Strange Wilderness (DVD)

Strange Wilderness / 2008 Paramount / 84 Minutes / http:/www.paramount.com/homeentertainment /

Strange Wilderness is a comedy film that was commissioned and produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison productions, and features a Jack Hanna-like character, Peter Gaulke (played by Steve Zahn, of Chicken Little and Employee of the Month). Peter’s show, Strange Wilderness, has been on a ratings decline for a while now after Peter’s father passed, and something drastic needs to be done, lest the show be cancelled. Knowing what exactly will happen if the show’s ratings do not go up any further, Gaulke and eir co-host Fred Wolf (Allen Covert, of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and 50 First Dates) set out to find the one thing that will get individuals watching the show again and ensuring that Strange Wilderness will not be pulled off the air.

Thus, Gaulke and Wolf set out in the Ecudorian forest to find Bigfoot. There is an unfinished quality to Strange Wilderness that provides just enough in the way of reality to the film, something that matches well with the absurd plot twists and comedic moments that are placed quite often through the movie. Ernest Borgnine plays a bit part as Milas, and Jonah Hill (from Superbad) stands out as one of Gaulke and Wolf’s film crew. For individuals that like gross-out comedy and low-brow humor that can be found in films like Evil Bong, the American Pie series of films, and even Harold and Kumar, Strange Wilderness will provide hours of laughs. However, individuals that are looking for a more complex comedy may want to avoid this film.

For individuals that have already seen Strange Wilderness, there are enough in the way of extra features to keep individuals going for hours after sticking the disc into their player. This means that beyond the normal deleted scenes, there’s a full version of “Cooker’s Song”, the complete version of “Reel Comedy: Stranger Wilderness” , and an expansion of “The Turkey”. For those that do not recall, “The Turkey” describes a scene in which Peter’s crotch is attacked by a turkey. “What Do We Do?” is a collection of outtakes and bloopers more than anything, and the bonus features together will give individuals another hour of footage. If you liked this film, make sure to pick the DVD version up.

Rating: 6.2/10

Author: James McQuiston

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