Let’s face it: 3-D has long overstayed its welcome.
After a glut of 3-D releases over the past few years, most
of the novelty is gone. So when I saw “A Very Harold and
Kumar Christmas” I enjoyed on how much they had fun with
the third dimension. It’s definitely the raunchiest movie
I’ve ever seen in 3-D.***
This is the third film in the Harold and Kumar series,
which has become this generation’s “Cheech and Chong”, and
it is has hit-and-miss jokes like the previous two films.
However, this film has more heart than the other two films.
The film is set six years after their escape from Guantanamo
Bay. Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) are estranged
from each other. However, when Kumar arrives on Harold’s
doorstep with a mysterious package, he inadvertently burns
down Harold’s father-in-law’s Christmas tree. The duo must
race through New York City to find the perfect tree, but
just like their last two adventures they stumble through
obstacles at every single turn.***
The flimsy plot is supported by plenty of gags in here
to keep you entertained and Neil Patrick Harris appears
in another hilarious. There some funny scenes in the movies,
but there are some scenes that just fall flat. Like I said
before the 3-D makes this film enjoyable and it separates
itself from other Christmas films. The disc also has the
2-D version, which is strangely longer than the 3-D version.
The video is top notch as the images are clear, the depth
is extraordinary, and the 3-D is well done as it doesn’t
lose its effect from the big screen to the home market.
The audio is just as good. There are so many crazy and random
events going on like car chases, shootouts, and the Claymation
scene, so the sound immerses you into the film. The dialogue
is also clear, which is important for a comedy film.***
Unfortunately, the extras are a little light. There
is the longer 2-D cut, which is strangely not in 3-D. There
is a featurette called “Through the Haze with Tom Lennon”,
which consist of some hilarious shorts. Next there is a
making of-feature of the Claymation scene and a couple of
deleted scenes. The Blu-ray disc also comes with an Ultraviolent
Digital Copy. More studios are using Ultraviolent, but I
still think it is a flawed system.***