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Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Unrated DVD Review

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My roommate and I were there on opening night to watch Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay in theaters. The movie, packed full of racist jokes and pokes at stereotypes (primarily against Indians/Arabs/Asians, with a few black jokes sprinkled in as well), was pretty funny, especially since the theater was 75% Indians and Asians, or at least Indian-Americans and Asian-Americans. It wasn’t as good as the original, but, then again, how it could it be? (read my full Harold and Kumar 2 movie review)

I received a box full of the unrated DVDs yesterday (well, I had to drive out to a very inconvenient FedEx location to get them, as FedEx hasn’t figured out that some of us work during the day, aren’t at home to sign for our packages, and don’t like to put their pickup locations in places where people actually live), and so my roommate and I just had to pop in the movie for a second round.

It was still pretty funny, though not as funny as watching with a bunch of people who found it especially funny considering that they had heard variants of the jokes directed at them in real life. Harold and Kumar 2 doesn’t have the repeat value of White Castle, but that’s OK. It’s still pretty entertaining. The cyclops scene is still pretty classic.

Unfortunately, the Unrated Edition DVD is a scam. Granted, it includes the theatrical version as well, but what the hell is the difference? There are six minutes of added footage, but nothing remarkably different. There’s a below-the-waist shot that my roommate claims wasn’t in the theatrical version, but I’m not so sure. Either way, there is nothing particularly “unrated” about it.

What’s worse? There are no special features. I mean none. Other than a few movie previews, there are no bloopers, deleted scenes and so on and so forth. Clearly, New Line (Warner Brothers) is setting up for a two-disc special edition, but come on. What a waste of a DVD.

By Erik Samdahl
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