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Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts 12:52 PM 02-04-2009
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80






Studio and Year: The Weinstein Company - 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 101 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG04)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Seth Rogan, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords, Jeff Anderson, Katie Morgan
Written & Directed by: Kevin Smith
Music by: James L. Venable
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 3, 2009







"Desperate times call for desperate measures but.."



Film Synopsis:

Get ready for the wild comedy that goes where no movie has dared go before! Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Elizabeth Banks (Role Models) star as two cash-strapped roommates who try to get out of debt by making an adult film. Once the cameras start rolling, things quickly get complicated...




My Take:

Seth Rogan has to be one busy guy. It seems like every time I turn around he is in a comedy that I am reviewing. He and this brand of humor seem to be the flavor of the month. I am not sure if that is good or bad but it is apparent none the less. Writer/Director Kevin Smith returns in this offbeat comedy about two roommates/friends who fall on hard times and decide to make a pornographic movie to raise money. The film's opening made me chuckle. It involves a paperboy and a Chevy Lumina and really had nothing to do with anything but it struck me as funny. After that we are introduced to Miri and Zack, two friends who have known each other since the first grade. Zack works at a local coffee shop and Miri works at a clothing store in the mall. They live in a crappy two bedroom apartment and have a long list of overdue bills. Miri is gearing up for their 10 year high school reunion and has coerced Zack into going with her. Earlier that evening they are at the coffee shop and Miri is trying on various outfits for the reunion. Two teens capture cell phone video of her in her granny panties and post it on YouTube. It quickly receives several hundred thousand hits and she is recognized as a result while at the reunion. That night their water gets turned off followed the next day by the electricity and heat. They begin trying to come up with ideas for making money and Zack gets the idea to make a porno which they will both star in. Zack and Miri both agree that the sex will be meaningless although Zack expresses a concern that it might affect their friendship. He talks his friend and co-worker Delany (Robinson) into using the money he was saving to buy a flat panel TV to help them finance the film. In exchange they allow him to serve as the film's producer which means he gets to audition the females they will use in it. They bring on Deacon (Anderson) to serve as camerman, along with Lester and Barry (Mewes and Mabe), and Stacey and Bubbles (Morgan and Lords) as the remainder of the cast. The type of film that Zack starts writing and directing is a Star Wars parody, but due to an unforeseen setback that gets tossed in favor of shooting at night in the coffee shop using a theme built around it. Things go along pretty smoothly until Zack and Miri's onscreen sexual encounter. For them this was more than meaningless sex and it threatens the project and their relationship in a way they didn't expect.


This is a silly film that clearly falls into the class of shock comedy that we have seen of late. Kevin Smith doesn't stray very far from his comfort zone and brought in actors that have appeared in several of his previous movies. I have to admit that these characters were fun and rarely felt disingenuous. The dialogue was pervasive and at times the sexual content was pretty explicit (but far from being pornography). I don't think this was done for the sole purpose of being over the top but was more in keeping it real which I thought worked. There are some moments that were pretty funny. The exchange between Brandon Routh and Justin Long at the reunion, the reason that they call Bubbles Bubbles, and the discussion between Delaney and Mr. Surya about working on Black Friday are a few examples. I liked the brief but well implemented romantic aspects of the story. I don't consider Rogan to be much of an actor but I thought he did okay with it. When all was said and done I found Zack and Miri make a porno to be entertaining. This isn't a film for everyone but those who enjoy this style of comedy will surely get a kick out of it.








Parental Guide:

The rating is for strong crude sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity and pervasive language.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


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Audio: 76



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Zack and Miri make a porno comes to Blu-ray Disc from The Weinstein Company featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 27 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 2.9 mbps.

This is a satisfying high definition video presentation that delivers quality which is consistent with a newer release film on Blu-ray Disc. Colors appear natural with pleasing depth and vivid hues. Complexions are realistically depicted with defining texture, and good tonal separation. Blacks are respectable but don't offer the depth and delineation that make them stand out. Detail in low light and dark backgrounds is estimable. Images offer good dimensional depth, stable sharpness, and definitive clarity but don't expect opulent high level detail and overly vibrant colors. This appears to look exactly as intended which when all is said and done is quite good. The audio presentation is solid and clearly renders the elements present in the soundtrack with aplomb. Dialogue is clearly articulated through the center channel and the film's music holds sway over the front soundstage with authority. Aural perspective is one dimensional and leans toward the front channels however spatial venue replicating effects and diffuse ambience is fed to the rear channels which provide a limited but effective sense of envelopment.



