What Happens In Vegas

Featured In Issue 135, October 2008

WSR Score3.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Joy McNally (Diaz) is a successful, ambitious Manhattanite who decides to head to Vegas for a bit of fun after her fiance calls off their engagement. Jack Fuller (Kutcher) is a complete slacker, who after being fired by his dad from the family's cabinet business, decides he needs a crazy weekend away, and he too decides Vegas is the perfect destination. A hotel mistake assigns the same room to Joy and Jack, and the two strangers decide to go out for a night on the town. Drinking and debauchery lead to an unintended marriage ceremony, and Jack and Joy soon realize that they must end the ill-fated union. But while arguing in the casino, Jack takes a quarter from Joy and drops it into a slot machine, where he wins the super-jackpot of $3 million. So much for What Happens In Vegas stays in Vegas, when the Judge decides that Joy and Jack must give married life a try before divorcing and sentences the two to six months matrimonial time. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include a commentary track by Director Tom Vaughan and Editor Matt Friedman, an eight-minute featurette Sitting Down With Cameron And Ashton, an eight-minute mock interview with Friedman in DVD Extra Time With Zac Galifianakis, a three-minute faux television commercial From The Law Firm Of Stephen J. Hader, Esq., a five-minute gag reel, six deleted/extended scenes, a digital copy of the film to download to your Mac or PC, and previews. There is also an interactive drinking game Bottoms Up! An Intoxicating Vegas Experience and an inside look at Fox's upcoming film Marley And Me.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD shows good saturation and solid black levels when the action is indoors or at night, but outdoors during the day colors appear desaturated and too light. Resolution is good, but there are scenes that look uncharacteristically soft, with noticeable compression artifacts. Fleshtones appear plugged up, with harsh orange highlights. Shadows are delineated well, and the picture can have a naturally dimensional appearance. Edge enhancement is minor, and not a big distraction. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack can sound constrained across the front stage, and while the surrounds are rarely used, there are times when they create an engaging experience. Fidelity is good, but not great, and dynamic range is limited. The LFE channel is rarely used, but bass is nicely defined with good integration. Ringing is audible from time to time, and there are passages where clipping distortion can be heard. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio encoding improves fidelity some, with an increase in the sense of dimension to the encoding. Dynamic range is also improved slightly, but it and the fidelity are both slightly limited, and the mix is not changed. Dialogue occasionally sounds too forward, and underlying noise is audible. (Danny Richelieu)