The "Angels", three investigative agents (Barrymore, Diaz and Liu) who work for the Charles Townsend Detective Agency, return for another high-octane series of adventures as they investigate the theft of a database of witness protection profiles, after five of the people on the list are murdered. They're aided by a new Bosley (Bernie Mac), in an adventure which pits them against a "fallen angel" (Moore), their old nemesis, the Thin Man (Glover), and others.
Outstanding picture and sound plus tons of features make Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
a fully loaded DVD. Don't expect more T&A in the unrated edition, however. The only difference is glimpses of more intense violence in a few of the fight scenes. For example, in the theatrical version you'll see an angel flying through the air, but in the unrated version you'll then see her lying expressionless on the ground. Also, blood flies out of Drew Barrymore's mouth in one scene. On his commentary track, director McG discusses inside jokes, visual effects, and shots that didn't quite work for him. Like a TV sportscaster, he uses a telestrator, but only to occasionally circle items of interest or draw arrows. There's also an amusing commentary track by the three writers, who chuckle over inside jokes and discuss how the film was changed from the original script. They preface their comments with: "I guess they asked us to do this just to prove that writers worked on this movie." "Who are we kidding? Who's listening to this right now?"
If you want still more info, there's a trivia track with pop-up factoids with occasional links to more featurettes, a jukebox that offers clips of 11 songs and explanations of why they were picked, a cameo-graphy that offers clips of 13 personalities and why we should know them, and eight 4- to 18-minute featurettes exploring such topics as stunts, vehicles, costumes, and the Pussycat Dolls dance troupe. And in the next evolution of product placement, the DVD-ROM "Shop the Scene" feature allows you to search for a character's outfit or gadget then buy it online. --David Horiuchi