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Hot Rod Blu-ray

United States
Paramount Pictures | 2007 | 88 min | Rated PG-13 | Dec 16, 2008

Hot Rod (Blu-ray)
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Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

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English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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Hot Rod

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Hot Rod Blu-ray features mediocre video and solid audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) stars as Rod Kimble, a stuntman with a fake mustache and a dream, in this outrageous comedy so unpredictable you won't know what hit you! Rod has never landed a jump without wiping out. His family and friends think he's a joke. And, to top it off, his stepfather Frank uses him as his own personal punching bag. But he's not going to let a few minor problems keep him from the biggest stunt of his life! <Br><Br> Co-starring Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and Ian McShane (Shrek The Third), Hot Rod is "very, very funny from start to finish" and scales the heights of hilarity as Rod defies death to win the money, win the girl and, ultimately, win some respect.

For more about Hot Rod and the Hot Rod Blu-ray release, see Hot Rod Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Ian McShane, Sissy Spacek
Director: Akiva Schaffer

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Hot Rod Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Presented in 1080p utilizing the VC-1 codec (at an average bitrate of 22Mbps), Hot Rod is a mixed bag on Blu-ray. Detail is marginal at best, with many scenes appearing indistinct and hazy. It's still clear this is a high-definition picture, but that's about the only positive thing I can say about the level of detail. Skin tones and color saturation are also somewhat offputting, with a strong push to golden during many daytime and indoor shots. The coloring likely represents the filmmaker's intentions, by giving the film an 80's feel, but it still mutes other colors and gives the production a flat look. If you were hoping matters would improve with black level and contrast, I have more bad news for you. Some scenes exhibit a black level that never surpasses dark grey (look for the beginning of the road luge scene), and that doesn't help matters where shadow detail is concerned. Contrast during daytime shots is mostly good, but sequences inside Rod's house can sometimes look a little muddy compared with the rest of the film due to shoddy differentiation between lighter and darker portions of the screen. The picture is still serviceable considering this is a comedy, but I'd be pretty disappointed if a special effects extravaganza was released looking like this.


Hot Rod Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Similar to the video quality, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track is passable for a comedy, but not something you'll put on to demonstrate your home theater. There are a couple of explosions that present a rare opportunity for your subwoofer to flex some muscle, and the retro soundtrack is sufficiently expansive throughout the soundfield; but those brief flashes of excellence don't do enough to save the track. Dialogue remains grounded in the front soundfield, which is appropriate in most circumstances, but I felt there were opportunities for the dialogue to spread out more than it did. Scenes with the gang talking in a group setting stayed firmly planted on my center channel speaker, instead of coming from the side speakers when someone on the right or left was speaking. Missed opportunities for surround use in the dialogue and the lack of ambient surround use to create atmosphere may indicate some corners were cut in mixing the original track, but I still have to get back to the main point that this is a comedy and most viewers won't be concerned with nitpicks about the lack of surround use.


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