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Road Trip
(Rated Version)

review by James S.


Rated R

Studio: Dreamworks

Running Time: 94 minutes

Starring Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart, Rachel Blanchard, Fred War, Tom Green

Written by Todd Phillips and Scott Armstrong

Directed by Todd Phillips

Retail Price: $26.99

Features: Theatrical Trailers, Production Notes, Cast and Crew Bios, Delted Scenes, Eels Music Video, Making Of Featurette, DVD-ROM: Trivia, Screensaver

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DTS 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, Chapter Search (24 Chapters)

Josh and Tiffany have been friends for almost their entire lives. They've been together forever, turning from friends to lovers. But a kink has been thrown into their relationship; Josh is attending school in upstate New York while Tiffany is down in Austin, Texas. The long distance relationship is working well until one night when Josh has a one-night fling with the beautiful Beth, who with Josh's approval records the event. It's not so much the guilt that is eating at Josh but the video of the affair that has been mistakenly sent to Tiffany.

In a panic, Josh and a few college buddies have the weekend to make the cross country trip to the Lone Star State. Their goal - get the tape. Along the way they hit some bumps in the road to make for a hilarious adventure. Back home, Barry Manilow (not that Barry), played by Tom Green, adds his own comedy to this raunchy tale. Road Trip is a movie worth some laughs, but if you're the type to be easily offended stay away.

Road Trip doesn't tax the DVD medium and as such this DVD provides excellent playback. The film quality is superb with no noticeable tape artifacts, giving it an almost straight to digital look. The anamporphic transfer presents the movie in its original format with balanced color and nice lighting.

Equally lenient on home theater systems is the audio portion of Road Trip. Despite the inclusion of 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks, Road Trip's sound effects don't require the technology. The movie is just as enjoyable in even two channel stereo as it is with full surround sound. Irregardless of the track chosen, you'll be treated to a nice sound track that never overshadows the clear dialogue.

The DVD ships with about a half dozen deleted scenes, which upon viewing you'll agree the decision to leave them on the cutting room floor was the right one. A short and unforgettable behind-the-scenes featurette hosted by Tom Green is also included, as is an Eels video. Static features include the obligatory cast and crew bios and production notes. All told, the extra DVD features add about 30 minutes more to the movie. As mentioned earlier, the DVD lacks a commentary track. To extend the value somewhat, some a couple of DVD-ROM features have been added. A short trivia game and a screensaver are included. One disappointment is the lack of a commentary track.

The Road Trip DVD provides the bare minimum for DVDs these days. While it contains some deleted scenes and even a short five-minute featurette, the special features are not the reason to buy this DVD. This is a DVD to buy for the movie, which does provide 90 minutes of crudeness and cheap laughs.

Editor's Note: For more "Road Trip" fun be sure to check out the review of the unrated version.

(3.5/5, NOT included in final score)




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