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  • Widescreen 1.78:1
  • 16:9 Enhanced
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  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • English: Dolby Digital Surround
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    English - Hearing Impaired
  Extras
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer - Cellular, The Grudge, Blade:Trinity, The Exorcist:The Beginning
  • Outtakes

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

New Line/Roadshow Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 84 mins . MA15+ . PAL

  Feature
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If you can read the name of this movie you have about the best plot summary anyone could offer. Harold and Kumar go to White Castle is about two guys, one named Harold, the other named Kumar and what Harold and Kumar do is go to a fast food restaurant called White Castle.

At least movies like American Pie left something to the imagination. For example if American Pie had actually been called Teenager Has Sex With Hot Apple Pie But Not With The Girl Of His Dreams or if Catwoman had been called This Movie Sucks, Don’t See It or maybe Dude, Where’s My Car was named Dude, I Lost My Car But Found Some Hot Female Aliens then they would be in the same class as Harold and Kumar go to White Castle.

Not that Harold and Kumar go to White Castle is a bad movie, for the genre it’s actually a lot of fun. Let’s not delude ourselves; this stoner epic is a vehicle for gross out gags, fart jokes, bare breasts and stereotypical portrayal of racial minorities and it has all of these elements in decent quantities. The acting is convincing and there are quite a few chuckle and cringe inducing moments along with the requisite number of T&A appearances just as you would expect from “this sort of movie”.

  Video
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Harold and Kumar go to White Castle is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is enhanced for widescreen displays. The menu is 16:9 enhanced and has some minor animation that plays back every so often accompanied by a looped soundtrack.

The video presentation on this disc is surprisingly good for this type of movie. There are no major video flaws visible, grain and aliasing is nonexistent and the sharpness of the picture of excellent throughout.

The high bit rate (averaging around 6mbps) contributes to the video quality meaning that compression artefacts are non existent. Black levels are dark at all times with shadow detail being retained nicely. Finally, the colour balance of the overall video presentation is perfect, never appearing washed out or over saturated.

  Audio
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We are given the choice of two main audio tracks on this disc, either Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0.

As is to be expected there is no comparison between a 5.1 and 2.0 track, the 5.1 channel audio track is superior in all ways even though Harold and Kumar go to White Castle isn’t exactly the movie that is likely to exploit all 5.1 channels to their best capacity.

The 5.1 audio track isn’t spectacular by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, with the exception of a few scenes the bass and surround channels hardly get any action at all, the majority of the audio is presented through the front speakers.

  Extras
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There are very few extras on this disc; they’re probably being saved for the “uncut” version which is surprisingly not being released at the same time as this version (if at all).

First up we have under three minutes of Outtakes which are essentially bloopers and missed lines. The Outtakes are followed by ten separate Deleted Scenes most of which are extended versions of scenes that made it into the movie and include far too much Freakshow for my tastes.

Rounding out the extras package are a selection of Trailers for Cellular, The Grudge, Blade: Trinity, and The Exorcist: The Beginning

  Overall  
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Since the attention span of the average Harold and Kumar fan (myself included) is probably shorter than the time it would take to read this paragraph I’ll get right to the point.

If you liked American Pie, Dude, Where’s My Car and Road Trip then Harold and Kumar go to White Castle is for you, it’s just a shame there weren’t some more extras to keep us amused.


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      And I quote...
    "If you liked American Pie, Dude, Where’s My Car and Road Trip then this movie is for you."
    - Chris Hore
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    • DVD Player:
          Pioneer DV-676A
    • Projector:
          BenQ PB6100
    • Receiver:
          Yamaha RX-V995
    • Speakers:
          Wharfedale Diamond
    • Centre Speaker:
          Wharfedale Modus
    • Surrounds:
          Wharfedale Diamond
    • Audio Cables:
          Standard Optical
    • Video Cables:
          Standard Component RCA
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