The Hangover (2009) - 2-Disc Special Edition

Genre(s): Comedy
Warner Brothers || Unrated - 108 minutes - $34.99 || December 15, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-12-28


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Todd Phillips
Writer(s): Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (written by)
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong


Theatrical Release Date: June 5, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Gag Reel
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Surround 5.1), French (Dolby Surround 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

I vaguely remember a conversation with a friend of mine when The Hangover was released, and the conversation was about how I thought the movie would be a complete bomb. The fact that the cast was relatively unknown, the premise seemed ridiculous, and also it just didnít appear to be funny to me from the trailers were the main reasons I considered it to flop. Little did I know that the film would go on to make more than $450,000,000 worldwide and spawn another sequel slated for 2011. The movie is without a doubt one of the better comedies of the year and contains several hilarious lines that will go down in history.

Doug (Justin Bartha) is about to get married to Tracy (Sasha Barrese), when his friends Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Tracyís brother Alan (Zach Galifianakis) decide to take him to Vegas for a night he wonít ever forget, even though the tell him he needs to. Tracyís father Sid (Jeffrey Tambor) lends Doug his prized car to take on the road trip, constantly reminding him not to damage or ding it up in anyway throughout the adventure. The four friends set off to Vegas where the trouble starts right away due to Stuís over-controlling girlfriend Melissa (Rachael Harris) who actually checks his credit statements every month.

At the hotel, Stu is forced into upgrading the hotel room into a villa suite, a $4200 increase, and is required to leave his credit card in case something happens to the room. The gang heads to the room and then after getting dressed take the elevator to the roof where they vow that this will be the greatest night of their lives. After a few drinks, they awake the next morning in a daze. By they, I mean Stu, Phil, and Alan as Doug has literally vanished from the hotel and canít be found. The group looks around but canít find him, so they set off on an adventure to find their friend who is going to get married in two days and hopefully bring him back to actually get married. Along the way though, theyíll meet an interesting cast of characters, including a famous boxer, a stripper that one of the group marries, and a phenomenal cameo from someone who beats the crap out of the gang.

This is by far one of the best comedies to come out this year and is probably as good as everyone has been telling you or what youíve been hearing from friends is true. The entire cast is hysterical in their respective roles, especially Galifianakis, who has had a rough time in Hollywood with canceled shows and no big breakout roles until this one. Cooper and Helms are also great in their roles, one as a playboy type and Helms as the nerdy dentist with no backbone who marries a stripper.

The cameos by the way are also decent, from the cops to Jeongís role in the movie. I even have to give credit for Tysonís role in the movie, as from the trailer he didnít seem to come off as comical but in the big scheme of things he probably has the best cameo in the entire movie. The way he talks and the way he utters his lines are great for both comedic value and also the telling of the story that he deals with. The tiger storyline that heís involved with has some of the best moments from the movie in them, including what Phil does to the tiger when it gets in the cop car.

The movie does take a little while to get going, which was the problem I had with the flick. The first fifteen or twenty minutes, about until the group gets to Vegas and the rooftop scene occurs, contain only a few laughs at best (although the conversation between Phil outside and Stu inside his house is funny). After the twenty or so minutes though it is a complete riot after that, but the film does take a bit to get going and that was a problem I had with it, and in all reality the only real one.

For purposes of this review, I watched the Unrated version (Disc One) since I had already seen the Theatrical Cut. The Unrated cut is 8 minutes longer than the Theatrical Cut, but I couldnít find anything different besides a new scene and longer dialogue.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All of the special features are available on Disc Two, and pertain only to the Theatrical Version.

Commentary by Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Todd Phillips: Disappointingly enough, this commentary lacks the humor I was expecting from the three main characters and the director. There are a few laughs here and there in the commentary, but mostly they talk about the direction of the movie and other various things that donít really give too much entertainment value.

Map of Destruction: This is a phenomenal special feature that delves into the areas where the crew destroyed a part of Las Vegas throughout the movie. You can click on an area, like for example the casino, and see interviews with the cast about the film and some jokes included too. There are numerous scenes to view here, so I strongly recommend watching every single one of them.

The Dan Band! (1 minute): Another song performed at the end of the movie by the crazy wedding singer can be seen here. Itís funny and short, so you can watch it and then move on.

The Madness of Ken Jeong (8 minutes): Jeong is hilarious in the NBC show ďCommunity,Ē and even better here in the film. This segment is basically a gag reel of just Jeong screwing up lines and putting in new ones, so for fans of him this will be an incredible extra to watch.

Action Mash-Up (1 minute): This brief feature just deals with the many action sequences, including the car accidents and other stunts performed. I donít see a point to this, so skip it.

Three Best Friends Song (1 minute): Stu and Alan perform two songs, respectively, from the movie. I thought that this was the song that Stu performs at the Piano, but sadly itís not.

Gag Reel (8 minutes): The cast flubs up lines or invents new ones for their respective scenes. This wasnít as funny as I was hoping it was, but still has some laughter in case youíre interested.

More Missing Pictures From the Camera: There are roughly 100 total photos to skim through, and some are funny while others not so much.

Finally, thereís a Digital Copy available that works with BOTH iTunes and Windows Media Player.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Since the movie is a new release, I expected a great transfer while watching the flick. Not to disappoint, the movie actually does look pretty good in comparison to recent releases in the past from Warner Brothers. Colors are a little bit overblown though, as whites tend to take over in comparison to other colors. Thatís not really a bad thing though, as I only noticed it in a handful of scenes at best. The problem here is the fact that I noticed a decent amount of noise and distortion right from the start. Take for example the garden scene right at the start, as I could literally see the leaves moving and the grass too. This happened a few more times throughout the movie, which is a bit disconcerting. In the end though, noise and color overblown issues aside, itís still a great transfer.

The Dolby Surround 5.1 track that comes with the film isnít the best by a long shot. Numerous times throughout watching I had to constantly tweak the volume up and up, until the dialogue was louder than the surround sound coming from the left and right rears. Dialogue is clearly a little unbalanced here, as it sounded like they lowered it as low as it could go and then tweaked the surround sounds more. I also had trouble understanding (clarity) what was being said by a few of the characters in multiple scenes throughout, so odds are I missed a few jokes here and there. Surround sound, as noted, is decent but could have used a little more work in the long run.



.::OVERALL::.

The Hangover is a film that surprised everyone at the box-office and also in their hearts. By hearts, I mean their funny bones as the film is an absolute riot in every respect. The cast is great here and hopefully Galifianakis will get the credit he finally deserves for being such a funny guy, and the same goes for the rest of the cast. The technical package is decent, and the special features are a nice accompaniment to the flick. This is one hangover I think youíll be pleasantly surprised with the next morning so do yourself a favor and pick it up right now.