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"The Hangover Part II" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

This is the (first) sequel to the wildly successful 2009 comedy about a group of friends who cut loose at their buddy's bachelor party.  This time, the scene of the crime is Thailand, not Las Vegas.  Just as with the inaugural movie, the members of "The Wolfpack" find themselves on the wrong end of a blacked-out night on the town and they need to piece together the events of the prior evening.  This time they need to find the bride to be's lost brother before he is "lost to Bangkok".  The cast is largely unchanged from the first movie with Ed Helms playing the groom, Stu.  Bradley Cooper is still Stu's second most irresponsible buddy while Zach Galifianakis reprises his role as the most irresponsible buddy in the pack.  Even Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) and Mike Tyson are on board again this time!

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 102 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor and Justin Bartha
  • Directed by Todd Phillips
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

The first Hangover film was so very successful that the filmakers chose to stick with the same basic formula with this sequel.  Just like the first film, the guys wake up in an unkown location with some "interesting" evidence that paints an unseemly picture of the events from the night before.  It is a dark and raunchy comedy that will appeal to most of the people who liked the first movie.  I liked both films, but I wish there had been some fresh inspiration in the sequel.  In the end it offers nothing more than a new spin on the original plot.  It's fun, but not fresh.  I feel that the music selections are spot on, though.  My final analysis is that The Hangover Part II is good for a few laughs if you are in the mood for a little raunchiness.

Technical

The image has decent detail but is dark with subdued colors.  This appears to be a stylistic choice to complement the plot and tone of the movie.  The sound is presented in DTS HD Master 5.1 and it has average voice intelligibility, strong bass and natural environmental effects.  The eclectic music is well chosen to set the moods in the movie.  The music helps tell the story and is generally well recorded throughout.

Extras

This is another Warner Brothers two-disc Combo Pack with a Blu-ray disc and a DVD featuring an ultraviolet streaming digital copy.  Other extras include the following featurettes - "The Unauthorized Documentary", "The Comedy Rythm of Todd Phillips", "Not Your Everyday Monkey" and "Bangkok Tour with Chow".  There is also a gag reel in the set.

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