|Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (Unrated Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Studio: New Line Home Video Release Date: 07/29/2008 Rating: Ur
Beginning precisely where Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle left off, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay takes the film franchise in a more boorish and spuriously topical direction. Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) take an ill-fated flight to Amsterdam, during which Kumar's suspicious-looking bong is mistaken for a bomb. Their arrest prompts a wild-eyed, racist Homeland Security nut (Rob Corddry) to send the boys to indefinite lockup at Guantanamo Bay, where beefy guards sexually subjugate "enemy combatants." The duo manage to get away and make it back to the U.S., hoping the well-connected fiance (Eric Winter) of Kumar's old girlfriend, Vanessa (Danneel Harris), can get them out of their mess. During a dangerous and grotesque odyssey to Texas (where Vanessa is marrying her rich and vain boyfriend, much to Kumar's dismay), Harold and Kumar have episodic encounters with the Ku Klux Klan, a one-eyed, inbred monster, and old friend Neil Patrick Harris (as himself), who swallows fistfuls of magic mushrooms and drags the boys to a brothel stop that goes terribly wrong.
The desultory comedy strikes a lowbrow tone from its opening scene (Harold takes a shower while Kumar has a diarrhea attack) and doesn't get much more interesting than that. If there's a bodily fluid that doesn't rate a joke in Guantanamo Bay, it doesn't exist. The persistent sight gags about weed (including a smoky visit with President Bush) never reach the kind of giddy pitch that pot humor requires, leaving a lot of the film's comedy just hanging like dead space. The sequel's attempt to say something, albeit in a gross way, about the state of the country during the Bush years is obvious and empty. Really, there isn't a lot of reason for Guantanamo Bay to have been made, except to print money. --Tom Keogh
- harold and kumar
this movie seems to be made for the world were they joke about red necks butt not the other type of people. i guess if your not white you may like it it has it great moment and few sexy ladys butt im getting sick of the low blows to red necks and white people....more info
- funnier than the first
this movie is so much funnier than the first one, I especially love the part of the bottomless party....more info
- Not what I was hoping for
I have no problem with weed humor which is a big selling point for this movie. The problem is the humor was lacking all around for Guantanamo Bay. I am not sure if Harold and Kumar are trying to follow in Cheech and Chongs footsteps but if they are they have a long way to go. I watched the unrated version and besides for scene where everyone is bottomless it seemed to play as the original. This movie is at best worth one viewing and probably best scene as a rental. Buy the Search for Whitecastle if you want a Harold and Kumar movie. ...more info
- No redeeming value whatsoever
This is just a PC "Porkies" for the 21st Century. Could have been much better (I saw signs of good writing) but it turns out to be a dorm room movie for 19 year-olds so they can see some skin, make fun of George Bush and smoke grass....more info
- Movie: 3.5/5 Picture Quality: 3.5~4.5/5 Sound Quality: 3.75/5 Extras: 3.75/5
Version: U.S.A / Region-A
Title: Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Running time: 1:47:42
Movie size: 21,80 GB
Disc size: 48,79 GB
Average video bit rate: 19.01 Mbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 5294 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 5278kbps (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 1536kbps)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 745 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 760kbps (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 256kbps)
DTS Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 256kbps
Subtitles: English SDH / Spanish
Number of chapters: 22
#Deleted Scenes/Extras (HD, 26 minutes)
#Featurette: "Inside the World of Harold and Kumar" (HD, 22 minutes)
#"Dude, Change the Movie!"
#Digital Copy (SD)
- Harold and Kumar Get the Munchies-Part Deux
Crass. Infantile. Sophomoric. Gross. Vulgar. What do you say about a movie where the first shot is of Kumar sitting on the toilet? Nonetheless, I liked it despite myself. Not as good as the original but we all know the law of diminishing returns. Falls under the category of you laugh yourself silly even though you know better. It doesn't hurt that stars Kal Penn and John Cho have great comic rapport. Believe it or not there is some wit among the potty humor. Not for everybody but you know who you are....more info
- Very disappointing
I really enjoyed the first Harold and Kumar movie. This one was a complete disappointment. Filthy, vile, disgusting -- moronic at best. I very much like Kal Penn as an actor (esp. in "the Namesake"). He has already made a name for himself and has a bright future. I have no idea why he would agree to do a movie like this. I now have zero regard for him as an actor....more info
- A great dvd
Loved it, a very funny down in the dirt movie, saw the first one and became a fan, I hope there is a third movie in the works!...more info
- Escaping From Guantanamo Bay Was Pretty Funny!!!
