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Road Trip
(Unrated Version)

review by Zach B.


Not Rated

Studio: Dreamworks

Running Time: 95 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 a long history together. They grew up together, they were friends for a long time and they finally started to go out. Sounds like an everlasting love, right? Not quite. College time has come, and each has gone on to seperate colleges. Josh loves her to death and keeps calling her, but she doesn't answer and Josh goes nuts. While Josh hasn't exactly given up hope with his longtime girlfriend, he does become tempted by Beth, a very nice girl he knows at college and who flirts with him. However, Josh gives in and they have sex twice... all captured on video tape. Now the madness begins - Josh was going to mail Tiffany a personal video, but ends up sending the sex tape instead. Now it's up to him, his friends and a nerd with a car to take a long road trip to Texas and get the tape before Tiffany sees it. Of course, on their trip, hilarity and madness ensue.

So this is "Road Trip", last May's hit comedy which actually garnered some very nice reviews. This movie isn't a masterpiece by any means of course, it's just fun. The characters are seterotypical and nothing new, the outcome is pretty predictible and there are just a lot of gross out and pretty funny scenes.

This movie was not what I expected. I think it's a little overrated, and this unrated version only has an extra minute of footage (I didn't see this movie in the theater, but from what I heard it's just more nudity). I admit I chuckled at some points, but the movie got a little too dull for me. Audiences all over loved this movie, but I think it's just okay. I thought it lacked depth (yes, I think a movie like this needs just a little depth) and I thought there could have been some better scenarios with the whole road trip deal. But that's me. I just didn't find it that entertaining.

However, my interest became really high when Tom Green showed up on the screen. I know they're people who love his wacky, crude antics and others just find him annoying. I like Tom Green personally. Sometimes I think he's off the wall on his show, but I generally find him funny and in this movie (with scripted lines) he gets the job done and gets it done extremley well. His unorthodox tour of the fictional University of Ithica were probably the best part of the movie for me.

Todd Phillips, who's no stranger to college with documentaries, makes his non-documentary debut here. Though I thought there could have been more to this movie, his script with Scott Armstrong is what it is supposed to be and his direction is pretty keen.

Love it, hate it, "Road Trip" is another fun teen comedy and it is sure to gain a bigger audience on home video.


Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this unrated version of "Road Trip" looks pretty nice. Fleshtones are natural, shadow detail is very good, there is no artifacting and it is pretty pristine. The only thing which brings it down is the amount of grain and dirt present on the print... it is noticable and pretty abundant.

"Road Trip" is presented in DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1. Each of these tracks suit the film nicely, though there is nothing majorly outstanding. I found fidelity to be a little higher and the sounds just a tad bit tighter with the DTS, but all in all, each track is nceck and they both sound great. The music mixes the channels creatively and there are some nice booming sounds, such as a car exploding (and Tom Green screaming). Again, they are good tracks and everyone should be pleased with them. English Dolby Surround is included as well.

This Unrated Version has One Extra Minute of footage as I mentioned which appears to be nudity, but I guess this big feature here is the "Road Kill" Deleted Scenes. Here, about eleven minutes worth of deleted scenes are presented and it is clear why they were cut, but they are still pretty enjoyable. There are eight deleted scenes, and by using chapter skip you can go right to the next one.

Making Of With Tom Green is a pure fluff featurette that I didn't find that interesting or appealing. That lasts about five minutes. There are some good Production Notes (also on the insert) as well as some nice Cast and Crew Bios.

An Eels Music Video is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen and features footage from the movie as well as some of the cast. There are also two Theatrical Trailers. While the menu just says there is one, after the first one plays you get another one. Finally, there are some cool DVD-ROM features such as trivia and a screensaver.

Oddly enough, the Scene Index is in the Special Features section while the Audio and Subtitles selection get their own areas on the main menu.

If you like a fun teen comedy, then "Road Trip" will definently delight you. While I felt there could have been a bit more to the movie, this DVD has some decent audio and picture and some okay extras. Plus, you got an extra minute that wasn't shown in theaters. If you liked the movie, be sure to pick this disc up.

(3/5, NOT included in final score)




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