Our reviews of Charlie's Angels (published March 27th, 2001), Charlie's Angels: The Complete First Season (published June 23rd, 2003), Charlie's Angels: The Complete Second Season (published May 28th, 2004), Charlie's Angels: The Complete Third Season (published June 28th, 2006), and Charlie's Angels: The Complete Fourth Season (published July 27th, 2009) are also available.
"Good morning Charlie!"
Do you like beautiful women? Do you like beautiful women in kung-fu movies? Do you like watching beautiful women having fun shaking their hair like in shampoo commercials? Do you like dip? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please continue and let me introduce you to my friend, Charlie. If you answered no, well then, good day to you, my dear.
Facts of the Case
Based off the recent sequel, which was based off the semi-recent original movie, which was itself based off the not-so-recent 1970s television series of the same name, Charlie's Angels follows three women working for the mysterious millionaire Charlie. It's James Bond without the guns and Revlon shampoo endorsements. Cameron Diaz (The Mask, There's Something About Mary) is the smart sexy one, Lucy Liu (Kill Bill, Shanghai Noon) is the rich sexy one, and Drew Barrymore (E.T., Donnie Darko) is the rough slap-you-around sexy one. Their contact to their camera-shy employer is Bosley, ably played (and under utilized) by Bill Murray (Rushmore, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters) who has the fortunate task of reining in the three angels, solving their own personal crises, all the while trying to be useful in the story.
As for the story, well, it's more about getting the angels into tight-fitting costumes than actual plot lines. If you are looking for serious intricate plot weaving, watch The Spanish Prisoner; if you want escapist fun, watch this.
Let's make this clear right away: this is a Superbit release. Charlie's Angels was previously released on DVD back in 2001 and an excellent review of the original DVD release can be found on this site, reviewed by Judge Harold Gervais. In time to capitalize on the recent release of the first sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Columbia has released the original surprise hit, this time on the Superbit line, in a flagrant attempt to make even more money. There's nothing wrong with wanting to make more money, it's just good to know what you're getting in to.
One of the things you may have noticed if you are the astute reader I know you are (note to self: follow-up on that offer to buy the Brooklyn Bridge from that girl I met at the club), is that I have given the video score for this Superbit release a lower score than that from the original DVD release. Why? Because I'm the Judge and I said so, that's why! But I do have a reason. When I viewed the disc on this very computer I am writing this review on, I could spot noticeable grain and dirt artifacts that were not cleaned up from the print. But when I previewed the disc on the TV, all noticeable defects disappeared. If I hunted carefully and knew where to look I could spot the blemishes, but all in all they were as good as gone. Hence the odd score.
The audio, on the other hand, is terrific. Both the Dolby Digital and DTS tracks use full range of tones and speaker placement. The center channel dialogue is strong, while the booms echoing from the subwoofer's explosions should cause the neighbors upstairs to call the cops for a noise complaint. So turn it up whydontcha!
Crack the whip and call me Charlie! Thar' be extras on this disc! Yes, thanks to the miracle of the Superbit Deluxe line of movie products, this edition contains almost all of the original extra features from the first Charlie's Angels release, and even throws in some new stuff as well.
The carbon-copy extras included are:
If you liked them the first time 'round, you'll like them again.
The new extras included are:
Probably the most interesting of the three by far is the sneak peek at Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, but there is no hiding the fact: it is a shameless self-promotion piece of fluff.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
Making this movie a Superbit release necessitates the loss of the commentary track found on the original release in favor of the supposedly superior video and sound presented. I for one find commentary tracks almost always double my interest in rewatching any film, so the lack of it here hurts my desire. But I'll get over it.
Again though, we must mention that this is Superbit. If you have high end equipment, subtle enough to notice the finite differences from a pretty good original release, then maybe this disc is right for you. If you can live with no commentary track in exchange for the DTS track, and you don't already own the first release, this double dip may be worth your greenbacks.
All in all, this movie is perfect with a bag of popcorn and a switched off brain. The girls never use guns personally, which also makes them surprising role models too, if you want your daughter to become a kung-fu bikini waxer by day, kung-fu secret agent by night. Let the girls have their fun, we let the guys do all the time anyways.
The angels are found not guilty in indulging in guilty pleasures and are excused from the court. Superbit is cited for misleading business practices, but charges are reduced to time served due to the Deluxe line that included the extra features from the first release. Case dismissed!
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