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The Hangover: Extreme Edition
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10.25.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Todd Phillips

Actors:
Bradley Cooper
Ed Helms
Zack Galifianakis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of buddies have a stag party in Vegas. The morning after, three of the friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms & Zack Galifianakis) wake up with no memory of the night before, and discover that the soon-to-be groom (Justin Bartha) has gone missing. The three must now find their missing friend by unraveling the previous night's debauchery, which included a trip to the emergency room, a stolen police car, a baby, a stripper (Heather Graham), a Chinese crime lord (Ken Jeong), and Mike Tyson.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In the 18 months since its release, THE HANGOVER has already established itself as a modern comedy classic. Todd Phillips really tapped into something here, which I think is due to the combination of an inspired premise (really, who hasn't woke up the morning after a raging night of boozing with a hangover and no memory of the night before), and a cast of actors all primed to hit the big time. Cooper, Helms, and Galifianakis have all rocketed to the A-list on the basis of this film, and it`s no surprise a sequel has been rushed into production.

For me, THE HANGOVER counts as one of the funniest films in recent memory- alongside such greats as THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, and SHAUN OF THE DEAD. The only question I had regarding THE HANGOVER was whether it's re-watchable or not, but luckily it holds up well to repeat viewings. While I probably didn't laugh as hard at THE HANGOVER upon the second viewing, a lot of the jokes held up really well. My only issue with the film is that the subplot with Ken Jeong doesn't really work (nor did it the first time), but that`s really just a small part of the film and the rest is still pretty damn funny.

One thing I have to mention here is Ed Helms, who I really think is the unrecognized heart of the film, particularly his relationship with Graham's stripper with a heart of gold. While he's not as outrageous as Galifianakis, or slick as Cooper, he's still, for me, the highlight of the film and an important ingredient to the success of the film. Of all three, he's the one who grows the most over the course of the film, with him starting off as a pussywhipped boyfriend, who finally grows a set of balls and steps up when his buddy goes missing. He also gets to marry Heather Graham- which hopefully means she'll be back in HANGOVER 2 as well.

My only beef with this blu-ray is that it's a total rip-off if you already own the disc that came out a few months ago. There's really nothing new here to count as a so-called “extreme edition” so don't be fooled. It contains the previously issued unrated cut, with seven minutes of extra footage (none of which stands out as all that noteworthy), and there's absolutely nothing new added to the film that wasn't on the first disc.
THE EXTRAS
All of the previous bonus features from the UNRATED blu-ray are ported over. First up, PIP Commentary with Cooper, Galifianakis, Helms, and director Todd Phillips . This is a fun track, that's not at all technical, nor particularly informative, but you'll enjoy it nonetheless. All four guys seem to genuinely get along, and this chemistry translated well on the screen- making it the winner that it is.

Next up, The Madness of Ken Jeong which is a bunch of outtakes, and improv lines from Jeong. We also get an eight minute gag reel , a photo album of Pictures from the Missing Camera , which are extensive, disgusting, and funny. Finally, we had a full version of Ed Helms singing The Best Friend Song , and some cutting room floor footage of Todd Phillips trademark The Dan Band who've popped up in all his films.

New to the EXTREME EDITION is a CD sampler of Christopher Beck's score, a- and a wedding album from Helms' drunken wedding to Graham's stripper character, and a major spoiler if you haven't seen the film (but, at $250 million gross, who hasn't?).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I'd only recommend picking up the EXTREME EDITION if you haven't already picked up the old blu-ray. Otherwise, this is a big waste of a double dip- and I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see this get a triple dip once HANGOVER 2 comes out.
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