Up In Smoke: High-Larious Edition

DVD Reviews | Sep 25th, 2007

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Starring Marin, Tommy Chong, Stacey Keach, Tom Skerrit, Edie Adams, Strother Martin
Written By: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong
Directed By: Lou Adler
Studio: Paramount
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Man, this movie is hilariously (I mean high-lariously) funny and definitely one of my favorites from Cheech and Chong! Up In Smoke put Cheech and Chong on the map as far as comedy film stars, even though they had comedy albums out before this. Out of all of the movies they have done, I always feel that Up In Smoke is the funniest and strongest films from Cheech and Chong. Now, fans can rejoice with a new, updated DVD filled with some cool extras!

Up In Smoke is about two stoners on the quest to find some weed. “Man” (Tommy Chong) gets kicked out of his parent’s house, and Pedro (Cheech Marin) is a jobless musician. One day when Pedro is driving, he thinks he’s picking up a big breasted woman, when it fact it’s only “Man” trying to hitchhike. They become good friends and go on a quest to score some great weed & get high. They come to the realization that they would make a good punk band so they sign up to play a battle of the bands contest at the legendary L.A. club, the Roxy. But along the way, they get side tracked and end up getting picked to drive a van that’s made of marijuana. They have a few run-ins with the police as well. The inept police force set out after the two stoners to L.A in hoping to bust the duo. The task force is headed up by Sgt. Stedenko, played brilliantly by Stacey Keach. That’s about as good as a plot description as you’re gonna get from me.

I’m not a stoner and never will be but when something is funny, I’m gonna laugh at it. I feel this movie is probably one of the funniest movies of all time. It’s definitely up there in the top 20 for me. The movie has been out for over 30 years now and still holds up today. Sure, some things may be outdated but seeing two stoners getting high the whole movie is something that any generation will find funny. I think the world needs a return of Cheech and Chong..or at least make them the REAL fathers of Harold and Kumar. They just need to get back into making movies together. With this being released for the 30th anniversary, at least the two could have gotten together to record the audio commentary for the DVD. Instead, we get a recycled commentary with Marin and director Lou Adler that was recorded in 2000. There are some other special features that some might recognize from older DVD releases from Up In Smoke, but there is also 30 minutes of new material. If you don’t own Up In Smoke and want to see a true classic stoner movie man, then be sure to get Up In Smoke: High-larious Edition DVD man!

Commentary by Cheech Marin & Director Lou Adler
Roach Clips (Deleted Scenes) with Optional Commentary
Lighting Up: A Look Back at Up In Smoke
Earache My Eye Featuring Alice Bowie: Animated Music Video
Cheech & Chong’s “The Man Song”
2 Vintage Radio Spots
Theatrical Trailer

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, French

Favorite Scenes: The dog shit smoking, scenes with Sgt Stedenko’s police force, When Pedro and Man are in the police station talking to “Hardhat,” Eararche in my ear at the end.
Rating: R
Running Time: 85 minutes
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