To get in shape for his role as The Green Hornet Seth Rogen had to lose a considerable amount of weight to convincingly portray a masked crime fighter but there’s no reason that the Home Entertainment release of the film should be as slim as its protagonist. Sony’s DVD which is in stores today is a bare bones one disc package that gives little incentive to fully explore as a result of too-modest product design and a lack of special features. The film itself wasn’t all that good so I had hoped there would be plenty of supplemental material on the disc to provide some coverage of the creative process and on-set comedy that must’ve ensued between director Michel Gondry Rogen Cameron Diaz and co. Sadly not so.
Let’s start with the basics: The Green Hornet follows twenty-something slacker Britt Reid (Rogen) the wealthy heir to his father James’ newspaper fortune. By day Britt sleeps through hangovers and finds extravagant ways to piss money away; by night he’s a posh party-animal who’s got no trouble finding loose women to take home. That is until James drops dead and he’s left contemplating his future. He meets Kato (Jay Chou) his father’s chauffeur who conveniently happens to be a martial arts enthusiast and one hell of an engineer and quickly strikes up a friendship. Together they decide to enter the next stage of their lives as masked vigilantes and clean up the streets of LA but they end up on the collective shit-list of the entire criminal underworld which includes crazy mobsters like the psychotic Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) as well as corrupt cops and law enforcement officials.
I’m not going to go through a full review of the film; for insight into its quality read my original take here. To summarize I’ll say this: The Green Hornet is a big loud dumb action adventure that’s not as funny as the filmmakers think and not as good as fans wanted it to be. Still I’ve loved Blu-ray’s or DVD’s for movies that I wasn’t crazy about in the past - when they’ve come fully loaded with bonus content. Unfortunately the studio blew an opportunity to make up for a sub-par movie with a cool DVD. There’s not much to see here just a quick gag reel that’s severely lacking gags a brief featurette with Rogen and co-writer/executive producer Evan Goldberg breaking down their writing process (it sounds like it’d be more interesting than it is) and another that details the process of recreating the Black Beauty for the 21st century. Car aficionados will find this most entertaining and older viewers perhaps even a bit nostalgic though the segment is little more than a shortened Top Gear episode. Other than that there’s a feature length commentary track with Rogen Goldberg Gondry and producer Neal Moritz which is probably the most informative extra in the mix. Hopefully the Blu-ray comes stuffed with more content because all in all I’m sorely let down by this release.