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DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 108 minutes/ 114 minutes, 3 disc set, TV pilot, 9 featurettes, two audio commentaries, trailers

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English Mono, French Mono

Subtitles: English, Spanish

STUDIO: 20th Century FOX

RELEASE DATE: 11-7-2006

The Flint series is a very cool series of two films. Austin Powers doesn't even come close to the coolness factor in OUR MAN FLINT and IN LIKE FLINT. It comes down to how they wrote the films and the performance of James Coburn as spy Derek Flint. Flint is a super spy working for Z.O.W.I.E. (Zonal Organization of World Intelligence Espionage). He has a cigarette lighter with 83 different functions (one being able to light a cigar). He fights against Galaxy (scientists who want to take over the world by controlling the weather) and an anti-American bald eagle while deprogramming female pleasure units in OUR MAN FLINT. He must rescue the President of the united States from a group of women who want to take over the world in the sequel, IN LIKE FLINT. The FLINT films are tremendous over-the-top fun. Without Derek Flint, Austin Powers wouldn't exist. Flint had multiple girlfriends and knew several different things.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Each film has an audio commentary by film historians Eddie Friedfeld and Lee Pfeiffer. They talk about the films and other movies/shows in the spy genre.

Disc 3 has the horrible FLINT TV pilot called OUR MAN FLINT: DEAD ON TARGET. Skip it. The nine featurettes are very fun and you even get an extended 6 1/2 minute trailer for OUR MAN FLINT and a trailer for each film in addition to trailers for THE CHAIRMAN, THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM, DEADFALL, PEEPER (a different one from the one on other Fox discs), and THE MAGUS

Featurettes for OUR MAN FLINT-

SPY-ER-AMA- history of the two Flint films

A GENTLEMAN'S GAME- featurette about actor James Coburn

SPY STYLE- various people talk about various elements in the Flint films


Featurettes for IN LIKE FLINT-

THE MUSCIAN'S MAGICIAN- Joel Goldsmith and others talk about the flint music created by Jerry Goldsmith

FUTURE PERFECT- how the Flint films accidentally predicted a few things and a little bit about the misguided bad guys with good intentions

SPY SCHOOL- a former CIA agent compares the Flint films to the CIA of the 1960s

SPY VOGUE- the design of the Flint films

FEMININE WILES- basically the Flint films are pro-female and Flint was the first metro sexual (even before American Idol's Simon Cowell)

IN LIKE FLINT PUERTO RICO PREMIERE- interviews of James Coburn and Lee Cobb by Art Linkletter

Screen test of DIANE LUND and the 'TAKE IT OFF" test scene

FINAL ANALYSIS: 100 times better than Austin Powers, the FLINT films soar with the ULTIMATE FLINT COLLECTION. Go buy it now on DVD.

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