Dana Carvey returns to the big screen with the tale of Pistachio Disguise. He plays a waiter at his father’s Italian restaurant who can’t figure out why he compulsively mimics his customers and is always changing his appearance. What he soon learners’ is that these are all traits of the Disguisey family, harnessing the great power of Energico they are able to transform themselves and have used their powers to fight evil for centuries. When his parents are kidnapped Pistachio must learn to us… his power to save his parents from the evil Devlin Bowman.
The audio mix of this disc is a good quality Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. There is decent use of the surrounds in the “fight scenes” and the soundtrack has a neutral open sound for the whole movie with no real issues. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand and the LFE section is used throught the movie to good effect.
The video quality is by far the best part of this movie; it is a widescreen 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer of very good quality. The two different worlds of Pistachio and Devlin have their own distinct color palette and feel. Pistachio is earthy and natural conveying innocence while Devlin’s is cool and blue conveying loneliness. The colors are punchy and bold without being oversaturated. Images are also very sharp and at near reference quality. There are also no noticeable edge enhancements or conversion artifacts.
In very typical CTHV fashion this disc contains a number of special features. We have alternate and deleted scenes as well as an alternate ending including introductions by “the Turtle Guy”. There are 3 making of featurettes including Man of a Thousand faces (costumes and make-up), The Magic of Disguise (visual EFX) and Identity Crisis (behind the scenes).The disc also contains a music video from the soundtrack (typical teeny pop stuff) as well as a commentary by director Peter Blake and Dana Carvey.
I am a huge fan of Dana Carvey and was very excited to see him return to the big screen, I just wish that this was a better movie as it is very disappointing. It seems to try to be two much all at once, think of crossing Harry Potter with Austin Powers and adding a liberal dose of The Pink Panther series. Unfortunately it just falls flat, the jokes are really not that funny and the story line is well…..far below average. I understand that this movie is really a kid’s movie and maybe I would think more of if even my own kids had not found so terribly boring. If you are a fan of Dana Carvey you are going to have to wait a while longer to see him in a triumphant return to the big screen, until then rent Wayne’s World and dream about what could have been.
Special Features List
- Audio commentary
- Alternate and deleted scenes
- 3 Featurettes
- Music Video