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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 5-DEC-2006
Media Type: DVD
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First of all, this is not your average superhero comic book on cinema. If you pop this in your player, expecting a whiff of X-men type of action and carnage, you'll be hugely disappointed. This film more closely resembles Mystery Men in terms of its cynical, sad sack comedy and wicked digs at the superhero mythology. Mystery Men, if I recall, focused more on the personal foibles of the "heroes" than on actual superheroing. The Specials have even less action - in fact, it has NO action scenes. What it does, instead, is unfold a villain-free day-in-the-life of the Specials.
The plot, as such: The Specials are a bush-league, second-string superhero team, considered the 6th or 7th greatest superhero team around. The team comprises of 12 or 19 members (there is a superhero named 8 - one mind in 8 bodies) and is led by the preachy goody-goody Strobe (Thomas Haden Church). On the verge of getting their own line of Kosgro action figures, the supers fall prey to incessant bickering, which culminates in the break-up of the Specials. Now the disbanded members find themselves rudderless and must do some soul searching and decide on what they really want: go their own separate ways, or come to terms with each other and once more become Special.
This is a low budget film with a semi-indie feel. This flick is also a spoof. It has plenty of satiric elements.Read more ›
If you enjoy seeing others in awkward uncomfortable social situations with minimal plot drama (think Napolean Dynamite), i think you'll like this movie too. I love this movie for it's dry documentary humor about a dysfunctional, family-ish super hero group. My sister who prefers intellectual humor & doesn't really like toilet jokes couldn't stop laughing in that shocked "oh my god, did they just say/do that?" kind of way. Plus, the commentary version added a whole new layer of perspective that enhanced my appreciation for the end result. I don't want to spoil anything but it is definately worth a rental to see. (one drawback though was a lack of subtitle options on my version)
The DVD: It's packed with some very cool stuff. High points: The commentary track, deleted scenes, and toy commercial (based on the superhero characters from the movie) are all very cool.
Final Thoughts: This movie came and went without much fanfare, but you won't be disappointed in the movie or the quality of this DVD. I recommend it fully.
I do wish they had a bit more of a budget; the documentary/drama style of the film seems to be building towards a climactic superhero battle that never happens. The script is so skillfully-written otherwise I suspect the climactic scene was written but cut for budget reasons.
So keep the "no superheroic payoff" in mind, fill your living room with comic book geeks some night and otaku mightily.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie which suffered from coming out close to bigger budget, The Mystery Men. I describe it to people as Seinfeld crossed with a low budget Avengers. Read morePublished 11 days ago by GG Jaeger
I stumbled on this movie quite by accident while perusing Popcornflix on Roku. As the movie unfolded I found myself reaching for the remote and anticipating an early bedtime. Read morePublished 4 months ago by dmc
Simple movie about a group of 6th stringers. Not alot of action, but clever dialog and alot of fun.Published 11 months ago by Dale W. Wilson
I really wanted this to be good. It really wasn't. Very talky, no action. Some good humor, but not enough to engage me for its length.Published 19 months ago by H. Coffill
A largely-unknown superhero comedy is an okay film filled with jokes that comic book fans will enjoy. Better than "Mystery Men"Published 21 months ago by Alan
Superheroes, and funny as all hell to boot.
Both writer/co-star James Gunn (not to mention the writer/director of Guardians of the Galaxy) and the director of this movie... Read more
Isaw this movie a long time ago.It must impressed me.Ihad to have the dvd.Warning AMOK,is riding the fence,between good and badPublished on August 22, 2013 by corwin tipsword
This movie exceeded my expectations, which were very low to begin with. I didn't realize that this movie was made in 1999 until after I watch it, and from that perspective it... Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by M. J. Thysell