A review by Mike Shea Movie Rating: ( * * * * * ) DVD Rating: ( * * * * * )
I wasn't a believer in the original Austin Powers until I saw it about fifty times. Then I saw the light. The same is true with the second one. The in-your-face humor of this movie at first is a turn off but then it turn around and keeps you laughing while you struggle with traffic around the beltway. The humor ranges from truly subtle (the Frow, Dr. Evil "It Got Weird" scene is great) to the obnoxous (like the tent sillouette scene) with quite a bit in between. Sometimes just seeing how far they went to set up a joke makes you laugh like in the coffee lab scene. The story is rediculus and is meant to be so. The music is top notch. After you see it a couple of times it really begins to taste better (so to speak...). The DVD was built from the ground up as the movie was being made and it really shows. Both Mike Myers and New Line really stand behind the format. The disc has a great Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a 16x9 enhanced picture and a slew of extras including some of the best cut scenes I have ever seen. There is a full length directors commentary and a 30 minute making of featurette. Overall this disc holds up very well to the standards the original put into place. You get an excellent classic movie (up there with Naked Gun and Airplane) and a wonderful DVD for about $15.