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Hot Rod
Genre: Action Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 127 (Jan 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Chris Parnell, Danny McBride, Sissy Spacek & Ian McShane

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include commentary from cast and crew, Ancestors Protect Me: Behind The Scenes Of Hot Rod (eight minutes), 15 deleted/extended scenes, an outtakes reel (three minutes), eight short videos in Kevin

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 33792
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For crude humor, language, some comic drug-related and violent content
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/27/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Akiva Schaffer
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Rod Kimble (Samberg) is a would-be stuntman who believes his biological father once worked for the daredevil, Evil Knievel. Rod is now being raised by his mother (Spacek) and an abusive stepfather named Frank (McShane). Frank tosses Rod around like a rag doll during their weekly sparring sessions and generally doesn

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.34:1 DVD shows fairly well-captured details, and colors show good saturation, but the image often has a pale appearance. Black levels are adequately deep, and shadow delineation is decent. Fleshtones generally look natural, but they occasionally have an orange,

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