It’s a well known fact that I adore Seth Rogen. It is also well known that I think he and Evan Goldberg are geniuses. It should not then come as a shock that I think This Is the End is amazing.
More or less everything about this horror comedy starring Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson, is funny. There is wonderful chemistry with the group which makes this entire situation – it’s the end of the world and these guys are stuck in Franco’s house with only a ration of food, etc – plausible. Then there are elements of the film that kick it up to a different level, like making Michael Cera a drugged up, womanizing version of himself and making Jonah Hill a terribly positive, sensitive soul. That latter bit is what makes the biggest horror homage of this movie even more grand than it is. In tribute to first Rosemary’s Baby, then The Exorcist, This Is the End goes above and beyond what Superbad and Pineapple Express laid out as comedy and pushes it beyond the apocalyptic realm it tries to remain in and makes it a legitimate installment to the horror genre. Plus, Emma Watson shows up crazed, as seen in the trailer, and who doesn’t want to see Hermione cussing? Really.
Of course, with the release of this movie on DVD and Blu-ray, there has to be some awesome extras that come with it. The DVD only includes a portion of what is available on the Blu-ray. Unfortunately, I got the DVD for review, yet I will do my best to give you an idea of the plethora of charm that is the high def version. Commentary with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is definitely a must have for any project they’ve worked on – and it is here, and it delivers. That is, unless, you can’t stand to hear Seth Rogen laugh. Because he does. A lot. Personally, I think it makes it that much more enjoyable. The two don’t really have too much to say, but their friendship and listening to them joke around is definitely worth a listen for fans. There is a featurette titled Directing Your Friends. This is only a few minutes long, and features Rogen and Goldberg discussing working with their friends (duh). More or less your standard expectation of such an extra.
This is the Marketing is a fun watch. It includes promos and things cut from the advertising. The promotional material is definitely what made a lot of fans of the previous collaborative efforts of these guys get to the theatre and make This Is the End a hit. These types of fans hopefully have Blu-ray players, because as I previously mentioned, according to the package details, there are tons that are not included on this DVD. This means the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack has deleted scenes, a gag reel, blooper reel, featurettes about the visual effects, behind the scenes and the original Jay & Seth vs. The Apocalypse short film that the movie is based on. Most important, however, is The Making of The Making of Pineapple Express 2. Of course, the ‘Pineapple Express 2’ trailer was the epic April Fool’s Day promo that alerted us that This Is the End was coming.
Even with a standard quality DVD, This Is the End, itself as a film, for fans, is worth purchasing. These guys are extremely talented and their level of humor is a throwback to the 80s R-rated comedies a lot of us grew up with. I saw This Is the End opening week and even with a fellow movie goer showing up late, acting like a total meathead stating I was in “his seat”, and subsequently having him stare me down as if he’d tackle me – which caused me to miss the paparazzi asking Seth Rogen to laugh in the opening scene (grrr) – I still enjoyed the hell out of it and plan to watch it countless times in the future. With a great cast and with such success of the film, hopefully This Is the End is the just beginning.