"PINEAPPLE EXPRESS" has been released on blu-ray by SONY. Seth Rogen and James Franco star as two pot-loving buddies, forced to run from the mob after one of them witnesses a hit. Rogen plays his part pretty much as he plays all of his roles, and while the script tries to make him more affable than in previous roles, he doesn't offer much more to sway fans or those disliking his persona here. Franco, does a great job in his role, but there are points in the film, where it's hard to not be annoyed by the "drug-loopy" aspects of his character.
Gary Cole is great, as always, but one can't help but scratch their head about the casting of Rosie Perez here! She's completely wrong for this part, and whenever she appears, it brings the film's narrative to a sudden halt! The film weaves between comedy and action, providing some questionably excessive violence, without much merit later in the film. Still, "PINEAPPLE EXPRESS" at least differentiates itself from many recent comedies, with bigger laughs, and few films with "potheads" have been as entertaining as this.
SONY has provided a 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are solid and extremely vibrant in every scene. Blacks are inky, providing terrific detail in darker scenes. The image offers some of the best depth and jump-off-the-screen detail, for blu-ray, thus far, in 2009.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. While not aggressive, ambient effects are well utilized throughout. Most of the mix is front-focused, but the latter half of the film, allows for surrounds and bass to kick in with maximum impact. Discrete effects and panning effects add great power to the action scenes, and while this isn't a reference quality mix, the fidelity of this lossy mix, succeeds greatly whenever it's put to to full use.
SONY has included a lot of extras for this release. Both the theatrical and "unrated" versions of the film are included here, as well as a great commentary, although the absence of James Franco, is disappointing. Deleted scenes and alternate takes provide some fun, as do the "first table read" and other features, offered in full HD!