HTF REVIEW: "Inspector Gadget 2" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Inspector Gadget 2





    Studio: Walt Disney
    Year: 2003
    Rated: G
    Film Length: 88 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.66:1)
    Subtitles: English




    Inspect the unexpected.


    It's sort of odd that Disney chose to make a sequel
    out of their original (and rather lame) live-action film,
    Inspector Gadget. It was one of those comic
    book to movie films that had absolutely no appeal
    whatsoever to the audience of kids it was aimed at.
    In fact, the best that could be said about this
    piece of drivel is that it starred Matthew Broderick.

    Despite bad reviews, the original Inspector
    Gadget
    managed to gross nearly $100 million at
    the box office. What that unfortunately means is
    that sooner or later a sequel is inevitable -- and
    wouldn't you know it -- four years later Inspector
    Gadget 2
    gets a direct-to-DVD release. Not too
    odd after all, I suppose.

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    This time around the Inspector is played by French
    Stewart who was extremely funny on 3rd Rock from
    the Sun
    , but whose same smug style is about as
    annoying here as nails across a blackboard. Once
    again we return to Riverton, "The Safest City in
    America", where things have settled down quite a
    bit since all the crooks have been put behind bars.
    This leaves Gadget, his canine companion Brian and
    his trusty Gadgetmobile with nothing to do.

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    Little does he know that Riverton's most feared
    villain, CLAW (Tony Martin) has just made an escape
    from prison and is set on putting together a secret
    weapon that he is ready to turn against innocent
    citizens. But what is prototype Inspector Gadget
    to do when all his functions are full of glitches?!
    Soon enough, Gadget finds himself taking a back seat
    to Riverton's newest crime-stopping robot, G2 (Elaine
    Hendrix), who is given the CLAW case. Gadget's niece
    Penny (Caitlin Wachs) vows to help her Uncle in
    any way she can, and together they all turn their
    efforts into stopping CLAW from taking over Riverton.


    How is the transfer?


    If there was an award for the most colorful DVD
    transfer, I would give it to this film. This transfer
    is so strikingly bold and vividly colorful that it
    just leaps out at you. From pink bubble gum, the purple
    Gadget mobile to G2s blue uniform, you'll see color
    in ways you have never seen it before. This really
    looks like a live-action cartoon! Images are
    razor-sharp and the transfer is void of any background
    distractions such as noise or grain. Dare I say it's
    just perfect?!

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    The 5.1 Dolby Digital surround mix is pretty good.
    Sound is awfully robust with very good stereo
    separation across the fronts. All the cool "boinks"
    and "whooshes" are neatly captured in the rear
    channels, though not as aggressively as I hoped,
    as this turns out to be a mostly front-heavy audio
    effort.

    You also have the ability to play this film with
    movie music soundtrack only capability. Just
    the music -- no dialogue or effects.


    Special Features

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    This DVD sports two separate audio commentaries
    The first is with Director Alex Zamm. The second is
    with actors French Stewart, Elaine Hendrix, and
    director Alex Zamm. I'm a little confused as to
    why a kid's film like this needed such commentaries --
    especially for the fact that kids are the only ones
    likely to care enough to listen to it. From the
    little bit of director Alex Zamm's commentary I heard,
    it seems that he goes into great depth of explaining
    how every stunt and CGI effect was produced. The
    bad thing is, he speaks in terms that go way over
    the heads of his targeted audience.

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    Illustrated Gadget gives the kiddies the
    opportunity to learn all about the functions of
    the original Gadget and the improved G2. Using
    the remote control, all you need to do is click on
    individual areas of each character to see gadgets
    like the helicopter hat, shoe springs and the
    boomerang air pistol.

    Are you go-go-Gadget material? Find out by using
    the Gadget Training Simulator which gives
    you multiple choices of tools to use to save the
    day. Don't worry if you get it wrong the first
    time -- this is only a simulation.

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    Behind The Scenes shows you the gadgets
    behind Gadgets gadgets. This is the real meat
    and potatoes on how many of the gadgets and some
    of the biggest thrill scenes were put together.
    You'll have a rather good time watching how
    various behind-the-scenes effects artists,
    puppeteers and computer graphics created all the
    on-screen cartoonish hi jinks.
    (length: approx. 32 minutes)

    There are 11 minutes worth of deleted scenes
    that are mostly quick extension cuts and an alternative
    opening to the film. There is 3 minutes worth of
    outtakes that should bring a smile to kid's
    faces.

    A storyboard to film comparison focuses on
    the film's climatic bridge scene where Gadget and
    G2 must stop Claw and his henchman from making their
    escape.

    Finally, the film's music video, Up, Up, Up
    by Rose Falcon


    Final Thoughts

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    Sometimes I have to remember that I am a nearly
    40-year-old guy looking at a film made for an
    age group of 6-10. Because of this, I have to give
    two different perspectives to this review. I would
    think that kids are going to find this film to be
    mindless, fun entertainment full of slapstick comedy
    and really cool gadgets. This film is far more
    cartoonish than the original, and it plays that role
    very well. If you are a big boy like me, however,
    this film has no use in your library unless you are
    forced to watch it with your kids.


    Release Date: March 11, 2003


    All screen captures have been further compressed.
    They are for illustrative purposes only and do not
    represent actual picture quality
     
  2. Nick P

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    I normally avoid Disney's direct to video sequels but I'll probably join my kids and give this one a shot. From what I've seen of French Stewart I would have thought he'd be perfect as Inspector Gadget. I was very disappointed with Matthew Broderick's performance in the first one. Stewart is what I picture in my mind when I think of the old cartoon version of Gadget that I watched on T.V. when I was a kid.
     
  3. Dean Kousoulas

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    I enjoyed the first one. I might give this a rent. Thanks for the review.

    Dean
     
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    I don't understand why Disney gives this mindlessly childish movie a widescreen transfer, while they insist on full screen-only releases on more "grown-up" movies.
     
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  6. Stephen Orr

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    The first was cute, and we'll at least rent this one. Sounds like light-heart clean family fun.
     
  7. Qui-Gon John

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    I might give it a rent, but without Matthew Broderick I think it will be sorely lacking.
     
  8. Dave_P.

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    Wow, those screen shots look awesome!
     
  9. TonyD

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    so i just saw the family freindly widescreen comment on the back of the dvd.

    what the heck does that mean?
     

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