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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010/Unrated/MGM/Fox Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Film: D



It is one thing to make a movie that is funny dumb, but another to make a film that is outright dumb and Steve Pink’s Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) is sadly the latter.  The idea is that four friends in this gross-out comedy eventually reunite and go into the title appliance, but it turns out to have a whirlpool that works like a wormhole for time travel and they land up in the 1980s.


OK, having John Cusack on board is a plus for credibility, but that is all lost in the screenplay by John Heald, Sean Anders and John Morris that seems desperate and cheap.  Needless to say MGM needed a hit and putting their money on this dud when they could have picked so many other scripts (and to think this is under the United Artists name) they took this one, it is no wonder they are in such trouble.  Even throwing in Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover does not help.  The humor is obvious and the film is useless.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 AVC @ 33 MBPS digital High Definition image is weak, noisy and ill-defined more than it should be, though the 1980s color is not as bad.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix does not have the best soundfield and the low budget shows in the recording, but the selection of 1980s hits sounds very good, making this the default highlight of the whole thing.


Extras include a Digital Copy DVD–ROM for PC and PC portable devices, trailer, Deleted Scenes which could not have saved the film if left in and five featurettes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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