Cheech & Chong ‘Up in Smoke’ 40th Anniversary Set Out

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The ultimate stoner comedy is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.  Cheech & Chong’s 1978 comedy Up in Smoke is being re-released in a variety of editions including a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 10 from Paramount. A special Deluxe Collector’s Edition will be released on April 20 from Rhino, featuring a newly recorded “2018 version” of the title song “Up In Smoke.”

On September 15, 1978, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong made their feature film debut in Up in Smoke, the classic inspired by their legendary comedy routines of the early ’70s. Following massive success with over 10 million comedy albums sold, four Grammy nominations and a win for Best Comedy Recording for “Los Cochinos,” Cheech and Chong took Hollywood by storm when Up in Smoke became a smash hit, establishing the pair as a comedic force of a new generation.

Cheech and Chong (Photo: Paul Mobley via GRAMMY Museum®; used with permission)

Also, the comedy duo will be the subject of a new exhibit opening at the GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles, beginning April 20. Titled “Cheech & Chong: Still Rollin’—Celebrating 40 Years Of Up in Smoke,” the exhibit is curated in collaboration with GRAMMY-winning producer Lou Adler, who uncovered the legendary duo, produced many of their albums, and directed the film.

On display through spring 2019, the exhibit chronicles the development and success of the film. Items on display will include the original marked-up script, comedy sketches, an assortment of limited-edition 40th anniversary smoking devices, and selections from Marin’s “Blazing Chicano Guitars” guitar-art collection, among other items.

From the DVD announcement: “In Up in Smoke Cheech and Chong play wannabe musicians and stoners who unwittingly smuggle a van made of marijuana from Mexico to L.A. Their drug-laced humor keeps their spirits high as they unknowingly elude the police and meander their way to an outrageous finale at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood where Cheech performs in a pink tutu and Chong plays drums in a red body suit with a Quaalude logo.”

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The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a brand new short-form documentary entitled “How Pedro Met the Man: Up In Smoke at 40,” which chronicles the duo’s comedy history, as well as the origins and impact of the film itself. Capturing a complex and fascinating pop culture odyssey, the documentary incorporates new interviews with Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and producer/director Lou Adler along with archival footage. The Combo Pack also includes previously released bonus material including deleted scenes, commentary, a music video and more. Order here.

The Up in Smoke Deluxe Collector’s Edition is presented in a 12×12 package, limited to 5,000 copies. The set pairs the Blu-ray with the original soundtrack on CD and vinyl album, as well as a 7-inch picture disc, oversized “Up In Smoke” rolling papers, a film poster, and booklet with new essays by both Cheech and Chong, along with rare and unseen photos. In addition to the new version of “Up In Smoke,” the CD also features another previously unreleased version of the song from 1978 with an additional Spanish verse by Cheech. Pre-order here.

Up in Smoke 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Combo Pack

The Up in Smoke Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French Mono Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono Dolby Digital, Portuguese Mono Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Mono Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, and Spanish subtitles. The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following:

Blu-ray and DVD
•    Feature film in high definition
•    Commentary by Cheech Marin and director Lou Adler
•    How Pedro Met the Man: Up in Smoke at 40 documentary
•    Roach clips with optional commentary (deleted scenes)
•    Lighting It Up: A Look Back at Up in Smoke
•    “Earache My Eye” featuring Alice Bowie: Animated Music Video
•    Cheech & Chong’s “The Man Song”
•    Vintage Radio Spots
•    Theatrical Trailer

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