The latest "Austin Powers" DVD is a true Goldmember amongst discs with a shagadelic selection of extra features.
Picture The colours are bright and the transfer is really quite groovy.
Sound Both the Dolby and DTS tracks on this DVD are great fun, with extra provision for those of you with a rear centre speaker. The opening action sequence is especially exciting in terms of bass-riddled effects.
Audio Commentary One Director Jay Roach and Mike Myers hook up for a sedate commentary that's occasionally amusing, and reasonably informative. The editing and the improvisation in scenes are discussed, as well as choice of effects and how they were achieved. Both are proud of the opening sequence studded with Hollywood stars. They relate the fear of only having them for one day, only for the heavens to open.
Deleted Scenes There are 15 deleted scenes for you to watch. All are presented in 5.1 sound and with optional commentary. The standard of the material is quite high. It includes a brilliant musical number that was cut after a dough-brained preview audience, that clearly deserved a sound spanking, objected to it. The final scene is a four-minute compilation of outtakes and is well worth leaving as a little treat - it's very funny.
Creative Convergence The atmosphere on set and the work of Mike Myers and Jay Roach is covered in this six-minute featurette.
Confluence of Characters This DVD has some right la-de-da language, boffin-type descriptions for these featurettes. In this section you'll find four short pieces on the new characters of the film, which includes some typically enjoyable interview footage with Michael Caine.
Opening Stunts A two-minute quickie on the opening car stunt.
The Cars of Austin Powers Three action sequences, including the early ensemble dance number are dissected here using behind-the-scenes footage.
MI6: International Men of Mystery Ever wondered how MI6 came about and where the image of them all being toffs came from? Turns out there's a very simple explanation in this four-minute featurette.
English, English The cockney-based banter between Nigel and Austin is discussed here, with Michael Caine chipping in with his thoughts on his vernacular heritage.
Disco Fever Wow - there's real footage of the 70s disco scene here! Plus, there's a look at the 70s vibe to the film and the dance routines.
Fashion vs Fiction The featurettes just get shorter. Deena Appel tries to squeeze in a look at her costume design for the movie in under two minutes.
Visual FX Even "Austin Powers" doesn't escape CGI enhancement as you'll see in this brief look at the visual effects in the movie.
Additional Extra Features Also on the DVD are four teaser trailers, one theatrical trailer, and four music videos.
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX and DTS 5.1 ES
Audio Tracks: English
Menus: Animated, with music
Special Features Subtitles: None of the special features come with subtitles.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.