DVD Review: ‘The Hangover’

hangover-dvdNew to DVD and Blu-Ray this week is possibly one of the best comedies of the year, and definitely one of the highest grossing one’s of all time. Of course I mean the Todd Phillips’ film The Hangover, starring Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers), Ed Helms (The Office), Zach Galifianakis (Out Cold), and Justin Bartha (National Treasure).

Three groomsmen (Cooper, Helms, and Galifianakis) try to retrace their steps after a drunken and drug-hazed night of debauchery in Las Vegas in order to find best friend Doug (Bartha) so he can walk down the aisle at his wedding in less than 24 hours. The film is a madcap ride full of great cameos with the likes of Matt Walsh (Upright Citizens Brigade) as an ER doctor, Heather Graham (Boogie Nights) as a recently married stripper, and Ken Jeong (Community) as a Chinese mobster out to recover a bag of stolen poker chips¬†from Doug’s pals.

The special features on the disc include More Pictures From the Missing Camera, a hilarious slide-show of pictures that the four friends uncover at the end of the film which allows them to put together all the missing pieces from the previous night. This is an extended slide-show of the outrageous pictures shown during the end credits of the film. Map of Destruction allows the viewer to retrace the steps in the film and learn about Vegas locations and sites that were used in the film.

The Madness of Ken Jeong is a demo of improv scenes done by the actor who plays the Chinese mobster. Other features include a hilarious take on the song “Fame” performed by the wedding band “The Dan Band”, and the Cursing Mash-up which is a hilarious collection of profanity and outtakes performed by the actors in the film.

If you are a fan of sophomoric humor and political incorrectness like I am, you’ll find Phillips’ The Hangover is an instant acquisition to your movie collection on either DVD or Blu-Ray.

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