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DVD Review: Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Unrated Collector’s Edition

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Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) is a successful actress who’s been with her boyfriend, TV composer Peter Bretter (Jason Segel), for five and half years. Peter thinks things are going well, but one day out of the blue Sarah drops a bombshell on him. She’s breaking up with him. Peter starts doing different things to get over her and that’s the premise for Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

In Forgetting Sarah Marshall Peter goes through various stages of grief including depression, anger, and what most guys do – try to have sex with as many different women as possible to forget Sarah. After moping around his apartment he decides to take a vacation and go to Hawaii. He goes to check in and while concierge Rachel Jansen (Mila Kunis) is telling him only the $6,000 a night suite is available, he finds out that Sarah and her new beau, rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), are staying in the same hotel and keep running into each other all over the resort!

Forgetting Sarah Marshall was written by Jason Segel and was partially inspired from events in his own life. It was produced by Judd Apatow (Freaks & Geeks, 40 Year Old Virgin) and after stumbling with Drillbit Taylor, Apatow once again has another hit on his hands.

The movie is very funny. Jason Segel is believable as a lovable guy who gets his heart ripped out and tries to get over it, which is something you can relate to, male or female. Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, and Jack McBrayer are extremely funny in their roles, especially McBrayer as the virgin on his honeymoon who doesn’t know what to do, and Brand excels as the pompous rock star Sarah is seeing. Kristen Bell is excellent as always, this time as the actress who breaks Peter’s heart and makes it all about her, when she’s the one who was cheating on Peter for over a year!

Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Unrated Collector's Edition is loaded with extras, highlights of those extras include:

On disc one you get both the theatrical version of the film and the extended version which runs about six minutes longer and contains more nudity than the theatrical version. Both versions have fun, interesting commentary with director Nick Stoller, executive producer Rodney Rothman, producer Shauna Robertson, Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Jack McBrayer, and eventually, via cell phone, Kristen Bell since she was doing PR for the movie when this commentary was recorded. Since the film is about her character, they should have waited until she was available to include commentary for the entire film, not the five or ten minutes for which she was free.

Six deleted/extended scenes are first up on the disc. Here are some scenes that were completely deleted and some that were just cut. There’s no introduction or commentary as to why the scenes were cut or trimmed, but it’s understandable why they were cut; however there is a real farewell at the airport between Sarah and Peter that should have been left in.

You also get Line-o-Rama, which takes a number of discarded, improvised lines and compiles them for this feature, a gag reel, and raw footage of the video-chat scenes between Segel and Bill Hader.

A subplot in the film is that Peter has been writing a rock opera about Dracula. We learn from the extras and the commentary that Jason Segel had actually been writing this opera for years and a couple of extras include "Dracula's Lament" and "A Taste for Love" which is a table read of the rock opera and the process of creating the puppets. Segal has a love for Muppets and because of the film (which is the first movie Segel has written) he is writing the new Muppets film.

Disc two is also packed with extras:

"Video Diaries" are 21 video diaries of behind-the-scenes footage strung together for this feature hosted by Segel and Nick Stoller which shows a little bit of what went on some of the shooting days.

"Sex-o-Rama" is a montage of Segel’s sex scenes after Sarah breaks up with him and he tries to comfort himself by having lots and lots of sex, which many people do after a break-up.

"Drunk-o-Rama" is a montage of Segel ordering various drinks and getting drunker and drunker and he does funny impressions of the various Sex in The City actresses.

"Russell Brand: Aldous Snow" is a featurette about how the actor made the producers rethink the character. Snow was envisioned as an English writer, but after Brand’s audition they realized his take worked better.

There also a few extras that are dedicated to Sarah’s TV series:

First up is "Crime Scene" where we get alternate versions of the scenes shown in the movie, and then we get "Hunter Rush Line-o-Rama". In Crime Scene Billy Baldwin plays Sarah’s partner Hunter Rush and his line-o-rama consists of alternate takes of what we see in the film.

"Sarah’s New Show": In the credits we see Sarah’s new show; here we see alternatives to what her new show could have been. The alternates are funny, but what made it into the film was the best choice.

"Auditions": This featurette allows viewers to watch the videotaped auditions of Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand, Jack McBrayer, and Maria Thayer. It's quite interesting to see how the actors first approached the character and eventually got the part.

Disc three is a digital version of the movie that you can download to your computer.

Not only is Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Unrated Collector's Edition a funny movie about what some people do after a break-up, but it’s packed with extras. I'd be shocked if there’ll be double-dipping on this DVD.

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