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Naked Gun 2.5 - The Smell Of Fear  [1991] [DVD]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2003
Lt Frank Drebin is back and funnier than ever! This film is the funniest film I have ever seen. The jokes and slapstick come think and fast, and some of the funniest happen to The presidents wife. Once you've seen the crab bit, you'll be in hysterics. My favourate quote: Bad guy: "Now I'll have the pleasure of killing you myself."
Drebin: "The pleasures all mine!" (Confunsed look from badguy.) If you liked the first one get this. If you liked the 3rd one get this. If you've never seen them before, still get it. I promise you it'll be the funniest film you see all year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Watching this 1991 sequel to Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, is like opening a time capsule. A slapstick comedy/satire set in Washington, DC, during the Presidency of George H. W. Bush, the plot involves the kidnapping of Dr. Albert Meinheimer (Richard Griffiths), the President's energy czar, who wants to reduce the country's pollution and its dependence on coal, oil, and nuclear power. Working as the Public Relations Director of the Meinheimer Institute, is Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley), to whom Police Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) was once engaged (until he was found in a compromising situation with the Queen in Naked Gun I). Jane is now the lover of Quentin Hapsburg (Robert Goulet), who has planned the Meinheimer kidnapping.

Filled with sight gags, one-liners, parodies of other films, stock comedy routines, jokes hidden within the sets (a portrait of Mike Dukakis on the wall, for example), and non-stop action that runs amok, the plot is the least of director David Zucker's concerns. Lt. Drebin (Nielsen), his romance with Jane, and his constant missteps as an investigator serve as the primary focus. Goulet acts the suitably oily villain, and actors George Kennedy and O. J. Simpson, who work with Drebin, are as bumbling as he is.

In the opening scene, a Presidential reception hosted to honor Drebin by President George H. W. Bush (played by John Roarke, who is hilariously realistic), Drebin decks Barbara Bush several times (with Margery Ross, who plays the First Lady as a valiant trouper, always coming up smiling). The setting quickly changes to a strip joint, a bowling alley, and operating room, and eventually includes a bomb site, a blues bar, and a dance-reception before the chases start. Nelson and Winnie Mandela, John Sununu, and Davy Crockett have roles here, and ZsaZsa Gabor and Mel Torme appear in cameos.

The action is wild and wacky, and the gags (both verbal and visual) never cease. Love scenes add romance--or attempts at romance, since those, especially a seduction in which the two people are making a vase from wet clay in an art studio when the wheel goes out of control--are as off-the-wall as the rest of the film. Especially time-sensitive regarding O. J. Simpson, who dominates his scenes ironically in ways that he never did in 1991, when the film was made, Naked Gun 2 1/2 is a hilarious but poignant comedy--the energy problems of 1991 are, unfortunately, not all that different now. Mary Whipple
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2013
Such a great film, let down by the missing special features of the Dvd.

I bought this because I love the film and wanted it in High Def. but I am keeping the Dvds also because they contain the audio commentary, not found on the blu-ray.

The picture was very grainy and only marginally better than the dvd. Basically, stick with the dvd as its better value for money.

The high rating is for the film, rather than this Blu-Ray
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2013
Confirming this is actually region free; it plays fine on my North American Blu-ray player in the USA. The image quality is not that great, however, so I was a little disappointed. It's definitely better than the DVD on my 55" widescreen, but still looks noticeably grainy. This is still the best quality release format to date and the price is right. It was super cheap and easy to buy it here on amazon.co.uk and pay shipping to the USA, for cheaper than many domestic Blu-Rays! I also bought Hot Shots!, Hot Shots! Part Duex, and the Naked Gun 33 1/3, none of which are available in the US yet. Hopefully if more people start buying the UK versions, they will release in the US in better quality/remastered versions... These are classic and hysterical movies. Look at the other crap they put out in Blu-Ray that is now in the discount bins at BestBuy when they could sell these for $10/ea to millions of people. Come on, Paramount!!! Release the USA versions already!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2006
this film is so funny, you cant drink while watching it as you will choke. you cannot stop laughing through the film, it is just non-stop laughter. it is the funniest film there is and it will remain as the funniest film, probably forever. it is perfect.funny from the start which is quite rare. watch it if you like laughing for an hour and a half.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2006
I thought this film was hilarious! It was funny from the first shot to the last. Leslie Nielson was perfect for his role. And, as Oliver Hardy (from those brilliant comedians Laurel and Hardy) said "There's no one as dumb, as someone who's dumb, and thinks he's smart" a description that perfectly describes Leslie Nielson's character, Frank Drebin.
Definetly worth seeing if you like comedy, as this is a comedy classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2010
Lt Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) strikes again in this classic comedy film.
Admittadely not as good as the first, 2 1/2 - Smell of Fear is still one of life's greatest hilarious movies.
Great film that is a true must see.
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I love this film so much it hurts - but it has to be a guilty-pleasure because so many of the jokes are low-brow, groan-inducing and sometimes incredibly childish. The dead-pan comic genius of Leslie Nielsen makes up for it in spades. My favourite scene, and probably the most expertly constructed in terms of sight-gags in background as well as foreground as well as script and comic timing, is played out in Lt. Drebben's chosen watering hole, The Blue Note nightclub. Ridiculous and often off-the-pier, this is a laugh-riot of a film. And remember your code phrase, 'I love it'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2014
Great movie, if you like silly and I suppose I do. Looks just fine and the sound is absolutely outstanding.
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on 17 November 2013
Our hapless policeman with the deadpan delivery is back with the gang as he attempts to save the day aided or abetted by his faithful colleagues following the kidnapping of a Presidential Adviser and his replacement with a double to increase the wealth of the members of a cartel.
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