When the "Johnson Family" goes on "Vacation," the word "togetherness" takes on a whole new meaning. Nate Johnson (Cedric), his estranged wife Dorothy (Williams), son D.J. (Bow Wow), and daughters Nikki (Knowles) and Destiny (Gabby Soleil) begin a cross-country trip in a brand new SUV. Driving from Los Angeles to Missouri, they head for a big family reunion, and Nate does what he can to make things right again with his wife. But he gets much more than he bargained for, as they run into one mishap after another along the way. (Tricia Spears)
Special features include commentary by Cedric the Entertainer, Bow Wow, Director Christopher Erskin, and Producers Eric C. Rhone and Paul Hall; commentary by Writers Todd R. Jones and Earl Richey Jones; and 18 deleted and extended scenes with optional director's commentary.
The 1080p AVC picture, previously reviewed as a DVD in Issue 88, exhibts a bright color palette that is quite pleasing throughout. Hues are nicely saturated with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are sharp with nicely rendered details and well-balanced contrast and shadow delineation. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers good fidelity and tonality. This soundtrack is a straightforward comedy without many surprises. There is some very effective channel separation during some scenes. Dialogue reproduction is good, although there are some ADR-style qualities. (Gary Reber)