Movie Review: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Collector’s Edition) Steelbook

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was directed by The Lonely Island and stars Andy Samberg as worldwide pop phenom Conner4Real, with Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Joan Cusack as part of the popstar’s 32-person entourage. The hilarious comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow and Digital Short superstars, The Lonely Island, is loaded with cameos from the biggest names in comedy and music, including Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Carrie Underwood, DJ Khaleed, Nas, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Questlove, Mariah Carey, and many more.

After a two-year, sold-out, worldwide tour, Conner4Real is the biggest name in music. Then, his sophomore album flops, with Rolling Stone rating it with a “sh*t emoji.” Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping goes behind the scenes as Conner faces a crisis of popularity, leaving fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when Conner4Real is no longer the dopest star of all.

This 2016 satarical mockumentary follows Conner4Reel (Andy Samberg) who leaves his famous boy band Style Boyz, and his two childhood friends / bandmates, Owen (Jorma Taccone) and Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer), to go out on his own. It’s a sour split between the three that pushes the other two friends in the background. Conner4Reel hits superstardom with his hit solo album and sold out world tour to promote it which makes his ego explode even more.

What happens is, when it’s time to drop Conner4Reel’s sophomore album it immediately bombs and reality hits the popstar in a vicious way after he realizes that he’s a has been. People are now making fun of the washed up popstar. This experience ends up being the best thing that could happen to Connor4Reel because it humbles him and allows him to make up with Owen and Lawrence. In the end, the three friends reunite and end up going to the Pop Awards where they drop a new single.

The front of the Steelbook features the awesome new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back continues the wraparound art. The reverse sleeve featues an image of the Style Boys. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release and were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was actually a first time watch for me because I was one of the millions who passed on it when it first released at the box office and I never got a chance to review it for Universal Home Entertainment when it debuted on Blu-ray back in 2016. Well, I have to admit that I ended up enjoying this satirical mockumentary that’s maxed out with gag after gag that makes fun of popstardom. I bet a lot of the manufactured popstars out there can actually relate to this slaptstick content that The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer) and this fun cast relentlessly pokes fun at. They do a great job at making fun of the music biz by exaggerating and exploiting it to the max. Did I mention the insane amount of cameos? Shout! Factory saw something special in this movie so they’re giving people another chance to check out Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping by giving it an awesome Steelbook release on November 12th. Dig that wrap around artwork! So, if you need a good laugh and don’t mind a little raunchiness then go ahead and give it a watch.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English, French and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras (all imported over from the previous Blu-ray release by Universal) include some audio commentary, twenty-three deleted scenes, six music videos, a gag reel, interview outtakes, bonus footage, how to dance promo, fake interview freestyle and four spotlight scenes.

  • Audio Commentary With Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer And Jorma Taccone
  • Deleted Scenes (43:30)
  • Music Videos
  1. “I’m a Weirdo” Music Video (01:54)
  2. “Equal Rights” Music Video (03:28)
  3. “Mona Lisa” Music Video (02:53)
  4. “Bin Laden” Music Video (02:42)
  5. “Fuck Off” Music Video (02:31)
  6. “Legalize It” Music Video (01:15)
  • Gag Reel (03:25)
  • Interview Outtakes (06:39)
  • Bonus Footage (09:27)
  • How to Donkey Roll (01:11)
  • Big Boy Freestyle (01:59)
  • Frog Jizz (00:42)
  • Shooting Hoops (00:58)
  • “Turn up the Beef” Backstory (0:50)
  • Sex Tape (01:05)
  • Fun at CMZ (05:33)

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