One of the funniest movies I had ever seen. Everything in this video hasn't changed as I can remember. The quality is great, and I highly recommend this movie to anyone whom doesn't know who these two comedians are, which go on a drug quest and are constantly ignorant to the drug busts they've gotten themselves into, always saving each others skin. Their real adventure takes place when being deported to Mexico, and with a single phone call to drive back a vehicle, along with a classic mistake of addresses which brings them to driving a vehicle made out of Marijuana and they don't realize what they've gotten themselves into... Stacy Keach plays Sargent Sedeko, a police officer whom is driven on busting these two guys while driving from Tijuana Mexico to Los Angeles California. The two learn about a competition between bands at the Roxy Studios from two hitch hikers that are themselves out for an adventure. Guaranteed mental satisfaction.
UP IN SMOKE (1978) opens with a fine cameo from Strother Martin and Edie Adams as Tommy Chong's irate parents, who demand that he find a job. Chong storms out of the house. He and a full drum set take off in his VW. The car dies in the desert; Chong (as Anthony 'Man' Stoner) hitchhikes and is picked up by Pedro de Pacas (Cheech Marin).
The two musicians quickly bond. 'Man' lights the biggest doob of all time. After the car is filled with dense smoke and they're both righteously high, 'Man' explains that his Olympic-sized spliff is part Maui Wowee/part Labrador, meaning, the dog ate his stash so he followed it around for a week with a baggie to collect some poop.
That's the sort of lowbrow humor pervasive throughout this first C&C comedy.
An interesting irony is that Pedro and 'Man' are desperate to score some herb and never realize that the step van they're driving back from Mexico is made of 9 billion bucks worth of high-grade THC! Later, their ride goes "up in smoke" and half of L.A. probably had the munchies that day!
Watch for Tom Skerritt as Stoner's cousin. (He's been weird ever since Nam. Whatever you do, don't stare at the big red mark on his neck. It makes him mad, man!) This segment includes spilled bathroom cleanser that's mistaken for "snow," and polyester-clad Sgt. Stedenko (Stacy Keach), who's convinced he's seized high-grade stuff when this pile of AJAX starts turning blue.
THE comedic highlight is a Rock Fight show-stopping performance of "Earache My Eye," C&C's popular song that was subsequently issued as a single. On stage, scruffy vocalist Cheech is attired in a pink tutu and Chong's so loaded he keeps tipping his drum kit over, amidst loud boos. Once they get started we hear a fine brass-accented heavy metal tune, plus these classic lyrics:
"My momma talkin' to me tryin' to tell me how to live But I don't listen to her cuz my head is like a sieve My daddy he disowned me cuz I wear my sister's clothes He caught me in the bathroom with a pair of pantyhose!"
Strange days indeed.
TRIVIA: Tommy Chong was 40 years of age when this movie premiered in September 1978.
Cheech and Chong's antics have survived well through time. However, while no longer really relevant humor for the current day, it is still a very funny film. The dynamic between Cheech and Chong is pricelessly funny and authenticly heart warming to witness. Not the best acting, not the best editing, not the best story, but through it all it still manages to put a smile on your face. Plus a plethora of great extras for Cheech and Chong fans this is a film that's worth seeing, even if it's just too say you've seen it. Whether you're a ex-stoner, a current stoner, or someone who's never done drugs there's something in this film for everyone to enjoy. Just a fair warning though, more than 90% of the humor in this film is drug oriented so if you have a strong anti-drug stance or simply don't find drug humor funny you will most likely not enjoy this film.
This 1st movie is a century classic, most of all scenes are very authentic and 1st class starred by Cheech and Chong and also by the various actors playing within this film - 2nd scene of Chongs father telling his son Anthony to look for some work, while Mama is doing talking rap in the background, i can look at on and on and it will stay fresh and funny forever - Brilliant also is Stacy Keach doing the Sgt of the Police bunch with codename Hard Hat is just fantastic - The film was very well done, and scenes were chosen very well, when you look at the deleted scenes in the High-Larious Edition, they would not fit so well in the movie, as the ones taken - THIS FILM STILL IS A CENTURY MASTERPIECE !!! SO GREAT !!!
I've bought this multiple times for different people. They all have the same reaction, "I should have re-watched this sooner!" Everyone seems to have "seen" this movie but it was years ago or when they had certain stigmas against it. I've seen this movie probably over a hundred times in the past 30+years now and I still laugh, and NO not when I'm stoned. It's actually funny, don't be a square.
I remember this movie when it came out,It was great then and it's still great now .All the party going people, keg drainers and concert goers can relate to this movie, it takes you back to that time when the laws didin't strangle You and you could make your own mind up what you wanted to do.So I highly recomend this funny ass movie to everyone that just wants a break in life to laugh have fun and relax!
Excellent quality transfer. The video is outstanding and it isn't even blu ray. Very little difference between this std definition DVD and many blu ray DVD;s out there. Before you assume it was the TV, I have a panasonic 65VT30 that is custom calibrated.
I love this flick where Cheech and Chong first meet and go on a really adventure to mexico and back to Clifornia with a van made of pot and our heroes are tottally clueless until towards the end when the van gets accidentally set a blaze and then the great times really come to life. Loved it.
If you were raised in the 60's and 70's, this movie really hits the mark. The laughs start early on and continue most of the way. Admittedly, the movie doesn't have the best ending but it is LOL most of the time. This is Cheech and Chong at their best and none of their subsequent movies come anywhere close to this classic. Buy it!