Austin Powers
New Line Cinema / 1997 / 95 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
Great flick and excellent send up of the James Bond Movies. In 1967 Austin Powers is trying to defeat Dr Evil, just as he's about to get him, Dr. Evil escapes and freezes himself, so Powers does the same. 

Now it's 1997, Dr. Evil is back and so is Austin, only this time he's out of touch, free love and drugs are a thing of the past and he has to adapt, while trying to shag Ms. Kensington played beautifully by Liz Hurley, she makes the picture.

See doctor evil has a dastardly plan to hold the world to ransom or otherwise he will destroy it by drilling a nuclear warhead into the earth's core. 

Will Austin get his man and shag Liz Hurley? You will have to watch. 

Highly Recommended.

VIDEO
What's this a Roadshow title that is in widescreen? Well I should be more specific, a matted widescreen format. The movie was originally released in an aspect ratio of approx. 2:35:1, but the movie on the disc is approx, 1:85:1. This is probably more to do with the fact it was filmed in Super 35. Now I know I sound picky but I would have liked it in it's full aspect ratio of 2:35:1 like the region 1 release, but beggars can't be choosy and besides, the picture quality is outstanding and looks crystal clear and there is very little MPEG noise. Top job in that respect Roadshow.

Austin Powers is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

AUDIO
There are 2 audio formats in Austin Powers International Man of Mystery, MPEG 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 and while both mixes sound very nice, I prefer the Dolby mix more. The movie makes quite good use of the surrounds when needed and the .1 channel has a little blast as well.
EXTRAS
Scene selections, trailer, music video, cast notes and a featurette and the menus have their own music, quite good actually.
FINAL THOUGHTS
Top DVD Roadshow, great movie, excellent picture and sound and great extra's. Looks like your finally getting your act together. Just a pity it doesn't have enough chapters. I like about 30 chapters per 90 Mins of movie.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 24 May 2000 15:16:12 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 95 minutes
Case Type: Clip Case
Release Date: 14/9/1998
Catalog Number: 1015269
List Price: 34.95
Distributor: Village Roadshow
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 17
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: DVM
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: MPEG 5.1 Surround
Languages: English
Subtitles: No
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: Yes
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: Yes
Production Notes: No
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