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Get Him To The Greek (2010) Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 October 2010
Image“Get Him To The Greek” is a spin-off of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”  While the film doesn’t star Jason Segel, the movie based on characters that he created and that appeared in FSM.  And unlike FSM, “Get Him To The Greek” succeeds on a number of levels.

What makes this film work is that it didn’t try to turn itself into a serious romantic comedy.  It stuck with what it was, a silly comedy.  Only at the very end is there a bit of seriousness.  The film brings back Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) as the lead singer for Infant Sorrow.  After a disastrous album, Snow is ostracized and falls off the wagon.  His life turns upside down and he becomes another musician that disappears from the limelight.

Jonah Hill portrays Aaron Green, an A&R rep for Pinnacle.  With the decline of the music industry, Green recommends that the company back a reunion concert by Infant Sorrow.  Pinnacle is head by an almost over-the-top Sean Combs.  He charges Green with the task of going to London, getting Snow and bringing him back to Los Angeles for the concert.  Unfortunately for Green, it is not going to be that simple.

Snow is off his rocker.  He is consistently high and drunk, making Green’s task all that much more difficult.  Snow takes Green on a journey of self-discovery amid debauchery.  But apparently the only way to discover your true self is to be high and wasted.  And that is exactly what Green does for the duration of the film.

Sure, the film has its flaws.  Some of the sequences go on for too long.  While “The Jeffery” sequence is funny, it drags out a bit too long.  However, I don’t think we will soon forget about stroking the furry walls.  I still laugh when I hear those words.  Watch the film and find out for yourself.  Still, with its flaws, “Get Him To The Greek” is lots of fun.  Of course, this relies entirely upon your ability to stomach Hill and Brand, which many people can’t do.  Be forewarned, they may get on your nerves if you have any sort of reservations about them.
“Get Him To The Greek” comes to Blu-ray with and AVC encode and a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  I was pleasantly surprised by this transfer.  I expected it to be another typical comedy with a range of inconsistencies in the transfer.  However, the video quality is solid throughout, minus one extremely soft close up, which can be attributed to artistic intention if you really want to go that deep.  Aside from that shot, the details and textures are impressive.  All costumes are perfectly defined.  You can see the lint on suit jackets.  Hill and Brand’s stubble is coarse and distinguishable.  Colors are accurate and bold.  Fleshtones follow suit.  By biggest issue with the video transfer is the lack of shadow delineation due to so-so contrast levels.  The darkness can swallow up details in several of the nightclub sequences.  Other than that, the image strong.

The film also comes with a very strong audio track.  The DTS-HD 5.1 track delivers a smooth soundfield that is immersive throughout.  Whether it be a subtle moment or a rock moment or “tripping out” moment, the audio delivers envelopment.  The surround channels are used wisely.  Directionality is excellent.  Music is at times discreetly placed in the surround channels instead of just bled form the front channels.  The LFE channel is a bit more reserved that it perhaps should have been in certain segments, but bass management should deliver plenty of low-end split from the main channels.  While the music of Infant Sorrow may be silly, this film’s audio track does a great job of actually making it enjoyable.

This unrated edition comes with two discs and two versions of the film.  One disc is a Blu-ray and the other is a DVD with bonus features and also functions as a Digital Copy.  On the Blu-ray disc the default playback is the theatrical version of the film.  If you want the additional four minutes of content then you need manually switch the settings in the menu to extended version.

On the Blu-ray there is an audio commentary with the director and a few of the cast members including Brand.  This commentary is hilarious as to be expected, but it can be over-the-top at times.  There are a few behind-the-scenes featurette documentaries: “Getting Into ‘Get Him To The Greek,’” “Making of African Child” and “Getting In Tune With The Greek.”  The Blu-ray disc also contains several full-length music videos for songs in the film.  The U-Control feature of the disc offers little interactivity.  And lastly there is a Karaoke section that allows you to sing-along with 15 of the film’s songs.

The bonus disc is a DVD which features the remaining special features, in SD of course.  There is no shortage of deleted/extended/alternate scenes, coming in at just about 55 minutes…yikes.  As to be expected there are some gag reels and the age old line-o-rama.  An alternate ending and opening are also included.  “Blind Medicine” contains some hilarious scenes from the plugged Sarah Marshall show within the film.  Finally there are some interviews and cast auditions.

When using the Blu-ray disc there is a bonus movie that you can get via BD-Live.  This allows you to view 1 of 3 films: “Uncle Buck,” “Dazed And Confused” or “Life.”

“Get Him To The Greek” is a fun trip from London to New York to Las Vegas to Los Angeles.  There is no doubt that the enjoyment of this film is enhanced by the stellar audio and video qualities.  I highly recommend this disc.

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