Cheech and Chong’s ‘Up In Smoke’ soundtrack gets 40th anniversary edition

Soundtrack will be paired with Blu-ray 40th Anniversary Edition on April 20th

Rhino Records has announced the 40th anniversary edition of Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke soundtrack for April 20th. The soundtrack will feature a newly recorded “2018 version” of the title track along with a previously unreleased version of the song from 1978 that includes an additional Spanish verse by Cheech. A CD and vinyl copy of the soundtrack will be paired with the Blu-ray from Paramount Home Video in a special Deluxe Collector’s Edition box set, ten days after the 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Combo Pack is released.

The Deluxe Collector’s Edition is presented in a 12×12 package, limited to 5,000 copies. Besides the Blu-ray, CD and LP soundtrack, the set also comes with a 7-inch picture disc — featuring “Earache My Eye” b/w “Lost Due To Incompetence (Theme From A Big Green Van)” with an image of Cheech from the film on the A-side and the classic “YESCA” license plate image on the B-side — oversized Up In Smoke rolling papers, a film poster, and booklet with new essays by both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, along with rare and unseen photos.

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 is also loaded with previously released bonus material including deleted scenes, commentary, a music video and more.

The 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.

In 1978, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong made their feature film debut in Up In Smoke, the outrageously funny classic inspired by their now legendary comedy routines of the early ’70s. Following massive success with over ten 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 the film became a smash hit, establishing the pair as the reigning comedy duo of a new generation. Today, the film still has viewers rolling in the aisles and maintains surprising cultural relevance four decades after its original release.

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.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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