American Pie (Unrated): Collector’s Edition

January 28, 2012 8 Min Read

Review by: Chad Estrella

Plot: What’s it about?

This is about four friends that are seniors in high school and they make a pact to have sex before they graduate. They have exactly three weeks and they all set their sights on Prom night. When they think the girls will be the easiest and the door of opportunity will be ajar. Only one, Kevin, (Thomas Ian Nicholas) of the four guys has a girlfriend and he thinks he has the best chance of anyone to get lucky. But he is overheard at a party, by his girlfriend Vicky, (Tara Reid) that he is tired of blow jobs and now he wants sex. Now Kevin must pleasure her in order to win her back. The second guy, Oz, (Chris Klein) moves into uncharted waters by going the smooth route and joining choir with only three weeks left in school. He feels that the girls there don’t know him and that he has a better chance of pretending to be sensitive. The third guy has never even reached third base and he wants to know what it feels like so they tell him it feels like warm apple pie.

Well that is all he needed to know and one day he gets home and there is a fresh warm pie that was made by his mom so Jim (Jason Biggs) has his way with it. He gets caught by his dad and he has some explaining to do. His dad gets Jim some porno magazines and tries to explain the birds and the bees to Jim. Jim has his eyes set on an exchange student named Nadia. (Shannon Elizabeth) She meets Jim at his house to study one day and I won’t ruin as to what happens. You need to see the movie to find out the rest of this hilarious encounter of internet cameras and embarrassments. Definitely one of the funniest scenes in the movie. The fourth and final guy is Finch. (Eddie Kaye Thomas) He is that guy at school who was drinking coffee.. I mean mochachino and was always doing the old adult things like reading the Wall Street Journal. Anyway he gets some rumors spread around school about himself and now all the girls want him. Until Stifler (Sean William Scott) is rumored to be beaten up by Finch. So Stifler sets up Finch, a la Dumb and Dumber, and everyone in the school seems to be there to witness the prank. Now Finch is embarrassed and can’t get a date to prom. So Finch goes stag to prom and kind of hangs out with his friend. Well they all meet up at Finch’s house for the big after party and some more lewd and funny scenes happen here as well. If you haven’t seen this movie then you really owe it to yourself to run out and get it.

I saw this movie in the theater this summer and thought it was very funny. When I watched it on DVD it was still funny, but the shock wasn’t there so it was not as funny this time around. I still enjoyed the movie and I highly recommend purchasing this DVD and skipping the rental because of the whole package that you get with this. This is a good movie and it has every extra that you can think of. All of the extras are pretty good and it was good to see and hear the interviews with the cast members and the makers of the film. The outakes are the ones that I liked the least. They were just not as funny as I though they would be from this funny movie. Overall you should be able to pick this up with a coupon for about $16 over the internet and for that price this is a steal. Which is also why you shouldn’t waste four bucks for a rental and just apply that to your purchase.

Video: How does it look?

This is also a really good transfer of the movie as well. I noticed the layer change in the movie, but it was done at a good time when they were changing scenes so it wasn’t liked they cut someone’s line or something. The skin tones are natural and I was a bit surprised at how dark, lack of light, some of the scenes were. Especially in the party scenes in the house. The picture was clean and clear throughout. High marks here.

Audio: How does it sound?

This is a pretty good 5.1 soundtrack of this raunchy teen comedy. The music sounds really good in this movie and the subwoofer and surrounds get some attention when the music is present. Outside of that don’t expect much. This isn’t supposed to bring down the house, but it does its job with clear dialogue.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Wow! This baby is packed with extras galore. First you get three theatrical trailers in 5.1 sound, American Pie, Man on the Moon and Snow Falling on Cedars. You also get three more trailers in 2.0 sound, Blues Brothers, Animal House and American Graffiti. You have a running commentary with the producer, director and three of the actors in the movie. They are all actually sitting down together when doing this as opposed to being recorded separately and edited together. You get a featurette with some interviews from the cast and crew. This also has some outtakes from the movie that were not all that good and being an unrated version there are some different looks and extended scenes to this one. Although only one I could take notice to. I’m sure the pie did too. There is a section of music highlights and classic quotes that take you directly to the scene in the movie where they happen. There are some DVD-Rom features with interviews, sound clips and additional information about the film. Last but not least is a good amount of information in the production notes and cast and crew biographies. I think I listed them all… This is a really good DVD package from the folks at Universal. A must have for all collectors.

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