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Charlie's Angels
DVD disk
10.08.2004 By: Dr. Drew
Charlie's Angels order
Director:
McG

Actors:
Drew Barrymore
Cameron Diaz
Lucy Liu

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
I have this theory that Hollywood is running out of decent ideas with which to make entertaining movies. When they resort to making big budget summer blockbusters out of schlocky old school 70’s TV shows, you know we’re all in trouble. Jeez, I almost popped a heart attack when I recently read that the A-Team is getting their own movie. If it was Knight Rider, I might understand...but Mr. T and the gang? I pity the fool! Charlie’s Angels gets the special edition treatment in a DVD that’s freaking loaded to the gills.

Three sexy ass mommas who just happen to be ultra-super secret agents work for a mysterious benefactor who goes by the name of Charlie. Their collective missions in life are to wear hot outfits, fight crime and kick ass all over the place. With that being said, be prepared for some high octane grrrrrl power!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When I first read reviews for Charlie’s Angels, I could hardly believe what I was reading. Even JoBlo managed to find it in his heart to love the damn movie. I thought: "Has the world gone to hell?" Well, apparently I’ve gone there too because this was one of the funnest movies I’ve seen all year. Believe the hype! It’s important to note that moviegoers should check their brains at the door before watching this movie, but prepare to be entertained boy and girls. This one’s got more action, explosions and thrills than you can shake a stick at. First time director McG creates a colorful and stylish film which given his previous history of directing music videos, comes across as a 99-minute romp set to some kick ass tracks. The man knows how to pick great music, including acts like Korn, Prodigy, Sir Mix-a-Lot and Destiny’s Child.

If you’re looking for plot, storyline and meaning, go rent SCHINDLER’S LIST because this one is all about mindless action and 3 hotties doing what they do best, looking damn fine. If there’s one beef I have with this film is that it isn’t exactly….umm, original? They pay "homage" or should I say borrow from a lot of movies, and you’ll probably lose count trying to spot all the references. In spite of the cheesy dialogue and candy coated plot, I loved it all the same. Without overdoing the review, this was quite possibly the biggest movie shock (for me anyway) of the year. Who thought they could take a crappy old school TV show and make it into a half decent movie? Go check this one out, you’ll dig it from start to finish.
THE EXTRAS
If you like extras with your DVDs, this one is going to send you home a happy camper. The first bonus is "Getting G’d Up" (6.5 minutes) and focuses on the first time director’s almost hyperactive intensity while filming the movie. He’s fun to watch but damn, the guy’s a bag of nerves! "The Master and the Angels" (7.5 minutes) details all the training the girls had to go through to prepare them for all the wire work in the movie. We also learn that the choreographer for all the martial arts stuff (Cheung-Yan Yuen) is the brother of the guy who did all the Matrix stunts. Cool stuff and definitely fun to watch. "Welcome to Angel World" is a 5-minute look at how they brought a colorful look the movie, through interviews with set and art directors. "Angelic Attire" (3.5 minutes) is pretty much self explanatory as we watch the girls go through all kinds of wardrobe changes, it’s worth checking out if you’re a fashion freak.

"Angelic Effects" (7 minutes) highlights some of the more elaborate CGI stunts that were shot in the movie. While I wanted a little more information and substance, it’s a decent special effects featurette. "Wired Angels" (2.5 minutes) shows how the girls were hooked to up elaborate wire rigs in order to have film their acrobatic fight scenes. The alley way confrontation scene is shown in its entirety with no digital removal of the wires so you can get a better look at how things unfolded. Three deleted scenes are also included which despite being 2-3 minutes long, are definitely worth a look. A 2.5 minute blooper reel/outtakes reel from the end of the movie is also thrown as a separate extra. The original and teaser trailers are squeezed in, too. Two music videos close up the special features, "Charlie’s Angels 2000" by Apollo Four Forty and "Independent Women Part 1" by Destiny’s Child (Beyonce…..Ahhh). The menus are, like the actual movie, extremely slick with booming sound and crazy animation. Nicely done, if I do say so myself.

Bonus: On the special features page, Highlight "Getting G’d Up" and press the right button on your remote, which will highlight Cameron Diaz’s navel. Press enter and you’ll be treated to a 20 second montage of the girls. Choose "Wired Angels" and press the left button which will highlight Bill Murray’s suit. Press enter and you can check out a 90 second make up clip of Drew Barrymore getting a plaster mold of her face done. On the last special features page, select the left arrow and press right on your remote, which will highlight Sam Rockwell’s face. Press enter and you’ll see a 90 second behind the scenes clip of the cast goofing around, including Rockwell’s deadpan impersonation of Christopher Walken.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Given that this review is running a little long, I’ll keep it simple. The DVD features probably the most colorful and mindlessly entertaining film of the year and it’s crammed with a crapload of extras which will certainly satisfy any fan. Definitely worthy of your hard earned dollars.
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