Get Smart: Special Edition

DVD Reviews | Nov 9th, 2008

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Starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, Dwayne Johnson, Terence Stamp, James Caan
Written By: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember
Directed By: Peter Segal
Studio: Warner Bros
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I’m not sure how well Get Smart did in theaters, but I thought it was a funny comedy. Sure, it could have been a little bit better but I enjoyed it. I originally wanted to see it in theaters, but I just never got around to it. If you like Steve Carell or the original TV series; be sure to watch this 2-disc special edition DVD!

Get Smart is the 2008 remake of the TV series of the same name, that was written by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. The movie is about bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell), who’s one of the best analyst at CONTROL, a secret Government organization. Max wants to be a secret agent like Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson) but gets denied the promotion. His boss, Chief of Control (Alan Arkin) thinks his current job is too important for a promotion. This is all changes when CONTROL is attacked by a terrorist organization called KAOS. The Chief promotes Max to Agent status (Agent 86) since they need his help with finding out who attacked CONTROL. He gets partnered with a female secret agent, Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). The duo undercover who’s behind the attack and where they plan on attacking next. But they also have to find out who’s a double agent amongst them and bring them down as well.

The original series starred the late Don Adams, and I can think of no one better to re-do his character than Steve Carell. They both have similar delivery and both were great as Maxwell Smart. Carell plays the character similar to other movie characters though. Its almost seems like Brick Tamland & Michael Scott are playing Maxwell Smart. I really don’t mind him having similar characters since I think he’s a funny actor; but I just hope he doesn’t get typecast and plays the same character in each movie. With that said, I still thought he was pretty good in Get Smart. The rest of the movie was funny as well and I enjoyed watching it. I thought I was going to hate it but that wasn’t the case. I was surprised to see a lot of well known actors in the movie like Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Alan Arkin, James Caan, Bill Murray, Kevin Nealon, and Larry Miller. I was skeptical with Anne Hathaway playing the opposite lead to Carell, since she’s a lot younger than he is. But their chemistry works out fine. Seeing Steve Carell fight certain people is somewhat unbelievable and I think he probably thinks its a bit ridiculous with some of the things he does in this movie. But then again, it’s a comedy movie and you can’t really take things too seriously.

The 2-disc special edition contains a few featurettes like trying to find the right actress to play Agent 99, the crew in Moscow, a gag reel, and language lessons from Steve Carell. I honestly don’t know why this was a 2 disc DVD because there really wasn’t a whole lot on the first disc. They could have easily put these extras on the first disc. Maybe they had to preserve the video & audio quality on the movie? The featurettes were okay but a little short. The gag reel was about5 minutes and that had some funny moments. From watching all the behind the scenes stuff, you’d expect Carell to be joking on the film the entire time and that’s what happened. If I was an actor, I’d love to work with him because he just seems like a hilarious guy off camera.

Get Smart Is an action comedy movie that pretends to take itself seriously but it’s really just an action spoof. Lots of sight gags and funny one-liners. Steve Carell was the perfect choice to play Maxwell Smart and I hope to see more Get Smart movies in the future.

Disc 1 – Movie:
– Play movie straight through or in Comedy Optimization Mode with Get Smart Takes, over 20 minutes of hilarious alternative jokes.

Disc 2 – Special Features:
– The Right Agent for the Right Job: Behind-the-Scenes Training
– Max in Moscow!: On Location or on a Soundstage? Watch and decide
– Language Lessons: Spotlight on Linguistics Master Steve Carell
– Spy Confidential: Gag Reel
– Spying on Get Smart’s Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish, French

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Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 110 minutes
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