OVERVIEW: Good fences aren’t nearly enough to keep things neighborly when a non-stop rager breaks out in the suburbs next door to sleep-deprived new parents in the comedy blockbuster, Neighbors, available on DIGITAL HD August 12, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The outrageously funny comedy will arrive on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand September 23, 2014. Both the Digital HD and Blu-ray™ include a never-before-seen uproarious Alternate Opening that Yahoo! Movies’ Kevin Polowy hails as "explosively funny.” The Alternate Opening reveals just how the boys of Delta Psi Beta came to suburbia. The Neighbors Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will also include additional bonus features including a Gag Reel, Line-O-Rama, Behind The Scenes interviews and more.
SYNOPSIS: By all appearances, new parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are living the American Dream - complete with an adorable baby girl and a beautiful new starter home in the suburbs. Still, the early-thirtysomethings want to believe they have a modicum of coolness left within them. So when they discover that their new next-door neighbors are none other than dozens of Delta Psi Beta fraternity brothers led by charismatic president Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), they try to make the best of an awkward situation. But when the frat’s parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides of the property line begin to fend for their turf. The neighbors’ relentless sabotage escalates into outrageous one-upmanship, beginning a Greek war for the ages. Also stars Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
FILM REVIEW: This is
your National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) style fraternity
party meeting Evan Goldbergs, This is the End (2013), but only
its cranked even higher. The latter, being last year's comedic
hit, renders it safe to say that Neighbors has a decent amount
of expectations riding on its shoulders. The cast is ambitious
and presents some of the funniest actors in the comedy business
today. The trailers were pretty accurate with fairly accurate
depictions of what to expect and enough to sell the overall
story and basic concept of "family vs. frat". Zac
Efron (High School Musical, I,II,III) plays the typical
air-headed fraternity President while Seth Rogen (This Is the
End, 2013) plays a loyal husband and early father. Joining the
cast is Rose Byrne (known most for her role in the Insidious
Basically this latest Evan Goldberg effort works well because of
the dynamics, where we actually care about all of the
characters. Rogen and Efron make an incredible comedic duo, and
it would be nice to see them paired up again in the near future.
The supporting cast includes the likes of Dave Franco (Now You
See Me, 2013), and a looking-older, but greater-than-ever Lisa
Kudrow (Friends, TV series). Overall, they are all terrific, but
I have to note Rose Byrne's performance. She is the out of
control, dorky, unhinged badass, and she nails some truly
heinous scenes throughout the ninety-six minute runtime. Rogens
Mac character and Byrnes Kelly character's marriage feels like a
promise to young married couples who are considering children
everywhere. This would be that one can still be irresponsible,
weird, hilarious and fun. You can still party and prank and have
stupid drunk sex. In other words, you can still be the young
(but partly) irresponsible you.
Overall, I can imagine there being a follow up to Neighbors, and
I would expect it to be even more outrageous and over-the-top.
However, before I get ahead of myself, I expect this release to
be a relatively good hit. It's a disgusting, rowdy comedy with
an amazing amount of heart. Moreover, its usage of slow-motion,
time-lapse, camera rotation, lighting changes and good pacing
feels very much reminiscent of Rogans This is the End and I
suspect they took a style or two from 2012s comedy hit Project
X. Nevertheless, I do believe this is a four out of five star
flick the warrants the theater visit.
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS DD 2.0
Subtitles - English Spanish
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Alternate Opening: Uncover the mystery of how the original Delta Psi Beta house was destroyed and how the neighbors became neighbors.
On the Set with...: Dave Franco provides a tour around the frat's fundraiser (aka dildo sale), while Christopher Mintz-Plasse talks about and demonstrates his special “prop”.
Gag Reel: The entire cast contributes to these hilarious on-set flubs.
Line-O-Rama: The laughs continue take after take in this improvisational extended scene!
An Unlikely Pair: Take a behind-the-scenes look at the unlikely pairing of comedic veteran Seth Rogen and heartthrob Zac Efron.
Partying with the Neighbors: Parties, babies and crazy friends; these three elements lead to some of the funniest moments on the screen and on set.
The Frat: Learn more about Delta Psi Beta – the current frat brothers, the legends of Delta Psi that came before, and current whipping boy, Ass-Juice.