If you thought SPY was getting a little old by the film's end, boy are you in for a shock. The jokes in GOLDMEMBER are so old they make Strom Thurmond look like a Cabbage Patch Kid. Even the "new" jokes really aren't that funny at all. A villain who eats his own skin? C'mon. The Dr. Evil/Mini-Me rap sequence? Geez. And what about the criminal misuse of Academy Award winner Michael Caine? How long was he in this movie for, 5 minutes? What a waste of everyone's time.
The saving grace was the ample cleavage displayed by Ms. Beyonce Knowles. Shazam indeed! I will say the film does have a few moments that sneak up on you and give you a good chuckle. There's a moment at the end where Fat Bastard compares his neck to a part of the female anatomy that had me slappin away at my knees. Of course there's the opening sequence which was good for a smile. The rest of this movie was insipid enough to hopefully (please GOD!) prevent a fourth AUSTIN POWERS.
As all Infinifilm DVDs, the extras are separated into two segments, "Behind the Movie" and "All Access Pass." Since the "All Access" is much more in-detailed, let's start there. First up is our feature-length audio commentary by Jay Roach and Mike Myers. If you want to listen to a commentary these are the guys you want to listen to it from. Myers, obviously, tends to keep things light, cracking jokes in-between the behind-the-scenes tidbits he tosses out. Roach surprisingly gets as much talk time here and that's not a bad thing. Directors are sometimes tedious and boring on these tracks but Roach, as with his MEET THE PARENTS commentary track, keeps things moving nicely here.
Next is "The World of Austin Powers" which includes five featurettes under this heading. First was Jay Roach and Mike Myers: Creative Convergence which is basically the director and star talking about how they work together to allow improvisation yet remained focused. Next was Confulence of Characters which showed behind-the-scenes makeup, rehearsal, insight, etc., into the characters of Foxxy Cleopatra, Nigel Powers, Austin and Dr. Evil. Opening Stunts is the next featurette that, you guessed it, focuses on the elaborate stunt sequences required to film the elaborate opening scene. Strange to see how the stunt woman playing Gwyneth Paltrow isn't nearly as hot as Gwyneth Paltrow. Then we get The Cars of Austin Powers which was a complete bore and provided a quick snooze in the middle of this DVD. Car lovers might love it but I wasn't very interested. Finally we had Anatomy of Three Scenes made up of behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage for three scenes in the movie. Interesting just to how Myers shaves his head for the film to play Dr. Evil. And I must say I was surprised at his ability to rollerskate. I thought that was all camera trickery!...
Following was a Visual Effects Segment that focused on a gag in the film involving Dr. Evil's underwater lair. We're also "lucky" enough to be treated to four music videos from the film including Britney Spears, Beyonce Knowles, Austin's band Ming Tea and that atrocious Dr. Evil "Hard Knock Life." An absolute waste of time and DVD space.
One of the best parts about a comedy DVD is seeing the deleted scenes and how the effected (positively or negatively) the final film. Usually comedy deleted scenes are still pretty damn funny but since brevity is the soul of wit, they had to be chopped to keep the overall film long. Here we get almost 25 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary. Like some of Kevin Smith's DVDs, some of the deleted scenes here aren't really entire scenes just "extended" scenes where little snippets were cut out. I'd like to say the bad jokes were cut out but... The funniest stuff here are the entire scenes that were removed not just the one or two jokes.
Rounding out the "All Access Pass" portion is a collection of the film's teaser and regular theatrical trailers.
Moving on to the "Behind the Movie" features we start off with MI:6 - International Men of Mystery, a documentary on real-life British spies. Not something I found terribly interesting. Fashion vs. Fiction revolves around the fashion choices in the film and features interviews with Costume Designer Deena Appel. English, English was a moderately humorous look at the scene in which Austin and dad, Nigel, talk to each other in Cockney slang to avoid being overheard by Fembots. Myers tells anecdotes of what it was like growing up in Canada with his dad actually talking like that. Finally we have Disco Fever which is a pretty sterile look at the disco era and some of the choices regarding music in the film.
There are what appear to be some pretty cool DVD-ROM features including Austin Powers's Revoice Studio that lets you re-record the character's dialogue from certain scenes. Sounds like fun but my DVD drive is on the fritz so you'll have to try this out for yourself. Also promised is a hotlink to a special website featuring exclusive content. Said content isn't quite ready for your perusal at this time but deleted scenes are to be made available soon.