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on March 3, 2003
Thank the good lord above that all three Austin Powers movies are finally on DVD. Better yet, they're all special editions. Better still, they're all widescreen! And even better than that, they all have tons of special features!
The Austin Powers trilogy stands proudly up with the top movie trilogies of all time, including the Scream, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones trilogies. Every film gets a solid five stars. they are all hilarious. Still, they may take awhile to grow on you. I remember watching Goldmember, and later telling my sister "That movie is not funny at all." But by the third time I had watched it, I adored it, and thought it was absoloutly hilarious! I've always thought 1 and 2 were hilarious, though I believe 2 is probably the funniest. While you're watching the trilogy, you'll start to think about the characters as friends. I love Frau, Dr. Evil, Scott, all of them! Bottom line: the series offers plenty of good laughs for a rainy day.
The DVD are prenty much quality, with each one getting better than the one before it. The problem with the first movies DVD is that it's not presented in it's original Super 35 widescreen version. It is presented in a 1:85:1 anamorphic aspect ratio. Now, this new aspect ratio confuses me, but I've come to the conclusion that maybe it's BETTER than the Super 35 one. Better? you ask. How could it be better? Well, watching "Alternate Ending 2" in the deleted scenes section, they showed many clips from the film in Super 35. I noticed you saw just as much (and NOT more) to the side, but less on the top and bottom. So, this means that the aspect ratio on the DVD shows more to the sides AND the top and bottom. That's actually pretty cool, and after I realized that, I was comfortable watching the movie in this ratio. The picture is excellent (especially for one of the first DVDS ever) and the sound mix is great. The disks not exactly loaded, but it offers some good stuff. The seven deleted scenes are fun to watch, and the commentary is a joy. An interesting thing on the DVD is the ability to see clips from other movies starring the stars of Austin Powers. You see Mimi Rogers in a scene from "Monkey Trouble" and Elizabeth Hurley in a scene from "Dangerous Ground," amongst others.
The other DVD are much better, however. Both presented in their correct aspect ratios and loaded with extra features I(Goldmember's disk seems to be overflowing!), they make a must have buy.
A nice thing I noticed about this 3-Pack is that New Line took the time and care to change the cardboard covers of the first two into Keep Cases, the plastic ones, to make them fit with Goldmember better. I love New Line's way of improving themselves, and this is a good example.
Anyway, this is a great buy, and I'd recommend it to any body who's not offended by a dose of crude humor and wants to laugh.
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