Mystery Men (HD-DVD)
C+ Sound: B- Extras: D Film: D
the counterculture of the 1960s, the rise of funny superheroes arrived and at
times, the result could be funny product.
The animated Filmation series Hero
High series in the 1980s was the last of this original wave, then the genre
took on a new and darker course. Kinka
Usher’s Mystery Men (1999) is an
incredibly lame attempt to update the idea, based on a Dark Horse comic.
Stiller leads a band of loose-ended, would-be heroes who eventually find a
villain to battle, or we would not have a film.
The one-note, one-joke fest lasts over two long hours and even a cast
that includes Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, Greg Kinnear, William H. Macy,
Claire Forlani, Eddie Izzard, Lena Olin, Wes Studi, Paul Reubens, Geoffrey Rush
and Tom Waits cannot save this overproduced mess. Not even a cult item, the heroes is it
spoofing are from 20 to 30 years ago if you think about it. It is pretty forgettable, so no thinking
1.85 X 1 VC- 1 digital High Definition image should have been decent and this
was issued in the old and now defunct digital High Definition D-VHS
format. Unfortunately, this is barely
better than a DVD with detail and depth issues that are poor throughout and
even limits in the color the film and Director of Photography Stephen H. Burum,
A.S.C., intended on the vibrant side.
The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix is a bit better, but is also dated and
sometimes goofy down to Stephen Warbeck’s score. Extras include deleted scenes, soundtrack
presentation, feature-length audio commentary by the director, spotlight on
location piece and a featurette about the comic book.
- Nicholas Sheffo