Undercover Brother on DVD

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00 Written by 

Undercover Brother - out now on DVD“Undercover Brother” is a high-energy comedy about a team of black agents striving to overcome a shadowy mega-corp headed by The Man, a Blofeld-esque super-villain. Penned by John Ridley (“Three Kings”) and Michael McCullers (“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”), the film stars Eddie Griffin (“Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo”) as the titular all-action crusader, whose ample afro and sharp 70s outfits define him.

The movie co-stars Aunjanue Ellis (“Ray”) as the high-kicking Sistah Girl, Denise Richards (“Starship Troopers”) as blonde bombshell White She Devil, Chris Kattan (Saturday Night Live) as The Man’s conflicted flunky, Chi McBride (Lou Grover in Hawaii Five-0) as the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. team’s irascible boss and Dave Chappelle (“Block Party”) as the rather nervy Conspiracy Brother. The director is Malcolm D Lee (“Scary Movie 5”).

Fans of hyperactive, non-stop action-comedies will find this movie is right up their alley. The mostly-visual gags come thick and fast, and some of them are bound to raise a chuckle from even the most po-faced viewer. Early on I was worried that the film was going to be a draining experience, but soon found myself carried along for the ride, chuckling here and there and partly won over by the boundless energy of the whole production.

The plot and humour are steeped in clichés, and the sets and costumes are bright, colourful and clearly owe a big debt to Ridley’s original, Internet-based animation series. The bouncy soundtrack featuring the likes of “Jungle Boogie”, “Love Train” and “Play That Funky Music (White Boy)” plays it safe but also get your feet tapping, especially when James Brown makes an entrance.

I did not find the film as captivating as the “Austin Powers” trilogy, and neither did I find many of the gags as rib-tickling as those in the likes of “The Pink Panther” or “Airplane!”. All-told, “Undercover Brother” is a fairly average film that never-the-less offers some disposable entertainment for times when you do not want to be taxed too much.

The impressive list of special features includes:

  • Commentary with Director Malcolm D Lee
  • Feature Commentary with Eddie Griffin
  • Welcome to the Brotherhood: Behind the scenes making of "Undercover Brother"
  • Alternate ending with optional director’s comments
  • Deleted scenes with optional director’s comments
  • Outtakes
  • Snoop Dogg: Undercover Funk Music Video
  • Animated shorts: A series of animated films
  • Theatrical Trailers for "The Hulk" and "Johnny English"

“Undercover Brother” (2002) is out now on DVD, courtesy of Fabulous Films. The main feature has a running time of 82 minutes approx, carries a ‘12’ certificate and retails for £9.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com



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