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The World of Austin Powers (2002)

Video  -  Documentary | Short  -  3 December 2002 (USA)
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18 November 2006 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The World of Austin Powers can be found on the "All Access Pass" section of the Goldmember DVD and consists of five features, of which the second is cut up into four parts and the fifth into three. These are quickly put together making off would be mouth waterer's that used to be send to Film programs and can now be found on websites doing the same. There really are no beginnings or endings in here, just lots of fast fade-outs. And they are, in order of appearance:

1: "Jay Roach & Mike Myers: Creative Convergence" Roach keeps the title of biggest kisser of Mike Myers' butt while the rest of the cast and crew tie for second. Myers himself makes an attempt to turns things around and starts praising Jay, but soon the subject returns again to how great Mike is at improvising, making people laugh all day long, and playing half the cast in the entire movie. At first the mentioning of how Dr. Evil' latest (and last) lair came about seems to be edited into the wrong feature, until it is revealed who had the hilarious idea to shape the sub like one of the characters he plays. 5 out of 10: too much dribbling.

2: "Confluence of Characters". The new characters in the film each get their own segment, starting with title character Goldmember. Roach explains they they needed Mike to play a fourth part because this was going to be the Austin Powers movie to end all others. Also, he hadn't done a character with blond hair and green eyes before. Mike makes the ludicrous claim all Dutch people speak with a lisp (or a shush as he calls it). Foxxy Cleopatra is next, as Beyonce proves herself a little wide eyed girl on her first movie set. She says how huge an honor it was to be asked and thinks an afro is hot. Now we get to the most interesting new character in my opinion: Nigel Powers. Michael Caine was one of the founding fathers of Austin all along (as in inspiration), and when he heard he got to wear the teeth and the hair he signed on immediately. Mike says the Cainemaster reminded him of his actual Fahza (that's how they spelled it) and that's about it. This segment is half the size of the others. The last and longest character study concerns young Masters Powers and Evil, played by Aaron Himelstein and Josh Zimmerman. They filmed footage of their costume tests, make up, teeth and chest hair fittings, head-shaving, even the moment when they got the part. Yet, they're only in the film for five minutes! That's shorter than this segment (we do catch a glimpse of some extra lines and other deleted snippets). 9 out of 10. Some interesting insights but not nearly enough Nigel.

3: "Opening stunts" The most talked about sequence in the film gets it's own space on the DVD. We meet the stunt team, who talk about the unusual amount of difficult stunts, at least for a comedy (and all done before the opening credits). Ironcially, in the finished film, the stunts are still treated as one big joke, and it wasn't the stunts that made the opening so memorable, anyway, it was the celebrity cameo's. 8 out of 10: Unsung heroes get their say.

4: "The Cars of Austin Powers". Car Coordinator Josh Hancock presents some insights into the different cars in the picture and mentions that Myers is not really into automobiles, but Roach is. There's the updated Shaguar as well as a Mini-Me version of it (only seen in the first teaser), the pimp Time machine as well as the Goldmembercar are mentioned, but again, Nigel Power's mini (license plate Gr8 Shag) goes unmentioned. Daddy just doesn't get any love. 6 out of 10. Less informative than a collection of images.

5: "Anatomy of Three Scenes". Nothing surgical going on here, just some extended B-roll footage with added audio commentary by Jay Roach and some bits of interview cut in whenever Jay grows silent. They are: 'Dancing at the Gates': concerning the opening number set to Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova" that was great in the original movie, grew stale in the second and was completely ruined by more cameos in the third. 'Roller Disco': Yes, that really is the Mike-ster skating along as Goldmember, not some kind of trick as proved by footage of a bald Myers rehearsing. 'Sumo Battle': The only way to fit Fat Bastard into this picture was as a Sumo Wrestler. Notice that when Verne Troyer visits the set out of costume and Fat Bastard starts referring to his debut film, all the yes men immediately burst out laughing right on cue. 7 out of 10: Nice attempt at making B-Roll more than it is.

Of course there are far more similar feature's sprinkled about the DVD, providing byte-size chunks of making off info. Shame they couldn't have combined everything together into one, big documentary, but then seeing Goldmember itself is anything but coherent, it is only natural to have the DVD laid out like this.

Average: 7 out of 10


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