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Inspector Gadget [DVD] [1999]

Matthew Broderick , Rupert Everett , David Kellogg    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Rupert Everett, Joely Fisher, Michelle Trachtenberg, Andy Dick
  • Directors: David Kellogg
  • Writers: Andy Heyward, Bruno Bianchi, Dana Olsen, Jean Chalopin, Kerry Ehrin
  • Producers: Aaron Meyerson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Norwegian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TT7E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,054 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Strictly for kids, this 1999 live-action feature version of the popular cartoon series seems long even at 80 minutes. As a video, it's easier to take and appreciate for what works best in the story: the special effects. Matthew Broderick plays the security guard who is physically transformed into a multi-use cyborg with a zillion attachments, from stilts to helicopter blades to skis. A crime fighter in raincoat and fedora, and equipped with a nifty Gadgetmobile, the hero investigates the death of a man linked to the villainous Sanford Scolex (Rupert Everett). Scolex, who blames Gadget for having to wear a prosthetic hand, develops an evil robot twin of the good inspector, causing much mischief and giving Broderick an opportunity to poke fun at his own performance of the virtuous Inspector. The action is shaky, the script plods along and the effects soon take over; Everett has to go to the extremes of overacting just to be seen above it. But children of a certain age will almost certainly engage with the more clever stuff and forgive the rest. --Tom Keogh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fun if you are a kid 16 July 2000
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Adults will rember the cartoon series, this is not it. Disney has made a live action film that most adults will not care for, but if you are in your early teens or younger (8+) then you will find the film a fun time to watch. The effects are good but the best is the gadget mobile (the best thing in the film) and worth watching for that alone.
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I remember going to see this movie as a kid, I did enjoy it because I was not really aware of the original 80s cartoon. After become a fan of the original Inspector Gadget later on, I watched the film again. Seeing it through my eyes now, it is a pretty poor film. Sure, children should enjoy it but any longtime fan of IG will feel the movie as a affront.

The film's big problem is that is hardly in the least faithful to the television series. It does have quite a lot of cartoony elements in it but that is as far as it goes. Dr. Claw is unrecognizable. He is not even called Dr. Claw. He is called something like Scholex or something like that. Part of the idea of the character is that his face was always hidden but here, we see Rupert Everett's face all the time! It is not even attempting to bring the original villain to the big screen. Plus, in the cartoon, he didn't even have a proper claw.

Matthew Broderick as the Inspector, will I do think Broderick is a good actor, seems hopelessly miscasted. His character didn't have any Don Adams effect at all, his character was surprising bland and he didn't even say his catchprase "Wowsers" properly. Penny is now a early teen with brown hair and not the 10 year old with blond pigtails from the original while she also calls her uncle "Uncle John" instead of "Uncle Gadget". Brain is another missed oppertunity. Why is he played by a real dog? Brain almost played as big a part as Gadget in the cartoon, with his following around and disguises, wouldn't it had been better to have him done by a CGI character like Scooby-Doo? That would have been better. And also, the Gadgetmobile takes up most of the spotlight by giving him a talking computer engine. Why oh why does Gadgetmobile now talk? I never understand why the need to?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids 12 Dec 2013
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Originally bought as a Christmas gift but given early owing to good behaviour - my two aged 6 & 8 have already watched it 3 times and think it is brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 17 Sep 2013
By Tina
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Bought this for our twin grandsons after watching the film on TV.
They have watched it over and over and over again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 6 Sep 2013
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I saw this when it was first released and really liked it as did my two boys.We have just replaced the dvd and decided to watch it again after all those years. Still just as good,loved the cartoon as a child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspector gadget is a scream 16 Nov 2012
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So much fun with this daft as a brush built up cop, is there any part of gadget that is not the original person, as he has things coming out of all orifices and a few that just come out, from where, know one knows.
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3.0 out of 5 stars inspector gadget
very pleased with the conditon and the dvd was in good nick and the packaging was the right size. it came ealie then it said
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Mr. Jonathan W. Farmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Film Club Review - Inspector Gadget
Our school film club thought that this was a brilliant film and we would recommend it to 7-12 year olds.
We enjoyed most of the film but some bits were better than others. Read more
Published on 8 July 2009
2.0 out of 5 stars Expecting More?
Inspector Gadget was released in 1999 and is based on the cartoon of the same title. It was directed by David Kellogg and stars Matthew Broderick as Inspector Gadget, and Michelle... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2006 by Andrew Kerr
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality!!!
Not very much like the cartoon (which I thought was very funny as a kid) but this is a good film. Mathew Broderick is a very funny man and played "Inspector Gadget" very... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Brilliant film!
When I went to see it for my birthday me and my friends really enjoyed it we wanted to see it again and again it was so good.After that we rented the video and all wanted to watch. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars A special FX laden Disney movie
From the very beginning, anyone can see that this movie is not going to be all together serious. Matthew Broderick is officer John Brown who is transformed into a kid's robocop by... Read more
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