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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
(New Line Platinum Series)

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG-13

Running Time: 95 Minutes

Studio: New Line

Starring Mike Meyers, Heather Graham, Robert Wagner, Michael York, Seth Green, Verne Troyer, Rob Lowe and Elizabeth Hurley

Written by Mike Meyers and Michael McCullers
Based on the characters created by Mike Meyers

Directed By Jay Roach

 

Retail Price: 24.99

Features: Commentary with Jay Roach, Mike Meyers and Michael McCullers, Behind the Scenes Documentary, Jump Right To Dr. Evil Song, Comedy Central's Canned Ham: "The Dr. Evil Story", Music Videos: Madonna's "Beautiful Strangers", Lenny Kravitz's "American Woman" and Mel B (Scary Spice)'s "Word Up", Deleted Scenes, Cameo Menu, Theatrical Trailers, DVD-ROM: Demo of "Austin Powers Operation Trivia" Game, Website, Web Browser and Screensavers, Desktop Episodes, Cast, Crew and Trivia Info

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamirphic Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital EX, English Captions, Chapter Search (30 Chapters)

 

Who honestly knew when the original Austin Powers was released back in May 1997, it would spawn a huge cultural phenomenon? "Yeah baby, yeah!", "Shall we shag now or shall we shag later?", "Why must I be surrounded by frickin' idiots?" and the various other catchphrases. While the film didn't really score huge box office numbers (it made a total domestic gross of 54 million), I was actually one of the first on line to see the original. I saw the trailer and thought it looked hilarious, and I was a pretty big Mike Meyers fan from SNL and his other movies. After seeing "Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery", I was a bit disappointed, but I did enjoy it. The film, that Fall, was released on video and became an instant cult hit.

The sequel was released in June 1999, and in its first weekend it made the original gross of the first one, 54 million. It was really impressive, and went on to gross over 200 million domestically, and was the big hit of the summer right next to "Star Wars - Episode 1". I also went right out to see the sequel (New Line had one of those "We're showing the movie a day before at night since we've hyped it so much"), which I loved. The critics gave it mixed, but a movie like this you can't take seriously.

"Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" opens with him and his sidekick from the last film, Vanessa, as they expierence their honeymoon. However, Vanessa is actually a Fembot (NOOO!), and she explodes and Austin is back to the single life. However, the dreaded Dr. Evil returns and plots to steal Austin's "mojo" (something that makes Austin who he is), so it's up to Austin to travel back into the 1960s to get it back, while teaming up with Felicity Shagwell too to stop Dr. Evil once more as well as everyone's favorite midget clone, Mini-Me.

The film, of course, is a riot. I honestly think it's really superb in execution and a ton better than the original. The cast really shines here. Meyers is most notable as being Austin and Dr. Evil once more, as well as the greasy, disgusting and hilarioys Fat Bastard. Heather Graham is perfect as Felicity Shagwell, and Rob Lowe gives a dead on performance, sounding EXACTLY like Robert Wagner as the younger No. 2.

This sequel can definently be watched more than once with much enjoyment, and once again, New Line delivers with anoter excellent Platinum Series title.

 

Near reference quality. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the sixties are alive again! Colors are really bold, vibrant and beautiful, and give an excellent dimensional quality. Detail is wonderful, and it looks pretty pristine. No complaints here.

 

Though the box does not state it, "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" is indeed an Dolby Digital EX track (I believe this was the first disc to have it). You also have to select it yourself, and I don't think it brings too much to the film, but it's there, and it works.

The 5.1 is nice and sounds good, though it's not as good as I thought it could have been. Dialogue is crystal clear with much clarity, but my main complaint is that the rear channels weren't put to the best of use. A more creative mix could have been implanted, but it's simple and I didn't find the directional fields to go bouncing all over as one could have expected during the finale. No complaints though, it's fine, I just wished it could have been a tad bit better. English subtitles are included as well.

This isn't a Platinum Series for nothing! It kicks right out with a Commentary with Jay Roach, Mike Meyers and Michael McCullers. The trio talk about the process of making the film and some sources as well as inspirations, and I think it's a pretty good track. I enjoyed the one with Roach and Meyers on the original Austin Powers, and McCullers is not a bad addition.

Another disc highlight are the 21 Deleted Scenes which total a good 19 minutes. Most of these scenes are obviously short, and you can watch them all in a row or seperatley. Some are just plain pointless, but others are just fun. These are definently worth a watch, some more than once.

You can also watch the three Music Videos which have been overplayed on VH-1 and MTV around the release of the film. The smash hit Beautiful Stranger by Madonna, Lenny Kravitz with American Woman and finally, I think the least successful music video, Mel B (AKA Scary Spice) with Word Up. So if you enjoyed these videos, they're here.

Four Theatrical Trailers are included. Two variatons on the Teaser, which is a Star Wars parody of sorts, with the full length Theatrical Trailer, and finally one for the original Austin Powers. All of these are in anamorphic widescreen with 5.1 Dolby Digital.

There's a hidden Dr. Evil page on the disc, where you'll find a slew of Easter Eggs. The Comedy Central Canned Ham: The Dr. Evil Story is a mockumentary on our favorite villiain, and is a fun viewing. You can also jump right to the Dr. Evil Songs in the film.

There's also a Behind The Scenes Documentary and like the first Austin disc, a Cameo Menu plus Actor Filmographies.

There are also some excellent DVD-ROM features: A demo of the Austin Powers Operation Trivia game which you can play, the entire film's Website, some Webskins and Screen Savers as well as some Desktop Episodes to watch and Cast and Crew Info which is updated often thanks to phone lines.

 

New Line Cinema continues to put so much care in their DVD releases, and with this movie, it clearly shows. "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" is definently a hilarious film, and this DVD exceeds with great video, good sound and really nice features. All for a really decent retail, this is one for your collection. Go out and get it!

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