I've seen this movie a few times over the years and still enjoy watching about two buddies looking for dope and accidently get deported to Mexico and desperate to get back home agree to drive a van back to the States so they can get back in time for a gig , Unaware the van is made up of marijuana to be driven to Los Angeles with the police on their trail , picking up female hitch hikers stopping for a punk band competition with a great picture for the age and not bad sound just lacks a little bass for the sub woofer to kick in , Great Special Features , Interviews , deleted scenes , animated music video clip , Cheech & Chong's The Man Song , 2 Discs DVD & Blu Ray .
We already know this movie is a Classic! I have waited so long for it to come out on Blu Ray...it was worth the wait! The movie looks incredible on Blu but still keeps the "film" look to it. You can read so many signs and labels that were just complete blur on the DVD version. If you are a fan of Cheech and Chong, buy this Blu Ray! Its almost like experiencing the film for the first time, fabulous!
Absolute incredible transfer, not blown up no screen movement but what appears to be a remastering of the original source material because this looks perfect, sound track is so much better. Not sure whats taking still smokin so long for the blu ray treatment. Get this a.s.a.p. I'm sure it will be super expensive to track down after it goes out of print.
Forgot just how funny Cheech & Chong were back in the day. They created two very different dudes who play off each other and riff through a complete movie hysterically. Better than their albums because the sight of these two spewing their slightly moronic, yet boldly funny riffs on the hippie culture is delightful. Made me want to watch more of their flicks again.
I saw Niemand "Amsterdammit" asked if it is worth buying for the new extras. YES
The deleted scenes are great! They are called "Roach Clips". Runtime 11:22 If you liked June Fairchild as The Ajax Lady, you will LOVE this bonus! (this was her last movie!) I reread your question Niemand, and I don't see where you mentioned the older DVD having the deleted scenes.
Niemand also asked about the content of "Lighting It Up: A Look Back at Up In Smoke" Total runtime 11:00
The Meeting of Cheech & Chong 1:30
Arriving in LA 6:00 This contains commentary with Lou Adler and goes into detail about the "Daves not here" skit.
Filming "Up In Smoke" 1:30
The Actors of "Up In Smoke" 1:15
Lessons Learned 1:20
Incorporating The Punk Scene :28
The Cultural Impact of "Up In Smoke" :45
As I said at the beginning, they are worth it, especially for $5.48...I mean, common'!
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.
Great stoner movie! I first saw this movie as a teenager and boy did we smoke a lot of weed at the drive in! You need to be really stoned to watch Cheech and Chong movies to get the full effects! That was the good old days when they still had Colombian Gold, Buddha Thai sticks, Panama Red, Humboldt County Indica, etc. The weed nowadays can't even compare to the killer weed of the 70's and early 80's!
So when the teenage grandson was over last he had us watch Tenacious D - we figured if we had to sit through his strange movie, he had to sit through one of ours so we rented Up in Smoke and had him watch it. He laughed way more at Up In Smoke (WHY is he wearing a tutu????? Dude, punk rock in the 70's you'd have had to have been there)
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.
Best Stoner Comedy ever. 40 years after it’s still not close. If your looking for deep or connected storylines look elsewhere. If you wanna have a good 85 minutes of 2 stoners looking to get stoned & the Chaos that brings full with the world biggest & strangest joint, a trip to Mexico, nuns getting busted, a can of grass & a punk rock show all while being chased by LA’s finest. Relax & enjoy