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Men in Black 3

Score: 94%
Rating: PG-13
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home
                  Entertainment

Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/2
Running Time: 106 Mins.
Genre: Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi
Audio: English, French (Double au
           Quebec) 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish
           5.1 Dolby Digital, English -
           Audio Descriptive Track

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French,
           Spanish


Features:

  • Partners in Time: The Making of MIB3
  • Gag Reel
  • "Back in Time" Music Video by Pitbull
  • Spot the Alien Game - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • The Evolution of Cool: MIB 1960's vs. Today - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • Keeping it Surreal: The Visual FX of MIB3 - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • Scene Investigations - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • Progression Reels - Blu-ray Exclusive

Iíve been a fan of the Men in Black series since its inception, with Men in Black always being my favorite. However, Men in Black 3 has definitely unseated the first film as my new favorite. MIB3 opens with the death of the Men in Blackís former leader, Agent Z, with Agent O (Emma Thomas) taking over the reigns of the organization. Things begin with a bang after the escape of a nefarious alien known as Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement, Rio) from an interstellar prison, with a little help from his girlfriend (Nicole Scherzinger). Boris was incarcerated some 40 years before by Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), who also shot off his arm, and needless to say, Boris has revenge on his mind. Using his prison connections, he is able to find someone to help him illegally time-travel back to the 60ís with one goal Ė kill Agent K before he takes his arm.

With Boris on the loose, Agents K and J (Will Smith) are experiencing a serious uptick in alien activity. After discovering Borisís escape, J tries to delve deeper into the events that led to his capture, but is rapidly shut down by K. The two argue because Agent J just wants to help protect K, but K wants him to stay out of it. The pair quarrel by phone and when J wakes up the next morning, it is as if Agent K doesnít exist. He seems to be the only one who even knows who K is, until he speaks with Agent O, who informs him that K died some 40 years ago. At that point, J realizes he must go back in time to stop Boris before he kills K, but more importantly, to stop an invasion by Borisís alien race that will decimate the entire Earth.

J is in for quite the culture shock, being flung back to the 1960ís. There, he meets a young Agent K, who is played brilliantly by Josh Brolin. Although he is gruff and by-the-books, he also has a playfulness that J has never seen in the older K. As J (and the viewers) will eventually find out, it is these very events that shape Agent K into the brooding, emotionless man that J knows. J and K will find themselves protecting an alien named Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg) who is a fantastic blend of Robin Williams as Mork, Michael Emerson (Lost) and Elijah Wood. Heís great to watch as he sees various possible futures, yet he also holds the key to Earthís salvation.

I loved watching the banter between Agents K and J and seeing the weaponry of the 60ís was absolutely hysterical. The pair will even have a run-in with Andy Warhol (Bill Hader) and as always with the Men in Black, nothing is as it seems. They nailed the look of the 60ís perfectly, complete with a jet black Ford Galaxie for Agent K to drive. Although thereís a ton of CG in this film, it all works together perfectly to bring you the vivid world of the Men in Black like never before. Youíll even get a nice bit of the history between Agent K and Agent J as the film draws to its amazing close.

The film looks exquisite on Blu-ray and the CG and practicals meld perfectly so you get a seamless visual experience. Special features abound and include everything from featurettes on the making of the film, to the special effects, to the look of the present day vs. the 1960ís. Youíll also get a videogame called Spot the Alien, a Pitbull music video for the main song, plus featurettes breaking down key scenes. Thereís a lot here and although I donít typically care too much for special effects featurettes, these were really interesting. Also, keep in mind that the bulk of the special features are Blu-ray exclusive, so youíd do well to shell out an extra few bucks for the high-def version.

I absolutely loved Men in Black 3. It brings the trilogy full circle and is a movie Iíd watch again. I laughed a lot and yes, Iíll admit it, I cried a little. The acting is fantastic with Josh Brolin channeling Tommy Lee Jones like you wouldnít believe. If you want to watch a fun movie with a sci-fi vibe, check out Men in Black 3 and you wonít be disappointed.



-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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