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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part II

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"Hot Rod" (HD DVD)

Hot Rod Synopsis

Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble has a problem - his step-father Frank is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like a rag doll in their weekly sparring sessions, and definitely doesn't respect him, much less his stunts. But when Frank falls ill, it's up to Rod to stage the jump of his life in order to save his step-father. The plan: Jump 15 buses, raise the money for Frank's heart operation, and then... kick his ass.

Specifications

    • Paramount Pictures
      2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 27 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English/French/Spanish DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Akiva Schaffer
    • Starring Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Sissy Spacek, Ian McShane
Rating
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  • Violence: Comedic
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This is almost one of those films where "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" comes in. This movie is just bad. The comedy is just too silly for its own good, and it feels like a blatant retread of everything that already came before it. A big dose of Napoleon, a dash of Jackass, and a smidgen of anything else that might have worked at one point or another. SNL films rarely entertain me, but this one didn't even come close. Skip it if you can.

Technical

I'm of mixed opinion on the video presentation. Color rendition is quite good and for the most part so is detail. But they stylized the picture a bit with an artificial haze of sorts that is quite annoying. It creates a bit of a flat look at times and seems to prohibit the transfer from really taking off. Since I didn't see this one in theaters I have a hard time guessing if this was intentional or not, but I can't imagine it not since it is so predominant.

Paramount delivers a lossless Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on this one and overall it's pretty good. The sound design isn't much but the 80's rock soundtrack does deliver some nice atmosphere, good bass and extension in the soundstage. Dialogue is the key player though and timbre and balance is great.

Extras

Extras include a feature commentary, trailers, some production features, deleted and extended scenes and some outtakes.