Plot: What’s it about?
Ace Ventura is back and this time, he needs to pay the rent before Shikadance kicks him out once and for all. But since no paying gigs come up and the elusive albino pigeon is nowhere to be seen, Ace takes another freebie case. This one takes place at the zoo, where someone has shaved the lion and marked the poor animal with the words “pride” on his forehead. This enrages Ace of course, but that passes when he first meets the zoo’s tour guide, Erica. But as much as Ace tries to win her over, Erica gives him the cold shoulder and tells him to start sniffing for clues, and not where he want to be sniffing either. In order to investigate the zoo more, Ace takes a job as a manure handler and along with trusty monkey primate friend Spike, he starts his mission to capture this shaver. But with Erica’s charms, the zoo owner’s bumbling nephew, and the local hero cop always in the way, will Ace ever be able to solve this case and end the rash of animal shavings?
This disc is a multi-path adventure, where you have some input on how the whole shebang turns out in the end. I know previous attempts have not worked all that well, but Ace Ventura: The Case Of The Serial Shaver proves to be an exception. I was worried that a second rate would take over as Ace, but I was pleased when I learned this wasn’t live action at all, but a computer animated tale. The animation is very cool and colorful, kind of like the Dire Strait’s Money For Nothing music video, only much more advanced. Sure there is some breakup at times, but I think it is very cool and suits this style of release to perfection. The voices seem well cast, and the guy who plays Ace isn’t as bad as I expected. This might be animated, but it still packs the same butt talking, crude comments, and utter strangeness as Ace always has, so the label recommends this one to teens and no one younger. So in case you’re wondering, yes material this is very funny and Ace fans will love some of the antics. This isn’t the usual release by any means, but with a low price and much entertainment value, I highly recommend you check out this excellent disc.
Video: How does it look?
Ace Ventura: The Case Of The Serial Shaver is presented in a 1.78:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. I did notice some edge enhancement and moire patterns from time to time, but is still a very good transfer in the end. The contrast seems accurate and though not much shadow depth is needed, the detail still looks sharp in this one. The main star is the color though, which leaps off the screen with vibrant and rich hues. These colors are juiced to be sure, but they never bleed or smear so no worries in that area. I wish it was anamorphic, but no other complaints in the video department.
Audio: How does it sound?
The included Dolby Digital 5.1 track is active as heck and offers a terrific overall sound experience. From the wacky music to offbeat sound effects, it’ll come across in fine form thanks to this track. I noticed no hiss or pops in the least and even in the transitional screens, the audio remains consistent and adequate. Of course, this one won’t have your speakers bleeding, but the audio that needs to be there is present and where it needs to be. The voices are always loud and clear too, no problems at all with this above average mix.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Some bonus “trailers” for future multi-path adventures have been included, but no true supplements can be found on this disc.