By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 10 Dec 2009
LAS VEGAS — There’s a reason a simple comedy about the aftermath of a crazy Vegas bachelor party raked in more than $277 million at the domestic box office.
“People are so used to being tricked by marketing for the movies,” said Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover. “The marketing for The Hangover lived up to expectations.”
Warner Home Video hopes the unprecedented success for a comedy carries over Dec. 15 when the film arrives on single- and two-DVD sets and Blu-ray Disc, with the two-DVD and Blu-ray versions carrying the “Unrated” tag.
“I think we cut some stuff out for legal reasons, [but] I think it’s funny they call it unrated,” Phillips said. “How much more unrated can it get?”
Rob Riggle (the Taser-happy Officer Franklin) is looking forward to seeing what was left out of the film.
“I have no idea what clips they picked for the deleted scenes,” he said. “I can’t wait for the DVD. I’m as eager as anyone else to see it.”
While the movie was raunchy, the bonuses add even more, with an extended version of the film, a commentary, a digital copy and featurettes, including: “More Pictured from the Missing Camera”; “The Madness of Ken Jeong,” following the actor’s improv on set; “The Dan Band!” short; a song courtesy actors Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis; a mash-up of all the action in the film; and a “Map of Destruction” retracing the madness of that fateful night.
“This is a movie where the crew members were in shock,” said Justin Bartha (Doug Billings) about the “unrated” tag for the home videos.
Rachael Harris (Melissa) wondered what type of effect having a widespread DVD audience will have on her life, after theatrical audiences reacted to her super aggressive character.
“It’s made men kind of look at me in horror,” she said seriously. “We’ll see how it changes my profile.”
Phillips said Blu-ray player owners should enjoy the exclusive bonuses (picture-in-picture commentary, an Iron Mike online teaser, and a mash-up of the film’s curses).
“[The picture is] exactly how we saw the film while editing it,” he marveled, though Heather Graham (the “new-agey” stripper Jade) was less excited about how sharp the Blu-ray picture is.
“I really try not to think about it,” she said. She did notice that the DVD and Blu-ray releases were advertised everywhere at Caesars Palace — in the casino, on the room keys, on the “Do Not Disturb” signs. You could see it at the airport, too.
“It feels like it’s everywhere,” she said.
And it’s still not over: Warner Bros. has marked Jan. 1, 2010, as National Hangover Day. Riggle will be doing his part.
“Will I be hung over? That’s the question,” Riggle said. “I gotta be honest: It’s 50/50.”
Harris had no doubts, and she added she would do anything (“and I mean anything”) to be part of the planned sequel.