Get Smart (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

In Hollywood’s seemingly never-ending quest to make every television show from the 1960’s into a feature-length film, we’ve got “Get Smart.” The shows of the 60’s are before my time and though I’m familiar with some of them (“Brady Bunch”, “Gilligan’s Islad” and “The Munsters”) most of them are pretty foreign to me. Evidently there are audiences out there for these shows turned movies and not all of these adaptations have been bad. I mean we can still fall back on “The Fugitive” as one of the best of the bunch, can’t we? That aside, I am a fan of Steve Carell and to look at Anne Hathaway for 90 minutes isn’t exactly what I’d call punishment, would you? But let’s face it, the only thing I really ever recall from “Get Smart” is a man talking into a shoe. Was this the right reference or did I totally miss the mark? And if it is the right reference, did that make it into the film?

Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is a lowly analyst for CONTROL, an unnamed government agency that evidently no one knows about except for them. He’s dead set on becoming an agent and wants to work in the field as he feels he has more to offer. His reports are thorough and therefore boring. However, the opportunity arises and he’s granted his wish and he’s partnered with Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). The duo doesn’t exactly hit it off and Max’s advances towards 99 seem to go unnoticed. The two agents are out to defeat the evil powers of KAOS, of course, but there are many forces (and a 7 foot giant) to make sure they don’t complete their mission. Will Agent 99 and 86 (Smart) accomplish their mission or will KAOS ensue?

“Get Smart” was an above average comedy that was funny on screen, but honestly it leaves your mind after the end credits roll. Carell gives a fairly decent performance and he’s re-teamed with “Little Miss Sunshine” star Alan Arkin once again. I neglected to mention Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson does have a small part and I have to admit that he is pretty good at comedy. He’s one of the more versatile “big men” out there, like Schwarzenegger before him, who can do pretty much anything. Fans of the original “Get Smart” show might be a bit let down but this movie updates the show for the 21st century. I’m just wondering how manymore movies from the 60’s will be adapted for the big screen?

Video: How does it look?

“Get Smart” was the first Blu-ray movie that I watched on my new Plasma television (my old one was a DLP) so it was a bit hard to compare it to anything else as its apples and oranges. The 1.85:1 VC-1 HD transfer certainly was lacking in flaws as we might expect for a day and date movie on the Blu-ray format. Colors were very warm and vibrant and black levels were right on the mark. The sheer level of detail is amazing in some scenes, right down to reading the print on Maxwell Smart’s business card. Fantastic. There were a few shots that seemed a bit on the dingy side, but nothing to get worried about. Viewers can pretty much assume that “Get Smart” will look fantastic on Blu-ray and they’ll be correct.

Audio: How does it sound?

Again. Again? Warner continues its hit and miss policy on providing uncompressed audio tracks as we only have a Dolby Digital 5.1 track on this Blu-ray disc. Now I will say that the film probably wouldn’t have sounded that much better with a TrueHD mix, but I’m just wondering what the deal is when an uncompressed mix is out there, they just choose not to include it on the disc. Nevertheless, what we have here is decent; though I’m sure some of the action sequences would have sounded a lot better if we had a TrueHD track on board. Still, if you can put that out of your head, then this isn’t that bad it’s just frustrating to know it could have been better.

Supplements: What are the extras?

“Get Smart” is actually a three disc Blu-ray set, but don’t let that fool you. The first disc contains the movie and supplements, the second is a digital copy and the third is a cheesy DVD game exclusive to the Blu-ray. That said, let’s delve into the supplements shall we? First off the box says that this disc will deliver 62% more laughs from the bonus scenes. Why don’t I believe that? Nevertheless, the “Comedy Optimization Mode” is a rather unique way of viewing these scenes and by clicking on the phone booth icon; we’re taken to some alternate and extended scenes. Interesting, but something you’d do on a repeat viewing if you ask me. Next up is the standard “Behind the Scenes” look at the movie with interviews with the cast and crew as well as some additional footage. We also see Steve Carell in Moscow and playing with his lines. Uh huh. Very interesting. We also get a gag reel which actually is kind of funny, though a bit disgusting as well as director Peter Segal’s intention to hide references to the TV show in the movie (see, I told you that talking into the shoe thing rang a bell). As mentioned earlier, the other discs are a digital copy of the film and a DVD game.

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