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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery [Blu-ray] [1997]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 22)

    Special Features


    • Commentary by Mike Myers and Director Jay Roach
    • Deleted Scenes, Including 2 Alternate Endings
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Synopsis


    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
    Less a parody of the early James Bond film than a parody of the films that parodied the early James Bond films, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery stars Mike Myers as Austin Powers, by day a hipster fashion photographer in mid-'60s swingin' London and by night a crime-fighting secret agent. Austin's wardrobe is pure Carnaby Street at its most outrageous, his vocabulary is crowded by the cool lingo of the day ("Groovy, baby! Yeah!!"), and he's irresistible to women, despite the fact that he can be charitably described as "stocky" and has teeth that strike fear into any practicing dentist. When his nemesis, the arch-enemy Dr. Evil (also played by Myers), has himself cryogenically frozen and sent into space, Powers also has himself put on ice so he can be thawed out when Dr. Evil returns. Come 1997, Dr. Evil returns to Earth and is back to his old tricks, so Austin is thawed out and returned to active service -- though he soon discovers his style doesn't play so well 30 years on. The supporting cast includes Elizabeth Hurley as Austin's sidekick, Vanessa Kensington; Michael York as his boss, Basil Exposition; Robert Wagner as Dr. Evil's assistant, Number Two; and Seth Green as Dr. Evil's troubled son, Scott Evil. Ming Tea, the swingin' pop band that periodically backs up Austin, includes real life pop-rockers Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs. Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery was a mild box-office hit but an even bigger success on home video, which led to the 1999 sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Mike Myers
      Mike Myers - Austin Powers, Dr. Evil
    • Elizabeth Hurley
      Elizabeth Hurley - Vanessa Kensington
    • Mimi Rogers
      Mimi Rogers - Mrs. Kensington
    • Robert Wagner
      Robert Wagner - Number Two



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews

    86%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Allow myself to introduce ... myself.

      Posted
      DWolfe47
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      The Austin Powers series was and still is one of the most premier spy comedies on the market. A smashing blend of then-modern pop culture mythos and classic '60's spy/mod culture particularly taking inspiration from the James Bond series, Derek Flint, and even the '66 art house classic Blow-Up. The first film got the series off to a great start with Austin traveling through time to stop his ultimate nemesis, Dr. Evil (both played of course by Mike Myers) and having to cope with changing attitudes towards his era of 'free love' and various battles Evil's colorful henchmen (my personal favorite being Mustafa played by Will Ferrell). The cinematography and set design are both top notch as well as a groovy soundtrack with tunes from Burt Bacharach, Nancy Sinatra, Divinyls, and of course the theme by Quincy Jones. I opted for the original 1997 New Line Platinum DVD as I already have the other two on DVD and the price was hard to pass up. The transfer while somewhat aged still holds up and doesn't distract from the action. Audio is still solid, your standard 5.1 mix. The 2.1 aspect ratio is a bit odd sounding at first but the director requested it for this release. Special features aren't quite as plentiful as the ones for the other two Austin Powers films but the deleted scenes and alternate endings are worthwhile (especially the cameo by Bond girl Lois Chiles). I also really like the cover art for this one. Really captures the spy/psychedelic vibe well and the yellow color palette looks pretty good next to the red and blue covers for the sequels (I know it might seem like a small thing to mention but as someone who owns a lot of DVDs I do get annoyed when the cover for film series don't line up well together so it's worth noting when they do). Overall this film and it's sequels will probably be remembered for years to come as comedy classics. The amount of references and homages will keep any Bond fan pleased and replaying the DVD over and over to catch all the little details and those looking for a fun spy-comedy will not find much than can top this film. Fabulous and highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hilarious film but needed uncut foreign version.

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      TTC817
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      Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, is hands down, the funniest spy spoof ever made. Mike Myers, who previously brought us the Wayne's World films, strikes gold a second time. The cast is fantastic, with countless hilarious moments and over the top scenes. The problem is that all American home video releases of the movie have been the censored American PG-13 cut, and not the extended international release. Sadly the Blu-ray, while featuring superb audio and video, does not fix this. Also, bonus features are the same as previous home video releases. I love Austin Powers, the first film anyway. But it needs a special edition release with the international cut and new bonus features. Despite that, the film is strongly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Funny spoof of Spy Movies!

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      moviereviewer1949
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      The Blu-ray provided a good picture and sound. Mike does an excellent job of portraying super spy Austin Powers and he provides plenty of laughs. Mike also plays Dr. Evil as well as some other characters in the movie. The jokes are for adults so don't let young children watch this movie. Robert Wagner appears in this movie as Number 2, Dr. Evil's second in command, and Robert gives a good performance. If you want a different type of comedy movie buy this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Comedy

      Posted
      kevman79

      I'll never forget going to see this movie at the theater and how hard I laughed, and how I forced my then girlfriend to sit through what she deemed to be one of the dumbest movies she had ever seen. Well, that was her opinion, and I have mine. 'Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery,' is great comedy entertainment, especially for fans of the famed '007: James Bond' films. Widescreen, with some good bonus features. Recommended, but don't bother with the sequels.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Yeah Babie!

      Posted
      emoney

      One of the Austin classics. I recently purchased this one just from browsing the BestBuy site and forgot how funny this movie is, but watching it again definitely reminded me of why Austin was so groovy in the first place. Great movie

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      great movie

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      Alex
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      Highly disappointed to see this blu ray edition lack of languages and subtitles option .The previous DVD release has better option in languages and subtitles !! what a shame and negligence !

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!

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      GarrettD88
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      Bought it because it was a favorite movie when I was a kid. Went with my family to see it in theaters. And I wanted to own it on Blu-Ray. Can't believe it's been 20 years already.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic

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      Dustin4455
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      A classic film from 1997 comes to Blu-ray. The film is a great spoof of spy films and the picture quality on Blu-ray is very good, even better than I thought it would be.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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