pineappleexpressbluJudd Apatow Productions is like a film factory of late releasing comedy after comedy. In probably the most edgy film to date from Apatow, ‘Pineapple Express’ comes barreling out of the gate. I am a huge fan of Seth Rogen enjoying each film he has been in and also co-written. There is just something about most movies that involve ‘pot’. They are either really well done or they sometimes just smoke away in boredom. ‘Pineapple Express’ did fairly well at the box office with a worldwide total gross of $100 million dollars.

The story revolves around two guys, Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) and his friend Saul Silver (James Franco) whom is a pot dealer. Both these men are in for one wild ride as everything and anything goes wrong for them. One night Dale is sitting in his car smoking Hawaiian weed aka ‘Pineapple Express’ that was sold to him by Saul. This isn’t any low grade weed; it is top notch high grade weed. While he is in the car, Dale is sitting in front of Ted Jones (Gary Cole) home. A police officer Carol (Rosie Perez) comes from behind and this sends Dale into panic mode. He throws the joint into the street, but she isn’t there to take him in. She helps Ted kill an Asian man that is part of a drug cartel. Dale freaks out so he drives off making enough commotion for Ted and Carol to see him.

They run after him, but not fast enough as he drives off. Ted finds the joint in the street taking a drag which he then realizes it’s Pineapple Express. There is only one person in town that sells Pineapple Express, its Saul. Ted learns more about Saul through his connection, Red (Danny McBride). Ted gets his henchmen (Craig Robinson and Kevin Corrigan) to help him hunt down Dale.

Both Saul and Dale go on the run from them but things don’t go so smooth along the way. It doesn’t help at all that these guys do not have a plan. Dale tries to enlist the help from his high school girlfriend Angie’s (Amber Heard) parents, but there is trouble once he gets there. These bumbling stoners are on the run and getting themselves into all kinds of different car chases risking their lives. The important thing here is that they both learn to better value their friendship.

This is a film that could have easily fallen apart if it weren’t for the chemistry between Rogen and Franco. Franco takes a nice lead here which I wasn’t expecting at all. Rogen felt a bit flat in some scenes. While the film has been panned by critics, it is a rather enjoyable comedy that is different from the other Apatow produced films.
Movie Content: 4/5

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Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. For an action comedy, the print is pretty good. Colors are strong and bright, with a few scenes that are a bit washed out. Black levels are also good. Flesh tones are accurate.  Details are also top notch providing excellent depth. There is some subtle grain in the presentation.
Video Quality: 4.5/5

The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. ‘Pineapple Express’ is a dialogue driven comedy with action spread throughout the film. Dialogue is clean through the center channel and well balanced. The soundfield takes advantage of the car chases and action scenes. From gunshots, car wrecks, and fist a cuffs the audio is engaging. It brings the action to life with a lot of activity from special effects and the soundtrack.
Audio Quality: 4.5/5

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Special Features

  • Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended & Alternate Scenes
  • The Making of Pineapple Express [HD]
  • The Action of Pineapple Express [HD]
  • Phone Booth
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Direct-O-Rama
  • Gag Reel
  • Item 9
  • Saul’s Apartment
  • Raw Footage
  • Begley’s Best [HD]
  • Red and Jessica’s Guide to Marriage [HD]
  • Injury Report [HD]
  • Stuntmaster Ken [HD]
  • Rehearsal Footage [HD]
  • First Table Read [HD]
  • Comic-Con Panel
  • Red Band Theatrical Trailer [HD]
  • Digital Copy
  • Both versions of the film included – Theatrical and Extended Versions
  • BD-Live

Extras are presented in both high and standard definition. There is a plethora of extras that will make fans of Judd Apatow films very happy.
Special Features: 4/5

Final Thoughts

‘Pineapple Express’ caught me by surprise due to all the negative feedback from critics. The film is hilarious, keeps you at the edge of your seat, and engaging from start to finish. The Blu-ray version offers great video, audio quality, and a plethora of special features. I recommend renting this film first as it may not be for everyone, but fans of Judd Apatow produced films will not be disappointed as this is a must buy.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 (Purchase)