Harold & Kumar: Stash Box [Blu-Ray]

Harold & Kumar: Stash Box [Blu-Ray]
Are you sometimes forgetful enough that your life would be easier to organize with the aid of a stack of post-it notes? Do you have such a fondness for Harold and Kumar's first adventure that you'd be psyched to own a cheap, plastic hamburger keychain? Does the sight of Neil Patrick Harris riding a unicorn get you unreasonably excited? Do you need a place to store your weed? Even if you answered yes to all of these questions, you still don't need this crass cash-grab. In a box big enough to house the entire silly and vulgar adventures of this present day Cheech and Chong, and still have enough space for a bag of "viewing aids," only Go to Whitecastle and Escape from Guantanamo Bay are included. I guess the boob-, pot- and snack-obsessed odd couple's 3D Christmas offering too recently entered the home video revenue stream to be discounted in an over-priced box set. At least the two films included have the best supplemental material, but you'll have to pop in the DVD of White Castle to get the full experience ― the very funny and very long self-referential menu loop has been omitted on the Blu-Ray version. For the less absurdity-driven and more mean-spirited sequel, Escape from Guantanamo Bay, all of the features are collected on the Blu-Ray disc, including the inventive and engaging "Dude, Change the Movie!" mode. It's basically a "choose your own adventure" version of the film, where an option branch regularly pops up, allowing for minor changes like turning the bottomless party into a topless party, or major shake ups like having Harold convince Kumar not to smoke weed on the plane, or to go for the cock-meat sandwich instead of freedom while in prison, resulting in radically different conclusions. As these features demonstrate, the Harold & Kumar brand has been so giving of time and bonus material in the past that charging an extra 50 bucks for some largely pointless knick-knacks makes Stash Box feel like a malicious attack on fans' wallets. For all the subtlety of the series, and this package, I'm surprised they didn't just include rolling papers and a pipe shaped like Kumar's penis. It would have nearly added enough value to justify the price. Not that the "What Would NPH Do?" sticker isn't worth its weight in Kush. (Alliance)