Half Baked

Featured In Issue 119, April 2007

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A comedy about best buds, Half Baked finds four underachieving friends who live, play and party together, caught in a sticky situation. One night, while on a munchies run, Kenny (Williams) innocently stops to share some junk food with a diabetic NYPD patrol horse. When the horse keels over dead, Kenny is arrested as a cop killer! Thurgood (Chappelle), Scarface (Diaz) and Brian (Breuer) hastily resolve to raise Kenny's bail of $100,000. Our marginally employed heroes find their only way to raise the money is to start a home delivery weed service using the marijuana found in the government-funded research lab where Thurgood works as a janitor.

The only special feature on Side A is commentary with Director Tamra Davis. On Side B, there's the Davis commentary (again), ten minutes of deleted scenes, an alternate ending, five minutes with The Guy On The Couch, a five-part featurette examining different types of smokers (First Timer, Overhitter, Adventurer, Ritual, and Paranoid), six minutes "baking" some homestyle recipes with Granny, and seven pages of production notes. And up-front previews.

The VC-1-encoded 1.85:1 HD DVD exhibits bold colors, but details are not as well resolved as on the best high-definition releases. Contrast is well balanced, as is shadow delineation, but fleshtones are rather pink. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel encoding is rather basic, generally relegated to the center channel. Fidelity is good, although there are times when the dialogue is obviously ADR-produced. (Danny Richelieu)