Road Trip: Unseen & Explicit (2000)

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Released 20-Jun-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Deleted Scenes-8
Music Video-Eels
Featurette-Making Of
Theatrical Trailer-2
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 90:20 (Case: 94)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (53:54) Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Todd Phillips
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Breckin Meyer
Seann William Scott
Amy Smart
Paulo Costanzo
D.J. Qualls
Rachel Blanchard
Tom Green
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $36.95 Music Kid Rock
Mike Simpson


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Auto Pan & Scan Encoded English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Dutch
Swedish
Norwegian
Danish
Finnish
German
Smoking Yes, copious amounts of dope
Annoying Product Placement Yes, a Ford Taurus amongst others
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Road Trip, like Porky's and American Pie before it, is a teen comedy that follows the standard formula for success of such movies. This style of film has evolved over the years, as some sort of storyline can now be discerned from the films. Road Trip is no exception to this rule, but nonetheless the plot remains shallow at best. As the old adage says "Give the people what they want", and that is exactly what Road Trip does, and does well.

    Josh (Breckin Meyer) has been going out with his childhood girlfriend Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) for what seems like forever, but because they end up going to different colleges, their relationship becomes somewhat of a long distance one (around 1800 miles in fact). With limited opportunities to see Tiffany, Josh finally gives in to his desires and ends up with another girl, Beth (Amy Smart). Beth is a little more adventurous than Tiffany ever was, and decides to record their night together on tape. This is where the fun starts.

    As a result of the actions of Barry (Tom Green), Josh's idiotic room-mate, the tape of Beth and Josh's 'adventures' is sent to Tiffany. This results in Josh and his buddies travelling across America, from Ithaca to Austin, Texas on a road trip (hence the title), with the aim of retrieving the tape before Tiffany sees it. Of course, no road trip would be complete without a variety of obstacles, problems and subsequent fun.

    Someone I must mention is Seann William Scott - talk about a one-dimensional character! He uses the same acting style in every film he is in that I have seen; American Pie; Final Destination; Dude, Where's My Car? and now this, although that is not necessarily a bad thing, as he is still fun to watch.

    For a bit of a laugh and a pleasant way to spend ninety minutes, Road Trip may be for you, although you may have to lower your standards a little to relate to some of the crude jokes on offer. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Road Trip features a nice transfer with only minimal problems.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, slightly at variance to the theatrical ratio of 1.85:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    The disc sports a detailed but not overly stunning transfer. Sharpness is excellent for the most part, nicely demonstrated by the legibility of the text on the Sony Handycam, however this is marred by the use of excessive edge enhancement at scattered points throughout the film, at times being blatantly obvious. This problem seemed to occur on the American Pie DVD as well - maybe this style of film is linked to the use of post-production enhancements? (Ed. I'm sure many of the actresses in this film have had post-production enhancements...) Shadow detail is slightly lacking, as shown when the boys are walking up to the motel, although this is not overly bothersome given the style of this film. No low-level noise was spotted.

    Being a road trip, most of the scenes occur during the day as not much driving is done at night. This would suggest that a bright colour palette would be on offer. In fact, the colour is actually a little on the bland side. Although the colour range is large, the colour isn't very vibrant, even with the bright red lights from the party at 14:40. No chroma noise was noted.

    Some aliasing was noted at 00:50, 2:59, 46:15 and 77:48. Additionally, a few spots on the print were noticed, especially during the opening scenes, though these were insignificant. Slight grain was noted in some scenes but was only really noted on very careful inspection.

    This disc is RSDL formatted with the layer change occurring at 53:34 during a natural fade-to-black. It is minimally intrusive.

Audio

    This disc falls into the "wrong type of film for a good sound mix" category, with predictable results.

    There are two audio streams present on this disc, those being an English Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and a German mix of the same nature. I listened to the English track only.

    The dialogue is easily discernible at all times, seemingly due to an abundance of ADR work, not all perfect as audio synchronization is out at 44:52 for a second or two.

    The music is credited to Kid Rock and Mike Simpson, though nearly all the music in the film is from contemporary artists, most of whom I have never heard of. Still, the music suited the film well and especially worked with "We Wanna Rock".

    The surround channel use is very limited, helping out with an explosion or two and with the obligatory musical chords amongst other minimal uses. As stated above, not too much is to be expected from a film like this, as long as everything is crisp and clear, which it is. The subwoofer channel was hardly used, other than lightly by the background music.

Extras

    A few extras are present on this DVD, though no commentary, which was unfortunate.

Deleted Scenes (8, 12:36, 1.33:1, DD 2.0)

    The eight deleted scenes (Tree Tour, Cocoon Tour, Rubin Dance, Noogie Scene, Sorority Hazing, Trooper, Dream Grandma In Bathroom and Josh Raps About Kyle) are a welcome inclusion on this DVD but only a couple would really be of any use in the film. The only scene that would add something to the film is Sorority Hazing because it explains why the other Tiffany is holding a pen. Rubin Dance and Josh Raps About Kyle aren't even deleted scenes, they are more like outtakes. Mind you, they are quite funny. No chapter markings are present for these deleted scenes which means you have to fast forward to the scene you want. This can be annoying at times.

Music Video - Eels (3:31, 1.33:1, DD 2.0)

    Quite a boring nameless song (when will DVD authors learn to display the name of the song as well as the artist's name). The video quality is decent and features nearly everyone from the film, which is about the only redeeming factor of this extra.

Featurette - Making Of (4:54, 1.33:1, DD 2.0)

    A short EPK-style making-of, with the majority of it being made up of film footage. It is hosted by Tom Green, who is actually quite funny. The video quality is decent.

Theatrical Trailer 1 (2:06, 1.85:1 16x9, DD 2.0)

    A decent trailer which doesn't show off too much of the film. The quality is pretty good, showing no major artefacts and decent detail levels.

Theatrical Trailer 2 (1:45, 1.85:1 16x9, DD 2.0)

    The second trailer is slightly different to the first. Both are "hosted" by Tom Green, although this one is the US trailer whereas the first one seems to be the International trailer. The quality is good.

Censorship

    There is censorship information available for this title. Click here to read it (a new window will open). WARNING: Often these entries contain MAJOR plot spoilers.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    There are two versions of Road Trip available in R1; an R-rated version and an unrated version (the one we have). The unrated R1 version of this disc is identical apart from an additional dts soundtrack, although given the nature of the soundtrack, I doubt that it would add too much to the mix. To my mind, this difference wouldn't justify importing the R1 version. Stick with the R4 unless you must have dts.

Summary

    Road Trip is a fun film that I will occasionally watch again in the future. The video quality is very good. The audio is good when the nature of the movie is taken into account. The extras are fun but aren't exactly groundbreaking.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Monday, May 14, 2001
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