Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Featured In Issue 136, November 2008

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Nicholas Stoller
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After being dumped by his girlfriend Sarah (Bell), Peter Bretter (Segel) decides to take a break in Hawaii, staying at his ex-girlfriends favorite hotel. But Forgetting Sarah Marshall is easier said than done when she shows up at the same Hawaiian resort with her new flamboyant rock-star boyfriend, Aldous Snow (Brand). (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include a feature commentary track by cast and crew, six deleted/extended scenes, an eight-minute Line-O-Rama, a six-minute gag reel, the four-minute We've Got To Do Something music video, a three-minute table read of Dracula's Lament, a six-minute featurette A Taste For Love, seven minutes of Raw Footage—Video Chat, and the original trailer. There are also five more deleted/extended scenes, Dracula's Lament scene (two minutes), behind-the-scenes footage in Puppet Break-Up (three minutes), a montage of sex scenes Sex-O-Rama (three minutes), a montage of drunkenness in Drunk-O-Rama (three minutes), a featurette Russell Brand: Aldous Snow (six minutes), a mock Sesame Street-style snippet with The Letter U: Aldous Snow (six minutes), footage from the fictional TV drama Crime Scene—including Alternate Scenes (two minutes), and Hunter Rush Line-O-Rama (two minutes). See trailers for Sarah Marshall's new fictional TV show (two minutes), Raw Footage of Aldous and Peter in the hotel lobby (ten minutes), 55 days of Video Diary (35 minutes),16 minutes of the stars' original audition tapes, the Cinemax Final Cut behind-the-scenes program (17 minutes), a digital copy of the film to download to a PC or Mac, a U Control option to go deeper into the making of the film without ever leaving the movie, a Picture-In-Picture option, a video feature commentary option, build your own film-clip montage with My Scenes, a chance to sing-along with six songs in Karaoke, and BD-Live™ functionality that includes deleted scenes and the ability to share your My Scenes clips with other registered users.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD shows decent resolution, although the image is often overly soft. The black levels are deep and solid, and shadow delineation is impressive with details in the near dark portions of the picture easily distinguishable. Colors are highly saturated, but the image generally has a dull appearance. Fleshtones are unnaturally hot, and heavy compression artifacts are noticeable throughout, and edge enhancement is relatively heavy. The picture isn't terrible, but it has its problems. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc is rather soft with poorly defined fine details. The picture is also somewhat washed out, and whites can bloom. Contrast is rather low, and the picture looks flat. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack favors the front three screen channels heavily, although the surround channels can be incorporated well at times. The LFE channel is rarely used, but bass definition is natural with good integration with the rest of the frequencies. Fidelity is fair—dialogue sounds natural—but background noise can be heard throughout, and compression distortion can be distracting. There is adequate phantom imaging across the front stage, but imaging is limited around the rest of the room. The front stage also sounds fairly deep and broad, but there are many times when it sounds flat and lifeless. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio™ encoding provides an improvement in overall fidelity, with dialogue that sounds more natural and articulate. The mix is still lacking, but the front stage delivers better dynamics for a more engaging experience. (Danny Richelieu)