Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) - Unrated [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Fantasy
MGM || Unrated - 100 minutes - $39.99 || June 29, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-07-06


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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: Steve Pink
Writer(s): Josh Heald (story), Josh Heald and Sean Anders & John Morris (screenplay)
Cast: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Lyndsy Fonseca, Crispin Glover, Chevy Chase, Lizzy Caplan


Theatrical Release Date: March 26, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Poor MGM. This just might be one of their last theatrical films to come out and it's not what one would call a winner. It had everything going for it - going back in time to the 80's, a great cast (including 80's icon John Cusack) and a pretty interesting concept (a time machine). But when it all comes together...it just never really gels. Such a shame since this really had the chance of becoming a decent cult favorite (like The Hangover).

The days of partying the night away are long gone and newly single guy Adam (Cusack), party animal Lou (Corddry), married man Nick (Robinson) and mega-nerd Jacob (Duke) think it's a good idea to take a vacation to get away from the tough aspects of life. The best place? Kodiak Valley Ski Resort - a place they used to hang out as teenagers. When they arrive, they find out the place is now a dump and not true to how it was only a few short decades ago. When they all pile in the hot tub, things soon begin to change on them when they spill some liquid on the control panel. Can you guess what happens? It turns the hot tub into a...TIME MACHINE! Bet you didn't see that twist coming, eh? As they travel back in time, they try and right the wrongs of the past and by doing so changes the future as they know it.

So what went wrong? It's really hard to pinpoint exactly why this movie fails to drum up any real laughs. When they first go back in time, we get hit with a plethora of 80's jokes (Cassette players, hairstyles, clothing, music), but once that scenes concludes, it's like the 80's vibe is essentially ignored. Granted we do have the group of pricks who just can't stand the 'cool' guys and a few other 80's quips tossed in for good measure, but I was really hoping for more. If you've seen any films from the 80's, you're going to enjoy the numerous throwbacks tossed in (references to Back to the Future, Sixteen Candles, Cusack films etc.)

Acting becomes a bit harder to read. John Cusack doesn't have a whole lot of dialog (or so it seems) and Clark Duke runs around telling people about the butterfly effect instead of cracking jokes (which he's good at - see Sex Drive). Craig Robinson is the real star who gets the best lines (yelling at his 9 year old wife) and Rob Corddry just continues to play the same character he does in every film. Oddly enough, Lizzy Caplan is in the film for a few short scenes, but she does a great job as being a potential love interest to Cusack.

The film is worth a rental, but unless you’re a huge fan of one of the actors I can't see anyone getting a ton of laughs from Hot Tub Time Machine. It stumbles far too many times instead of hitting it out of the park, and aside from the 80's remarks (which I have a feeling the general people watching the film were not even born in the 80's) there is not much to see.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes a slip cover.

Deleted Scenes (12 Minutes) - I don't know if I would really call these Deleted Scenes, but what's included are Extended scenes with different jokes/remarks.

Rounding out the disc is a theatrical trailer, promo spots (6 Minutes) which are very short little featurettes (1 minute each), the ability to create bookmarks and a Digital Copy (iTunes compatible).

This release also includes both the rated and unrated versions (difference is only about 2 minutes).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Hot Tub Time Machine is presented in on a 50GB Disc. I've read other reviews of the film, and I'm really not sure why they are gushing over the picture quality. To me it seems rather soft and there is not a ton of detail. I suppose that fits in well with the 80's look and feel.

MGM has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Like all Comedies, this one sounds pretty average for the format. The constant party scenes will bring a ton of music and noises to the rear speakers and the front carry the dialog fairly well. Average ain't bad!



.::OVERALL::.

Worth a rental if you enjoy comedies, but this one is a tough sell (especially at such a high price). I enjoyed the film enough to give it a second chance in a few months, but I think I'd rather sit through a direct-to-video America Pie film instead.