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My take: The Hangover (2009)

HD Goofnut
01-10-2010, 05:10 PM
Title: The Hangover (2009)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p/VC-1
Audio: 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, and French
Run time: 108 minutes
Studio: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
Rating: Unrated
Region Coding: Region Free
Player used for review: LG BH200

Cast/Crew Info:
Bradley Cooper as Phil Wenneck
Ed Helms as Stu Price
Zach Galifianakis as Alan Garner
Justin Bartha as Doug Billings
Heather Graham as Jade
Sasha Barrese as Tracy Garner
Jeffrey Tambor as Sid Garner
Ken Jeong as Mr. Leslie Chow
Rachael Harris as Melissa
Mike Tyson as Himself
Mike Epps as Black Doug
Directed by Todd Phillips

My take: (the breakdown)

The Hangover was definitely one of the most talked about movies of the 2009 summer and it's easy to see why once you have watched it. When Doug decides he's going to get married to Tracy his three best friends plan a bachelor party in Vegas for him and of course he's excited. When Alan, the oddball of the group, decides to get some Ecstasy which turns out to be Ruphilyn our four main characters have a night that is so wild that they can't remember what happened. Among a slew of problems is a Tiger in their bathroom, Stu's missing tooth, but the worst problem is that they are missing Doug. It becomes a race over the next day to find Doug and get him back to L.A. before his wedding. Filled with many hilarious moments it is definitely worth a rental and even a purchase for fans. Keep in mind though that due to language and nudity this one is not for children.

I don't usually expect comedies to have a reference quality transfer on Blu-ray and The Hangover is certainly less than reference. However, it still manages to look well above average for a new Blu-ray release. Colors are properly saturated and never muted. Contrast is a little on the hot side especially during the outdoor daytime scenes. Flesh tones appear to be accurate as well with this title. Grain is quite minimal and it stays that way for the entire run time even during the darker scenes. Fine detail is hit or miss depending on the scene and the shot. Some scenes are extremely detailed while others have a distinctly softer look to them.

We are provided with a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track that suffers from the typical front heavy comedy mix. Dialogue is clear and concise though and never struggles to be heard. Surrounds only see use in the form of the film's musical score. There are ample opportunities for the surrounds to see some major action, but they miss out on quite a bit of stuff. Other than a scene involving a car wreck they don't see much use at all. Your sub will get some use during the film's bass heavy songs, but that's really about it. For some reason the LFE just seemed rather weak to my ears and I was really expecting more from a large budget comedy.

For one of the most popular comedies of 2009 I found the supplemental package somewhat lacking. We get a mediocre PiP commentary, a map showing where the mishaps of the main characters occur, several gag reel/funny moment features that are extremely short, some more pictures from the missing camera, a few trailers. At least everything is in 1080, but there's just not much to wade through. Also, for some reason the version I bought did not contain a digital copy, not that I need one anyway.

Movie: 7.5/10
VQ: 8/10
AQ: 7.5/10
Supplements: 4/10
Final word: A Purchase For Fans

As always thanks for reading folks.

01-22-2010, 05:07 AM
I think the hangover was one of the funniest movies I have seen since Billy Madison! The characters were all so cool and worked well together

Billy Madison was a classic. :D

I loved The Hangover, it was the best comedy of 2009. I'd probably recommend a rental because I bet there will be a special edition Blu-ray 2-3 yrs down the road...

Good review, Goofnut! :thumbsup:

HD Goofnut
01-22-2010, 07:42 AM
Billy Madison was a classic. :D

I loved The Hangover, it was the best comedy of 2009. I'd probably recommend a rental because I bet there will be a special edition Blu-ray 2-3 yrs down the road...

Good review, Goofnut! :thumbsup:

Thanks GLOW.:)