Hangover Part II Blu-Ray Review

The Movie: 6.5/10
Let’s start by stating that I am a HUGE fan of the original Hangover movie. It was funny and smart, and part of what I thought made it great was the unpredictable nature of the events as they unfolded. The humor was off kilter, and the movie kept you guessing.

The Hangover 2 tries to recreate the same formula that worked in the first movie, but the unpredictability is basically gone, because we kind of know where this is going, but the question now is simply “how”? It just seems to be more of the same, and while the sequel is still funny, and still a fun watch, it just seems to be lacking something.

For part 2 we are off to Thailand, as Stu has finally met a girl who he is going to try to marry who is not a hooker, who just happens to be from Thailand. Her father hates Stu, and makes no attempt to hide his feelings, by basically calling Stu a boring lazy dentist (not a real doctor). Stu (Ed Helms) and his merry wolf pack, which again includes Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), and the now married Doug (Justin Bartha), all show up for the wedding and decide to have a nice relaxing night on the beach with some unopened beers, to avoid the fiasco that occurred at the last bachelor party. The next morning, we discover that the same nightmare has happened again, only this time Stu’s fiancé’s underage brother is missing, well most of him anyway, as his finger is still there. Not to mention that Alan’s head is shaved, and Stu has a face tattoo similar to Mike Tyson’s.

We once again are set on a massive hunt to find the young Teddy and make it back to the wedding on time. We basically see a new set of craziness as the pack search for clues as to what occurred the night before, in there quest to find  Teddy and make it back before they ruin the wedding, as if it is not already in jeopardy. The movie has some funny stuff in it, but a lot of this just feels like repeating the original, and it makes it seem a bit old and tired. We hear the mantra “I can’t believe that this is happening again” repeated over and over, and it kind of feels that way for the viewer at times.

I like the Hangover 2, but I guess I just expected it to have the same flair and freshness that the first movie did, and it does not. It is just not on par with the original, which is a shame.

Features: 6/10

  • Unauthorized Documentary –This extra is kind of a mockumentary type of set up, and it is pretty funny. This 25 minute feature talks a behind the scenes look at what is supposed to be the horrible experience that everyone had making the movie. It features interviews with cast and other movie luminaries, and it is very good.
  • The Comedy Of Todd Phillips –This short extra is all about Todd Phillips, the mastermind of these two movies. This deals a lot with his love for improvisation and retakes of original scenes.
  • Not Your Everyday Monkey –The movie features Crystal, a monkey who joins up with the pack for some fun, and this feature delves into her involvement with the story.
  • Bankok Tour With Chow –The funny Ken Jeong stars in this extra as Leslie Chow, from the movie, and he gives a very funny, very short tour of Bangkok, Thailand. I love the character, but in the movie he was kind of all over the place, and I felt not as effective as he was in the original.
  • Gag Reel and Action Mashup-There is a very short gag reel included here, which is fun, and a very, very short sequence that includes all of the action from the movie.  The action mashup is a little bit strange, but perfect for those with massive attention deficit disorder, and who love action.
  • DVD & Digital Copy –We get a regular DVD copy, as well as the new digital version of the movie.

Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
The cover for the movie features a nice still shot of the group on the floor, as they wake up from another night which they can’t remember. It is a cool little shot, and a nice cover. The menus for the movie are unfortunately just the same still shot, which was a shame on a Blu-ray.

Audio & Video: 9/10
Normally I talk about the video first, but on this Blu-ray, the audio for me was outstanding, and has to be mentioned first. The use of the Surround Sound for ambient noises was excellent, and the rest of the 5.1 is spot on. Dialogue is crystal clear thought the movie, and the whole audio experience was excellent. The video was really good also, with the 2.40:1 AVC encode looking sharp and bright. The scenes in Thailand on the streets are gritty and harsh, and the scenery on the island is beautiful. Overall the presentation is excellent.

Value: 7/10
I will watch the Hangover 2 again, and I will still enjoy it. It is funny and at times, really great, but overall it was not as good as I wanted it to be. It definitely does not have the x factor the original movie had. Having said that, I still liked it, and even though it feels like a cheaper version of the original, I think most people will still want to see it, and will still like the movie. Just don’t expect the same magic as the first. Hopefully the Hangover 3 will bring back some of that earlier magic.

Overall Score 7/10