This summer, the raunchy fantasy spoof Your Highness arrives on Blu-ray. Director David Gordon Green's unfairly maligned follow-up to Pineapple Express, Your Highness follows a moronic prince (Danny McBride, "Eastbound & Down") as he quests to rescue his brother's betrothed. The film is ripe for rediscovery on the high-definition format; it boasts a richly textured fantasy world, propulsive action sequences, and sly comic performances from the likes of Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Justin Theroux (Mulholland Drive), and James Franco (127 Hours).
Update: Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released the official details for the Your Highness Blu-ray. The disc will carry the theatrical cut of the film (103 minutes) and an unrated version (106 minutes). Both will be mastered in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks and presented in their original 2.39:1 aspect ratios. In addition, the Blu-ray's special features are listed below - click here and here to read two interviews with David Gordon Green where he further discusses these Blu-ray supplements.
Feature commentary with video intro from Director Gordon Green, Executive Producer/Co-Writer/Star Danny McBride, and Stars James Franco & Justin Theroux
Damn You Gods: Full-length "making of" documentary
This movie was not for everyone, but if you enjoy Mcbride's other work, or if you enjoy dumb stoner comedies, you should check this out. I myself was smiling the whole time when I watched it! Day 1 if the price is right.
The New York Times sprinkles light author commentary into its weekly home video announcement column. Reporting on art differs slightly from reporting on current events; you can't NOT talk about quality in some way or another when you're writing about aesthetic stuff, and a small measure of subjectivity is acceptable. My guess is that you simply don't agree with either of the BD.com writers about their opinions, which is fine, but debate your points in the comments section on why you believe both films are worthy or unworthy rather than attacking the journalistic integrity of the site's writers. This is hardly biased political or economic reportage (both of which are FAR more important than something on when Your Highness is coming out on Blu-ray, and both are more worthy of professional scrutiny).
It seemed pretty fare to me. I love Eastbound & Down and enjoyed Pinapple Express, but Your Highness was just bad. Even with my love of 80s fantasy, I had trouble making it trough the whole film. Such a missed opportunity.
This movie was a fairly big disappointment for me; David Gordon Green, McBride, Franco, Portman and Theroux are great ingredients but they did not add up to a satisfying whole. There were intermittently funny parts though, and I did enjoy the fantasy element with some nice CGI and creature effects, which should look fine on BD. I'll get it for sure when it's on the cheap.
This movie totally has cult classic written all over it... might take a few years, but it's gonna end up on that circuit and will be particularly popular with the college crowd... personally, I laughed my ass off the entire movie and I *hate* raunchy movies for the sake of raunch (i.e., "The 40 Year-Old Virgin") but the weird dynamic of middle age (or rather middle earth) setting and old english mixed with the swearing actually made it novel enough to be funny to me. Just so absurd and abstract... Also, I knew it was a pipe dream, but I was really hoping they would add a short film - an epilogue of sorts - that showed the quest Thadeous and Isabel were about to embark on at the end on the DVD/Blu release.