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
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)
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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