CHARLIE'S ANGELS ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S PACK
Charlie’s Angels Natalie (Cameron Diaz), Dylan (Drew Barrymore) and Alex (Lucy Liu) save the day as they fight against evil, as they work for their unseen boss Charlie, who gives remote instructions for their next adventure.
Review by Louise Keller:
For Charlie’s Angels fans, the Ultimate Collector’s Pack kicks ass with its three disc set comprising not only the first and second film, but a disc with five episodes from the original tv series.
A kind of female James Bond threefold, Charlie's Angels seduce us with their charms in a visual explosion of colour, style and action. Escapism from start to finish with plenty of gorgeous clothes, extravagant stunts and a staple Hollywood script fuelled by energy, the emphasis is on fun. Plenty of it. So if it's an uplifting dose of tongue-in-cheek dazzle you are looking for, you needn't look much further. Music video director McG propels the film with his contagious enthusiasm and flair that obviously infected the whole cast. The DVD is crammed with features – from the Welcome to Angel World Documentary which gives an overview of the project from the filmmakers' point of view, to the outtakes and bloopers and music scenes. McG wanted it to feel like a gigantic, fun, joyous storybook; each page revealing a different look and feel, using plenty of reds, golden yellows and monochromatic sets. We watch Martial Arts choreographer Cheung Yan Yuen (The Matrix) at work with the girls as they go through their conditioning, strength and wire training. If you're fascinated by the filmmaking process and how the stunts are done, you'll thoroughly enjoy this DVD, and in the commentary, director McG and cinematographer Russell Carpenter appear to relive the entire experience as they talk through shot after shot, stunt after stunt.
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
With its clearly laid out menus packed with special features, plenty of effort has been taken for the DVD to enhance this fantasy trip with the Angels. My favourite feature is The Full Throttle Juke Box which features some of the songs from the film. Each song is prefaced by an introduction by McG and the music supervisor who talk about why the song was selected. We then see the relevant clip. Unique and well done. Have a look at the Surfer Girl sequence, which totally puts into context the relevance of the Beach boys song for the Diaz/Moore bikini surfing scene. But first, the film. The Angels are back with a plethora of energy, high kicks, jaw-breaking stunts and all the cheeky charm that made them winners the first time around. Yes, they’re crashing through windows, leaping off tall buildings, surfing, motocrossing, wrestling and doing everything that’s impossible. And all the while we are entertained and bewitched by their ever-changing guises, a dazzling wardrobe, a bevy of wigs, striking make up and ever-so-high stilettos that seem to come out of every encounter intact. At times the film appears to be an excuse for a fashion parade, a play at dress-ups, with amusing disguises as well as stunning fashions that compliment every curve. But it doesn’t matter. This is a good-natured romp that is as over the top as the wardrobe, with plenty of laughs, jaw-dropping action sequences and oodles of surprises. It’s zany and full of wow!
Best of Charlie’s Angels TV
Select from a menu of five episodes from the original television series, starring Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith. A blast from the past.
Published November 20, 2003
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CAST: Charlie’s Angels: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray;
Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Demi Moore;
Best of Charlie’s Angels: Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith
DIRECTOR: Charlie’s Angels: Joseph McGinty Nichol; Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle: McG
RUNNING TIME: various
PRESENTATION: Widescreen (2.40:1/16:9 enhanced);
SPECIAL FEATURES: Charlie’s Angels: ‘Welcome to Angel World’ Documentary; ‘Getting G’d Up’ Documentary; ‘The Master and the Angels’ Documentary; Angelic Attire: Dressing Cameron, Drew and Lucy Liu; Angelic Effects; Wired Angels; Deleted and Extended Scenes; Outtakes and Bloopers; Music Videos; Filmographies; Theatrical Trailer; Director and Cinematographer Commentary; Languages: English and Hungarian; Subtitles; English, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Greek, Arabic.
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle: Audio commentary with ‘telestrator’ on screen comments by director McG; audio commentary by cinematographer Russell Carpenter, editor Wayne Wahrman & story board artists Adolfo Martinez; audio commentary by writers John August, Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Sellek Wibberley; Angel Vision pop up factoid track with trivia and video link-outs; 8 behind the scenes featurettes including a look into the film’s costumes, production design, stunts, cars and more; ‘size isn’t everything’ ; ‘cameo-graphy’ trivia with direct link to their scenes in the film; jukebox with direct links to scenes where song appears; MTV movie awards short film vignette; tv spot; music video; trailer; special hidden features; talent profiles
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Col TriStar Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: November 19, 2003