Seat42f Says: Remember when Mike Myers use to do good movies? It’s been 15 years since “So I Married An Axe Murderer” and “Wayne’s World” and over 10 years since the original “Austin Powers.” For the past 10 years those of us who loved his SNL skits and early movies have been waiting for the comedian to strike gold again and remind us all of how funny he can be in the right movie.
There is good news and bad news with his latest release, “The Love Guru,” on Blu-ray about the Guru Pitka and his return to the states to cash in on the self-help boon. The bad news is “The Love Guru” does not strike gold and is not the movie we have been waiting for. It plays like a never-ending SNL skit with the same jokes being beaten to death. As a viewer it was easy to feel manipulated knowing that Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake were added as mere window dressing to avert the mind from the poorly written script lacking any kind of watchable plot.
HOWEVER! I did say there was good news. For diehard fans of Myer’s the Blu-ray disc packs a ton of extras, some of which are much better than the movie. Also, the film looks amazing. The creative team did a fantastic job with the video transfer and although the movie didn’t wow me it sure looks fantastic in 1080p 2.39:1 widescreen format. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless sound mix offers up a standard comedy mix.
Bottom line. Longtime fans of all the Mike Myer’s movies will want to add this to their collection. Those of us yearning for the days when Myer’s made us laugh will pass this over for a random rental or in-flight movie viewing only.
Blu-ray Movie Review: D+
Blu-ray Extras: B-
Blu-ray Audio: B
Blu-ray Video: A
Release Date: September 16, 2008
2-Disc Digital Copy Special Edition Actors: Mike Myers, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Alba, Ben Kingsley, Romany Malco, Verne Troyer Director: Marco Schnabel Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: A hilarious comedy starring Mike Myers as guru Pitka in his first original character since the blockbuster hit Austin Powers. Myers plays an American raised in India by gurus (Tugginmypudha & Satchabigknoba) and returns to the U.S. in order to break into the self-help business. His unorthodox methods are put to the test when he must settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional skid of a star hockey player (Romany Malco), whose wife left him for a rival athlete Jacques Grande (Justin Timberlake). Mini Me is back from Austin Powers and plays the hockey coach for more classic comedic moments that will have audiences laughing from opening to closing credits. PRODUCT INFO: Runtime: 1 Hr. 28 Min. 0 Sec. Languages: English Subtitled, French Dubbed & Subtitled, Portuguese Subtitled, Spanish Dubbed & Subtitled Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 Dolby TrueHD US Rating: PG-13 – For crude and sexual content throughout, language, some comic violence and drug references. DVD Features: • Commentary: Mike Myers and The Love Guru – An Inside Look • Featurette: One Hellava Elephant • Featurette: Hockey Training for Actors • Additional Scenes: Jane's Office / Grande Interview #1 • Additional Scenes: Cherkov on Ice • Additional Scenes: Darren's Performance Anxiety • Additional Scenes: Stink Mop • Additional Scenes: Happy Pack • Additional Scenes: More Fun at the Old Log Inn • Additional Scenes: Grande Interview #2 • Additional Scenes: Bill Ford with Very Special Guests • Additional Scenes: Nuts • Additional Scenes: Cabbie Fight • Additional Scenes: Alternate Ending • Bloopers: Bloopers • Featurette: Back In The Booth With Trent and Jay • Featurette: Outtakes & More • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer