44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2007
For those of you who are worried about getting this set because it might not have the special features from the individual Naked Gun discs, don't worry. All three movies in the set have the same commentaries and trailers from the previously released DVDs. So not worth the double-dip for those that have the flicks already, but for the cost conscious new buyer of the Naked Guns, a great value for three great movies and all the special features from before.
62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2004
The Naked Gun series is probably one of the funniest movie sagas ever created. And that is quite the statement when you look at all the other series out like for instance Scary Movie.
But Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, Naked Gun 2 1/2 the Smell of Fear and Naked Gun 33 1/3 The Final Insult are all gems and full of non stop laughs within.
Leslie Nielsen is a perfect choice as Lt. Frank Dreben, a bumbling police detective who works for a special division of the police force known as "Police Squad". Along for the ride is his partner Nordburg (performed by O.J. Simpson) and the captain Ed (George Kennedy) all provide more then a handful of laughs as they bumble through from location to location in search of the would be criminal. Of course no cop is complete without a woman to fill your every hearts desire and the woman for Frank is Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley) who seems to always be mixed in with the wrong crowd in all 3 movies only to learn that she always had what she needed in Frank each time.
The first movie, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, is definitely the cut above the other two. Full of laughs, originality, sight gags and one of the funniest end scenes of a movie ever. This movie was pretty much a spin off of the failed TV show in the early 80s named "Police Squad" and kept a lot of the jokes from the show within except being able to stretch a lot to the PG 13 rating. Lots of sexual innuendo, one liners and weird situations make this a laugh a minute. Frank has to stop a rich business man (Ricardo Montalbán) from using a hypnotic mind control device so he can kill the Queen of England. The adventures take us from the Middle East to Drug Boats to Hospitals and to a baseball game like no other. This movie has some of the best and most hysterical lines ever in a movie. Just this movie alone makes the set worth it.
Naked Gun 2 1/2 continues with the story of Frank Dreben but this time the focus is on the White House and Washington DC where a mad man played by Robert Gullet heads a group of energy themed businesses (Oil, Nuclear, Coal) who has to stop Dr. Dr. Meinheimer from giving a report that will advise the president go for safer and more environmentally safe methods of energy which would cause the energy companies to lose millions of dollars. All the while Frank has to try and fix his relationship with Jane and prevent a nuclear bomb from going off. While not as funny and witty as the first it still has its moments. Lots of good gags dealing with Barbara Bush and spoofs lots of well known movies in various ways. Very funny and a worthy sequel.
The last movie in the series, Naked Gun 33 1/3 takes the action back to LA where Frank has retired and finally married his true love Jane. But retirement isn't to be as Ed and Nordburg need Frank to go undercover to find out what Rocco (Fred Ward) and his girlfriend Tanya (Anna Nicole Smith) plan to target with his new super bomb. Frank has to infiltrate a jail and follow Rocco's every move all the while trying to fix things with Jane who left him due to his returning to active duty. The movie isn't as witty as the first two but still has some very funny moments. It is a good watch and a nice way to end the series overall. The opening and ending scenes are probably the best while everything in the middle comes off more as filler.
All three contain commentary from the writers of the movie and with each movie about 80 minutes in length you can watch them over and over so you can laugh again and again. This is a wonderful series and I can't recommend it enough. If you want to see a funny laugh out loud set of movies, this is the set to get. Brilliant acting, great music that flows through all three and witty and funny jokes.. you won't be sorry adding this trilogy to your collection today.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2003
In 1980 Leslie Neilson went from serious respectable roles to the doctor on board a chaos controlled plane, in the first spoof, Flying High. The Naked Gun series is the epitomy of spoof comedy. Even the final credits are hilariously funny. The right blend of serious attitudes to insanely stupid things is what makes this work. "When i see a queerly dressed man stabing someone in full view of 100 people, i shoot the bastard thats my policy!" "That was a park production of Macbeth. You killed 5 actors, good ones." Genius lines such as this fixed the first Naked Gun as a classic. The aptely named Naked Gun 2 1/2 fell right into place. "Whats he doing in the Red Light District?" " Sex Frank?" "Not right now Ed we have work to do" Even better. The third lacked the puch the other 2 had but was still hilarious. But the one defining thing for all naked guns is the credits at the begginning. The top of the police car going all sorts of places. Womens change rooms, Star Wars, the whomb and many other out of the blue locations. These are all winners!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2002
What can I say about the Naked Gun movies except that they are absolutely hilarious. The fact that they are being released in a DVD box set is indeed an added bonus. These movies star Leslie Nielson who plays "not-so-bright" Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad. These films along with the Airplane! movies set the standard for satirical comedy. The films co-star Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson (remember him?), George Kennedy, Ricardo Mantalban, Robert Goulet, Fred Ward, Anna Nicole Smith, et al. These are not by any means meant to be "serious". They're the type of movies you can just sit back and let loose from reality for a few hours. So for those of you who haven't seen these yet, and you want "laugh-out-loud" fun, look no further.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2004
In the ealy 80's,Leslie Nielsen starred in a short-lived police sitcom called "Police Squad". In this 3-film collection,Nielsen starred with different actors,those that did not appear on the sitcom. In THE NAKED GUN:From The Files Of Police Squad,Officer Nordberg(O.J. Simpson) is injuriously shot by gangsters, resulting in hospitalization. The Queen of England appears at a Reds-Dodgers baseball game and is about to be shot to death by one of the players. In this film,lieutenant Frank Drebin meets Jane Spencer(Priscilla Presley) who'd later become his girlfriend. At the end,Nordberg is out of the hospital,but in a wheelchair and Frank is promoted to Captain. In the NAKED GUN 2 1/2:The Smell Of Fear,the Police Squad staff bring to justice an impostor posing as an invalid doctor who was about to give a speech at a dinner. The real doctor,with Nordberg,Frank and Ed Hocken(George Kennedy) all pose as a Mexican band. It turns out that there was a bomb about to explode inside the establishment where the dinner took place. Again,Jane is in distress and is saved by Frank. In the NAKED GUN 33 1/3:The Final Insult,Frank and Jane are now married(they became engaged in the last scene of the first film). Frank enjoys his brief retirement from the police force(Police Squad threw a party for him after 30 years of service). Post-retirement,Ed and Nordberg visit Frank,who is cooking and cleaning. Frank's retirement is paused by a desperate favor of Ed's and Nordberg's. Again,a bomb is about to explode. This time at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles,where an Oscar ceremony takes place. And again,Jane is kidnapped and rescued after her brief separation from Frank. Frank's unexpected return to Police Squad caused the separation. Then,Frank and Nordberg are about to become fathers. Frank,about to videotape the birth, does not realize he actually videotaped Nordberg's new baby! Thinking Nordberg was the father of Jane's baby,Frank chases him angrily through the halls of the hospital. Jane,in a wheelchair,cradles her and Frank's new baby. Kennedy appeared in all 3 films. Respectively,there are cameos by "Weird Al" Yankovic,Anna Nicole Smith,Vanna White and James Earl Jones. Singer Robert Goulet appeared in the second film as a devious businessman who kidnaps Jane.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2007
In this triple feature movie you get the best stuff with a full load of comedy. Includes special features located below.
THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD!
THE NAKED GUN 2½: TH SMELL OF FEAR
NAKED GUN 33': THE FINAL INSULT
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2008
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
When I saw this DVD, I thought "No freakin way". No way was ALL THREE Naked Guns on ONE DVD. But sure enough, it's true. I love these movies, and to be able to pay 18 bucks for all 3, and on one DVD, was an easy decision. This was a great buy, and no way is it a disappointment. If you love the movies, you love this DVD. Obviously. But shirley I can't be serious? Well, I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2010
It would have been nice if the DVDs included the alternate/deleted scenes from the TV versions. I remember watching "33 1/3" on TV once and seeing a bunch of footage that wasn't in the theatrical, video or DVD versions. There were some really funny scenes that explained or payed off scenes that are in the original version. Oh, well, maybe someday when or if they release them on Blu Ray...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2004
This is one of the most funniest series along with the Police Academy series, National Lampoons Vacation series, Scary Movie series and the Austin Powers series. Leslie Neilson is really funny in these movies. But, it does have lots of crude humor, but i'm sure your kids will be able watch it if they're about 8 and over. Anyway, I got this series for Christmas (and I'm glad I did.) While this film doesn't lampoon or parody anything, it is still a great series. These movies are too gross like alot of movies out here today (and yes Scary movie is gross but it is still funny). In each disk we don't get much features. A trailer and a commentary which was quite fun to listen to. The transfer is nice and the picture is perfect. I did find the odd flaw in the color but that's fine.
