It seems almost as if those individuals that made such great adult comedies back in the eighties were teleported to 2009 in much the same way as the characters in Hot Tub Time Machine were transported back in time. Where The Hangover was a solid film based on the established actors that made up the cast and crew, I feel that the more up and coming ensemble here really bring their A game in the creation of the film. Furthermore, they work well alongside those stars – beginning with John Cusack and moving through the ranks to individuals like Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase.
The video transfer of Hot Tub Time Machine is great, with a crispness to the definition and a sharp contrast to the colors, both in the current and the earlier periods covered by the film. The audio allows for each humorous bit to be captured, while not seeming overly compressed or echo-y. Perhaps the best side to the film is the fact that the plotline turns the time traveling paradox on its early. Where episodes of Family Guy have shown exactly what could conceivably happen if individuals change the storyline, the ending of Hot Tub Time Machine really does well in showcases the sheer magnitude that each character’s interaction with the past has.
There are a number of different featurettes that will keep this Blu-Ray in purchaser’s players for much long than the feature. Aside from the number of different deleted and otherwise modified scenes that are captured, there is a little bit of background given to the one-armed bellhop that the aforementioned Glover plays, while a piece on Chevy Chase seems to really give additional context to eir role in the film. Fox has done a great job in creating a release in the Blu-Ray edition of Hot Tub Time Machine, so much so that I feel that they have actually increased my pleasure with the film.
Hot Tub Time Machine (Blu-Ray) / 2010 Fox / 99 Minutes / http://www.fox.com