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Blu-ray Review: FUNNY PEOPLE

GATW Guest Writer

November 23rd, 2009


To check out of my review of FUNNY PEOPLE click HERE; this review is all about the Blu-ray.

Blu-ray Rating: 8.5/10

The FUNNY PEOPLE Blu-ray is loaded with special features that are sure to please many Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler, and Seth Rogen fans. The Blu-ray allows you to spend a lot of time with these comedy stars, thanks to old footage collected through the years, as well as extras done specifically for FUNNY PEOPLE and this Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray offers plenty of archive footage of Apatow and Sandler, through various taped TV and stand-up gigs, as well an old interview of Sandler and Apatow with Bill Maher. You even get to see a thirteen year old Seth Rogen do stand-up while he was in the middle of a major battle with puberty. Watching the old footage of the three before they were big names is pretty interesting, and best of all, funny.

Along with the archive stand-up and interviews, the Blu-ray also features stand-up that was done just for the film. You have Adam Sandler as George Simmons doing a routine for a Myspace gig, some of which is shown in the film. There is also stand-up of Rogen as Ira Wright and Aziz Ansari as Raaaaaaaandy. Stand-up fans will probably be interested most in the Funny People Live special, featuring many popular comedians doing their thing (and doing it well) in support of the film.

The Blu-ray also features alternate, deleted, and extended scenes that, all together, come to almost two hours of extra footage. There are a lot of laughs to be found in these previously unseen moments, including Brian Posehn alerting Ira that he stole his ball cleavage joke, and Ira's parents trying to convince him to pay for his sister's college. Both scenes feature a humorously flustered Ira.

There is plenty to like about this Blu-ray, but the feature that will make you fall in love is the commentary by Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler, and Seth Rogen. The three naturally funny men have a great time bringing up and talking about the stories that inspired many of the actual scenes from FUNNY PEOPLE. We also learn which one of the three actually has the biggest connection to Ira, and plenty of other fascinating tidbits.

An in-depth documentary about the making of FUNNY PEOPLE that comes with the Blu-ray is also worth a look. As well as a documentary about Judd Apatow's high school radio show that allowed him to interview many big names in comedy like Jay Leno, Harold Ramis, and Garry Shandling.

There are also a several Line-O-Ramas and gag reels. Plus, a very tongue-in-check special feature that includes scenes from various "Yo Teach" episodes and a behind-the-scenes look at the fictional and awful TV show that stars Ira's roommate, Mark Taylor Jackson (Jason Schwartzman). A Charlie Rose interview of Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler done in promotion of FUNNY PEOPLE is included as well.

The Blu-ray also contains a seven minute longer, unrated version of FUNNY PEOPLE (this comes with the regular DVD as well). The extra footage is pretty amusing, including a hilarious joke told by Sarah Silverman about meeting President Obama.

The Blu-ray of FUNNY PEOPLE is full of quality special features that make this a solid purchase for those who like what the film's stars and directors do.

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