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post #1 of 4 Old 05-04-2012, 08:04 AM - Thread Starter
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Road Trip


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Josh (Breckin Meyer) has a major problem -- besides the fact he's in college in Ithaca, NY, and his longtime girlfriend Tiffany is in Austin, TX. A video of him getting funky with the luscious Beth (Amy Smart) was mistakenly mailed to Tiffany and now he has three days to get to Texas before the tape does!


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In this raunchy comedy, Josh (Breckin Meyer), a student at a college in Ithaca, NY, videotapes his one-night stand with beautiful sorority girl Beth (Amy Smart). A few days later, Josh discovers that one of his friends accidentally mailed the homemade porn tape to his girlfriend, Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard), who is spending some time with her family in Austin, TX. Josh and friends, Kyle (D.J. Qualls), E.L. (Seann William Scott), and Rubin (Paulo Costanzo) using Kyle's car, hit the road in a desperate bid to intercept the tape before Tiffany loads it into her VCR; Beth, however, wants Josh for herself and has her own plans to track down Tiffany. Road Trip is a hoot! It's a formulaic teen comedy that is everything a buddy flick/road show should be. It has moments of laugh out hilarity, situational buffoonery and backslapping male bonding that will keep you giggling throughout. I don't find Tom Green to be all that funny (luckily he has a pretty minimal role) but the four primary players in Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Paulo Costanzo, and DJ Qualls perfectly execute co-writer/director Todd Phillips vision of the slightly over the top and raucous encounters faced by four nincompoops without a half a brain between them. Road Trip isn't innocuously comedic but it is all in good especially when you're in the mood for a stupid funny way to spend 90 minutes.

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This Best Buy Exclusive Blu-ray release contains both the theatrical and unrated version of the film along with digitally re-mastered high definition video and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio sound. I own the original DVD version and I am pleased to report that this offering from Paramount Home Entertainment makes for a satisfying and noticeable upgrade.



Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

80



This 1080p AVC (MPEG-4) encoded presentation appears faithful to this 10 plus year old catalog title from Paramount. It boasts clean, well depicted colors that offer a good mix of secondary hues that mate well with the source material. High definition resolution is above average with consistently sharp images and varying degrees of fine rendering that appear scene dependent. Black and white levels are stable which gives a fair amount of pop to colors and brighter sequences while keeping darker or low lit segments looking punchy with visible gradational highlights. Grain is intact, moderate in texture and consistently rendered. I noticed a few speckles on the print as well as some low level digital noise that was visible on a few dark backgrounds but all in all this encoding looks solid. Video = 82 .

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack is primarily front focused with minimal but effective use of the surround platform to extend the soundstage. The presentation is satisfying and competently conveys the elements present in the film's soundtrack. Dialogue is clear and appropriately mixed to a prominent position within the soundstage. The front three channels deliver the bulk of the sound and do so with good clarity and imaging. The surrounds and subwoofer see occasional use via light spatial dimension and supportive bass response.Audio = 78.


Bonus Features:


  • Rated and Unrated version of the film

  • Ever been on a Road Trip? featurette - 5 minutes

  • Deleted scenes - 10 minutes

  • Mr. E's Beautiful Blues music video by Eels

  • 3 Trailers - 1 teaser and 2 international



Blu-ray Disc release Date: May 15, 2012







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This movie is a classic!!! DJ Qualls was hilarious in this film!!

Gotto love the scene with the cheetah panties. Thanks for the review, I need to pick this one up very soon.

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I may have to look for this. Looks like a great cast. DJ Qualls is always great and I could watch Amy Smart in anything.

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This is one of the greatest American films. My children love it!
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