But it's not the best sequel I've seen. Right after returning from White Castle, Harold and Kumar try to go to Amsterdam to see Harold's girlfriend. During the flight, Kumar whips out a home-made bong and some racist old girl thinks he's a terrorist setting off a bomb. After they arrive in G.B. some real terrorists try to escape, and Harold and Kumar try to break out too. During their adventures, the dumb Government people try to get them back, they end up at a KKK meeting, meet Neil Patrick Harris again, smoke weed with George W. Bush and more. If you like Harold and Kumar, you might like HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY!!!...more info
- Product not as described
The case makes this look like a bootlegged copy, this was a gift for someone and I was humiliated. Thanks....more info
- Well it was a little bit better then the first Herold and Kumar
Basically the jokes in this film are the same type of comedy as the first film "Herold and Kumar Go To White Castle" only a little better especially the ones involving N.P.H. AKA Neil Patrick Harris. This movie really gets 3.5 stars, because it was funny but not quite laugh out loud funny. ...more info
- Stupidly Funny
This is really a pot head's movie. There's always a laugh in this film, mostly seeming to concern race. But I found those jokes to be handled in a really funny way. I mean many of the stereotypes explored in this film are rather stupid. So laughing at them makes them even stupider which shows that racism is, indeed, stupid.
Having said that there is a poltical statement from jump street in this film. Harold and Kumar are sent to Gitmo because they're believed to be terrortist, despite their protests. If that's not saying something then I don't know what is. Their parents are treated awfully, which is again another statement.
In fact this movie could be considered a political comedy, but it's not. It's still got the weed, but to a less degree this time than in the first.
Everyone is cast really well in this. I was happy to see John Reep(as I think he's rather funny) and he was spot on playing a Southern redneck you'll actually like.(Which, even though he's a Southerner, isn't as easy as you may think.)
I would hope to be seeing a third film, but if not two is just fine with me. They're going to be classic, stupid comedies....more info
- Dreadful Sequel
Utterly lacking the charm of the first movie, this one bypassed the clever and jumped straight to the crass. It's guilty of the worst sin of bad comedy: making us feel embarrassed or disgusted rather than giving us something funny. I guess the idea is that nervous laughter is as good as real laughter. But to me, that ain't comedy. For example: Kumar masturbating in his bed and ejaculating on himself; or Harold & Kumar being forced to fellate a prison guard. I suppose either situation might have been made funny, but they weren't. We were merely expected to laugh at the outrageousness of seeing these things in a movie. Genius.
Not to say the movie didn't have some genuinely funny stuff in it, but mostly it was just tedious. So unless you think films like American Pie III are the pinnacle of comedy, do yourself a favor and skip this one....more info
- CHEESE! Choose-Your-Own Adventure on Blu-Ray!
This is better than the first film! The choose-your-own adventure feature of the blu-ray edition is worth the price of admission. The only thing is it should have had more options! Buy this movie so they will make another one.
Cheese and over-the-top, you need to be in the right low-expectations mindset, yet that's why I recommend this movie.Clawed - The Legend of Sasquatch...more info
- H&K are back again and better than ever
There's no question Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay is arguably one of the dumbest comedies you will ever see. Little of it makes sense and none of it is actually possible. Well, I can't say none of it, but most of it is highly unlikely. And yet, the movie has some of the funniest (and most disturbing) scenes you'll ever see on screen. There's what has to be the film world's first bottomless party. There's a 3-way between Kumar, his ex-girlfriend and a large bag of weed (which, like most of the movie, starts of funny, gets funnier, then turns exceedingly disturbing). And there's President Bush toking up with our two anti-heroes. And in between there's all sorts of humor, much of it drug or race related.
Rob Corddry plays an FBI agent hunting down Harold and Kumar, and he may be the most racist person you'll ever see in a movie. Everyone who isn't white (and Catholic) is a suspect, and the manner in which he goes about trying to get information is painfully racist and funny. Whether it's grape soda and a black witness, or nickels to a Jewish pair of friends (who you'll recognize from the original film), he'll do whatever it takes to get Harold and Kumar and send them back to prison.
