DVD Reviews | Aug 13th, 2007
Starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H Macy, John T McGinley, Marisa Tomei, Ray Liotta, Jill Hennessy
Written By: Brad Copeland
Directed By: Walt Becker
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Wild Hogs, the successful Touchstone/ Disney comedy about four weekend road warriors/friends who set out for a crazy adventure is now out on DVD, and it was certainly funnier than I expected. As far as my radar for movies, this one was definitely under the radar as far as press leading up to its release. It was pretty successful at the box office though. The cast is great, which includes John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H Macy. Better than expected, this comedy was a pleasant surprise.
Hailing from Cincinnati, four friends lead very different lifestyles, but their love of their motorcycles brought them together. Tim Allen’s character, Doug was a dentist, while Martin Lawrence’s character Bobby was a writer who was doing plumbing on the side, and William H Macy’s character Dudley was the computer nerd of the bunch. John Travolta played the swinging bachelor “millionaire” but played it up more than he really was. There is something about road trip movies that makes a person bond with a film. Perhaps its their own adventures they remember or seek to have themselves. With the film there are plenty of very funny moments and the typical mis-adventures that also come into play. One of them is severely pissing off a biker bar merely for coming in for drinks. These guys live and breathe being a biker and are offended by the weekend road warrior. Ray Liotta leads the gang and the majority of the story is about these guys trying to get rally round each other as they face off against the big, bad bikers.
Several fun extras round out the DVD, including some outtakes, deleted scenes, alternate endings, and making of featurettes that focus on well, motorcycles, brawls and bars, not to mention on how to convince your wife to let you buy a motorcycle to begin with, which is quite humorous.
I was surprised with how this went over the realms of what I thought was just another Disney film, but under the Touchstone studio label. The comedy film featured a strong cast of good actors and talented character actors as well with an overall premise that was adventurous and fun.
-Bikes, Brawls And Burning Bars: The Making Of Wild Hogs
-How To Get Your Wife To Let You Buy A Motorcycle
-Freewheeling Alternate Ending
-High-Octane Deleted Scenes
-Audio Commentary With Director Walt Becker And Writer Brad Copeland
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
-Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: Embark on the road trip, Biker Bar, Morning in the woods, Bath time, Pay back
Running Time: 100 minutes