In what is easily the funniest movie of the year, Russell Brand brings his Aldous Snow character back to the silver screen for a second time. If the name Aldous Snow sounds familiar it’s probably because you’ve seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a film where Brand played the same character. Turns out Mr. Snow was popular enough to get his own film and it comes in the form of Get Him To The Greek.
Just by looking at the producer credit, which goes to Mr. Judd Apatow, you would be foolish not to know what to expect. Hi-jinxes and shenanigans akin to those found in Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The 40 Year Old Virgin ensue. It’s a typical Apatow film, but it’s also probably one of the best.
As mentioned before, Russell Brand plays Aldous Snow, a narcissistic, anarchic and down on his luck rock star. While Aldous and his band Infant Sorrow used to be a big deal, he has recently fallen on hard times. He split with his wife Jackie Q (Rose Byrne) and he has turned to alcohol and drugs to keep busy.
Enter Aaron Green (Jonah Hill). Aaron Green works for a record company that is looking for the next big thing. As his boss Sergio (Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs) tells him ‘We gotta thicken our revenue stream, the music business is failing’.
Green, a lifelong Infant Sorrow fan, suggests having a concert for the band at the famous Greek theatre. Aldous Snow played the Greek 10 years ago and it was wildly successful. Green thinks it’d be a great comeback idea to have Snow play the Greek again. He also thinks that it would make Sergio a ton of money. Sergio agrees and tells Aaron to fly to London, pick up Aldous and get him to the Greek theatre in 72 hours.
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Most Universal Blu-Rays are pretty packed with extra features, Get Him To The Greek is no different. The bonus features are ample and interesting. The list of what is available is exhaustive and it is as follows:
- Feature Commentary with director Nicholas Stoller, cast members Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss and producer Rodney Rothman
- Getting To Get Him to The Greek
- Getting In Tune With The Greek
- The Making of “African Child”
- Deleted, extended and alternate scenes including an alternate intro and ending
- Additional and extended scenes not available anywhere else (BD-exclusive)
- Five Complete Music Videos featuring Aldous Snow, Infant Sorrow and Jackie Q
- Musical Performances from Infant Sorrow’s triumphant 1999 Greek Theater Concert and 2009 Comeback Concert, plus a peek at their infamous World Tour and the 2002 London Concert
- Musical performances from The Today Show and VH-1 Storytellers (BD-exclusive)
- Karaoke – Sing along to 15 Outrageous Songs (BD-exclusive)
- The actual auditions that landed Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari and T.J. Miller their roles (BD-exclusive)
- Instant access to stream a bonus movie by choosing one of three comedies: Uncle Buck, Dazed and Confused or Life via BD-Live or a smartphone (BD-exclusive)
- My Scenes
- Pocket BLU
- SOCIAL BLU
- Gag Reel
- Blind Medicine – a promo for Sarah Marshall’s new TV series
- Digital Copy
Highlights include the ‘Getting to the Greek’ and ‘Getting In Tune With The Greek’ documentaries as well as the music performances from Infant Sorrow. The commentary is also fairly enjoyable and lively. Some of the features are smaller and not as significant but nevertheless, just about everything on the disc is worth checking out.
In terms of audio/video, Universal delivers a pretty solid disc. All the songs preformed here sound phenomenal. They come through clear and crisp. The surround sound is implemented perfectly and for a music heavy film, the dialogue never gets drowned out. Even in some of the busier scenes the track never drops. The audio is fantastic.
The picture quality is also great. The film features some wonderful photography from many locations such as London, Las Vegas and and Los Angeles and it all looks great. Contrast falters in a few scenes but aside from that, the picture is handled nicely. The concert sequence at the end looks particularly good and overall the picture is bright, colourful and easy on the eyes.
Overall, you really can’t go wrong with this package. The film itself is hysterical and you can easily watch it multiple times and still laugh with each viewing. The special features are also very respectable and while they may not be top notch, they are better than average.
I think almost everyone will enjoy this film and if you haven’t yet seen it, now is the perfect chance. Go out and pick it up, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Get Him To The Greek was one of the funniest films I saw all year. Hill and Brand work very well together and the music is great.