New Release: The Trip DVD

Release Date: Oct. 11, 2011
Price: DVD $24.98
Studio: IFC/MPI


The Trip movie scene

Rob Brydon (l.) and Steve Coogan feast—and kvetch--in The Trip.

Best friends Steve Coogan (The Other Guys) and Rob Brydon (TV’s Little Britain) are the travelers who embark on The Trip, a 2010 comedy film that plays as one part documentary and one part fiction.

When a newspaper offers Coogan the chance to review a series of fine restaurants in the English countryside, he thinks it will make for a lovely getaway with his girlfriend. When she backs out, Brydon—Coogan’s dear buddy and a source of eternal aggravation—fills in as a less-than-ideal travel companion.

Directed by Michael Winterbottom (A Summer in Genoa), The Trip uses largely improvised dialogue from Coogan and Brydon (who co-starred in Winterbottom’s similar reality/fiction mash-up, 2005’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story). The two can’t help but try to outdo each other as they talk about their careers, literature, family, good food, fame, geology and ABBA, both during their many meals together and over the course of the long car rides in between. By the end, the two come to understand a bit more about each other—but not before they argue over who does the best Michael Caine impression!

A feature film-length version lifted from what was originally a BBC TV series, The Trip played in film festivals around the world before opening in U.S. theaters on a limited based in June, 2011. It rang up a little more than $2 million at the domestic box office.

No bonus features have been announced for the DVD of the unrated film.

Here’s a clip of the two gentlemen offering a taste of “Dueling Caines.:”

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.