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Naked Gun 2 1/2
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted August 24, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

The tag line for "Naked Gun 2 1/2" was "Frank Drebin is back. Accept it." That's actually a good way to summarize the second film in the "Naked Gun" series, which is quite funny, but not quite as solid as the first film. Again, the film offers as many jokes as possible in the short 85 minute time frame; it throws everything out there - most things work, some thing don't, but it tries everything it can think of.

Again, there isn't much of a plot to the film, but the actors and writers are able to come up with enough sight gags and jokes to keep things rolling. This time, it's an environmental scheme with Robert Goulet as the bad guy. Priscilla Presley returns again as Jane, who Frank falls in love with once again when he sees her in this sequel.

The acting is perfect for the material, and although Nielsen has certainly not lived up to what he did here in recent films like "Wrongfully Accused", he's perfect in this series. The rest of the supporting cast is also solid.


The DVD

VIDEO: As the "Naked Gun" series goes onwards and upwards, the picture quality does get a bit better, and the 2nd feature does look noticably better than the first one. Where the first film looked slightly worn at times, this picture has a smoother, more natural look to it. Sharpness is usually pretty good, but there are a few scenes that are somewhat soft, but seem intentionally so. Detail is good as well, and clarity is never a problem.

Where the first film had some noticable print flaws, the second film is mainly free of them. There are a few small speckles on the print now and again, but these are extremely minor. A few scenes have a trace amount of artifacts, but these aren't a major problem, either. Black level is solid and flesh tones are natural, as well.

Colors are bright and bold, looking nicely saturated and never showing any problems whatsoever. Aside from a few tiny little flaws, Paramount has presented a better looking transfer here than for the first film.

SOUND: Again, "Naked Gun" is certainly no "Armageddon", but like the first film, "Naked Gun 2 1/2" is newly offered here in Dolby Digital 5.1. The score is pretty much the highlight besides the dialogue, and although there are some goofy action sequences, the film still doesn't offer anything terribly active.

Surround use is sightly more noticable for this effort in the series, but the majority of the audio is still in the front. The audio may not be terribly complex, but the quality is actually very pleasing, sounding smooth, natural and crisp. Dialogue is also clear and easily understood. The original Dolby 2.0 track is also included here.

MENUS:: With a film like "Naked Gun", the possibilities certainly exist to do something fun with the menus, but Paramount chooses to simply use the cover art for the main menu.

EXTRAS:

Commentary: This is an extremely funny commentary from producer Robert Weiss, director David Zucker and host Peter Tilden. It's not quite as sharp and witty as the commentary for the first film, but it's still full of some solid laughs and, of course, some more goofing on OJ Simpson. The three of them again are here to just have a fun time with the film, and are able to think of a suprising amount of stories about the production for a film that's now 9 years old.

Also explored in this commentary are further reasons why this film probably wouldn't get a PG-13 if it was released today, as well as things that were taken out or changed in the final product. Mostly though, the three of them just sit back and laugh at the chaos of Nielsen's character, and their laughter is easy to get caught up in.

Trailer: The film's trailer is also included, as well as the teaser trailer.

Final Thoughts: Although "2" isn't quite as good as "1", the DVD presentation from Paramount is still quite good, and the commentary is again incredibly funny. Recommended.
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