Apr 202018
 

Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke is a stoner’s paradise of a movie and even as someone who doesn’t partake, or am a big fan of either Cheech Marin or Tommy Chong, found this to be a fun and entertaining time.

 

 

Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke
(1978)

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount | R – 85 min. – $13.99 | April 10, 2018

Date Published: 04/20/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Lou Adler
Writer(s): Tommy Chong & Cheech Marin (written by)
Cast: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Tom Skerritt, Edie Adams, Stacy Keach
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Music Video, Radio Spots
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


An unemployed pot-smoking slacker and amateur drummer, Anthony Stoner (TOMMY CHONG) ditches his strict parents and hits the road, eventually meeting kindred spirit Pedro de Pacas (CHEECH MARIN). While the drug-ingesting duo is soon arrested for possession of marijuana, Anthony and Pedro get released on a technicality, allowing them to continue their many misadventures and ultimately compete in a rock band contest, where they perform the raucous tune “Earache My Eye.”

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5


This release comes with a glossy slip cover and inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.

Audio Commentary – Director Lou Adler and Co-Writer/Actor Cheech Marin

How Pedro Met the Man: Up in Smoke at 40 (15:15; HD) is a featurette with interviews by Cheech and Chong themselves, as well as Lou Adler, talking about their first experiences with marijuana.

Roach Clips (11:29; SD) are 8 deleted scenes with optional commentary with Adler and Marin.

Lighting it Up: A Look Back at Up in Smoke (11:11; HD) is retrospective featurette with Cheech and Chong discussing making the movie.

Rounding things out is “Earache My Eye” (5:43; HD) animated music video, Cheech and Chong’s “The Man Song” (2:35; HD), 2 Vintage Radio Spots and the Theatrical Trailer (3:02; HD).

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


Paramount has released Up in Smoke onto Blu-ray presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer and a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and… it looks pretty darn good, especially for a movie that came out 40 years ago. I’m not sure if this underwent a major renovation but colors are generally bright and detail is sharp throughout.

AUDIO – 3.75/5


The included DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track isn’t amazing but certainly more than serviceable outputting clear dialogue levels but otherwise, nothing overly noteworthy outside maybe the great 1970s-era score and music.

 


OVERALL – 3.5/5


Overall, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke is a stoner’s paradise of a movie and even as someone who doesn’t partake, or am a big fan of either Cheech Marin or Tommy Chong, found this to be a fun and entertaining time. This 40th Anniversary release from Paramount includes some decent bonus features and respectable video/audio transfers.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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