Mystery Men 1999 PG-13 CC

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A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

Starring:
Hank Azaria, Ben Stiller
Runtime:
2 hours 2 minutes

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Mystery Men

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Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Comedy
Director Kinka Usher
Starring Hank Azaria, Ben Stiller
Supporting actors William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, Kel Mitchell, Paul Reubens, Wes Studi, Greg Kinnear, Geoffrey Rush, Lena Olin, Eddie Izzard, Artie Lange, Pras, Claire Forlani, Tom Waits, Louise Lasser, Ricky Jay, Jenifer Lewis, Ernie Lee Banks, Gerry Becker
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on March 25, 2004
Format: DVD
Being acutely familiar with the source material for this film as I collected many a comic book in my youth, I thought Mystery Men (1999) did a really good job staying close to its' roots. Based on characters created by Bob Burden and showcased within the pages of his 'Flaming Carrot' comic book, Mystery Men highlights those 'not so super' super heroes, the blue collar ones that don't necessarily have the most spectacular powers, but seem to share a desire to protect their fellow man against evil and it's minions.
The film has a pretty impressive ensemble cast including Ben Stiller as Mr. Furious, William H. Macy as The Shoveller, Janeane Garolafo as The Bowler, Paul Rubens as The Spleen, Hank Azaria as The Blue Raja, Greg Kinnear as Captain Amazing, and Geoffery Rush as the villain Casanova Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Claire Forlani, Lena Olin, Tom Waits, Eddie Izzard, Artie Lange, and Louise Lassiter.
The story involves the kidnapping of Capitol City's most popular hero, Captain Amazing (Kinnear) by Casanova Frankenstein, and a small group of less than stellar heroes attempting to rescue him while thwarting the villain's evil scheme to subjugate the city to his will. The core group, consisting of Mr.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 16, 2003
Format: DVD
Champion City is the home of one of the greatest superheroes of all time: Captain Amazing. Unfortunatly for him, his crime fighting skills have left him without any publicity left except for the odd toothpaste commercial. Reduced to fighting gangs at nursing homes and steadily loosing his sponsers, Captain Amazing comes up with a plan. Using his alterego, the millionaire Lance Hunt, he bids for the release of one of his favourite arch-villains to be released in the hopes of defeating him and gaining some much-needed recognition. Thus, Casanova Frankenstein is released.
But there is another level to the superhero regime: the Shoveller (whose weapon is various types of shovels), the Blue Rajah (who throws forks, has a fake British accent and still lives with his mum) and Mr Furious (whose power comes from his barely controlled temper and has trouble coming up with suitable comebacks) are all wannabe heroes, who usually emerge from a fight with black eyes. Yet when Captain Amazing goes missing, they agree that it's up to them to stop Casanova and rescue the city from whatever terrible scheme he's cooking up.
To do this, the boys need reinforcements: after a rather dismal audition for new recruits to the team, the trio install the Bowler, whose murdered father's skull she keeps incased in a bowling ball, the Spleen whose power comes from the awful potency of his flatulence, and the Invisible Boy...who can only turn invisible when no one's looking at him. Rounding it off is the Sphinx, who takes the superheroes in for some physcho-babble training ("control your power, or your power will control you", and so on), and Professor Heller, who provides the team with the non-lethal weapons he invents.
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A delightfully funny parody of superhero movies, "Mystery Men" is based on the comic book featuring "Flaming Top". Champion City is thrown into chaos when super villian Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush)gets out of prison on parole and takes the city's sponsership happy superhero Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) prisoner. The Mystery Men consisting of Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller)who's only super power is his "boundless rage", The Shoveler (William H. Macy)who uses a shovel to hammer his enemies, The Blue Raja (Hank Anzaria)who throws cuttlery (well, everything BUT a knife and dresses in green rather than blue), The Bowler (Jeanne Garofalo)who has her dead father's skull encased in a clear bowling ball, The Spleen who has boundless gas(Paul Reubens aka Pee Wee Herman)and The Invisible Boy (Kel Williams)who, well, can only turn invisible when no one's looking. Led by The Sphinx (Wes Studi in a very funny performance) the Mystery Men are not the "A" list heroes--their the other guys.

Although it didn't do well at the box office "Mystery Men" has become something of a cult classic. It's certainly an acquired taste. The Blu-ray transfer for the film looks quite nice with a nicely detailed transfer. It's odd because this does use an older encode (VC-1). Depth and detail are much improved. I haven't seen the HD-DVD version of this which reportedly suffered from a lot of digital noise which doesn't appear to be a problem here. The film is presented in its original aspect ratio (1.85:1 vs. 1.78:1 for the DVD).

Blacks aren't as strong and inky looking as they should be.

"Mystery Men" is presented on a dual layered Blu-ray disc.

The lossless audio sounds quite nice use of the surround channels. If you do listen to the soundtrack in 2.
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