Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Director: Robert Rodriguez Cast: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega
3.8 13

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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

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.

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

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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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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JonathanDP81 More than 1 year ago
Speaking as someone who really enjoyed the first two Spy Kids films, I'm afraid I must say that Roger Ebert's right, "3-D sucks, always has, maybe always will" and watching the 3-D part is like seeing it "through a dirty window". The fact that it's really hard to get the 3-D effect to work when you wear glasses like I do doesn't help either. The eye strain's bad as well with mine practically burning by the end. I'd be waiting for the DVD where I could hopefully watch it normally, but there other problems that keep me being too excited. For a movie has which has a theme of counting on your family, there certainly isn't much family to be seen. It feels like the title should have been "Spy Kid: Juni's Big Adventure" since he's the only one of the Cortezes to be seen for what seems to be about 80% of the runtime. Grampa Montalban wanders in and out of proceedings seemly at random and doesn't do much to further the plot. Carmen only enters the film near the end and seems to gotten a whole lot grumpier since we last saw her. The rest of the family's parts are miniscule, basically glorified cameos. It seems like a lot of necessary footage was left on the cutting room floor and a lot of unnescessary stuff left in. The reasons for Juni's situation at the beginning and what the Toymaker did in the past are barely even hinted at. Along with the whole "trapped in cyberspace for 30 years" thing which doesn't make a whole of sense, an ending which makes no sense whatsoever, and endless action sequences with little point to them, it makes for a confusing and frustrating film which feels like it takes forever to end. I did enjoy Stallone in his first good part in ages and the reunion at the end was nice to see, but in the end I have to give this one a thumbs down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spy Kids 3-D is an okay movie, though wearing glasses might hurt your eyes, like all of them, this is about Carmen and Juni, but this is different from the Spy Kids 1 and Spy kids 2, the spy kids Carmen and Juni have grown up, and Carmen is trap in a game and juni has to save her, the movie doesn't measure up to the 1st and the 2st but is sufficient and like Christian's hope, a movie that includs family too
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best 3-D movie I have ever seen!Alexa Vega is totally hot!( except she's only in the movie for 12 minutes...) But still, I loved this movie!It is completely awesome, and I hope you all buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the moive was great but they did not show enough of carmen (alexa taga).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first maovie, but this one really wierd. It made no sense at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is like totally great! I like it when it was in 3D it's WAY COOL!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie Spy Kids 3-D game over I like the 3-D AFFECTS they are so cool!!! like when Carmen Cortez(Alexa Vega)reaches her arm out right at the screen it is the best movie I have ever seen!!!