Bonus Features:


  • Popcorn porn: The making of Zack and Miri - 74 minute documentary

  • (HD) Blu-ray Exclusive : 43 (yeah, you read that right) deleted/extended scenes

  • Money shots: A series of 22 webisodes

  • San Diego International Comic-con 2008 - featuring Kevin Smith and members of the cast

  • Gang bang: Outtakes, Ad-libs and bloopers - 13 minutes

  • Seth vs. Justin: Battle for improvisional supremacy - Part 1

  • BD-Live access - Not enabled as of this writing ( 2/4/09)




Final Thoughts:

Zack and Miri make a porno is a silly but fun comedy from the mind of Kevin Smith. It doesn't offer the sharp wit and less innocuous visuals of some of his best work but for those who enjoy this style of humor there are some funny moments. The Weinstein Company has done a fine job with its presentation on Blu-ray Disc as it looks great and features suitable Dolby TrueHD lossless sound quality. Recommended for fans.








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gonzalc3's Avatar gonzalc3 05:58 PM 02-04-2009
I saw this film at theaters and it was a fun movie for me and the wife... I bought this from amazon and can't wait to watch it over the weekend...
Ryan Brohman's Avatar Ryan Brohman 06:40 PM 02-04-2009
this was one of the best movies i saw over the last year. I was laughing throughout, and the wife was "in the mood" by the end. perfect!
_Noah_'s Avatar _Noah_ 06:55 PM 02-04-2009
Has anyone else bought this movie from a B&M? My cover just says "Zack and Miri" it doesn't say "Make A Porno" anywhere on the case?

EDIT-I've also noticed that the saying on the fron of mine is different. It says "This is the last job they can afford to blow"

I bought my copy from Target.
MattPutt's Avatar MattPutt 07:08 PM 02-04-2009
This movie is up there on the list. Saw it in the theaters and didnt know to much about the movie prior to seeing it just knew Rogen was in it so definately wanted to see it and to say the least I was laughing the whole movie! Definately worth having in your collection if you love Rogen!
jvcjbl's Avatar jvcjbl 08:33 PM 02-04-2009
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Originally Posted by _Noah_ View Post

Has anyone else bought this movie from a B&M? My cover just says "Zack and Miri" it doesn't say "Make A Porno" anywhere on the case?

EDIT-I've also noticed that the saying on the fron of mine is different. It says "This is the last job they can afford to blow"

I bought my copy from Target.

Bought mine at work (BestBuy) here is a snapshot of my copy


_Noah_'s Avatar _Noah_ 09:17 PM 02-04-2009
Here's the snapshot of mine.

jvcjbl's Avatar jvcjbl 09:29 PM 02-04-2009
^^^ LOL I would be pissed... I would return that. When I was 15 (10 years ago) I worked at my Local Wal-Mart. I discovered that we sold edited CD's. I was disgusted that the company thought it was "correct" to sell edited CD's. Even though I am sure the movie is fine I would still be pissed knowing that wasn't how the director intended. Just my $.02...... If any of my blu-ray's were "screwed" with I would be pissed... here is my little collection so far (150 and counting)...




Side note... Today when I was at work (BestBuy) I whitnessed a kid showing his mom the movie... she said in disgust, "How can this place sell porn? PUT THAT AWAY!" I laughed as I snatched the Blu-ray copy.
DJ Matt's Avatar DJ Matt 09:52 PM 02-04-2009
Thats kind of lame that the cover only says Zack and Miri. I thought there was only going to be 1 cover for it because Wal-mart didn't want it to say "Make a Porno". Anyway, the review is on point once again. This was a pretty good movie with a very good high def presentation.
Joe6286's Avatar Joe6286 01:31 AM 02-05-2009
Walmart and Target have the censored covers (though apparently they're fine with the word "porn" in the special features listing on the back). I'll be picking this up from Best Buy (with the correct title) on Friday.

Also, wanted to make a correction to the review, the making of documentary should be listed as 74 minutes, not 14 minutes.
ShagnWagn's Avatar ShagnWagn 12:28 PM 02-05-2009
hmm, so Walmart is trying to cover up the title of the movie so they can sell more copies? or maybe it's so they sell less since "porn" sells better? hmm
macadamia's Avatar macadamia 07:26 PM 02-05-2009
well, I was trying to buy this movie online at a very reputable online store. I had the movie in my shopping cart since before it was released and went there tonight to purchase it. When I saw it was the CENSORED cover, I removed it from my cart...

I am not sure if I can name names, so moderators - feel free to remove the name of the seller if it is not OK to list them... DVDPlanet.com

They sell XXX, X, NC-17, and all other rated and unrated discs. I cannot see why they are selling the CENSORED covered copy. I called their local store here in Orange County California and it is the only version they are carrying. I sent an email to their main offices in Illinois to ask why - I'll post if i receive a reason as to why they are only carrying this cover...
jvcjbl's Avatar jvcjbl 07:38 PM 02-05-2009
^^^ when I lived in Rancho Cucamonga, CA I had a local DVD Planet store... I went in there 1 time and was not impressed with the selection or pricing. Their stores don't (won't) match their online price and they are sold in the stores at full retail.
JamE55's Avatar JamE55 04:26 PM 02-06-2009
Should get my copy anytime now.
ludawg23's Avatar ludawg23 05:26 PM 02-06-2009
The movie was decent...not one of Seth Rogan's best. Knocked up was better...

