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The Hangover – Extreme Edition (2010/Warner Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Film: B



Certain films like that of Old School just strike people’s funny bone in the right way.  It is a combination of reckless abandon, slick writing and brilliant cast chemistry.  This occurred again recently with the breakout hit The Hangover.  The cast, director and writing staff was all done accomplished by a group of recognizable faces, more so than a cast of superstars.  But somehow the zany antics and fast paced (and yes) ridiculous nature of the film gathered a huge following in the theaters that took them to the bank and now to two Blu-ray releases.


The Blu-ray of The Hangover was covered previously on this site with much praise.  I saw this film in theaters and quite enjoyed it, but I didn’t realize its wide appeal until I watched it at home with my family.  So in the room we had a group of youngsters in their 20’s, several middle aged folks and one lovely 77 year old.  In the end, the entire family was laughing at the sheer ridiculousness that was presented before us.  It was fun and though crude at times, it was brilliantly constructed as the crew of the film went on an odyssey to discover the happenings of the previous night.


So I say if a mixed bag like that which was in my house that night can enjoy it, there must be something special there.


Outside of propelling the cast of the film careers’ into supernova mode, it also managed to be successful enough to spur a big budget sequel that will appear in theaters shortly. But till then the studio had the foresight to re-release the film on Blu-ray, this time in The Hangover: Extreme Edition.


For further insight into the film and much more praise, please follow the link below:





The set is merely a carbon copy of the previous release with a few added extras that surmount to nothing.  The picture is still adequate in its 1080p 2.40 X 1 presentation and the Dolby TrueHD English 5.1 soundtrack takes a step down as it is even less impressive; please refer to the link above.


The extras are the same as the previous release, which is odd because you would think that the Extreme Edition if nothing else would add a ton of extras.  Instead we are given the same extras as the previous set (The Madness of Ken Jeong still being the hilarious highlight), but now we are treated to a 28-page Hangover picture album and a (odd) Picture-in-Picture Audio commentary that is not all too exciting.


My opinion is that The Hangover is a wonderfully fun film that frat boys will be quoting for years to come, but in terms of this Blu-ray if you already own it, no need to upgrade.  If you don’t own it is a fun film to have in your collection and this is definitely a nicer set with the full color book.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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