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IN LIKE FLINT ($15) marked the cinematic return of super cool, super spy Derek Flint (James Coburn) in a new action packed adventure, which continues to spoof the James Bond movies. This time out, Flint has to untangle a web of deception involving Z.O.W.I.E. head Lloyd C. Cramden (Lee J. Cobb), The President Of The United States (Andrew Duggan) and another plot for world domination. During a round of golf with the President, Cramden finds it impossible to account for three minutes, when he was using his stopwatch to time the President’s golf swing.

Taking his concerns about the missing three minutes in the life of the President to Flint, Cramden soon finds himself caught in the middle of a smear campaign designed to discredit him. Flint suspects that someone in Cramden’s agency is responsible for the ploy, and his search for the truth leads the super spy first to Moscow and then to a beauty spa in the Virgin Island, which just happens to neighbor the military base from which the U.S. government is launching a space platform. The plot of IN LIKE FLINT is just about as preposterous as many of the 007 adventures, so one is never sure just how much is an intended parody of the Bond series. The cast of IN LIKE FLINT also features Jean Hale, Anna Lee, Hanna Landy, Totty Ames, Steve Ihnat, Thomas Hasson, Thomas Hasson, Diane Bond, Jacki Ray, Herb Edelman and Yvonne Craig.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made IN LIKE FLINT available on DVD in a 2.35:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for 16:9 displays. As with OUR MAN FLINT, Fox has managed to produce another terrific looking transfer. The image on the DVD is wonderfully clean, nicely crisp and beautifully colored. None of the film’s vivid hues ever display any instability or signs of bleeding beyond their boundaries. Blacks appear accurate, whites are pretty pure and contrast is very smooth. Additionally, the picture produces more than a respectable amount of shadow detail. The film element used for the transfer shows only miniscule blemishes and very little grain. I have to say that Fox has done a pretty amazing job with both Flint movies, making them look as good as they did when they were released back in the sixties. There are no noticeable problems with digital compression artifacts on the DVD.

The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack sounds pretty good for its age, and is free from background hiss and distortion. There are the expected frequency limitations in the music and sound effects, but the soundtrack gets better with a bit of amplification. Of course, one will want to amplify the track anyway for Jerry Goldsmith’s fine musical score. Dialogue is reproduced cleanly and with excellent intelligibility. A French monaural soundtrack is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and Spanish subtitles. Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which provide access to the standard scene selection and set up features as well as a theatrical trailer, plus bonus trailers for OUR MAN FLINT, FATHOM and MODESTY BLAISE.

IN LIKE FLINT is a fun spy spoof that doesn’t go to the extremes of the Austin Powers movies to get a laugh. Of course, I have to give Fox credit for releasing IN LIKE FLINT and OUR MAN FLINT just as AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER is due to arrive in movie theaters. Both Flint movies look terrific on DVD, that along with their low asking price makes them must haves for fans of both the Bond and Austin Powers movies.


In Like Flint (1967)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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