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Product: Inspector Gadget
Company: Disney DVD
Review By: Byron Hinson
Price: $20:99

Aspect Ratio Regional Information DVD Disc Details
1.85 : 1

1 : USA
Closed Captioning: CC
Master format: Film
Sides: 1 (SS-SL)
Chapter stops: 13
Average Bit Rate: 6.5
Running Time: 78 Mins


Sound: English



Inspector Gadget was one of my favorite cartoons on TV when I was younger, it was different, funny and had some ingenious gadgets to keep kids amused, so when I first heard of a big screen version I wondered who they would get to play Gadget, stars such as Robin Williams and Jim Carrey jumped into my head. Then I heard Matthew Broderick had been chosen and despite Broderick being one of my favorite actors, I was a little disappointed with the choice.

The story is based around the character of security guard John Brown, one night when John is trying to catch the person who murdered the father of "brilliant" scientist Dr. Brenda Bradford played by former Ellen regular Joely Fisher, he comes up against Dr. Claw played in an overly camp way by Rupert Everett. John almost loses his own life and the robotics expertise of Dr. Bradford is put to the ultimate test of transforming John into Inspector Gadget. The film follows Gadget getting used to all of his new found tricks while trying to catch Dr. Claw.

Inspector Gadget

The movie does manage to capture the gadget side of the inspector very well, but there is little or no real comedy involved in it and it doesn't follow the way the cartoon characters were at all, Gadget used to be bumbling and cocky but not he's just left to be occasionally bumbling but never cocky. I actually found that end credits were more enjoyable than most of the film.

How It Grades
  Picture Quality: 78%
Sound: 80%
Special Features: 70%
Movie Overall: 65%
DVD Overall: 70%


The DVD itself isn't amazingly bad like most Disney releases, it isn't Anamorphic (Nothing from Disney is right now - although the forthcoming Sixth Sense will be) and doesn't have a bulk load of added extras either, just a short featurette and a music video. The DVD-Video isn't bad considering it is non-anamorphic but there are some clear artifacts showing up during the film. Sound is probably the best feature on the Disc, always clear and well produced...All in all I can only really recommend it to ardent fans of the cartoon series and to 4-8 year olds who might get some kind of fun out of it.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 70%
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? 1 DVD
1 Inlay Card
Special Features Featurette
Interactive Menus
Music Videos
Theatrical Trailer
Scene Access
The Good Points Good for kids
Some good gadgets
The Bad Points Too short
Broderick miscast
Everett is too camp as claw
Not really funny
Memorable Scenes None that I could see
Reviewers DVD & PC Setup Pentium II 450
Windows 98 Second Edition
128 Meg SD-Ram
Matrox G400 32MB AGP Graphics Card
Voodoo 2 - 8mb
DirectX 7a
SoundBlaster Live! Value
17" LG Electronics Monitor
Microsoft Force Feedback Pro
Microsoft Game Pad Pro (USB)
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer

DVD TV Player - Pioneer DV-626D
Widescreen TV - Sony KV-28WS2U 28"
DVD Setup: Toshiba SD-1202 DVD-ROM - 32x


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