Yes, the movie title involves them escaping from the notorious prison in Cuba, but that portion of the film lasts all of five minutes. And even though the movie starts 5 minutes after the first one ends, the movie isn't really about them going to Amsterdam to find Harold's love. The movie really turns into a cross country trip to Texas to try and clear their names. From Cuba to Miami, through Alabama and Louisiana, the potheads we love to love have to get through all manner of obstacles to try and get to a former classmates wedding, so he can use his connections to save them. Along the way Kumar sees an ex-girlfriend, who coincidentally is getting married to their classmate. He realizes on the spot he's still in love with her, so getting to the wedding now has more purpose. Oh, and of course, Neil Patrick Harris is still driving aimlessly around the country and runs into the guys again. This leads to a scene at a whorehouse, and a shocking conclusion. By the way, don't leave the theater too quickly when the movie ends. Stay for the credits so you don't miss the very end of the film.
I laughed throughout most of the film, groaned in a couple of places, and had to say 'Oh God!' a couple of times as well. The people in the theater were a strange mix because while most loved it, there were a few who just sat there stonefaced. Why would anyone go to this movie and sit there with a blank look on their face? What did they expect? An Oscar-worthy film? This movie is rude and crude, disgusting and hilarious. It's the kind of movie you go to with a blank mind and have a good time. ...more info
- No Habeas for Harold and Kumar
This movie was far better than I expected it to be. The critics did not give it its just desserts largely because of its use of many of the same themes and gags from their first movie, i.e., a supposed lack of originality. I disagree. The sequel builds on and successfully uses what it created in the first movie. It is essentially about how bad things constantly happen to two well-meaning but chemically challenged bunglers, who despite their many flaws, are the good guys in the movie. It is underrated as a satire as it pokes fun at the sheer boneheadedness of those responsible for such moral and legal travesties as Gitmo, instead of simply portraying them as wrong. It is ultimately meant to be funny, not a political lesson, however, and it usually achieves its goal, although it does rely more on the use of nudity and graphic "shock and awe" techniques than the previous movie. I disagree with those characterizing it as advocating drug use. No one could see how these two goofballs screw up their lives (such as getting sent to Gitmo because of Kumar's hi-tech bong) and rationally want to emulate them, anymore than watching a trainwreck would make one want to be in one. It is satirical slapstick that is both funny and ultimately goodhearted as it drives home the inner goodness of its unlikely heroes after they find two strong women to help straighten-out the messes they have created of their lives! ...more info
- The New Millenium's Cheech and Chong
I wasn't expecting it, but this movie actually made me laugh in several places. It is slap-stick comedy -- not usually my favorite, but they get a few good lines in there. This schtick has all been done before, but I guess today's generation needs their very own Cheech and Chong and Harold and Kumar fit the bill.
Warning: There is a lot of sexually explicit activity going on and some REALLY gross scenes....more info
- Entertaining but Predictable
While I highly enjoyed the first chapter in this saga, I was a little disappointed by the second. Harold and Kumar are refreshing comic protagonists for our times, especially as they defeat racial stereotypes of nerdy, no-fun Asians. The first film succeeded because of this fresh, new quality, while their quest for the perfect burger merged elements of crass commercialism, slavering bong-fixated hunger and actual wit...I actually became a little fixated on the first film, along with friends of mine. It has a cult feeling, is something that can be enjoyed again and again, is well-structured and very, very funny. Not so much "Escape from Guantanimo Bay." Everything that was funny and original about "White Castle" is retread and rehashed (pun intended) in this one. The only thing that could possibly kill the insoucient power of the franchise is to serve it up again, with diminishing returns. While "White Castle" is hardly "Citizen Kane," it has surprising depth; in fact, I've conducted an ongoing structural analysis of "White Castle" in relation to Joseph Campbell's hero's journey paradigm, and it is truly a heroic quest narrative...I don't think we need another installment of Harold and Kumar, bottom line. The first was very clever and entertaining, the second plays it safe, which is no fun at all. Not to say there aren't moments in "Escape from Gitmo"--the 'manmeat sandwich' scene, the initial scene on the plane to Amsterdam, when Kumar's bong is mistaken for a bomb...obvious and predictable stuff, but I laughed. Anyway, disappointing overall....more info
- Worth it just for Neil Patrick Harris alone!
