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New on DVD: ‘This Is the End,’ starring Seth Rogen and James Franco

Posted 12:21pm on Friday, Sep. 27, 2013

DVD This Is the End: The world won’t end with just a bang or a whimper, but also a truckload of sophomoric humor and Hollywood in-jokes. At least that’s the way Seth Rogen and a bunch of his movie-star buddies see it in This Is the End, a riff on the apocalypse that’s closer in spirit to Harold & Kumar than Genesis and Revelations. Directed and written by Rogen and friend Evan Goldberg (who wrote Pineapple Express), and based on a short film by Jason Stone, This Is the End is one extended meta joke about stardom and celebrity that goes on too long and gets derailed by the pair’s desire to keep upping the level of comedic absurdity and cheesy special effects. Still, there are lots of low-brow laughs, especially in the first half. On DVD and 2-disc combo DVD/Blu-ray.

— Cary Darling

Also new: The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Edition; The Croods; 100 Bloody Acres

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