Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

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Director: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega

     
 

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The final chapter of the Spy Kids trilogy draws to a close in fine form with Dimension Home Video's fantastic two-disc release -- which presents the film not only in the original 3-D format, but offers a great-looking two-dimensional version as well. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the images in both the 2-D and 3-D versions are near flawless -- andSee more details below

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The final chapter of the Spy Kids trilogy draws to a close in fine form with Dimension Home Video's fantastic two-disc release -- which presents the film not only in the original 3-D format, but offers a great-looking two-dimensional version as well. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the images in both the 2-D and 3-D versions are near flawless -- and for those who have had nothing but disappointing experiences with home viewings of 3-D movies, prepare to be pleasantly surprised because this may be the best and most effective use of the gimmick on the small screen to date. The film offers a surprising amount of depth and some great moments of high-tech action; Robert Rodriguez's gamble to release the film on 3-D DVD was certainly worth the effort. While former 3-D home video releases were frequently eye-straining affairs that offered little payoff, Spy Kids 3-D goes easy on the optics while dazzling viewers with inventive special effects. For a real kick, follow Rodriguez's advice from the commentary track and check out the 3-D scenes on a high resolution computer monitor -- you'll be surprised at how effective home 3-D can really be. Of course, the 2-D version of the film looks great as well. For those who complained upon initial release that the colors looked somewhat muted in the 3-D sequences, they come through bright and vivid here and almost make the film feel even more like a video game. Few complaints can be made about the strong overall image in either presentation, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack also packs a hearty punch with numerous directional effects during the high-speed action sequences. As far as extras go, Rodriguez has never been one to disappoint, and this release is certainly no exception. Beginning with a "Ten Minute Film School With How to Make Cool Home Movies," Rodriguez attempts to inspire creativity in young, aspiring directors by stressing the importance of sound effects and imagination. Alexa Vega fans will find out that the Spy Kid can do more than sleuth when she takes to the stage for an electrifying performance of three songs from the film's soundtrack. The featurette "Big Dink, Little Dink" offers a brief look at actor Bill Paxton's day on the set with his son (who also has a brief cameo in Spy Kids 3). Getting into more technical areas, Rodriguez's feature-length audio commentary track discusses everything from the new 3-D Active Convergence technique utilized in Spy Kids 3 to his support of emerging filmmaking technologies and the creativity that a lack of funds, time, and technology can inspire. A multi-angle "Surfing and Stunts Piece" takes a look at the fun lava surfing sequence and a few other key stunts sequences from storyboard to final realization, and "The Effects of the Game" visually walks viewers through the various special effects as they are assembled to create a convincing video-game world. "An Adventure Into the 3rd Dimension: The Making of Spy Kids 3-D Game Over" offers the usual things that one might expect from a making-of featurette, with interviews with the cast and crew and a brief history of 3-D films. The feature that kids will likely have the most fun with is the "Mega Race" set-top game, which places viewers in the driver's seat for a high octane blast through the film's futuristic race track. Playable in either eye-popping 3-D or plain old, flat 2-D, the race is especially exciting when viewers opt to take it into the third dimension. A real treat for both children and 3-D lovers alike, this release sets a pretty high standard for any future 3-D DVD releases.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
3-D or not 3-D? This features-packed two-disc set gives you the option. The two-dimensional version (retitled simply as Spy Kids 3) omits Fegan Floop's prologue and the glasses-on-and-off cues. The three-dimensional version may be harder on the eyes, but the state-of-the-art 3-D effects will distract viewers from the underwhelming story. Game Over completes Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids trilogy, although it is less a sequel than a Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) spin-off. The ex-secret agent turned pint-sized private eye returns to the fold when his sister Carmen (Alexa Vega) becomes trapped inside a computer game. Juni's mission: Enter the game, progress to the unwinnable Level 5, and stop the Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone) before he enslaves the world's youth. 3-D is not the optimum way to view a film, but we've come a long way since the ping-pong-paddling barker in House of Wax -- or even "Dr. Tongue’s 3-D House of Stewardesses" on SCTV. Pogo-hopping frogs and other extreme virtual thrills spill off the screen. Unfortunately, the rest of the Cortez clan is reduced to mere cameos. The lone exception is Juni's wheelchair-bound grandfather (a game Ricardo Montalban), who has some unfinished business with the Toymaker. No doubt, Rodriguez wanted to do for Stallone what Tarantino did for John Travolta, but the Italian Stallion remains a little rocky when it comes to comedy. Still, the ceaselessly inventive Rodriguez keeps the 3-D effects and the whiz-bang action set pieces coming. By the time Game is over, bedazzled young viewers will want to play it again.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
3-D movies have, since their inception in the '50s, always looked cheap. The point in making a 3-D film has always been to let the audience enjoy the novelty of the experience rather than to cook up an engaging story. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over fits that model perfectly. The story, little more than a mishmash of Tron and The Matrix, is nothing more than a solid excuse to set up the 3-D world. What matters in a movie like this is the energy, ingenuity, and imagination of the filmmakers. Robert Rodriguez has proven that he has all three of those things in droves, making him one of the few directors who can, with his infectious sense of fun, overcome material this incoherent, trivial, and dismissible. Each of the first two Spy Kids films, especially the first one, was solid family entertainment that had a big heart. While Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is good for what it is, it is something far less than its predecessors.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
UPC:
0786936230550
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dimension
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Ten-minute Film School with How to Make Home Movies; Alexa Vega in concert; Feature commentary with Robert Rodriguez; "An Adventure Into the 3rd Dimension: The Making of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over"; Making Traks With Alexa Vega; Surfing and stunts piece (multi-angle); The Effects of the Game; Big Dink, Little Dink; Mega Race set-top game (3-D and 2-D versions); 3-Dimensional Version; 2-Dimensional Version