This box set is quite cheap which was great, beacause if you buy it in stores, it will cost more money.
Naked Gun- This, by a hair, is the best of the series and you will always find something to laugh at through out the movie. One of my favorite things they say in the movie is "They said it's a 50 50% chance of him living, and only a 10% chance of that" and "No one on this force will rest untill the person who shot Norbert is caught. Now let's get something to eat"
Naked Gun 2: the smell of fear- This is almost as good as the first one but just wasn't as good. It's still one funny movie that will keep you laughing from beginning to end. Quite alot of one liners and jokes like when he is in the bar.
Naked Gun 3: The Final Insult- Now this one if still a hilarious movie and is a bit better than the second, but I did find it to be the most gross one out of all three. Now your probablt saying "well why does he like this one better than the second one" and the answer to that is, this one made me laugh harder.
Naked Gun 10/10
Naked Gun 2 8/10
Naked Gun 3 8 /10
So get ready to laugh with the worlds dumbest cop. (And don't forget the popcorn)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2003
Once upon a time, specifically in 1982, there was a hapless cop named Frank Drebin. He had his own TV series on ABC called "Police Squad." This show showed that Frank usually had no clue as to what was going on around him (much less what he himself was doing), yet somehow he always managed to catch the bad people. And all of this while hiarlity ensued.
The show lasted for an entire 6 episodes, at which time Frank Drebin faded off into TV's never, never land.
Or so we thought!
In 1988, the creators of the airport farce "Airplane" found Frank Drebin wandering the streets and thought it would be a good idea to bring him to the big screen. After all, they thought, what could it hurt? Certainly not their careers, since they were the ones that created Frank Drebin in the first place.
And so Frank Drebin was released onto the unsuspecting public once again. And just like the first time, hilarity ensued.
The "Naked Gun" movies are three of the best comedies ever made. Just ask any diehard fan, and chances are they will start quoting line after line at you. Unless, of course, they fall down on the floor rolling with laughter from just thinking about the movies (we fans have been known to do that).
"The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad" is the first movie in the series. Frank Drebin, played by the wonderfully talented Leslie Nielsen, is investigating the shooting of his partner Nordberg (played by O.J. Simpson.... yes, that O.J. Simpson). During his bumbling investigation, Drebin manages to come across a plan to kill the Queen of England, who just happens to be in town for a visit. Score one for Drebin, right? Wrong. He manages to torch the building he's in. In an attempt to save the Queen, Frank Drebin makes a mockery of America's pasttime, baseball. Hilarity, of course, ensues.
"The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell Of Fear" opens to find that Frank and Jane (played in all three movies by the talented Priscilla Presley) never went through with their wedding and have gone their separate ways. An explosion in a research facility where Jane works brings the two of them back together. Frank haplessly pursues the man behind the bombings, which, of course, just happens to be Jane's new boyfriend. When Frank manages to foil a murder attempt on Jane, the two of them can no longer deny their feelings forever. They promptly make a mockery of the movie "Ghost" and, naturally, hilarity ensues.
"Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" opens with Jane now a lawyer, who happens to be in a courtroom full of women with their babies. But alas, Jane doesn't have a baby yet. And, naturally, she blames it on Frank, who blames Jane for taking him away from Police Squad. When Jane catches Frank helping his former partners with a case, she leaves him and proceeds to make a mockery of "Thelma and Louise." With nothing else to lose, Frank decides to help his Police Squad buddies with catching a bomber who is currently in prison. Through a twist-of-fate (or is it a giant plot hole?), our favorite couple reunite. Unfortunately, Frank has to pretend he doesn't know her, takes her hostage, and then everyone heads to the Shrine Auditorium to make a complete mockery of the Academy Awards (or has the Academy Awards already made a mockery of itself?). Total hilarity ensues.
The "Naked Gun" series, though flawed at times, contains three of the best slapstick comedies out there this side of Monty Python. These movies can be watched again and again, and each time you see them you will catch another joke or spot another gag that you haven't seen before. And if you are like me, you will start laughing way before the joke appears, much to the aggravation of anyone watching it with you.
Because the movies were made before the era of DVD, the special features in the DVD are a little lacking. However, each movie does come with a running commentary with David Zucker and Robert Weiss (Peter Segal and Michael Ewing join for the third one). All three commentaries prove to be as funny as the movies themselves. Which, of course, means hilarity ensues.