(2000/Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Charlie's
Angels: Full Throttle
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B/B/B- Sound: B+ & B/B/B
Extras: B-/D/C Films: B-/D/C-
films without being brain surgery can be fun, but such films more
often go wrong than well, as these films show...
a TV revival stalled, Drew Barrymore
decided to take on producing a big screen revival of the hit TV
whose early seasons were iconic and scripts were minimal, but had the
appeal of great stars who could act, the audience liked and appealed
to a big audience by originally becoming a huge hit. It sounded like
a bad idea that might not work, but she hired then top box office
actress, the comically gifted Cameron Diaz with up and coming Lucy
Liu as her partners, no less than Bill Murray to play the new Bosley
and with original producer Leonard Goldberg in tow and original
unseen voice of Charlie, John Forsythe (known known and seen all over
the place thanks to the nighttime soap opera hit Dynasty)
reprising his other popular role.
result was a surprise hit that was fun and seemed like it could be
the surprise beginning of a hit franchise. I reviewed the film years
ago when it became an early Blu-ray release here:
convoluted plot involving technology, murder, revenge, stealing and
invading people's privacy long before too many surrendered to social
media is amusing and the technology that looked so good and new then
is already dated, as are the many digital visual effects, but the
film remains fun and the new upgrade Charlie's
(2000) disc is an impressive upgrade all serious movie and home
theater fans will want to try out. It includes the previously
reviewed Blu-ray as well and all of its extras, of course. More on
that in a moment.
years later, McG, Barrymore, Columbia and Sony released Charlie's
Angels: Full Throttle
(2003) and very sadly, it turned out to be the horrible movie and
then some everyone expected the first one to be. Murray already
exited, replaced in a convoluted way by an out of pl;ace Bernie Mac.
The script was awful, made no sense, had a 'throw anything in there
and no one will notice' attitude and even contradicted the first
film. Good scenes from the trailer were missing from the final cut
of the film (there are two awful ones offered here) and everyone but
the audience seemed to be having a good time.
Moore shows up as the villainess looking as good as the three leads
and maybe better, but she is just a boo-hiss villain in a poorly
underwritten role, but then the whole mess of a screenplay is that
and worse. Why all involved trashed what they built up so well in
the first film is a still big mystery, but Sony (who needs all the
hits they can get like any other studio) killed what could and should
have been a huge series of hits. Justin Theroux and Robert Patrick
are also wasted here and Crispin Glover returns for no good reason
except to be a stereotypical psycho/weirdo.
with a lack of great roles for women, I found this to be one of the
worst sequels of all time, it deserved to bomb, hurt almost all
involved in the long run and most involved saw their careers go into
decline with few exceptions. Looking at it again reminded me of how
painfully bad it was and still is, then has actually aged and become
worse since its release and looks older and more worn
out than the first film, though that one is three years older. What
were they thinking?
obnoxious, pointless amount of extras plastered on this disc also
seems to be trying to make up for how bad the film is, but just makes
it worse, including Digital Copy (oh, the irony), a 'Telestrator'
Commentary with Director McG, Writer's Commentary, Angel-Vision
Trivia Track, Full Throttle: The Cars of Charlie's Angels, Dream
Duds: Costuming an Angel, Angels Makeover: Hansen Dam, Designing
Angels: The Look of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Learn Why:
There's No Such Thing As a "Short Shot", Only an Overworked
Producer, Music Video: Pink Featuring William Orbit "Feel Good
Time", Cameo-Graphy, Turning Angels into Pussycats Dolls,
Rolling with the Punches, XXX-Treme Angels, Full Throttle Jukebox,
Angel Scouts: A Look Into the Gorgeous Locations and (little did we
know the terror that was to follow) an Original Theatrical Trailer.
A preview of the new 2019 Angles feature film is here and it looks
interesting, but just from the nearly 3 minutes we get, it already
looks like Downton
so we'll see.
result is the worst kind of time capsule of commercial filmmaking and
yes, for Barrymore, ti is actually worse than Batman
the bad action theme, part of which tends to be tied with TV
tendencies, Michael Chiklis (The
The Thing in the older Fantastic
movies) and now straight-to-video Bruce Willis (once of the likes of
show up in Brian A. Miller's 10
(2019) will be 88 minutes of your life gone in this lifeless dud of a
crime boss (a bored-looking Willis) hiring a team headed by Chiklis
to do a jewelry heist. It is dull, poor, badly edited, flatly acted
and is everything you have already seen to death.
low budget is obvious, gadgets silly and they run out of cliches
early, yet still keep going on. This is just a paycheck for all
involved, but it could have been more if anyone concentrated to make
more than obvious product. The unknown supporting cast never
registers and it could not end soon enough.
include Digital Copy, trailer gallery, interview clips with every one
by Willis and a Making Of featurette.
how about playback quality? The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 2.35 X 1 HDR (10;
Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on Charlie's
offered a mix of good and bad digital video work upon its original
release and the bad has aged really poorly, while the good just shows
its age (opening credit graphics), so it is in the majority of filmed
live action that the disc is not only an improvement over the old
Blu-ray, which was remarkably able to hold its own no matter what
size HDTV you watched it on.
depth and color are great improved in the best scenes, including many
action sequences and the work of Russell Carpenter, A.S.C., really
shines here. This is the best the film has looked since I saw it in
a brand new 35mm print, but color is particularly interesting and
rich. Expect demo shots for 4K systems. It makes the older Blu-ray
now look less colorful and even strained in shots, plus detail looks
poorer by comparison often.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on Full
had Carpenter return as Director of Photography, but the film looks
more rushed and I cannot image in a 4K edition would improve things
much, especially when we get a bit more of a blown-out look versus
the first film. The lack of imagination is also obvious as the
makers abandon the look they achieved fore the first film.
Reportedly, this is the first film ever remastered for the original
Blu-ray format many years ago.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on the HD-shot
is not too good either, with more motion blur than it should have,
detail issues and flat shooting throughout that makes it visually
unmemorable. With all the excitement of a surveillance camera, it
look like most bad TV movies of late.
for sound, the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes on Throttle
are their default highlights, just holding a soundstage throughout
and just recorded well enough to qualify as competent and
has an awful choice of classic hits that pale as compared tot he
first Angels film and its sound design is often more throwaway than
you might expect.
the 2000 Angels
film on 4K has been upgraded to a very impressive Dolby Atmos 11.1
(Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for older systems) mix that finally allows us to
enjoy how good the original Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS) 8-track
mix was and then some. The 4K disc also repeats
the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix form the older Blu-ray,
but it sounds better here, clearer and with m ore impact, so you have
two great choices to see the film with. The Atmos shows smart mixing
ideas and articulation Sony wanted to show off the SDDS system that I
still liked more than older, compressed Dolby Digital. For most
people, this will be the first time they get to hear the SDDS 8-track
because only so many theaters in 2000 could screen it with that
the excellent picture upgrade and the 2000 Charlie's Angels is
a fun 4K title to get and is highly recommended. Skip the others.