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas Gregorio Cortez
Carla Gugino Ingrid Cortez
Alexa Vega Carmen Cortez
Daryl Sabara Juni Cortez
Ricardo Montalban Grandfather
Holland Taylor Grandmother
Sylvester Stallone The Toymaker
Mike Judge Donnagon
Matt O'Leary Gary Giggles
Emily Osment Gerti Giggles
Cheech Marin Felix Gumm
Bobby Edner Francis the Brain
Courtney Jines Demetra
Ryan Pinkston Arnold
Robert D. Vito Rez
Danny Trejo Machete
Alan Cumming Fegan Floop
Tony Shalhoub Alexander Minion
Salma Hayek Cesca Giggles
Steve Buscemi Romero
Bill Paxton Dinky Winks
George Clooney Devlin
Camille Chen Processor
Bob Fonseca Agent Damage Report
Selena Gomez Waterpark Girl
Peter Marquardt OSS Agent #2
James Paxton Dinky Winks Jr.
Glen Powell Long-Fingered Boy
Alejandro Rose-Garcia Edog
Evan Sabara Creepy Kid
Lane Turney Logos
Steve Wertheimer Agent Hot Rod

Technical Credits
Robert Rodriguez Director,Score Composer,Cinematographer,Editor,Original Story,Producer,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Elizabeth Avellan Producer
Ronn Basquette Set Decoration/Design
Brian Bettwy Asst. Director
Dean Beville Sound/Sound Designer
Stacy Brownrigg Sound/Sound Designer
David S. Hack Set Decoration/Design
Nina Proctor Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeanette Scott Art Director
Mary Vernieu Casting
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- 3-D Version
1. Intro
2. Gumshoe
3. Rockets Game World
4. Spy Tree House
5. OSS Headquarters
6. Into the Game
7. Pogoland
8. Sub-Level
9. Beta Testers
10. Moonwalk
11. Robot Arena
12. Toymaker
13. Billboard
14. Mega Racer
15. Spookyville
16. Bonus Life
17. Cyber Staff Battle
18. Level 4
19. Tinker Toys
20. Lava Mountain
21. The Real Guy
22. Unwinnable Level 5
23. Corinthian Leather
24. Robots in the World
25. Calling All Cortezes
26. Allies Arrive
27. Toymaker vs. Grandpa
28. To Family
29. Credits/Bloopers
Side #2 -- 2-D Version
1. Intro
2. Gumshoe
3. Rockets Game World
4. Spy Tree House
5. OSS Headquarters
6. Into the Game
7. Pogoland
8. Sub-Level
9. Beta Testers
10. Moonwalk
11. Robot Arena
12. Toymaker
13. Billboard
14. Mega Racer
15. Spookyville
16. Bonus Life
17. Cyber Staff Battle
18. Level 4
19. Tinker Toys
20. Lava Mountain
21. The Real Guy
22. Unwinnable Level 5
23. Corinthian Leather
24. Robots in the World
25. Calling All Cortezes
26. Allies Arrive
27. Toymaker vs. Grandpa
28. To Family
29. Credits/Bloopers

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