Role Models (which came out around the same time as this movie) is HILARIOUS...check it out.
Kevin M. Dean's Avatar Kevin M. Dean 06:08 PM 02-06-2009
They should have just made Wal-mart shell out some money for a slipcover with the altered title if they were so upset about it.
yadfgp's Avatar yadfgp 07:06 PM 02-06-2009
What the hell is the deal with Seth Rogan always dating all these hot chicks in his movies!
gonzalc3's Avatar gonzalc3 07:16 PM 02-08-2009
Ralph,

As you mention in your review, the presentation was made as intended ... But the video actually looks better than what I saw in the theaters...
papamishka's Avatar papamishka 03:31 AM 02-09-2009
I think Smith is getting older. More sentimental.
I like him more as a naughty boy of cinema.
Franin's Avatar Franin 08:16 AM 02-09-2009
this has just hit our movie theatres here in Perth Western Australia
rezzy's Avatar rezzy 09:26 AM 02-16-2009
I haven't actually seen this, but when I went out to a cinema to see Twilight, the in-house signage for Zack and Miri was missing the "Make a Porno" tagline. Guess they didn't want the kiddies asking their parents "what's a porno?" Though, if I had to guess, most of the tweenagers in line probably had a clue.
mkoby's Avatar mkoby 09:50 AM 02-16-2009
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Originally Posted by rezzy View Post

I haven't actually seen this, but when I went out to a cinema to see Twilight, the in-house signage for Zack and Miri was missing the "Make a Porno" tagline. Guess they didn't want the kiddies asking their parents "what's a porno?" Though, if I had to guess, most of the tweenagers in line probably had a clue.

I'm not sure where you saw the poster, but here in the US the posters were severely censored while the posters in the rest of the world were fine and in total vein of the movie.

I'm kind of upset that Wal-Mart and Target are selling copies with censored covers (more so that Target is doing it). When I buy this, I'll be buying it from Best Buy or Amazon (assuming Amazon sells the uncensored cover).
rezzy's Avatar rezzy 12:44 PM 02-16-2009
What I actually saw was a big board that listed what was playing and show times. Zach & Miri's title was definitely shortened, although there was plenty of space for it. Come to think of it, they dropped the "tagline" from the DVD commercial, as well. Just out of curiosity, is there an unrated version of this?
WestCoastD's Avatar WestCoastD 09:58 PM 02-18-2009
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Originally Posted by jvcjbl View Post

Today when I was at work (BestBuy) I whitnessed a kid showing his mom the movie... she said in disgust, "How can this place sell porn? PUT THAT AWAY!" I laughed as I snatched the Blu-ray copy.

haaa! yeah I have the "safe" version, ordered it from CD Universe.
narcopolo's Avatar narcopolo 10:05 PM 02-18-2009
In case you're wondering the cute "Miri" character shows nothing. Of course if you're into dudes, plenty of that... a bit too much actually.
WestCoastD's Avatar WestCoastD 12:19 AM 02-19-2009
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Originally Posted by narcopolo View Post

In case you're wondering the cute "Miri" character shows nothing

damn, you just ruined my pre-excitement!
Franin's Avatar Franin 12:23 AM 02-19-2009
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Originally Posted by narcopolo View Post

In case you're wondering the cute "Miri" character shows nothing. Of course if you're into dudes, plenty of that... a bit too much actually.

Tell me there is some nude women at least
pheons's Avatar pheons 12:51 PM 02-19-2009
Yes, there is plenty of nudity of both sexes, just not Elizabeth Banks. Interestingly she mentions in one of the many extras that she was willing to go nude for the role. The extra features are fantastic, btw. I especially liked Kevin Smith telling the saga of reducing the rating from NC-17 to R.

Great movie! Probably a close second to Dogma for Kevin Smith.
Franin's Avatar Franin 08:58 AM 02-23-2009
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Originally Posted by pheons View Post

Yes, there is plenty of nudity of both sexes, just not Elizabeth Banks. Interestingly she mentions in one of the many extras that she was willing to go nude for the role. The extra features are fantastic, btw. I especially liked Kevin Smith telling the saga of reducing the rating from NC-17 to R.

Great movie! Probably a close second to Dogma for Kevin Smith.

Just finished watching this film and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
wiigirl's Avatar wiigirl 12:09 PM 03-06-2009
This was hilarious!! Now in my top 20.


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