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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Actor Mike Myers and director M. Jay Roach Rating:7.0/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by badge on March 21st, 2010:Find all reviews by badge
Thinking about it, I wonder if I've ever heard a comedian/comic actor give a 'funny' audio commentary. Maybe it's a fear of people expecting them to be 'on' for two hours, or too much like trying to maintain a monologue which eventually is going to fall flat or run out of material (even Weird Al armed himself with a ton of fact sheets to recite for his UHF commentary). And would you use up lots of 'A' material on a commentary track that you know most people wouldn't listen to? On the other hand, they don't want to come off as totally 'serious' either, so it seems to me that the end result is typical of this Mike Meyers/Jay Roach track for AUSTIN POWERS. Now and then they do reveal something about the making of the film but most of the time it's just a 'quip' about something that somebody says or does on screen, or a comment in a funny voice. To add to the rather dry feel of it, both commentators are recorded on separate channels, which Meyers coming out of one speaker and Roach out of the other, giving the feeling that they're sitting far apart from each other, or maybe not even in the same room. Meyers is a congenial enough guy, so it would have been better to have him doing a Q&A with a moderator for this commentary.
Reviewed by ohpopshop on June 10th, 2010:Find all reviews by ohpopshop
I agree with badge on all points. This is a surprisingly dull commentary, with little that merits relistening. Listening to it once does have its moments, but really I would like to have heard more about the making of the movie. Myers doesn't need to put on a show here, and it's not like we've got a Citizen Kane here that merits a close look, but it really sounds like Roach and he are struggling to find things to say at many points. To be sure, there are a few amusing behind-the-scenes tales, but badge's suggestion of sitting Myers down with moderator is spot on--I remember thinking the same thing when I first listened to it.