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Get Smart

Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 137 (Dec 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, Terry Crews, David Koechner & James Caan

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One of this Two-Disc set include 20 minutes of alternate scenes and previews. Disc Two contains three featurettes: The Right Agent For The Right Job (11 minutes), Max In Moscow! (six minutes), and Language Lessons (four minutes); a six-minute gag reel; a sneak peek from the companion DVD Get Smart

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1000026382
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

Some rude humor, action violence and language
(Retail Price): $34.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/04/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Segal
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After an attack on headquarters by terrorist agency KAOS, U.S. spy agency CONTROL has the identities of all their undercover field agents blown, leaving them short of covert spies. Maxwell Smart (Carell) has longed to leave his desk job at CONTROL and get assigned into the real world of clandestine intelligence gathering. Smart is overjoyed when he is given the chance to become an undercover operative and is sent to Moscow to investigate a KAOS nuclear weapons factory. But when the mission goes awry, some of his colleagues at CONTROL believe he is a double agent, and Maxwell is incarcerated. When Maxwell escapes in order to clear his name and save Los Angeles from a KAOS attack, an order to Get Smart is issued, leaving Max and a few faithful friends little time to solve the case before he is recaptured and jailed. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
While details are relatively soft in the 1.78:1 DVD, compression artifacts are rarely a distraction. Black levels are fair but elevated higher than they should be. Still, shadows are defined well. Fleshtones appear natural and contrast is nicely balanced. Colors are also balanced well. The color scheme is wide, and there are many bright, bold hues in the transfer. There are scenes that are shrouded by noise that is not consistent throughout the presentation, and while not overly distracting, subtle edge enhancement is noticeable throughout. (Danny Richelieu)

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