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Strange Wilderness - Blu-ray DVD / drama DVD / action adventure DVD review
STRANGE WILDERNESS Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 2 stars
Featuring: Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, Ashley Scott, Justin Long, Kevin Heffernan
Director: Fred Wolf Studio: Paramount
DVD release: 14 April 2009 Runtime: 87 min.
(1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p High Definition, Aspect ratio 2.35:1, Audio tracks (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 - English; 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1 - Spanish), Subtitles (English SDH, English, Spanish, French), "Cooker's Song," "The Turkey," "What do we do?", "Reel Comedy: Strange Wilderness, Deleted scenes

Peter Gaulke (Steve Zahn) is the son of a good nature show host forever living in his father's shadow. He tries desperately to keep dad's show going, but it's a pale specter of the original. Peter and Fred Wolf (Allen Covert) don't know squat about nature and make it up as they go along, writing their copy the night before on a bar napkin -"Bears derive their name from a football team in Chicago."

Their boss at the television station tells them they're cancelled in two weeks, and Peter decides it's time to get the lead out and get the show back on track. He will take a road trip to Mexico so that he can do a show on Bigfoot (whose address they got from Joe Don Baker). He and his crew will film as many shows as they can along the way to help pad out the two remaining weeks. To add conflict, hotshot nature show host Sky Pierson (Harry Hamlin) is also on the trail of Bigfoot and has the same address as Gaulke.

Gaulke's crew consists of Fred, the soundman; Junior (Justin Long) the cameraman; Cooker (Jonah Hill), erm... I don't know what he does. He hits the others in the crotch with a joy buzzer a bit. Whitaker (Kevin Heffernan) is supposed to be an animal handler but neither actually handles any animals nor has had experience in that field. Cheryl (Ashley Scott) is a travel agent. I'm not sure why she needed to come along; maybe to add some estrogen to the testosterone-laden RV.

Can they turn the ratings around and save pop's show? Who cares? Strange Wilderness is a showcase of reefer usage, crude humor and tasteless gags. Moving it to Blu-ray doesn't help matters any. It doesn't hurt anything, but the same features are available on the standard edition. If you're a stoner who enjoys crystal clear picture and sound, this might entertain you until the pizza arrives. Otherwise, skip it.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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