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Cheech (Cheech Marin) and Chong (Tommy Chong) get high, a lot, again. No seriously, that's the plot. That's the joy of Cheech and Chong. They just switch locations from their home, to a police station, to a movie studio and travelling in between but ultimately, they get high or are high and mad stuff happens.

 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie

Video


This 1980 sequel is a tad on the grainy side at times but from the moment you see Cheech's patterned shirt in the opening scene you can see the level of detail on show here holds a fair bit to be happy with. As is usually the way, well lit external scenes look much better than if the light is blocked within a car or building. Detail still holds steady but the image often appears quite flat showing off the film's age a fair bit.

Scenes shot on sets glow much better and show off the transfer at its best with warmer colours and much better examples of light bringing twinkles to character's eyes and textures on faces and clothes and of course Cheech's moustache. In fact the difference between the external scenes and the internal scenes are vast the more you look at them with the internal scenes really making the use of the HD upgrade.

Smoke definition (honestly it's a Cheech and Chong movie you have to cover the smoke) is okay, it has occasional moments of looking layered with a sense of depth but is generally a flat wash of white.

All in all this presentation is a bright affair when lit right and a rather flat uninteresting one if the light isn't utilised. Like with most of the films of this period, especially cult ones such as this, a Blu-ray presentation lifts the film out of the VHS memories you have of it and planks it squarely just above dvd but not quite as HD remastered as you'd really like to see.

 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie

Audio


The audio is fine throughout but literally does nothing more than is required. Dialogue is clear and central, the score backs it up well but there's not a great deal going on beyond those elements and the odd sound effect. Nothing is every dynamically placed and the most exciting thing to happen is when something louder such as a music track or a revving engine takes centre stage from time to time.

Extras


The extras here have been smoked away and there's none left to share.

 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie

Overall


Two lovable, oblivious to their hi jinks fools is one of my movie kryptonites, so honestly I don't care how one note the Cheech and Chong movies are. They're not my favorite duo because I find them a little too mean at times and it sort of annoys me how oblivious they are to those around them when they are at their worst but when they are at their most aimless I find them a blast. This sequel is literally just a series of short comedy skits stitched together that drops the leads into situations that either ends up with them talking about getting high, attempting to get high, actually getting high or their highness causing those around then to suffer. It's a light and breezy watch because of that and it still makes me grin childishly more often than not, especially when Cheech sings.

The presentation is enough of a step up to say that I'm impressed. It's not consistently great but the crisp edges and warm bright lighting to the majority of the film makes this an upgrade worth considering, even if the lack of extras is a let down.

* Note: The images below are taken from the Blu-ray and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the true quality of the source.

 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie
 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie
 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie


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