The Hangover (2009) - Extreme Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Warner Brothers || Unrated - 108 minutes - $35.99 || October 12, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-10-07


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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

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: 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
  • BD-Live
  • Photo Book
  • CD Sampler


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

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.::THE FILM::.

Please note that most of this is from our previous Blu-ray review. In the features section I have outlined what little has been added for this release.

One of the biggest films of 2009 is finally available on Blu-ray, and while I did enjoy it, I'm left wondering how the hell this made so much at the box office.

Plot: Four buddies (alright, three and the man-to-be's new brother in-law) hit Vegas for a night of drinks, lap dances, and just plain crazy shit. And as one might expect from the title, they get a hangover. A really bad hangover. When they finally wake up, they are greeted with a tiger and baby in their room. Wait, what the hell? How crazy was their night? Apparently enough to not only find a tiger and baby in their room, but the groom is missing in action as well. The trio quickly tries to piece together what the hell happened and get their friend back in time for his wedding.

A simple plot seemingly went a long way with this film since it made a ton of dough at the box office. And while some of it is clearly warranted, I really don't see how this became the smash-hit with people calling it the best film of 2009.

Three out of the four characters are like able (thankfully Doug goes missing for 70% of the film) enough, but each seem to play their characters to the extreme. Alan (Galifianakis) is the real star of the film, providing nearly every laugh. From his odd choice in dress-wear, to small, subtle jokes, you have to wonder when the next film will showcase his talents exclusively. Stu (Helms) tends to play the straight-man role who is dating a women who cheated on him and soon finds himself married to a stripper (played by Heather Graham who is actually not bad here and shows her nipple, yet again) and missing a tooth. Phil (Cooper) plays the every-man and seems to be the person who is in the most control and does whatever he has to, to get back his friend.

My major problem is that the film was being built up so much to be the second coming of Jesus, that when I finally saw it, I was (as usual with these type of hype-films) left a bit disappointed. A good comedy? Yes. An excellent comedy? Yes. One of the best Comedies ever? No. Just like with Juno & Napoleon Dynamite, people build these films up so much to be the best thing since ever, that by the time you get a chance to watch it, you feel like you just missed out on getting the Budweiser at a party and got stuck drinking a Zima. Everyone else is enjoying themselves but you just feel left out.

I'm going to be generous and give this film a 4. I enjoyed it; my girlfriend enjoyed it, and afterwards I thought to myself "I should watch it again". But gees...how the hell did it make so much money at the box office?



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes a cardboard slip case housing a book and a standard Blu-ray case. All the features are presented in HD.

Picture-in-Picture Commentary Track with Director Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis

Map of Destruction - Wow...a map of where the gang goes. Yawn.

The Madness of Ken Jeong (8 Minutes) - Alright, I loved him in this film (and others he's had bit parts in) and this showcases alternate takes and dialog.

Also included on the disc is a The Dan Band Music Video (1 Minute), Action Mash-Up (1 Minute), the full version of Three Best Friends Song (1 Minute), Gag Reel (8 Minutes) and Pictures from the Missing Camera.

And don't forget kiddies - BD-Live (**Blu-ray Exclusive **).

The disc itself is exactly the same from the previous release so what you are now paying $10 extra for is a photo book (similar to the digibooks, sans disc, Warner releases) and a CD Sampler that includes 5 songs featured in the film (no, no "In the Air Tonight").



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The Hangover is presented in 2.40:1 (VC1) on a 50GB Disc. Even though the film is a Comedy, the picture quality is a real winner. Vegas really come to life in this transfer with bright colors and lots of detail. Close-ups look (unfortunately) really good and there is no sign of any DNR/EE being applied.

Warner has included an English 5.1 TrueHD track for this release. Well, it's a comedy and as one might expect, rears are used on occasion which nearly everything happening in the front speakers. Dialog is clean and crisp and this is about what you would expect. At this point in Blu-ray's lifespan, this is pretty average.



.::OVERALL::.

This has got to be one of the lamest double-dips I have ever encountered. All this has is new cover art for the Blu-ray case, a small book of photos and a CD Sampler. Just lovely especially since the original Blu-ray can be had for around $15 (and maybe less) while this one commands a $25 price tag. Thus while the disc is OK, I have to give this a low rating.