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5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant end to a brilliant threequel, 2 Feb 2003
This review is from: Austin Powers in Goldmember [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Bringing a trilogy to its natural conclusion is never an easy task, but creator/producer and multiple star Mike Myers does exactly that, with enough cameos, gags, props and inescapably juvenile humour to make Goldmember a success.
Three years since Austin (Myers) prevented Dr Evil's (Myers) insidious scheming, the demented genius and his miniature clone Mini-Me (Verne Troyer, on top form) escape from their maximum-security prison to commit more evil atrocities in various decades, this time teaming up with diabolical Dutch criminal-mastermind Goldmember (Myers), who gained his name after a bizarre smelting accident turned his family jewels into solid gold.
But there is more at stake for Austin, as Goldmember has kidnapped his 'farsher' - father: he has a Dutch accent, isn't that weird? - Nigel Powers (played by the superbly cockney Caine), who Austin has his own issues with.
The Evil family return, with Seth Green (Scott), Mindy Sterling (Frau) and Robert Wagner (Number Two) providing a favourable audience for Dr Evil's new and typically OTT plans.
Joining Austin this time is Destiny's Child singer Knowles, whose blaxploitation babe Foxxy Cleopatra fills her part (and then some!) admirably well, as Powers must go back to 1975 to save the girl, his 'farsher' and the world once more - all in a days work for Her Majesty's top agent.
As you'd expect, the picture quality is wonderfully vibrant thanks to the swinging Seventies-inspired colours and set designs. Even more impressive for a release of this nature is the inclusion of the DTS 6.1 soundtrack, which features discrete 6.1 decoding for those with a centre-rear speaker.
Unfortunately, unlike the previous Powers outings the selection of special features feels a little under-whelming, with a limited and less inventive array of extras. The audio commentary by director Roach and writer/star Myers is acceptable, though lacking the replay value provided by their commentary for The Spy Who Shagged Me.
The 'All-Access Pass' features take you into the familiar behind-the-scenes-esque bonus material, with 'The World Of Austin Powers' revealing insight into the making, casting, stunts and special effects. Although there is certainly value and enjoyment to be had from watching these featurettes, it is the insight into the new characters that breathes life into this selection - and in particular Masters Powers and Evil, where the camera takes you into their casting sessions, role acceptance and makeup, including Powers' goofy teeth and chest hair.
The enormous selection of deleted/extended scenes lack the charm of those from TSWSM, and unlike those in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (cut because they extended the MPAA boundaries of cinematic taste), were cut due to them either slowing the film's pace, or simply because they didn't work.
The 'Visual FX Segment' is a short look into the more expensive SFX budget awarded Goldmember, while music videos from Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles and more fill disc space along with the film's various trailers.
'Beyond The Movie' contains four featurettes that look at specific scenes/styles of the film, with 'International Men Of Mystery', 'English, English' (cockney rhyming slang), 'Disco Fever' and 'Fashion Vs Fiction' short insights into the world of Powers... Austin Powers.
Although unlikely to span forty years like the Bond Franchise, Austin Powers In Goldmember, like the previous two, gets more enjoyable with repeated viewings.
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