EuroTrip wasn’t a favorite of mine when it originally came out in 2004 but in the years since, I’ve come to really enjoy it and find the comedy, albeit obvious, to be quite funny and a cast that have a strong chemistry.
Warner Home Video | R – 90 min. – $19.98 | December 3, 2013
Directed by: Jeff Schaffer
Writer(s): Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer
Cast: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg, Travis Wester, Jessica Boehrs, Kristin Kreuk, Vinnie Jones, Matt Damon
Theatrical Release Date: February 20, 2004
Features: Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Music Video, Theatrical Trailer
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 18.3 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C
THE MOVIE – 3.0/5
Note: The Blu-ray only contains the R-rated cut and not the 93-minute Unrated version.
Plot Outline: It’s a crash course in foreign relations as college-bound Scotty Thomas (SCOTT MECHLOWICZ) and his buddies (JACOB PITTS, MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG, TRAVIS WESTER) head to Europe for the ultimate summer vacation party! They’re hooking up with hot strangers and jamming all the extreme insanity they can into the wildest trip of their lives!
Quick Hit Review: I originally saw EuroTrip when it was released on DVD back in 2004 and honestly, didn’t find it overly funny, just another Road Trip comedy with a thin plot, thinner characters and, most importantly, jokes that barely got a chuckle out of me. However, nearly 10 years later, I’m not sure if my sensibilities have softened after seeing so many lousy movies or what, but I thought a fair number of the jokes/sketches to be mildly amusing. Of course, and this was the case 2004 as well, Michelle Trachtenberg is incredibly hot. Yeah, real mature, but she is the highlight of this film, casting wise.
Another highlight, and unfortunately it was within the first 20-minutes, is a credited cameo by Matt Damon playing Scotty’s ex-girlfriend’s (KRISTIN KREUK) boyfriend whom they were in a relationship while they were dating. It leads to one of the best and most hilarious songs especially coming from Damon who, up to that point, was known for dramas.
In the end, EuroTrip might not be the funniest movie but there are some genuine laughs and the cast is mostly likeable, if not a bit forgettable. I think this would make for a fun double-header following 2000’s Road Trip.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.75/5
All the features from the 2004 DVD release have been ported over.
Audio Commentary – Writers Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer sit down for a straight-forward and relatively serious track talking about some bits of trivia for the on-location shooting, working with the actors and such and so forth. I actually think this could’ve been more light-hearted but it’s still pretty good. On a side note, I do wish the cast got their own track.
Gag Reel (5:28; SD) has some of your usual line-flubs and on-set hilarity.
Deleted Scenes (21:49; SD) – There are 14 scenes, including an alternate ending, which were for, one reason or another, excised from the final film.
The Music of Road Trip includes a Sing-Along (3:36; SD) and Music Video (3:36; SD) for “Scotty Doesn’t Know”.
Theatrical Trailer (2:27; HD)
VIDEO – 3.75/5
EuroTrip arrives on Blu-ray via Warner Home Video, as part of the catalog titles from Paramount, and even though it is a nearly 10-year old comedy, and a relatively low-budget one, the 1080p high-definition transfer doesn’t look bad. Now, this is not a movie that will exactly wow you or pop off the screen yet colors are well balanced and it does appear clean and free of artifacts, dust marks and scratches. The detail levels are OK but nothing noteworthy.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The disc comes with an adequate 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Considering this is a comedy, this is a track difficult to really judge. Yes, the music and oft zany score/songs come across clear but otherwise this is a dialogue-heavy movie and on that front, coming from the center channel, it’s an OK track with good clarity throughout. Again, as with the video, it’s not going to amaze you but it is probably a slight upgrade over the DVD release.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, EuroTrip wasn’t a favorite of mine when it originally came out in 2004 but in the years since, I’ve come to really enjoy it and find the comedy, albeit obvious, to be quite funny and a cast that have a strong chemistry, though they don’t match those from the American Pie movies or Road Trip. The Blu-ray released by Warner Home Video, from the Paramount catalog contract, offers decent audio/video transfers while all the features, limited as they are, have been ported over. On the downside, this is the R-rated cut rather than the Unrated version.