After being a tad disappointed with the single disc DVD of “Iron Man” I have to say “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” is the single disc DVD for a person who wants top quality on one disc. With a ton of hilarious bonus material and one of the best romantic comedies of the year definitely pick up this DVD.
Peter (Jason Segal) is attempting to get over his ex-girlfriend, actress Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). He decides to take a vacation to Hawaii only to discover Sarah there along with her new flame, Brit rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). With the help of a sexy receptionist (Mila Kunis) and various others on the island he slowly becomes a new man, until Sarah wants him back.
I thought “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” was one of the best comedies of the year. Director Nick Stoller crafts a hilarious tale about a man attempting to get over a breakup that seems so real compared to cliché films of the genre. A lot of this realism can be attributed to screenwriter/star Jason Segal who bases a lot of the movie on his real-life relationships and breakups. Segal is a great leading man with a real everyman quality that makes him instantly likeable. He’s paired up with fellow actors that shine in their roles like “Veronica Mars” star Kristen Bell who you love to hate as Sarah Marshall. Rising star Russell Brand is the scene stealer in the bunch with some genius one-liners and his scenes with Jonah Hill made me laugh long after the movie is over. I mentioned in my original review that Mila Kunis was the weak link as Rachel but after a second time I really enjoyed her character as the neutral one in the bunch. Actors like Paul Rudd and Jack McBrayer also have small roles and have hilarious moments as well.
In terms of special features this single disc really delivers enough for your money. Most companies slap a trailer and some previews on a single disc and consider them “bonus” but here you really get enough. The biggest feature is the extended cut of the movie which has a fair amount of added material that made it extra hilarious. You can watch either version of the film and find it hilarious so the added material doesn’t give too much, it’s just enough. There’s also DVD commentary with the stars and director that was funny as hell. I don’t normally listen to commentary but there’s more than just how the movie was made. There’s stories from the crew and Segal’s real life inspirations. The entire bonus feature section plays a song from Brand’s fictional band Infant Sorrow and the background is pictures of his character Aldous Snow that really sets up the mood. There’s a line-o-rama that deals with the actors saying various funny bits of dialogue. It’s quick to run through but I didn’t find any huge laughs in it. Same goes for the deleted scenes that show why they aren’t in the movie. The gag reel delivers the laughs with the actors flubbing lines or in the case of the women, running away from bugs or having bugs fly at them. There’s also a great flub with Segal spewing milk out his nose that gives it a bit more than the gag reels that just show people tripping or messing up a line. Brand’s Infant Sorrow makes another appear on the bonus features with a fake music video for the song played in the movie, “We’ve Gotta Do Something.” It’s a great satire of videos from bands like Coldplay. The raw footage feature is just Segal and Bill Hader doing a scene and constantly messing up. It’s a bit redundant and goes on too long. “Dracula’s Lament – Table Read” shows a table read in progress and was a great treat to watch. “A Taste for Love” is a making-of on how the Dracula musical was made and it was more interesting than a standard making-of, showing how the Henson company provided the puppets and how Segal was really crafting the musical. There is a red band trailer that you can also watch.
I give “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” a 5/5 and the amazing single disc DVD a 5/5 as well.