Paramount Readies Cheech and Chong’s ‘Up in Smoke’ for 40th Anniversary Edition

Paramount Home Media Distribution on Feb. 14 announced the classic “stoner” comedy Up in Smoke will be released in a special 40th anniversary edition on April 10 as a Blu-ray Disc combo pack and DVD.

A Deluxe Collector’s Edition, pairing the Blu-ray Disc with the original soundtrack on CD and vinyl LP in deluxe packaging, will arrive on April 20 from Rhino, featuring a newly recorded “2018 version” of the title song “Up in Smoke.”

Up in Smoke marks the feature film debut of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, the Grammy Award-winning comic team that rose to fame in the 1970s with their films and stand-up routines, based on hippies, free love, marijuana and other aspects of the then-thriving counterculture.

“The greatest thrill is making your first movie and this one has been seen and been influential all over the world for over 40 years,” said Richard “Cheech” Marin in a Paramount news release. “Up in Smoke started stoner movies and is still going strong so smoke it up one more time.”

“Where did the time go? 40 years ago we made low budget movies that grossed over 100 million and are still being watched all over the world! And it also helped legalize an important medicine,” said Tommy Chong.  “I am so proud that a movie bearing a title of a simple song I wrote would be so influential for so many years.”

In Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong play wannabe musicians and stoners who unwittingly smuggle a van made of marijuana from Mexico to Los Angeles.  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.

The Up in Smoke Blu-ray Combo Pack features a brand new short-form documentary titled “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. The documentary incorporates new interviews with Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and producer/director Lou Adler along with archival footage.  The Combo Pack also comes with previously released bonus material including deleted scenes, commentary, a music video and more.

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