Pros: Great movie! Interesting to see the evolution of the movie throughout the years.
Cons: None. If you don't like some of the special features, just skip to better ones!
I decided to not use "McLovin" or a cheesy pun, like "Not a Super Bad DVD!" or "SuperGood!" in my review title. Please don't let that affect your enjoyment of this Superbad DVD review (aka the funniest movie you will ever see).
BASIC PLOT: VERY MINOR SPOILERS
I am going to assume most people have seen this movie, and for those who haven't, I will reveal nothing major about the plot.
Basically, this is a story of 3 high school students, Seth (Jonah Hill, the kid who wants to buy the shoes in 40 Year-Old Virgin), Evan (Michael Cera, "Arrested Development"'s George-Michael), and Fogel (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), aka McLovin, a newcomer to the screen. They are perennial losers who want to score with their crushes before they go off to college. Seth and Evan have been best friends for years, and are off the different schools. Evan is going to Dartmouth with Fogel, while Seth is going to State, where the girls are half as smart, thus twice as likely to fellace me.
They need to go get alcohol for a party hosted by Jules, Seth's crush, where Becca, Evan's crush, will be also.
And then the madness ensues.
BRIEF REVIEW OF THE MOVIE
For those who haven't seen the movie, I ask, Huh? Why? What? This is the funniest movie I have ever, ever seen. I originally thought Borat was the apex of comedy, until I saw Superbad opening night in the theaters. So many lines were lost because the laughter drowned out the dialogue that I had to see it again (although I did the matinee the next time, don't worry, I'm money-conscious).
It is filled with one-liners and tons of improv from the characters. The delivery is excellent. The guy who plays Fogel was dared by his friends to try out, and made such an impression on Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow that he was hired with no experience for a huge role. He was incredible.
Seth and Evan have incredible chemistry together. Emma Stone, who plays Jules, plays her perfectly. Every character is funny. Every scene is great. There are no lulls like there are with other comedies, no stupid feel-good ending that is forced so the audience can leave happily.
Plus, it's really freakin' funny.
The first time I saw this on DVD was on High Def DVD (Blu-Ray, I think), and you could make out every detail. For instance, did you know it looks like Jonah Hill's arm has a birthmark or something to the effect of a birthmark? In theatres and on regular DVD, you can't tell, but on Blu-Ray, you can.
I rarely, if ever, watch special features, unless I really love the movie. Of course, I did for Superbad.
TABLE READ :: B- There were 2 table reads included, both about 10 minutes long. The first one was from 2002, with co-writer Seth Rogen to play Seth, and Carla Gallo (the Period Girl in this movie and the Toe Sucker in 40) to play one of the female leads. However, the movie never got made until 2007, so there is a table read with the new cast as well. It's interesting to see the original lines in the script compared to how they ended up, but it's a long, drawn-out feature that even the die-hards thought was too long.
LINE-O-RAMA :: A This is the best part of the DVD features. The Line-O-Rama shows the improv skills of the actors, mainly Jonah Hill. How this works is they'll show you the line from the movie, then other lines that were tried but never made the movie...
I'm sorry Daniel Day Lewis doesn't star in the pornos I watch.
I'm gonna be the Arthur Ashe of slammin' V!
Highly recommended that you watch this.
COP CAR CONFESSIONS :: B Seth Rogen and Bill Hader, the cops, go on a 4-minute stream of consciousness in the cop car, which was edited into the scene where they talk about semen being at a crime scene. Pretty funny parts, but overall, you can see why the cuts they made were made. Still, interesting to see.
They also have a scene at the bar where they buy Fogel a beer, and Bill Hader is talking about his first wife, a prostitute, and how he found out she was one. That is very funny, if slightly long.
AUDITIONS :: A- We get to see Jonah Hill reading 5 pages of the script, and improvising as he goes along to try and make it funnier (it's funnier in the movie). We see Mintz-Plasse and Cera also awkwardly audition.
DELETED SCENES :: B The deleted scenes were all mostly deleted for a reason, like the home ec scene where Jules and Seth first partner up. Jules has a speech that was cut from the theatrical release, and for good reason. While funny, it isn't really in her character, and the scene has more flow without that in there.
However, in the party scene, there is an Asian guy, and when they are all doing a toast to Seth, he breaks in with a dead-on Christopher Walken impression that should never have been cut from the release.
PINEAPPLE EXPRESS :: B A scene from Pineapple Express, a James Franco/Seth Rogen movie, is previewed. The preview is good, but the trailer is so much funnier.
Go get this DVD! A great addition to any collection, big or small.