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Naked Gun 3 1/3
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted August 24, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Yes, the 3rd in the "Naked Gun" series does wear a little thin, begining to run short of jokes and gags about halfway through. Still, considering this is now the third in the series, it still works fairly well. The film even almost knows this about itself, with the poster's ad line boasting "mostly all-new jokes".

Again, I could lightly complain about the film's thin plot, but really, what's the point? Films like this aren't supposed to be focused on the plot, and whether or not the jokes hit or fall flat are all that really matters. The..."story" here revolves around Frank(Leslie Neilsen once again) going into prison to find more about the plans of a criminal (Fred Ward) planning to blow up the Oscar ceremonies.

The same style of gags (try to get as many as possible in as short as possible - if they don't work, forget about it and move on) is here again, and it remains fun here, if the joke-to-laugh ratio isn't quite as high here.


The DVD

VIDEO: This is the 3rd and last in the series, and actually, logic wins again here. As the most recent film in the series, it definitely looks the best out of the three pictures on DVD. The first two films had the image quality slightly taken away from by some occasional grain and other artifacts. While two was very good looking, the third film even goes a few steps further towards looking great.

Sharpness is very good here, with the exception of one or two brief moments that seem slightly soft. Detail is very good and black level is solid as well. Flesh tones are accurate, and clarity even in darker scenes is never lacking. The best part of this transfer is the lack of grain and artifacts. There is one or two trace amounts of pixelation but they're hardly noticable here. Print flaws are limited to one or two slight marks. None of the problems here are at all distracting, and the picture quality is consistently quite good.

SOUND: As with the picture quality, this most recent entry in the series also sounds the best out of the three. Like the other two films, the film is offered with new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. And...like the rest of the films, Dolby Digital 5.1 does make the audio more enjoyable, but the film still remains a comedy and as such, not terribly active in the audio department.

The surrounds do recieve some noticeable use this time, but still nothing too effective. The score sounds dynamic and clean, and although the audio isn't too active, the quality itself is actually very good. The sound is clean and crisp, with no flaws or any other problems. Dialogue is easily heard and clear.

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: Yet another absolutely hilarious commentary for a "Naked Gun" entry, this time the particpants are changed a little bit. We still have producer David Zucker, producer Robert Weiss, director Peter Segal and associate producer Michael Ewing. Zucker and Weiss are the hold-overs from the first two commentaries and they are still the funniest element of this track. Segal and Weiss do contribute some funny bits as well.

Actually, this track is just about equally funny to the commentary for the first film. Certainly not a technical commentary either, the discussion mainly is goofy fun as the group remembers stories from the making of the movie. There are also some topics that were covered in the first two commentaries, such as what happened to some of the actors (this time, the discussion focuses on the careers of Fred Ward and Anna Nicole Smith).

Trailer: The film's trailer is also included.

Final Thoughts: The commentary again makes the DVD worth it. Paramount has really delievered the goods with all three films, getting an extremely funny group of people together to comment on these three films. As for the 3rd film, it's not quite as funny as the first two, but it's passably entertaining.
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