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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Special Edition Blu-Ray Review

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Yeah, baby yeah! Austin Powers is back with Mike Myers’ brilliant cult comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery getting a special edition Blu-ray and DVD release this April.

The Austin Powers films are all great fun and loved by so many people so why not go back to the start with this new special edition Blu-ray and watch the grooviest secret agent of all return after 30 years of being cryogenically frozen to defeat Dr Evil. After Dr Evil narrowly escapes from Powers in 1967, the two must return in the 90s and Evil plans to threaten the world once more and only the world’s greatest spy only Austin Powers can stop him.

Mike Myers is on top form here, not only did he write the film, but he also plays both Austin Powers and Dr Evil. It’s a brilliantly hilarious spy movie parody that gets you in stitched the whole way through. Dr Evil is a far superior villain than Blofeld or any of the Bond villains; none of them ever tried to kill the protagonist with ill-tempered mutated sea bass or sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads.

It perfectly spoofs spy films and the James Bond films in many of its characters and in many different ways, but it also works perfectly on its own as a comedy without having to be watched in the context of 007. At just 94 minutes long, the time flies by and it has you laughing out loud every few minutes, even if you’ve seen the film multiple times before.

The film came out in 1997 and it doesn’t really hold up in terms of cultural opinions. The film’s main character is a misogynist who spends the whole time talking about how randy he is. There’s even a character called Alotta Fagina. I doubt we’re going to ever see any more of Austin Powers just because of how politically incorrect the character is but that being said, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is still very funny. Even re-watching it in 2021, it still gets quite a lot of laughs and it’s still a very funny film.

In terms of the bonus features on this new special edition Blu-ray there isn’t really anything to get too excited about. It includes a featurette on the characters Austin and Vanessa as well as some B-roll footage, character soundbites, TV spots and clips as well as the funky music video for the credits song “BBC” by Ming Tea. None of these extras are particularly exciting which is a bit disappointing but nonetheless it’s exciting to have such a groovy film on a nice brand new Blu-ray.

Groovy baby!

★★★★☆

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is on special edition Blu-ray, DVD and Digital 19 April.

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Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest

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Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest is a deadly serious comedy film about friendship and arcade games that’ll surely put a smile on your face and tug at your heartstrings. Set at Bip Bip Bar, it tells the story of a group of unlikely heroes aka friends who help Kim Cannon Arm attempts to be the first in the world to play Gyruss an arcade machine from the early 80s for 100 consecutive hours. The film showcases these heroic outsiders with dreams about becoming legendary world record holders. 

Watching Kim and his friends embark on this quest was certainly like preparing for a marathon as Kim’s friends make him get an annual physical checkup from the doctor, It was easy to get swept up and share their excitement. Director Mads Hedegaard introduces these bunch of endearing misfits who truly make up a kind and supportive community. We learn several details about each of Kim’s friends including careers, favourite games, bands, family life and plenty more. Each are unique and the Documentary made me feel like I’d known this group my whole life. 

The film is also able to capture the gaming atmosphere as it blasts through the 80s with synths and neon lights, which created a stylised, exhilarating journey into Kim’s brain and the world of Gyruss. Montages and Iron maiden tracks also feature and “I Need a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler features, which to me represented each member and the story which was ultimately made for pure entertainment. 

Themes of achieving success is a presence in this documentary as it has scenes filled with pure joy, sentimental bliss and deep philosophical moments of the loss of a friend and acceptance. As we watch Kim make his way through hours and hours of his challenge we see his friends are always with him for comfort and to help keep track. They play Iron maiden music to boost his moral but its clear to me that with friends like this, Kim has already won. 

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A24 | Red Rocket – Official Trailer

Finding himself down and out in Los Angeles, ex porn star Mikey Saber decides to crawl back to his hometown of Texas City, Texas, where his estranged wife and mother-in-law are living. Just as this dysfunctional family seems to be making things work, Mikey meets a young woman named Strawberry working the cash register at a local doughnut shop. He falls right back into his old habits.



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Comedy, Drama

Release Date:

2021

Director:

Sean Baker

Cast:

Simon Rex, Bree Elrod, Brenda Deiss

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Don’t Look Up | Official Trailer

The story of two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth.



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December 24, 2021

Director:

Adam McKay

Cast:

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Jonah Hill, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett

Plot Summary:

The story of two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth.

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