Reno 911!: Miami appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Though the transfer could look very good, it lacked consistency.
All of the issues related to sharpness. Much of the time the movie looked nicely distinct and accurate. However, more than a few shots became rather tentative and fuzzy. There was no rhyme or reason at work here, but the frequent appearance of ill-defined images led to distractions. No jagged edges appeared, but I noticed some shimmering and a little edge enhancement. No source flaws materialized, as the movie stayed clean.
Colors became a strong element. With the dynamic Miami setting, the flick offered a lot of vivid hues. The DVD replicated these well and gave us lots of vibrant tones. Blacks seemed deep and firm, while shadows were smooth and clear. Really, much of the transfer seemed very good, but the soft spots knocked my grade down to a “B-“.
A few inconsistencies also affected the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Reno 911!: Miami, though it generally worked well. The main issues related to speech, which could be somewhat rough and brittle. The lines always remained intelligible, though, and they seemed reasonably natural much of the time.
The rest of the track sounded very good. Music was lively and dynamic, and effects followed the same path. Those elements showed nice clarity as well as solid low-end response.
Though the soundfield wasn’t especially involving, it opened up matters in a useful manner. Music offered very good stereo imaging, while effects broadened across the spectrum. Much of the movie stayed with general atmosphere, but a few sequences became more active. We got scenes with cars, helicopters and an exploding whale to open up the track and use the surrounds. Overall, this was a perfectly acceptable mix.
Version footnote: this DVD offers the same unrated cut found on the DVD from 2007. Nothing about its presentation differs from what I saw and heard on the earlier disc.
In terms of extras, this “More Busted Than Ever” Special Edition replicates very few of the earlier set’s components. I’ll note old supplements with an asterisk. If you fail to see a star, then that piece is exclusive to the new release.
First comes an *audio commentary with director/writer Robert Ben Garant and writers Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver, all of whom sit together for a running, screen-specific discussion. They give us a light overview of the production with plenty of humor along the way. We find info about cast, characters and performances, the loose nature of the project and improvisation, sets and locations, and various tidbits from the shoot.
The commentary offers a nice combination of facts and fun. All three provide a lot of amusing remarks, and they interact very well. That doesn’t mean the track is a non-stop yukfest without any depth. Instead, it mixes the two sides to give us a decent glimpse of the production and entertaining cracks. It’s an enjoyable chat.
The main attraction here comes from Reno 911!: Miami – The Lost Version. This provides a one-hour, nine-minute and 36-second alternate cut of the film. This acts as a very alternate version of the movie; it tells the same overall narrative but focuses on different events and takes.
Is it any funnier than the theatrical cut? No, not really. It has a smattering of amusing moments, but not enough to sustain our attention. It also loses points because it suffers from choppy editing and boasts an even weaker sense of narrative. The theatrical cut already seems very episodic, but the “Lost Version” ambles about with little sense of story or cohesion. It’s essentially a roughly connected collection of outtakes. For big Reno fans, it’ll be worth a look, but it’s not anything more than a curiosity.
To get into the alternate cut, we find Intro to the Lost Version. It goes for two minutes, 38 seconds and features character comments from Dangle, Junior and Weigel. They tell us what to expect from this “97.7 percent” different cut of the flick.
Next we get a five-minute and 12-second Blooper Reel. Though this presents some of the usual goofs and giggles, it also includes some new gags and alternate takes of shots. That makes it more valuable than usual.
Four Extended Scenes last a total of 12 minutes, 53 seconds. These include “Suge Knight” (4:36), “Junior Talks to Girl At Hotel” (1:50), “Bush Twins” (4:50) and “Dangle and Junior in Alley” (1:37). I liked the extended scenes found on the original DVD, but these are less stimulating. They might offer a couple of chuckles, but not much else comes from them.
We can watch these with or without commentary from Garant, Lennon and Kenney-Silver. As with the commentary, they give us a good mix of laughs and facts. They fill out the scenes in a positive manner.
In addition to the film’s *theatrical trailer, we end with some Public Service Announcements. This area includes three clips that run a total of three minutes, 54 seconds. These apparently ran as teasers prior to some summer 2006 movies. These act to “warn us” about various illegal or rude behaviors and are pretty funny.
DVD Two includes a Digital Copy of Miami. This lets you transfer the flick to your computer, your iPod, your iPhone, or whatever other modern gizmo the youngsters love. I’ll never use it, but it’s there if you want it.
So what does this 2008 SE omit from the 2007 release? Quite a lot, unfortunately. It drops two “in character” commentaries, six extended scenes, four “Public Service Announcements”, and a “World Premiere” featurette. I guess I understand the apparent desire to make this set a complement to the prior DVD, though the inclusion of the same audio commentary makes that choice less logical. Personally, I think the new set should’ve provided all the same extras.
I wanted to like Reno 911!: Miami and I expected to like it, but I didn’t. Monotonous, moronic and mostly unfunny, the movie fails to show the series’ strong points and suffers only from its weaknesses. The DVD presents decent picture and audio along with a good collection of extras. It’s a pretty nice release for a bad movie.
Obviously I don’t recommend this flick to anyone other than big Reno 911! fans, and I’m not even sure it’ll work for them. Only the most diehard of the diehards will want this Special Edition. It offers some new supplements that may entertain serious fans, but that’s about it. The original DVD remains the superior release of the two.
To rate this film, visit the Unrated Edition review of RENO 911!: MIAMI