(Danielle Harris, Clint Howard, et al / DVD / PG / (2008) 2009 / LGF)
Overview: Would-be superhero Ed Gruberman, who possesses no super powers, must join a team of misfit heroes-in-training known as the Super Capers. Having only faith, Gruberman must travel through time to uncover an evil plot involving some gold bullion, a fiery femme fatale, and a criminal mastermind with a dark secret about Ed's past.
DVD Verdict: 'Super Capers' is a real mess of a movie, trying to be family film to appeal to everyone, but ultimately succeeds in appealing to no one. Writer/director Ray Griggs infuses the film with 1980s pop culture references that not only fall flat, but also reveal the lack of originality in his screenplay. Full pages of dialogue are lifted, literally word for word, from such movies and television shows as The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Trek: Next Generation, Terminator, Back To the Future, etc. The Super Capers vehicle is a Winnabago version of the DeLorean from Back To The Future, re-enforcing a joke that kind of worked in Mel Brook’s Spaceballs.
The characters and casting is not much better. Whalin plays Gruberman as someone who knows he is a moron and thinks it is funny. Jon Polito, Michael Rooker, and Tom Sizemore seem to be competing for an over-acting award. Adam West makes a cameo as a former superhero turned cab driver, whose taxi just happens to be the Batmobile from the iconic series from the 1960s. And Sam Lloyd takes his character of Ted the lawyer from Scrubs and adds the power to move things with this mind as Brainerd. Sorry, but it just ALL had to be said! [TE] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary: Writer/Director Ray Griggs is joined by Sam Lloyd and Justin Whalin as they discuss making the movie. Parents beware – this is not a family-friendly track
Deleted Scenes: A series of three deleted scenes, without commentary, are provided in anamorphic widescreen
Making of Super Capers: This is an 8 minute EPK short, consisting of interviews with the cast discussing how funny this movie is going to be, in non-anamorphic widescreen
Original Storyboards: This may be for only one sequence in the film, but the storyboards are presented in a way that is difficult to actually look at. There are 3-4 frames per page, and each page is legal-size and framed in a 4:3 aspect ratio
Digital Comic Book: Featuring the same stale jokes and 1980s pop culture references from the movie, the comic book tells a story that takes place during the world premiere of the movie in Hollywood. Similar to the Storyboards feature, each frame of the comic book is often too small to read, even on a 56-inch monitor
Original Theatrical Trailer
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