Heading into the holidays, the studios are putting together plenty of Blu-rays of recent box office hits, along with special gift sets for purchase. This week, you can head back to college with 22 Jump Street or check out some wild tornadoes in Into The Storm. Check them out, below.
22 Jump Street Blu-ray22 Jump Street is not for the faint-hearted. It’s also not for people who haven’t caught the first film in the franchise, 21 Jump Street. The genius of the sequel relies on a basic familiarity with the buddy cop dynamic and the basic plot structure of the original. Its clever plot relentlessly pokes fun at both. Fortunately, it also finds time to tell a pretty good story, too.
22 Jump Street finds Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) back from the original movie, taking on college this time around rather than high school. The two are introduced to a new drug, a new crop of supporting characters and a deluge of new jokes. Not all of the laughs work, but when they do, they’re every bit as funny as the first round. The end credits and every scene involving Jillian Bell and Jonah Hill’s adversarial, weirdly sexual relationship is utterly brilliant.
None of it reinvents the wheel, but that's half the fun, and the final product is still more than worth your time. The chemistry between the main characters is still spot-on, and the returning players, including Nick Offerman, Ice Cube, Rob Riggle and Dave Franco, are all hysterical. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s set is not one to miss. You can order 22 Jump Street over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: In a somewhat surprising move, 22 Jump Street is loaded with bonus features. On the disc, you can tell how involved directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were with the extras, but the best are still the deleted scenes. In fact, I sat through like 20 deleted and extended scenes. These include an entire set of brand new opening credits that are pretty spectacular, along with a couple of scenes where Schmidt and Jenko ghost ride the whip. If ever an extended edition was warranted, it’s with this set, but the individual scenes still kept me in stiches.
Commentary with Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Jonah Hill And Channing Tatum
Deleted and Extended Scenes
"The Perfect Couple of Directors"
"Everything is Better in College"
"Janning and Chonah"
"The Perfect Line"
"Don’t Cut Yet"