Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
The cover for the Hangover (and the static menu) both feature our beloved crew in states of disarray, as the Vegas trip has beaten them down. Both the cover and the menu work, and give us a glimpse of the debauchery and hilarity that ensues in this unique, bizarre movie. The inclusion of the tiger and the chicken are just some of the touches that make these shots (and the movie itself) such a rich comedy.
- Picture In Picture Commentary – This is one of the funniest commentaries that I have heard in a while. We get to hear from Director Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms,. and Zack Galifianakis as they discuss the movie. There is some dead air, but there is also lots of great info on the movie, as well as some great ad lib stuff by the guys. Really worth a watch.
- BD-Live – The BD-Live features includes 2 separate extras, which are discussed below. They are the Cursing Mash Up, and the Iron Mike Online Teaser, both of which were pretty decent and worth a watch.
- Cursing Mash Up – In the first of the two BD-Live extras, we get a group effort of cussing, edited together. Some of the language is pretty funny and creative.
- Iron Mike Online Teaser – In this strange feature, we see an R-rated online online trailer which includes Mike Tyson singing the Phil Colin’s song from the movie. Very strange indeed.
- More Pictures From The Missing Camera – In this little gem, we get to see more of the lost photos that were taken during the bachelor party night in Vegas. We get to see some of them in the end credits of the movie, but this is a type of album where you can flip through and see the entire lost set of photos.
- Map Of Destruction – This is an interactive Vegas map that documents the guy’s trip as it unfolded. You get to click on different spots to see short videos about the locations also. (Just as an extra, I had to laugh as Rob Riggle is featured in the movie and has one of the short sets here. Rob went to junior high and high school with me, and it is just strange seeing him as a cop here.)
- The Madness Of Ken Jeong – Ken Jeong is a very animated character in this movie, as he seems to always be, and this extra is an 8 minute video of his improvisational skill on the set.
- Action Mash up – In this super short (:35) set, we see some of the action stunts from the movie. I thought this was a bizarre inclusion, and it was so short that I thought I hit the remote before it was over, and that I had ended the feature.
- Three Best Friends Song – In the movie, the Three Best Friends song is short and sweet, and was still able to ear-worm me to the point where I was singing it several hours later. Here, like a 1980’s Duran Duran song, we get the extended version, and it is just as good, and just as funny.
- The Dan Band – This is a full version of the song Fame, from the most excellent party band that has appeared in a few of Todd Phillip’s films. The band is just so funny, and it is a great addition to any of these comedies.
- Gag Reel – The gag reels for this movie was pretty good, and you would kind of expect it to be. These guys looks like they had a great time making this movie, and seeing Galifianakis
The Movie: 9/10
The Hangover is one of those films that you either really like, or you don’t get it and think is is just kind of “meh.” For me, this is up their as one of the better modern comedies, along with Old School and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The Hangover for me is just a clever, bizarre movie that is full of little things that make the experience just great. the acting is good, and the lines are funny but in a smart way so as not to make this too much of a slap stick comedy. The Hangover for me is just fun.
We start off with Doug (Justin Bartha) getting ready to take his two best friends Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) to Vegas with him for his bachelor party. Doug’s new brother-in-law to be Alan (Zack Galifianakis) is also set to join the crew, even though Doug has been warned that Alan should probably not drink anything, or be allowed to gamble. Thus the motley crew of 4 is in place for what looks like a fun filled, let’s not tell anyone what happens kind of Vegas party. Things look great as the crew belly up for a $4,200 a night suite, and head to the roof for a toast at the beginning of what is sure to be a night to remember (or to conveniently forget).
Cut to the next morning when Phil, Alan and Stu wake up to find their room completely trashed (think Fear and Loathing destruction) and unable to find the man of the hour Doug.
Thus begins the journey that is the Hangover. Todd Phillips directs this misadventure as the guys rally to try to piece together the mystery of where Doug is located, mixed in with smaller mysteries that have cropped up from the night which they can’t recall. How did this live tiger get into our bathroom? What happened to Stu the dentist’s front tooth? Who married the stripper/escort? And why is their a naked Chinese man in our trunk?
The Hangover is very funny, and the acting by all of the main characters is really good. Zack Galifianakis would steal this movie if not for the excellent lines given to the rest of the crew. Overall this is the type of movie that is clever enough to save it from being too goofy, and the overall effect is one of pure humor. I am sure that this movie is not for everyone, but I loved watching it, and I will for sure watch it again. It is the little details that really make this movie for me, and with each consecutive viewing, I pick up more and more. This type of movie is just fun to watch and experience, and as long as you just go with it, it can be a great ride.
Audio & Video: 7/10
The VC1 wide screen video, presented in 2.40:1 is sharp. The outdoor desert scenes are nicely done with a blown out look, which IS the desert, and the night scenes are very detailed with great blacks and grays.
The audio is decent, but not as good as the video. While there is good use of the rear speakers for this Dolby TrueHD presentation, it does get garbled at times. The overall mix was good, and the music and dialogue were clear, but overall I was not blown away by the presentation. Good, but not great, as I felt there could be more separation in some areas.
The Hangover is one of those irreverent movies that is so funny that you will watch it over and over again. For me, the best part of these types of movies is going back through and catching all of the subtle things that have been included, that really make the film so funny. On a second or third viewing you start to notice the numerous things that are left in the trashed hotel room, and you appreciate the comedic timing that is involved in making this type of movie really last. I loved this movie, and I can’t wait to see it again. As a matter of fact, I am positive that there must be some sort of drinking game that someone has come up with for just this film, and while I don’t want to look like these guys on the morning after the bachelor party, a little drinking game with this movie might be fun. It is just that type of movie.
Overall Score 9/10