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.
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)
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).
There was little in the way of reading material to bridge the gap between the broadcast-level technical and the common consumer. Most of the generic publications were too simplistic with not enough meat. As the DVDs’ popularity developed beyond everyone’s wildest dreams, it became painfully obvious that there was a serious lack of credible printed matter to support the medium. And with HDTV in the wings, even less to draw from. Or so I thought, until I came upon Widescreen Review at a newsstand while on one of those proverbial business trips. I couldn't believe my eyes! Here's the kind of magazine I was looking for. But then, thinking that this was just a one-off issue, which just happened to contain an abundance of knowledge in an occasional issue, I decided to temper my enthusiasm and become a newsstand reader to see if the articles and features held up consistently. Well, that was all many issues ago and I'm now a dyed-in-the-wool reader of Widescreen Review. To their credit, the magazine has and continues to improve upon their expertise in the field. It's truly a one-stop resource when it comes to the latest in the ever-evolving world of audio/video integration for the consumer. Pixel on!