'Austin Powers- International Man of Mystery' is reanimated on Blu-ray with a groovy 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the widescreen 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Don't be put off by the fact that it says 1.78:1 on the box.
The image looks good with nicely rendered skin tones ranging from the pale 'British' look to a Hollywood tan. The psychedelic linking sequences reveal a strong colour palette that is pleasant to look at. While there's a fair amount of detail to behold, the image isn't of the bitingly sharp variety. It has more of a natural, filmic look and there's no visible edge enhancement to spoil the view. Film grain isn't a problem and although I noticed the odd sparkly here and there, it could hardly be described as anything to complain about. Blacks are black and contrast is healthy throughout. Overall, it's quite a pleasing transfer without being spectacularly good like the latest blockbuster.
The audio on 'Austin Powers' comes in two flavours. We get a functional LPCM 2.0 stereo track, but we also have a remixed DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. While the former is quite punchy with a good range, I listened to the latter to get the benefit of the surround sound. Basically, what we get is good, crisp dialogue from the centre channel while the main stereo pair come alive with the over the top music track. The surrounds do give us the luxury of some muted atmospheric audio but don't really have bullets pinging off the walls of your listening room. When Dr Evil escapes in his Big Boy space rocket, the subwoofer is nudged into action and the surrounds join in for good measure. All the same, it's a fun track and like the movie, it doesn't take itself too seriously so why should we?
Zip, nada, null, noddinks.
No director's commentary, no 'making of' featurettes.
Just the movie, Baby.
Fans of spy movie send-ups have a treat in store as 'Austin Powers- International Man of Mystery' arrives on UK Region B locked Blu-ray with a 'smashing' 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed at 2.40:1.
We get a colourful image that handles the range of skin tones well, no real film grain issues and a pleasantly sharp image into the bargain.
The DTS- HD MA 5.1 surround track provides crisp dialogue, good use of the main stereo pair for the music score and gentle use of the surrounds for ambient effects.
There is no bonus material on this movie only release from Optimum.
Mike Myers, Liz Hurley, Michael York and company do their best to 'large it' with a script that gets its main laughs from bodily functions while making affectionate nods towards the Bond movies as well as many other targets in the super-spy genre. It's just the thing to accompany a few beers and a curry.
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