Austin Powers in Goldmember [WS] [DVD] [2002]

The first two Austin Powers' DVDs were New Line "platinum editions," but the latest, Austin Powers In Goldmember is the first to be part of their "Infinifilm" family. They sure can pack a lot on a single disc. As with other titles in that series, this one has a slew of supplements, which can be accessed by normal menu functions, or through the Infinifilm notices that pop up onscreen as you watch the movie. What you will find are numerous featurettes on the effects, behind-the-scenes looks at the production, interviews with the cast and crew, and much more. In addition are around 25 minutes of deleted scenes and a gag real. Though not all of them work, this segment adds even more laughs not found in the film. Not to be left out are four music videos from the likes of Britney Spears and Beyonce Knowles, theatrical teasers and trailer plus some nice DVD-ROM content. Of course, as with the other Austin Powers discs, this one includes a screen-specific audio commentary with director Jay Roach and Mike Myers. If that weren't enough, this disc also features a "fact track" with all kinds of interesting notes that run along with the movie. As for picture and sound, it is stellar in all respects. The image, framed at 2.35:1, and anamorphic, is brilliant. A pan-and-scan version is available separately, but with it being so severely cropped, there is little point to it. Colors, a real integral element of this film, are vibrant and full of life. Detail is also strong, but then again, nothing less would have been acceptable. Simply put, this is as good a transfer, as you will find. The sound matches the visuals in every way. Both DTS and Dolby Digital English tracks are provided, and it's quite surprising that a comedy would have such an active soundtrack. Dialogue is distinct, while at the same time, the surrounds are used very effectively with excellent separation. Of particular interest is the bass, which is quite powerful at selected times.
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Overall Customer Rating:
3.7
78% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 9)

Special Features

  • Documentaries: MI-6 - International Man of Mystery; Fashion vs. Fiction; Disco Fever; English, English; Fact Track - Trivia subtitle track with direct access to additional features
  • Filmmaker commentary - Jay Roach and Mike Myers
  • The World of Austin Powers: Jay Roach & Mike Myers - Creative Convergence, Confluence of Characters (Goldmember, Foxxy Cleopatra, Nigel Powers, Masters Powers & Evil), Opening Stunts, The Cars of Austin Powers in Goldmember, Anatomy of Three Scenes (Dancing at the Gates, Roller Disco, Sumo Battle)
  • Visual FX segment
  • Deleted/alternate scenes with optional director commentary
  • Music videos: Beyoncé Knowles "Work It Out," Britney Spears "Boys," Ming Tea "Daddy Wasn't There," Dr. Evil & Mini-Me "Hard Knock Life"
  • Theatrical and teaser trailers
  • DVD-ROM content: Revoice Studio - Use your voice to record dialogue in 12 hilarious scenes, exclusive access to online Infinifilm features, more
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Austin Powers in Goldmember
Mike Myers' phenomenally successful spy spoof gains a few more characters, a slew of celebrity cameos, and even more free-associative laughs in this third installment of the popular franchise. Austin Powers in Goldmember continues the exploits of the swinging-'60s leftover, who, as the film opens, is busy critiquing a big-budget Hollywood production of his life story, replete with a 20-million-dollar star in the lead role and a slew of John Woo-style action scenes. But not far from the soundstage lurks arch nemesis Dr. Evil (Myers), who has opened up a talent agency representing some of the industry's biggest stars -- all the while channeling their profits into a diabolical world-destruction plan with the unfortunate code name Preparation H. Dr. Evil presents a distraction to Austin by kidnapping his similarly swingin' father, Nigel Powers, and transporting him back in time to 1975. Travelling there to save his father -- and in turn win back his dad's sometimes-errant affection -- Austin comes across the alluring superspy Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles). The three of them travel back to the present day, where they join forces to battle Dr. Evil and his posse of nefarious evil-doers, including the trusty clone Mini-Me (Verne Troyer); his snotty son, Scott (Seth Green); the inimitable Fat Bastard (Myers); and the eponymous new addition to the fold: the epidermis-obsessed, precious-metal-fortified Dutchman called Goldmember (Myers). ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Mike Myers
    Mike Myers - Austin Powers, Dr. Evil
  • Seth Green
    Seth Green - Scott Evil
  • Robert Wagner
    Robert Wagner - Number Two
  • Michael York
    Michael York - Basil Expedition

Overall Customer Rating

3.7 out of 53.7
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78%of customers recommend this product.

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