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Due Date
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: R (Language, Drug Use and Sexual Content)

Running Time: 95 Minutes

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis an Jamie Foxx

Screenplay by: Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland and Adam Sztykiel & Todd Phillips
Story by: Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland

Directed by: Todd Phillips

 

 

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $35.99

Features: Complete Two and a Half Men Scene Featuring Ethan Tremblay, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Due Date: Action Mash-Up, Due Date: Too Many Questions 

Specs: 2.40:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selections (10 Scenes), Two-Disc Set

Released: February 22nd, 2011

 


"Due Date" is presented in 1080p high definition, preserving its widescreen theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1. Save for some shimmering and little bits on the print, this is a very nice transfer. Fleshtones are accurate, black levels are solid and color saturation hits a sweet spot: all the hues and palettes are bold, and never smear. Detail is wonderful too, be it the wrinkles on the actors' faces or the the scenic views while our heros are on their road trip. The amount of film grain showcased is really good too. Extremely pleasing to the eye, overall.  


"Due Date" features a English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, which is excellent. There's a good deal of action in the film, all of which this mix utilizes in outstanding fashion. Be it the car door getting pulled off in the first few minutes, or a significant car crash, the major surrounds in the film are very discrete and can even be jarring (in the best way possible). Smaller sound effects, such as airplane engines in the background, are subtle and well-placed too.

Dialogue is very clear and easy to hear, while the film's music is also mixed well — be it Christophe Beck's score, or songs such as "Check Yourself." The music certainly give a rollicking energy to the track. Otherwise, dynamic range is rather tight, and fidelity is high. The .1 LFE — especially when it comes to the crashes — is used well, too. 

Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French and Spanish are on the disc too. Also included are subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

 


You see snippets of it at the end of the movie, but you can watch the Complete Two and a Half Men Scene Featuring Ethan Tremblay on the disc. Running 3 minutes, it's enjoyable to see Galifianakis play through the beats of an actual sitcom.

There are three Deleted Scenes, which total a mere 4 minutes in length. They really don't add much to the film. More enjoyable is the six-and-a-half minute Gag Reel, which features a lot of Downey Jr. and Galifianakis flubbing their lines and laughing. 

Due Date: Too Many Questions is a 41 second montage of Galifianakis asking questions, and Due Date: Action Mash-Up is a 30 second montage of the more action-packed sequences in the movie. Really, these count as features?

Also included is a DVD version of the movie along with a digital copy.

 


After the highs of "The Hangover," Todd Phillips's follow-up is a major letdown. There's potential in the premise of "Due Date," but the film drags on and it's not really funny — not even the talents of Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis can save it. The film looks and sounds excellent on Blu-ray, but the slight supplements don't do much. Decent as a mindless rental, but not much else.