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HOT TUB TIME MACHINE ($40) is a title that just implies that this is a movie that shouldn’t be taken seriously; plus if you check your brain at the door, there is a good time to be had by all. Well, I have to give the film credit; HOT TUB TIME MACHINE certainly lives up to the hilarious expectations that its title implies. HOT TUB TIME MACHINE is a good time movie that harkens back to the teen sex comedies of the 1980s, with its middle-aged cast being transported into their youthful pasts to relive the hijinks. The premise of HOT TUB TIME MACHINE concerns a group of friends, whose lives didn’t turn out as planned, deciding to take an impromptu trip to the ski resort where they had some of their most memorable adventures during their teen glory days.

John Cusack stars in HOT TUB TIME MACHINE as Adam, who finds half of his possessions gobbled up at the end of another failed relationship- the only permanent fixture still in Adam’s home is his Second Life-addicted nephew Jacob (Clark Duke), who “lives” in his darkened basement. Best friends Lou (Rob Corddry) and Nick (Craig Robinson) haven’t faired much better; Lou has partied away the better part of his life away with nothing to show for it, while Nick finds himself in a dead end job, and whipped by a controlling wife, a woman who may be cheating on him. When Lou apparently bottoms out, in what is suspected to be a failed suicide attempt, the three friends head for the Kodiak Valley Ski Resort of their youth… with Jacob in tow. Unfortunately, the resort town has fallen on hard times and is a mere shell of their youthful memories.

On their first night there, Adam, Lou, Nick and Jacob attempt to drink away their problems in one of the resort’s hot tubs, but an accident involving a can of an illegal Russian energy drink called "Chernobly" lands the four back in 1986 during Winterfest '86… a pivotal weekend for the three middle-aged friends. Concerned that anything they do different in 1986 will have dire consequences on their futures selves, Adam, Lou and Nick set out to make all of the same mistakes they made previously, while looking for a way to get back to the future. However, being tainted by their knowledge of their future failures, the three begin doing things that may alter their destinies… even those that threaten Jacob’s very existence in the future. HOT TUB TIME MACHINE definitely strikes gold and mines eighties pop culture for every possible laugh, not to mention providing the raunchy good time one expects from an eighties teen sex comedy. The cast of HOT TUB TIME MACHINE also features Sebastian Stan, Lyndsy Fonseca, Crispin Glover, Chevy Chase, Charlie McDermott, Lizzy Caplan, Collette Wolfe, Aliu Oyofo, Jake Rose, Brook Bennett and eighties movie icon William Zabka.

MGM Home Entertainment through 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made HOT TUB TIME MACHINE available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. Both the original Theatrical Version and the Unrated Version of the film are present on the disc. The 1080p presentations are pretty terrific throughout, beautifully rendering the film in hi-def. The image is very crisp, highly dimensional and delivers a terrific level of fine detail and texturing. Colors appear bright, warm and vibrant; the eighties color scheme really pops, plus the picture produces highly attractive flesh tones. Blacks are deep and the whites are clean. The levels of contrast and shadow detail are pretty sweet for a comedy. The elements from which HOT TUB TIME MACHINE has been mastered demonstrate virtually no imperfections. There is a mild veneer of grain present throughout, which keeps the presentation quite organic and film like.

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Like the terrific video, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE features a better than expected comedy mix. During the active moments, the outlying channels engage nicely. That said; the majority of HOT TUB TIME MACHINE plays in the talky comedy mode, with much of the sound front and center. Still, there are plenty ambient sounds and musical fill spread throughout the soundstage. Speaking of the music, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE features numerous classic eighties songs on its soundtrack, which, thanks to the lossless encode, sound really sweet on Blu-ray. Additionally, the bass channel thumps along nicely where the music is concerned. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. A French 5.1 Dolby Digital channel track is also present. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Featurettes and other programs include: Production: Acting Like Idiots, Chevy Chase: The Nicest Guy In Hollywood, Totally Radical Outfits: Dayna Pink and Crispin Glover: One Armed Bellhop, all of which run under two minutes each. Deleted Scenes and a Theatrical Trailer close out the standard extras. A Digital Copy of the film is also provided.

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE has a loopy premises, but proves itself to be a fairly hilarious and knowing throwback to eighties teen sex comedies. The Blu-ray presentation is beyond reproach for this type of material. Recommended.


Hot Tub Time Machine (Unrated) [Blu-ray] (2010)


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