One of the most hilarious movies I've seen in a long time! I know it got only mediocre reviews, but I was in stitches for almost the entire length of the movie. (Except, like many comedies, it flags a little at the end as it tries to wrap up it's plot.) Mostly a collection of skits, it throws the pair of stoners into an ecclectic mixture of situations (the bottomless pool party, the KKK rally, the Gitmo meat sandwich, the redneck house, the whorehouse, etc. - none of which mean anything unless you've seen the movie. But once you've have seen it, I'm guessing that you're chuckling to yourself just thinking about them). Neil Patrick Harris almost steals the entire movie, and his extended cameo is worth the $9.50 admission alone!...more info
- Don't hate on this funny movie!
Everyone loves to take a shot at light hearted stoner movies. But, let it go, chill out and watch this movie!
It's not as original as the first movie, because it's a sequel! That doesn't mean it;s not cool, silly, filled with a great cast, and did I mention N.P.H. and the rainbow unicorn? Great times! Loved it enough to buy the movie poster!
M.Luck, NorCal...more info
- Wet Dreams and Nightmares/ Or An Acquired Taste, Like a "Slider"
I must admit I've never seen `Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle'. Because of it's cult classic status, I have some real regrets. Except as I go into `Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo Bay,' I can at least evaluate this movie without being biased by the former film.
I found this sequel to be repulsive, so I'll try to be as brief as possible. I first want to say that I've seen, reviewed, and/or recommended `Superbad,' 'The Road to Guantanamo,' and `The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair'. I've also highly recommended `A Mighty Heart,' `The War Tapes,' and `Operation Homecoming - Writing the Wartime Experience,' so it doesn't matter what political spectrum the movie plays. If it's a good movie, it's a good movie.
Plot: Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) go to Amsterdam while lusting for two beauties: Vanessa (Danneel Harris), a college sweetheart with whom Kal split two years earlier, and Maria (Paula Garc¨¦s), Harold's model interest. On the plane, Kumar, who can't wait to get to where the grass is green and flowing, lights a "smokeless" bong to share with Harold in the airplane bathroom. When caught, "racial profiling" makes the people on the flight panic, thinking the bong is a bomb. Diverted back to the U.S., both face imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay. From there they escape and episodically travel from Miami to Texas hoping to stop Vanessa from making her vows to pure-bred overbearing bore, Colton (Eric Winter).
Execution: As original as `Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Full Screen Edition)' was, `...Escape from Guantanamo Bay' is a slap-in-the-face imitation, a stoner road movie without all the impromptu filming of real people.
A conservative objection: This is all blather, tongue-in-cheek anger dressed up as comedy.
A liberal objection: "Imagine" a 1:40 comedy with Archie Bunker (Home Security Agent Fox [Rob Corddry]) yelling most of the time with very few funny jokes. This is deadly for our issues. Al Franken didn't become a #1 best-selling author for nothing!
A humorist objection: If 80% of your material is angry sarcasm, can it still be funny?
Example: Agent Fox uses the Fifth Amendment as toilet paper. Wha Ha Ha! (Yes, this movie's a satire.)
Redeeming Traits: There's a funny scene where a woman on the airplane distorts seeing Kumar as an Arab jihadist. There's another funny scene after they condemn the Ku Klux Klan as "racist dogs," we see a Spuds MacKenzie look-alike in a white hood. The themes are laudable. "Racial profiling" is not acceptable. There are tender moments, but while they're more sincere than `Shallow Hal,' they're also about as exceptional.
Trying to be consistent, I must say the timing of `Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay' is measurably better than `Meet the Spartans,' but at least that parody rendered a few more laughs.
A J.P.'s Pan 1.5 *'s=Poor-Mediocre
(*Sorry for the `Bullwinkle' inspired title. I couldn't make up my mind.)...more info
- Not funny
The first Harold and Kumar film was funny and uplifting. I enjoyed it very much and recommended it to friends. This sequel is mean spirited and just plain not funny. It's not even stupid funny. Many scenes lead nowhere. It doesn't even approach clever or creative. A good film you can watch many times and enjoy it. This film was a slog to watch even once. These two make a great comic pair, I would like to see them togeather again, in a worthy script. I was disappointed....more info
- Plenty of laughs if you aren't uptight...
