Due DateWarner Bros.
Expectant first-time father Peter Highman looks forward to his new child's due date five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at his wife's side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when an encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan on a cross-country trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, many friendships and Peter's last nerve.
Warner delivers a striking HD presentation for this one. The image has a very contrasty look to it with deep blacks and great fine object detail. Some of the longer shots of the countryside exhibit an impressive black floor while maintaining excellent shadow detail. Colors are slightly stylized but add to the pop of the image. The DTS-HD Master Audio mix is good with solid dynamics at times. Dialogue is clear and intelligible and the surround soundstage does add some decent ambiance and the occasional directional cue.
Warner delivers Due Date with a 2-disc set that includes a DVD copy of the film along with a digital copy for your portable device. I love the value added proposition this adds to their Blu-ray library and wish more studios would adopt this, especially for their day-and-date releases. Other extras include deleted scenes and some gag reels. You also get some behind the scenes footage from onset that is quite funny.
Those looking for the side splitting comedy knockout equivalent of The Hangover will probably be disappointed with this one. While it certainly has its moments, the story bounces around too much with some gags not working nearly as well as others. I would stick with a rental on this one.