DVD Review: OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)
OSS 117: Lost in Rio (original movie review here) is a movie that gets better with each watch. For me, it will never quite equal its predecessor, OSS 117 Cairo Nest of Spies (review here), but it certainly comes damn close, which is quite an achievement considering the first film’s unbridled creative success. And in its own right–not as a sequel–OSS 117: Lost in Rio is a hilarious comedy that rewards multiple viewings. Therefore, I’m thrilled just to have it on Region 1 DVD at all. Director Michel Hazanavicius brings lots of fun new elements to the table the second time around, drawing from a whole new pool of films to parody and homage; instead of aping the more earnest, early Sixties Bond films and the late Fifties technicolor Hitchcocks, he takes his lead this time from the late Sixties Bonds (by which point the series had already acquired a very different edge) and all the colorful imitators that had sprung up like Matt Helm and Derek Flint (not to mention the original, more serious OSS 117–particularly OSS 117: Furia à Bahia), as well as more experimental popcorn fare of the era like Harper and The Thomas Crowne Affair, from which the new film borrows a copious dose of splitscreen.
Music Box’s release is a good one. The picture is stellar, accentuating Hazanavicius’s meticulous recreation of Sixties cinema, from the over-saturated color schemes down to the grain of the film and the occasional even grainier “stock footage insert.” More importantly, the subtitles are much clearer and easier to read than they were in the theater. They’re still white, but they have black outlines (I don’t think they did before), and in the dimensions of even a fairly large television set, the words show up just fine. It’s tempting to complain that we didn’t get a Blu-ray release the way France and Canada did, but honestly I don’t really care about that format enough to make a fuss. The standard definition DVD looks plenty good.
Read my review of OSS 117 se déchaîne here.
Read my review of Banco à Bangkok pour OSS 117 (aka Panic in Bangkok aka Shadow of Evil) here.
Read my review of Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117 (Fury in Brazil, aka OSS 117: Mission For a Killer) here.
Read my review of Atout coeur à Tokyo pour O.S.S. 117 (aka OSS 117: Terror in Tokyo) here.
Read my review of Pas de Roses pour OSS 117 (aka OSS 117: Murder For Sale) here.
Read my review OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions (OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies) here.
Read my original theatrical review of OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (OSS 117: Rio Doesn't Answer, aka OSS 117: Lost in Rio) here.