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This is a family all time favorite! I watched this movie with my two oldest kids when they were young and they were upset that I had not shared this movie yet with their younger brother! So of course, not having this movie in my library-and no store carrying this, I was happy to be able to order from amazon to view immediately! My oldest son joined us for this viewing and to sit and hear my now 26 year old son laugh like he did when he was 10 made my heart happy. Of course the 9 year old loved the movie too. No movie with a super power of farting will ever be considered bad to my boys!***** I did not received this product at a discount/free cost in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by the company in any way. Please rate my review as "Helpful" if it helped you in any way. It’s greatly appreciated because it helps me too! Thank you! Check it out!
Product Description The hippest cast in history has united to become the funniest superhero team ever. Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy, Greg Kinnear, Geoffrey Rush and Paul Reubens join forces in this wild, funny and thoroughly original misadventure.When Captain Amazing, Champion City’s legendary superhero, falls into the hands of the evil madman Casanova Frankenstein and his disco-dancing henchmen, there’s suddenly a chance for the aspiring superheroes to show what they can do. They’re the Mystery Men… a ragtag team of superhero wannabes featuring: Mr. Furious, whose power comes from his boundless rage; The Shoveler, a father who shovels “better than anyone”; The Blue Raja, a fork-flinging mama’s boy; The Bowler, who fights crime with the help of her father’s skull; The Spleen, whose power is pure flatulence; Invisible Boy, who’s only invisible when no one’s watching and The Sphinx, a cliche-spewing philosopher.With its outrageous adventure, incredible cast and hip alternative humor, Mystery Men is so irresistibly funny and appealing, seeing it just once will never be enough. Ever wonder if there was a class system in the world of superheroes? After all the big names like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, etc., who were the supporting players? The folks assigned to the less-than-stellar gigs of saving only a small part of the world? According to this intermittently successful send-up of comic book heroism, there are indeed masked heroes who struggle and toil for their moment in the super sun. Based on the Dark Horse comic book series, Mystery Men follows the travails of three B-list avengers–Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), the Shoveler (William H. Macy), and the Blue Raja (Hank Azaria)–as they fight to make themselves known to the citizens of Champion City, quite difficult to do when the flashy Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear, never better) takes all the cool gigs and has product endorsements up the ying-yang. According to them, it’s all a matter of timing–never mind that Mr. Furious never rises above a snit, or that the Blue Raja wears green. Their big break comes when Captain Amazing is abducted by the evil Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush), and it’s up to this motley crew to save Champion City. Blessed with a wondrously gifted comic cast and full of droll details, Mystery Men struggles in fits and spurts towards its climax. Transcendently witty in parts, it’s also woefully sophomoric in others. Literally, this is the kind of movie in which someone gets off a brilliant line and then sits on a fork. Still, when this movie is rolling, it’s gleefully on target, thanks primarily to the mordantly cocky Stiller and Janeane Garofalo as a latecomer to the superhero gang; her secret weapon is a bowling ball in which her dead father’s head is encased. The comic chemistry between these two is fierce, and when you add the dryly funny Macy and the endearing Azaria (who finally gets a chance to let loose with his comic gifts), it’s a hilarious joyride. Too bad that the gas tank is only half-full; this stunning cast deserves a first-rate vehicle. With Tom Waits as a weapons expert, Claire Forlani as the requisite babe, and Paul Reubens as the Spleen, the world’s most flatulent superhero. –Mark Englehart
Mystery Men Review
A delightfully funny parody of superhero movies, “Mystery Men” is based on the comic book featuring “Flaming Top”. Champion City is thrown into chaos when super villian Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush)gets out of prison on parole and takes the city’s sponsership happy superhero Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) prisoner. The Mystery Men consisting of Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller)who’s only super power is his “boundless rage”, The Shoveler (William H. Macy)who uses a shovel to hammer his enemies, The Blue Raja (Hank Anzaria)who throws cuttlery (well, everything BUT a knife and dresses in green rather than blue), The Bowler (Jeanne Garofalo)who has her dead father’s skull encased in a clear bowling ball, The Spleen who has boundless gas(Paul Reubens aka Pee Wee Herman)and The Invisible Boy (Kel Williams)who, well, can only turn invisible when no one’s looking. Led by The Sphinx (Wes Studi in a very funny performance) the Mystery Men are not the “A” list heroes–their the other guys. Although it didn’t do well at the box office “Mystery Men” has become something of a cult classic. It’s certainly an acquired taste. The Blu-ray transfer for the film looks quite nice with a nicely detailed transfer. It’s odd because this does use an older encode (VC-1). Depth and detail are much improved. I haven’t seen the HD-DVD version of this which reportedly suffered from a lot of digital noise which doesn’t appear to be a problem here. The film is presented in its original aspect ratio (1. 85:1 vs. 1. 78:1 for the DVD). Blacks aren’t as strong and inky looking as they should be. “Mystery Men” is presented on a dual layered Blu-ray disc. The lossless audio sounds quite nice use of the surround channels. If you do listen to the soundtrack in 2. 0 dialogue isn’t overwhelmed by the music or sound effects. Strangely the “Origins” featurette from the original DVD ISN’T included but we do get the commentary track by the director, the “making of” featurette and the original trailer in HD (which wasn’t on the original DVD release). Although this isn’t a perfect release, it’s a solid catalog release from Universal with a nice looking transfer that improves on the original DVD. Could this be better? Yes. It’s not a perfect tranasfer but it IS an improvement. I’m perplexed as to WHY we didn’t get the “Origins” featurette and while it is missed, I still would recommend this release on Blu-ray. -Read Reviews-
I have always liked this movie and wonder why it never got more play. It is a really clever idea-superhero wanna be’s with rather unusual powers. There are a few gratuitous and crude moments-Paul Ruebens’ "Spleen" for example. But overall the characters are really interesting-Ben Stiller as "Furious Man" is priceless. But my favorites are Frank Azaria as the Blue Raja and "the Shoveler" played by William Macy. Casonova Frankenstien (played by Geoffrey Rush) has to be one of the most memorable villian’s in recent years. The movie works well. Sorry there wasn’t a sequence.
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