Colin Polonowski has reviewed the Region 1 DVD release of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Austin Powers is back in this tasteless, rude and very funny follow up to the 1997 hit.
Following on almost immediately from the end of the original. The Spy Who Shagged me once again sees Dr Evil (Mike Myers) attempt to take over the world – this time with a giant laser on the moon. Only one man can stop him – Austin Powers (Mike Myers). This time he is joined by Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham), after it turns out that his partner from the previous movie – Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley) – was really a Fembot sent by Dr Evil to destroy our hero.
Dr Evil isn’t alone, and along with Number Two (Robert Wagner/Rob Lowe) and Frau Farbissina (Mindy Sterling) he has two new sidekicks – Mini Me (Verne Troyer) his 1/8th size duplicate, and Fat Bastard (also Mike Myers in some outstanding make-up).
The movie is set in both 1999 and 1969 with action taking place on both the Earth and the Moon!
Groovy Extras Baby!
As part of the New Line Platinum Series, this disc doesn’t disappoint when it comes to presentation.
The disc features a flawless 2.35:1 Anamorphic transfer boasting one of the best pictures ever to grace DVD – this disc is right up there with A Bugs Life and The Mummy. The colours are bright and sharp and capture the 1960’s setting well.
The Audio doesn’t disappoint either – there is a choice between a DD5.1 and Stereo Surround. The 5.1 channels of the digital track are well defined with smooth transitions between all the speakers. The Subwoofer gets the occasional explosion or deep bass to get its teeth into. There isn’t anything to fault here.
Finally, the extras are up there with the best. This disc really is overflowing with additional material – it’s got a commentary, four trailers (two teaser, one theatrical and one for Austin Powers 1), three music videos (“Beautiful Stranger” by Madonna, “American Woman” by Lenny Kravitz and “Word Up” by Mel G), a behind-the-scenes documentary, a hidden menu with two Dr Evil songs and a Comedy Central feature, a whole pile of DVD-ROM content and to top it off there are 20 minutes deleted scenes. As you’d expect, it will take me a long long time to get through that lot! I especially like the deleted scenes as a number of these were funnier than the movie itself, and that’s not an understatement.
I really want to listen to the commentary track as I am certain it will add a lot to the film.
Some companies really know how to exploit all that DVD has to offer and some of the other studios should take note of New Line’s commitment and the effort they have gone to to make this a excellent value for money package – most extra-special collectors editions with knobs on don’t have this much to offer!
Does it make you horny baby?
Well, maybe its not quite that good – although it’s not that far off!
The weakest part of the whole package is the film itself, but this isn’t really a problem – if this disc had just slightly less material on it the film would probably be the strongest thing. It really is that close. The Spy Who Shagged me doesn’t quite have the same level or number of laughs as its predecessor but it’s not that far off.
There’s only one reason not to get this disc – and that’s if you don’t like Austin Powers. There are a lot of people who don’t and they would get absolutely nothing from this disc. If, however you love the movies then this disc is an absolute must and you should have already got your order in. It’s discs like this which will encourage even the most sceptical consumer that DVD is the format of the future.
It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for…
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