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I Spy
Genre: Action Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 71 (Apr 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole & Phill Lewis

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with director Betty Thomas, editor Peter Teschner, producer Jenno Topping, and screenwriters David Ronn and Jay Scherick; and four featurettes: the four-minute Cloak And Camouflage (on costume design), the five-minute Gadgets And Gizmos props featurette, Schematics And Blueprints on locations and models (five minutes), and the four-minute Slugafest boxing featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 08706
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Action violence, some sexual content and language
(Retail Price): $27.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/11/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Betty Thomas
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Story Synopsis:
A super-powerful experimental spy plane is stolen by an evil arms dealer and is about to be handed over to an international terrorist. The U.S. Government drafts an egotistical boxing champion (Murphy) to join a very earnest special agent (Wilson) on a dangerous top-secret mission to get the plane back. Armed with the latest high tech (and not so high tech) spy gadgets, this ultimate odd couple might be able to save the world - that is, if they can just get along! "I Spy" also stars Famke Janssen ("GoldenEye") as an ultra-sexy secret agent who captivates the boys. Based on the 1965-68 television series starring Robert Culp and Bill Cosby. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a sharp and nicely detailed picture, with excellent contrast and shadow delineation. Color fidelity is remarkable, with accurate fleshtones, vibrant hues, and deep blacks. At times, the picture can have a slightly hard appearance, with edge enhancement noticed at times. Pixelization occasionally breaks up finer details, but otherwise this is a superb visual experience. (Suzanne Hodges) The DVD also includes a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) version (not reviewed).

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