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Product: Mystery Men
Company: Universal
Review By: Byron Hinson
Price: $17.49

Aspect Ratio Regional Information DVD Disc Details
1.85 : 1

1 : USA
Closed Captioning: CC
Master format: Film
Sides: 1 (SS-SL)
Chapter stops: 18
Average Bit Rate: 6
Running Time: 121 Mins


Sound: English French Commentary






I have to admit to never having heard of the Mystery Men comics that this movie are based on. The previews of the film earlier in the year didn't look too bad especially with a dark comical look and a great set of comedic talent.

The story revolves around a group of misguided "Superheroes" played by Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofolo, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy and Paul Reubens who set off to rescue Captain Amazing, Champion City's legendary superhero who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Amazing has been kidnapped by madman Casanova Frankenstein played by Geoffrey Rush and this gives the "Superheros" Mr Furious, The Shoveler, The Blue Raja, The Bowler, The Spleen, The Invisible Boy and The Sphinx the chance to show the world what they are really made of.

Despite the great casting, good characters and some fine directing from first-time director Kinka Usher, I just didn't find Mystery Men at all funny, not even once which I found very surprising when you consider the comedians who are involved in the movie.

How It Grades
  Picture Quality: 90%
Sound: 91%
Special Features: 90%
Movie Overall: 70%
DVD Overall: 80%


The DVD itself is yet again an excellent Universal release. Mystery Men plays in the original ratio of 1.85:1 and is an Anamorphic Transfer and thankfully the movies picture quality is superb with great colors and very little sign of digital artifacts of jagged edges.

On the special features side, Universal has yet again produced a high quality DVD packed full of features such as On Location footage, feature commentary from Director Kinka Usher, Deleted Scenes, Music Highlights, Comic book information, production notes and a number of DVD-ROM features.

There is no doubt that some people will find Mystery Men's sense of humor pretty funny, I guess I am just one of those who didn't, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the DVD...It is packed full of features and has great sound and visual quality. I highly recommend it to fans of the film and comic, but for those of you who didn't enjoy it at the cinema, I can't see the DVD changing your opinion.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 80%
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? 1 DVD
1 Inlay Card
Special Features Production Notes
Theatrical Trailer
DVD-ROM Features
Deleted Scenes
Parental Lock
Interactive Menus
Cast/Crew Bios
The Good Points Colorful
Lots Of Special Features
The Bad Points Not Very Funny
Memorable Scenes  
Reviewers DVD & PC Setup Pentium II 450
Windows 98 Second Edition
128 Meg SD-Ram
Matrox G400 32MB AGP Graphics Card
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-ROM: Toshiba SD-1202


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