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American Pie, American Pie 2, and American Wedding – Blu-ray Review

By Jeff Swindoll Mar 16, 2012, 21:43 GMT

“We’ll tell your mother that… we ate it all.” 

I always enjoy a warm piece of apple pie with some cheddar cheese on it.  It’s delicious.  What?  You said that he did WHAT with that pie? 

Well, maybe that wasn’t melted cheddar…  I’m not so hungry anymore.  With American Reunion on the horizon, Universal has brought the first three American Pie movies onto Blu-ray so you can see Jason Biggs hump a pie in high definition glory.  Eat your heart out Betty Crocker. 

American Pie (1999): Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), “Oz” (Chris Klein), Paul (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Jim (Jason Biggs) are high school seniors who have made a pact to lose their virginity before graduation.  Kevin has his girlfriend Vicky (Tara Reid) so it should be easier for him until his relationship goes sour.  Chris joins the choir to try and woo a lady and Heather (Mena Suvari) eyes him until his reputation catches up with him. 

Paul pays Jessica (Natasha Lyonne) to spread rumors of his sexual prowess but that backfires on him when partier Stifler (Seann William Scott) plots revenge on him.  Jim, schooled on the ways of sex by his father (Eugene Levy), tries to woo foreign exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) but his awkwardness and premature ejaculation get in his way.  He then tries his luck with band camp veteran Michelle (Alyson Hannigan). 

Graduation is drawing close and nobody is getting lucky… unless you count warm apple pie.

American Pie bonus features include –

Audio Commentary with directors Paul and Chris Weitz, writer Adam Herz, and actors Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, and Eddie Kaye Thomas
Deleted Scenes (6 minutes)
Outtakes (3 minutes)
Casting Tapes (8 minutes)
Spotlight On Location (11 minutes)
From The Set: Photographic Montage With Director And Producer Comments (7 minutes)
Poster Concepts (8 minutes)
Tonic Live Performance (11 minutes)
Tonic Music Video (4 minutes)
Theatrical trailer (3 minutes)
100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters
American Pie Revealed: The 3-Hour(!) Story of the American Pie Franchise

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American Pie 2 (2001): Jim, Kevin, Oz, and Finch have returned home from college for summer break.  Attending a party thrown by Stifler, they discover that their new college status doesn’t earn them any cred. 

Kevin again meets his ex Vicky and pines for her, calling his brother (Casey Affleck) for advice.  His advice is to party until he forgets so the boys rent a beach house and hilarity ensues. 

American Pie 2 bonus features include –

Deleted Scenes (11 minutes)
Outtakes (5 minutes)
4 Audio Commentaries (1)director J.B. Rogers, 2) writer Adam Herz, 3) Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari, and Thomas Ian Nicholas 4) Eddie Kaye Thomas)
The Baking of American Pie 2 (25 minutes)
Good Times With Cast and Crew (5 minutes)
Music video (4 minutes)
Theatrical trailer (3 minutes)

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American Wedding (2003): Jim has proposed to Michelle, but he fears that the wedding will end in disaster (he has seen the other two movies).  He’s right, of course. 

His engagement party is crashed by Stifler and Michelle’s parents, Harold (Fred Willard) and Mary (Deborah Rush), walk in on Stifler and Jim in a comically compromised position and the wedding will not be much better. 

American Wedding bonus features include -

Deleted Scenes (22 minutes)
Outtakes (6 minutes)
2 Audio Commentaries (1) director Jesse Dylan and Seann William Scott, 2) Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Thomas Ian Nicholas)
Stifler Speak (7 minutes)
Cheesy Wedding Video (3 minutes)
Kevin Cam: A Day In The Life Of An Actor (3 minutes)
Nikki's Hollywood Journal (10 minutes)
Grooming The Groom (6 minutes)
Enter The Dominatrix: Inside The Bachelor Party (10 minutes)

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As Universal prepares another slice of Pie for theaters, it’s not surprising that they’d bring out the theatrical trilogy onto Blu-ray.  Each has moments of hilarity and who can forget the pie scene that is the namesake for the series.  The laughs may have tempered a bit as many imitators have come along with gross out gags and the like. 

This is probably a certain generation’s version of Porkys and those from it may look upon the films with nostalgia.  Even though Universal has brought them to Blu-ray it looks like they didn’t foot the bill to have the films remastered.  The special features are largely recycled from other releases as well (day old pie?).  They also wisely chose to ignore the direct-to-video sequels. 

The films are presented in 1080p high definition transfers (1.85:1 for the first two and 2.35:1 for the third).  Each film also offers the theatrical cut and an uncut version, Pocket Blu, BD-Live, as well as having a DVD/digital copy.  The remainder listed is in standard definition. 

Each American Pie has hilarious moments.  They were fun to see again, but I would’ve liked some new special features (besides a self promotional repeat, but I did like the free tickets to the new movie) and some new transfers.



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Further Reading on M&C

Alyson Hannigan Biography - - Alyson Hannigan Movies -
Mena Suvari Biography - - Mena Suvari Movies -
Natasha Lyonne Biography - - Natasha Lyonne Movies -
Tara Reid Biography - - Tara Reid Movies -

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