Get Him To The Greek

Get Him To The Greek

DVD Rating: ***1/2

Reviewed by: Jame Benefield

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There's a veritable spread of features in this two-disc set, including gag reels, an episode of a critically acclaimed sitcom, a 'documentary', music videos, two versions of the film, a feature commentary and deleted/alternate scenes.

The featurette (which, on principle, I refuse to call a documentary – even when it calls itself one) is pretty standard. It's a mixture of on-set footage, interviews and clips from the film's press conference. Russell Brand predictably plays up to the camera, while Jonah Hill is a more thoughtful, albeit a strangely earnest, presence. There's a little too much footage from the film as padding, and a little too much back-slapping, but it's a decent effort. It's worth watching for the borderline peculiar interview footage from P Diddy – he's much more single-minded than you'd expect, and seems to approach his role as if it's Shakespeare. The final section about making the video for The African Child is kind of fun, too.

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The music videos are full length versions of the excerpts we see in the film. The main problem is that they don't look like music videos – the editing and the post-production isn't quite right. The filmmakers seem to forget that there's much more to a music video than lip-syncing. They look like they were fun to make, but it's a self-indulgent humour which doesn't transfer to people not in on the joke, or on the set.

The feature commentary mainly features the director, Jonah Hill and Rose Byrne. It's revealing in a litany-of-horror way; from the revelation of re-shoots and major re-editing through to – to put it kindly – the inane banter between the three. Thankfully a few people pop in and out to break it up, such as Russell Brand and one of the film's producers.

The highlight of the disc is an entire episode of Tina Fey's New York comedy, 30 Rock. Its inclusion here is a little curious – there's a musical connection as the episode features auditions and singing, but that's where it ends. Likewise, the special guest stars are not Russell Brand or Jonah Hill but the voices of Christopher Walken and Martin Scorsese. No matter, it still shows what comedy should be (e.g. not Get Him to the Greek).

The other stuff really is padding. The alternative ending and beginning are not much better than what we have at the moment – the alternative opening is particularly offensive as it features among its delights a rather voyeuristic lesbian kiss and an infinitely slappable precocious child. There are some 'live' performances of Russell Brand as Aldous Snow, deleted scenes, some separate interviews and the kitchen sink.

Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2010
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A young music executive must take a problematic rock star from London to Los Angeles in time for a career-dependent concert.
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Product Code: 8280706

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Theatrical and extended version, gag reel, commentary, deleted scenes, alternate/extended scenes, Blind Medicine, Line-O-Rama, Getting To Get Him To The Greek, Getting in Tune with the Greek, The Making Of African Child, episode of 30 Rock, alternative intro, ending

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