the market? No – the UCE simply places them in the same box, but it makes no changes/additions to them.

If you want to read about the specifics related to those flicks/Blu-rays, please click on the links above. The grades listed here offer an average for the picture/audio/extras of all three. Expect consistency for visuals and audio, as the three movies all look and sound fine. However, the quality of the supplements varies. The first two movies come packed with useful bonus materials, but Christmas skimps on those components. Its “D+” dragged down the “A-“ grades of the first two movies.

Though the UCE includes no new disc-based materials, it does present some physical pieces. We get seven scented White Castle drink coasters and three scented car fresheners. These will stink up your house! All of these reside in a case that opens to resemble a lighter.

As you can see from the movie summaries listed at the top of this review, you can tell that I’m not a fan of the “Harold and Kumar” franchise. If you’re reading this, though, you probably like the series much more than I do, which leaves one question: should you invest in this “Ultimate Collector’s Edition”?

If you already own all – or even some – of the previously-released Blu-rays, the answer is no. Unless you just gotta have those coasters and car fresheners, there’s no reason to repurchase Blu-rays you already have.

If you don’t own any of the existing Blu-rays, the UCE makes more sense, thought it’s probably sensible to simply get the cheapest deal you can find. If you can buy the three individual Blu-rays for less than the cost of the UCE, do that. If the UCE runs you less money, go for it. I don’t think the coasters and fresheners add value to the set, so just find the cheapest way to own the three movies and enjoy yourself.

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