In Like Flint

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

His days as an international secret agent have come to an end, as Derek Flint (James Coburn) has been enjoying his retirement from the business. His old boss calls him to return however, after a strange incident in which the President was golfing with him, then a period of time vanished, without a trace. This stinks of a foul plot and as such, Flint is the man to discover the truth and set the issues right, since he is the best agent in the world. As he explores the case and uncovers clues, Flint learns that the President has been replaced by an actor, which puzzles him to no end. As it turns out, a group of female tycoons have banded together, to enact a plan that involves the world’s female population, hair salons, and brainwashing! With an army of brainwashed women, these evil tycoons could mount an offensive and take over the world, which means Flint has to act fast and do whatever it takes to prevent the plan from unfolding. His special talents will come into play as always, but can even a supreme ladies man like Flint overcome all these powerful, beautiful women, or will the maniacal females rule the world?

Although this sequel never measures up to Our Man Flint, it has some good moments and is worth a look. I do think this could have been as much fun as the original, but the humor here seems rushed and rather flat at times, not good news. The groovy visuals remain, as do the vivid colors, outrageous gadgets, memorable lines, and of course, beautiful women. The premise is a good one and has endless potential with the Flint character involved, but the film never takes advantage and that’s a shame. All in all, In Like Flint just runs out of steam at times and the material doesn’t seem as well crafted, even forced in some scenes. James Coburn (Bite the Bullet, Major Dundee) returns and puts on a good show, but doesn’t seem as interested this time around, though Lee J. Cobb (12 Angry Men, Party Girl) and Jean Hale (Psychomania, The Oscar) help balance things out. I wish this movie had more of the magic that made the original so enjoyable, but even as it stands, it is a decent, often humorous picture. And since Fox has issued this at such a low price, it is safe to take a chance and give this disc a spin.

Video: How does it look?

In Like Flint is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Fox has worked some magic with this one, giving us the cleanest, sharpest, and most impressive version of this film to hit home video. The print used has minimal nicks and no wear signs, although the stock footage used is worn in places. The image is very sharp and looks like its a brand new move, complete with vibrant shades of all colors, rich black levels, and natural flesh tones. I knew this would be a good looking transfer, but Fox has outdone themselves here. If only all catalog releases look this good, we film lovers would be in heaven, without question.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio here is just the same in terms of performance as with the original, so I will simply repost that information here. The included mono option is solid in all respects, but keep in mind, it is mono and is limited in terms of presence. I heard minimal hiss and pops, but at times, the music is a little shrill, forcing a volume adjustment. This is not too frequent, but it is a bothersome routine, although I suppose this is as good as the materials allow. The vocals sound clean and crisp at all times, while the wacky sound effects come through well also. This is not a memorable or impressive soundtrack, but it gets the job done and that’s good enough here. This disc also includes a French language track, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.

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