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AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Dr Evil (Mike Myers) and his pint-sized sidekick Mini-Me (Verne Troyer) escape from maximum-security prison and join forces with Goldmember (Mike Myers), a Dutch roller skating super-villain with flaky skin. Together they plan to kidnap Austin’s still swingin’ dad Nigel (Michael Caine) in a time-travelling scheme to use a “Magma Drill” and rule the world from the “Death Star.” Austin returns to the 70s and reunites with disco-spy Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles) to stop them. Along the way they contend with Fat Bastard (Mike Myers), an MI6 mole (Fred Savage) and a defecting Mini-Me.


Review by Shannon J. Harvey:
Jump in your Shaguar and fasten your mojo! That bespectacled, bad-teethed, crushed-velvet wearing 60s British super-spy is back in his most poorly structured, lazily plotted spoof yet. Not that the plot matters here. It’s just an excuse for Mike Myers’s patented brand of out-of-time antics, gags, catch-phrases, one liners, sexual innuendo and star-studded cameos. It’s the wackiest, most off-the-wall, nonsensical Austin movie yet – possibly ever made. 

Knowing he can never replicate the original’s freshness, Myers plays on the comedy he created by breaking all the rules and going way over-the-top. A simple mole joke gets funnier the more it’s repeated, as do jokes aimed at the Dutch, flaky skin, and cockney slang. Plot goes out the window here, and if there’s any movie you can forgive for it, it’s an Austin Powers movie.

With the choice of 5.1 EX or 6.1 DTS ES sound, Goldmember on single-disc DVD is a gold mine of extras, with many of the abundant extras deconstructing the genesis of the humour, characters, gags, costumes, and indeed the entire milieu of the series. These are genuine behind-the-scenes features, commentaries, and deleted scenes that add to the film, not just gloss it up.

For example, a fascinating doco on MI6’s “Gentleman Spies” club reveals that guys like Austin really did exist in the 60s; wealthy, connected British aristocrats commissioned to provide intelligence. Secondly, 20-minutes of deleted scenes prove that test audiences don’t work. So many key hysterical scenes have been cut, and as director Jay Roach admits in his commentary, they could have smoothed out the film’s indecipherable plot. Goldmember himself, Roach admits, “has way more life than we were able to keep in the movie.”

At least it makes the DVD worthwhile. The two hours of extras also include Myers and Roach’s feature commentary, anatomies of three scenes, behind-the-scenes of the opening stunt sequence, and four music videos including the hysterical prison-yard knock-off of “Hard Knock Life” from Annie. Why wasn’t that not nominated for a Best Song Oscar? Or costumes for Best Costumes, which really add extra layers to the comedy. 

Perhaps the only thing lacking is comments from the A-List cameo actors, but still, the extras here really give you an insight into Myers’s genius. Even though he has just one decade left to exploit for the fourth movie - the 80s – I for one can’t wait to see what he comes up with. You think it has to include The Village People, Duran Duran, Cindy Lauper, and the Harlem Globetrotters. Bring it on Mike.

Published February 20, 2003



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CAST: Mike Myers, Michael Caine, Verne Troyer, Beyonce Knowles, Seth Green, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Fred Savage.

DIRECTOR: Jay Roach

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

PRESENTATION: widescreen 2.35:1, 16.9 enhanced, Dolby digital EX 5.1 surround, DTS ES 6.1 Surround

SPECIAL FEATURES: Beyond the movie: MI6 International Men of Mystery; Fashion vs Fiction; Disco Fever; English, English; All Access Pass: Filmmaker’s commentary with Jay Roach and Mike Myers; The World of Austin Powers – Jay Roach and Mike Myers: Creative, Convergence, Confluence of Characters; Opening Stunts; The Cars of Austin Powers in Goldmember; Anatomy of Three Scenes; Visual FX Segment; Deleted and alternate scenes with optional director commentary; Music Videos: Beyonce Knowles “Work it Out,” Britney Spears “Boys,” Ming Tea “Daddy Wasn’t There,” Dr Evil and Mini-Me “Hard Knock Life”; Theatrical Trailers.

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: February 19, 2003







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