Harold & Kumar are the Y2K+ equivalent of the 1970's stoner's Cheech & Chong. Harold & Kumar are more obviously intelligent than their predecessors, and Kumar has a bad attitude and smart mouth that gets he and his friend into much more trouble than C&C could ever seem to find, but the parallels are there to easily be drawn.
Escape from Guantanamo Bay, (H&K2 for all intents and purposes), picks up where the first movie (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle or H&K1) stopped, almost literally. As the film starts 'rold-y is in the shower cleaning up and preparing to take a flight to Amsterdam to go chase down the gal of his dreams. As that goes on, well, let's just say that Kumar isn't shy about using the facilities at the same time.
Before going further, understand what you are getting if you pick up this film -- it's not meant to be high society artistic genius, it's lowest common denominator humor and it hit's that target fairly well.
The humor is stereotypical and telegraphed from miles away, but is still funny if you aren't too uptight to appreciate and/or acknowledge it. There are visual gags (sayings on T-shirts and such), verbal gags and more, misunderstandings that lead to problems, and then there are more misunderstandings on the part of the clueless government employees involved in dealing with the initial misunderstandings. There are plenty of drug references and portrayals of drug usage, and plenty of gratituitous nudity thrown in as well -- both male and female.
Watch it if you can lower yourself to the right level. Otherwise skip it and consider yourself too intelligent for something so low brow....more info
I enjoyed the first Harold and Kumar a lot and was really looking forward to this sequal. After 4 years they DEFINITELY could have made the plot a lot better. This movie was too disgusting, too politically driven, and frankly, too similar to the first one! They got into a situation that was almost identical to the situation with "Freakshow" in the first one, and revolved it around chasing a girl--only this time Kumar was doing it. There were a few good jokes and scenes, but for the most part this sucked. ...more info
- Pretty funny
This movie is currently at a 3.4 on here and it's much better than that. Sure it's dumb but the first one was even dumber. Their quest in the first was just to get to White Castle this one is a little deeper as they are running away from the authorities and trying to get their girls. Each new encounter they come across is pretty funny and they make a good team, glad to see there will be a part 3....more info
- Sequel is even better.
Ok so it is sort of a guy's movie. I, however, am female, but still LOVED this movie.
I really enjoyed the first one, and the second (Guantanamo) is far funnier. I rarely buy movies (since I don't usually watch them more than once) but I bought this one.
Not really for those with weak stomachs. Also, Neal Patrick Harris's cameo in this - incredibly enjoyable.
Rent it first, but seriously, if you liked the first one, you'll LOVE this one.
I <3 Kal Penn. ...more info
- Stupid but funny
It starts out a little dry but antes up and stays consistently good soon enough into the movie. It's downright stupid, but it's easy to laugh at.
From the "sandwich" that's fed to them in prison, to the overzealous government official who uses the 5th Amendment to the Constitution in an unorthdoxo way, the fun is vulgar - the kind that a guy can appreciate.
You won't learn anything from this movie, and it may even cause your IQ to plummet, but you'll do so grinning....more info
- I laughed. A lot. I'm just not sure if I should feel guilty about that!
First off, I have to say that, IMO, the first one was better. It's usually true of sequels, so that shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone. As for the movie? Many of the jokes were crude and/or offensive to any number of religous/ethnic/political/ect. groups and/or peoples. But, you know what, if you can't take a joke then that's too bad, so although the jokes might be offensive, I don't think anyone should take offense. That being said, if you saw and liked the first movie, this is essentially more of the same. Harold and Kumar are the same likable loosers they were in the first film... and they're still getting high. Also, they're still getting lost. It's still funny though. Oh, and NPH steals the show. Again.
No special extras to speak of on this DVD, but I don't know that they're really needed anyway....more info
People may say it's not as good as the first one but I think that is only because of the prejudice you automatically have when a second movie gets released.
This one is great because they have managed to capture the essence of the first movie. If they could not get the same actors it would not have been worth making....
So do yourself a favour and get it! An instant classic!
- freakin hilarious
if you liked the first, there is NO WAY you can dislike this one. it's gut-busting funny....more info