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Judd Apatow Hits Keep Coming

13 Oct, 2007 By: Billy Gil


Hot on the heels of No. 1 DVD seller Knocked Up from Universal Studios Home Entertainment comes yet another megahit from writer/director/producer Judd Apatow. Superbad (produced by Apatow) streets Dec. 4 (prebook Nov. 1) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The release comes in an unrated two-disc DVD ($34.95) and two-disc Blu-ray set ($43.95), as well as a rated and unrated single-disc DVD ($28.95) and UMD ($24.94).

In addition to the usual fare of deleted and extended scenes, a making-of featurette, gag reel, commentaries and behind-the-scenes footage available on the two-disc DVD, the Blu-ray also has the “Superbad Supermeter,” which allows viewers to keep track of the off-color lingo injected into the teen comedy.

Superbad earned more than $120 million at the box office, but things weren't always so peachy for Apatow.

Just a few years ago, Apatow enlisted Gord Lacey of TVShowsOnDVD.com to help set up an online petition to release Apatow's canceled series “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared” on DVD. Tens of thousands of signatures later, Shout! Factory licensed rights for the shows from DreamWorks Television and released the six-disc Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series in 2004 and the four-disc Undeclared: The Complete Series in 2005.

Following his failed series and after helming a couple of unsold pilots and co-producing a couple of Will Ferrell comedies, the Apatow crew hit it big with 2005's The 40-Year-Old Virgin, out on DVD and HD DVD from Universal.

Knocked Up racked up nearly $150 million at the U.S. box office, and in its first week of release topped Home Media Magazine's DVD sales and rental charts.

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