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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Sept. 4 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Product Description

Cheech & Chong's first cannabis comedy is also their best, a souvenir from the more carefree days before "Just Say No," when people did not feel so defensive about inhaling. In 1978, the prevailing spirit was more like "Just Say Blow." Even New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael liked it (the movie, that is), adding that it was "an exploitation slapstick comedy, rather than a family picture, such as Blazing Saddles or High Anxiety--which means that it's dirtier, wilder, and sillier." The story has to do with bumbling potheads Cheech & Chong searching for primo bud, while being tailed by a team of inept law-enforcement officers, led by Sgt. Stedenko (Stacy Keach). Sample dialogue: When a cop pulls them over to ask if they are any illegal substances in his vehicle, Cheech replies: "Not any more, man." Up in Smoke is an irresistibly silly and charming movie that--despite, or perhaps because of, the national furor over drug use--plays today like a relic from a bygone era, a sweeter, more open, more innocent period in our history. --Jim Emerson

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherman A. Thompson on May 18 2003
Format: VHS Tape
It is obvious that this flick has been reviewed by a lot of ex(?)potheads. I am not one of them, but I lived in L.A. during that dynamic era and, though never a smoker, I can fully identify with the movie, the characters, and the attitudes depicted.
To me it is as free wheeling and zany as the best of Chaplin. It is difficult to know where to begin in praising this film. It is a great commentary on the times. Sometimes the jokes were exaggerated parodies of real situations, and sometimes they were all too accurate. For example the hilarious sequence when the matronly socialite was turned on for the first time and everything was funny. She noted that the stoplight had such pretty colors.
This film can't be taken in in only one viewing. The stacatto of fast moving jokes and surrounding unrelated actions are too numerous and sometimes too subtile to be caught on the first go-around. It took the 4th viewing for me to recognize the entrance to the comedy club that Cheech, Chong, their friends, and Pee Wee Herman performed in in the film as the old Whiskey-a-Go-Go in Hollywood that I've been in so many times. It is now called simply "The Whiskey," I believe. In real life Cheech started out as a singer in Chong's band in Canada, and they incorporated these roles in the film in hilarious ways. Cheech made up some of the funniest lyrics you will ever hear, and Chong was constantly blowing out high powered amplifiers.
When I'm stressed out and want a relaxing escape into pure humorous whimsey I stick this film in the mchine and watch it again. It always gets me in a better mood.
You don't have to be a pot head to enjoy this movie. It seems fresh every time I watch it.
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By Micheal Hunt on March 19 2004
Format: DVD
This is the regioun 4 review of this disc. it may be diffrent?
This great Cheech & Chong movie is most likly the best of the C&C movies! These guys had been doing this kind of act for many years on stage, and so when it came to putting this into a film, it was very easy , because they had been doing these gags for years anyway, and it was just a walk in the park to make for them!
The hillarious events of the movie even cross over into the bonus features! There are a few deleted scenes that didnt make it into the movie, and its a shame they didnt, because some are funny as hell! It would be great of they made a Specihel edition directers cut and put that stuff back into the film, in Cheech Marions commentery he said that the scenes where not cut because they wernt good, they where cut just to shorten the film! and one great scene is one youd recignise from "Still Smokin" where Cheech is beeing a smartarse to an oldman (another charactor of chong) and doing the "I could be your daddy cause i used to F*** buffalo" gag!
This DVD is well worth the money, and id recomend you get it with "still smokin'"
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Format: DVD
Out of all the Cheech & Chong collaborations, their first film, 1978's Up In Smoke still stands as the best. A comedy classic that just can't be duplicated, not even by themselves. The plot (can you guess?) concerns two dudes, Pedro (Cheech) & Man (Chong) and their search for the best weed, rock music, and good times, man. Of course this journey comes with a price, evading a group of "undercover" cops led by the obsessed Sgt. Stedenko (Stacy Keach). If you like cars, you'll no doubt enjoy Pedro's Love Machine, which he decorated himself, and the van made completely out of pot! Watch out for that smoke. A few of the funniest scenes come from this van: 1. When the cop pulls them over and forgets why! and 2. When Stedenko and crew stand next to the smoking van and feel the influence, then order some pizzas! If you like to rock, then you've got that too. To quote the concert announcer - "...I don't know who they are, but here's ALICE BOWIE." Being a drummer myself, I'm more than a little jealous of Chong's gigantic drumsticks! However, I'm not jealous of Cheech's tu-tu! The characters Cheech & Chong created began to wear out in later films, but don't count this one out. Up In Smoke is when it was new and fresh and somehow it still "smokes" to this day.
Some comments on the DVD: One reviewer stated that the DVD doesn't have any features, but that's just not true. I just bought the 2000 Paramount DVD release and it has the following:
*Widescreen Version for 16:9 TVs
*Feature Length Commentary with Cheech Marin & Director Lou Adler
*8 Deleted Scenes (including Harry Dean Stanton as a security guard) with optional commentary by Cheech & Lou Adler
*Original Theatrical Trailer
*Dolby Digital: English 5.
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By Zagnorch on March 31 2003
Format: DVD
In a mood to catch up on a few flicks I've heard about but haven't yet bothered to watch, I decided to grab Cheech & Chong's first cinematic exploit, the infamous Up in Smoke ©, gave it couple good looks. I must admit it's pretty enjoyable for a start. The first half, featuring our heroes hookin' up and getting to know each other (as well as each others' suppliers), includes some of the greatest moments of non-standup substance-abuse comedy I've ever experienced! I especially enjoy Cheech & Chong's first hook-up, as Chong has his newfound partner in crime try out various-- um, substances, with hilarious results. A true watermark of stoner comedy, lemme tells ya...
As for the second half, with alla' the cannabis-van shenanigans, the inept cops, and a silly battle of the bands competition-- I didn't really find it all that funny. Maybe I gotta be stoned to truly appreciate it or somethin', I don't know. What I do know is, it didn't quite grab the laughs from me like the first half of the flick did. Though I gotta admit I do get a chuckle over the irony of former nose-candy-smuggler Stacey Keach playin' the vehemently anti-cannabis, straight-arrow leader of a quartet of L.A.'s less-than-finest. Now, THAT'S a hoot!
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