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(aka "The Return of Maxwell Smart")

 

 

Directed by Clive Donner
USA 1980

 

Join Don Adams as Maxwell Smart (aka Agent 86) of the original Get Smart TV series in The Nude Bomb! Agent 86 is assigned to battle an evil villain who is threatening to drop a “nude bomb” capable of destroying all the fabric in the world. With only 48 hours, some voluptuous assistants, and his questionable spy skills to help him, Maxwell Smart certainly has his hands full trying to save the world from severe nakedness. Directed by Clive Donner (What’s New Pussycat?) and featuring a hilarious cast that includes Sylvia Kristel (Emmanuelle), Rhonda Fleming (Inferno), Dana Elcar (The Sting), Pamela Hensley (Rollerball), Norman Lloyd (Saboteur) and Vittorio Gassman (Big Deal on Madonna Street). The Nude Bomb is a hilarious spoof that is sure to leave you in stitches!

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Maxwell Smart, the infamous Agent 86 from the '60s television sitcom Get Smart makes his feature-film debut in this goofy espionage spoof. This time, Smart and his cohorts must stop enemy spies from detonating a bomb that would destroy all the world's clothing. On television, the film was renamed The Return of Maxwell Smart.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 9th, 1980

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:33:44.619         
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,534,001,598 bytes

Feature: 27,358,531,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,534,001,598 bytes

Feature: 27,358,531,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by Sledge Hammer! Creator Alan Spencer
• Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Film Critic Peter Tonguette
• Deleted/Extended and Alternate Scenes (28:37)
• Textless Opening/Closing Credits (5:30)
• TRAILERS FROM HELL with Alan Spencer (3:20)
• Domestic and International Lobby Cards and Posters – Image Gallery (4:01)
• Promotional Materials and Costumes – Image Gallery (4:02)
• Behind-the-Scenes – Image Gallery (4:04)
• Alternate Scenes – Image Gallery (3:52)
• 3 Radio Spots (1:26)
• 2 TV Spots (1:00)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:48)


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 10th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (December 2019): Kino have transferred the 'Get Smart' movie The Nude Bomb to Blu-ray. It looks better than I anticipated in 1080P. This is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. I saw no damage, not a lot of grain but bright colors, decent detail (make-up visible in the higher res) and frequent depth throughout.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit) in the original English language. There is a score by Argentinean Lalo Schifrin (famous as the guy behind the Mission: Impossible theme as well as Rollercoaster, Charley Varrick, Day of the Animals, Hit!, Man on a Swing, The Manitou, Tango and many other films) and dialogue is clear and consistent via the lossless. Sounds decent. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers two audio commentaries; the first by by Sledge Hammer! creator Alan Spencer who seems a fan and can detail many behind the production details. Surprisingly Kino got Peter Tonguette, author (Orson Welles Remembered), to do the second commentary and he states that he finds The Nude Bomb a stylishly directed and generally entertaining film. He talks about Buck Henry and his early SNL work, writing The Graduate etc.... it's enjoyable to listen to. Text screens tell us that 'For the original 1980s television broadcast of The Nude Bomb, a different version was assembled by Universal, sometimes under the name of The Return Of Maxwell Smart. For the TV Version, some words were re-dubbed by the original actors to create (for the times) less risquι dialogue, and scenes involving nudity were edited. In addition to these "censorship" alterations, some scenes from the Theatrical Version were extended, or new scenes added, to create a different cut of the film.' All of the additional or altered scenes are presented in a 1/2 hour "Deleted/Extended and Alternate Scenes" reel - even those where a solitary word has been redubbed. Also included are "rolling end titles" which differ from the individual screen credits seen in the regular version. Would you believe the TV Version has been out of circulation for many years, resulting in the original master being unavailable? Therefore, these alternate scenes are taken from a low-quality source captured at the time, which naturally includes imperfections in picture quality. Kino include the 'Textless Opening/Closing Credits' which show bare backsides, a short Trailers From Hell episode with Alan Spencer and extensive galleries included Domestic and International Lobby Cards and Posters, Promotional Materials and Costumes, Behind-the-Scenes and Alternate Scenes. There are 3 Radio Spots, 2 TV Spots and a theatrical trailer.

The Get Smart TV series had a huge 'cult' following but The Nude Bomb, made some 10-years later has only hints of the Buck Henry inventive wit, we do get Larabee (Robert Karvelas) and Agent 13 (Joey Forman) but no Agent 99 (Barbra Feldon) or 'The Chief', Edward Platt who had passed six years earlier - nor did we get the brilliant character of Hymie played by Dick Gautier. The Nude Bomb is modest fun but fans with expectations that it will arouse the sarcasm and satire of the original series may be let down. It's not a film I expect to revisit but the commentaries and supplements give the Blu-ray value.

Gary Tooze

 


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