Writer-director Todd Phillips
knows a thing or two about modern male bonding after movies like Road Trip, Old School, Starsky & Hutch
and The Hangover
—his funniest film to date. His latest comedy Due Date
, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis on a cross-country road trip, opens this weekend.
With The Hangover 2 in the works and Due Date in theaters, it seems like a good time to throw back a few and laugh at Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Galifianakis and their hedonistic Las Vegas weekend in the original Hangover. The blockbuster comedy is available unrated on DVD and Blu-ray as well as in "Extreme Editions," the latter of which come packaged with a 32-page hardcover photo book.
What happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas, but when our bachelor party of four blacks out after a rooftop toast, they wake up in their Caesar's Palace suite with a live tiger in the room, a baby in the closet, and a missing groom-to-be (Bartha). Suffering epic headaches, the trio tries to piece together what happened by following the trail of breadcrumbs around Sin City. This leads them to a hooker with a heart of gold (Heather Graham), a hilariously angry Asian mobster (Ken Jeong), and Mike Tyson himself as they try to survive the train wreck that their weekend odyssey has become and find their pal.
The Hangover is crude, edgy, unapologetically juvenile and laugh-out-loud funny, which is exactly why we love it and why it earned over $467 million around the world. Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions contain a clickable animated "Map of Destruction" that allows viewers to retrace the characters' steps through Vegas, deleted Jeong material, "Action Mash-up," "Three Best Friends Song," "The Dan Band!" and a gag reel. The must-see extra is "More Pictures From the Missing Camera," which is a collection of unused stills from this epic boys' night out.