Sep 252019

I Spy is a half-baked TV-to-movie adaptation that flopped at the box office and it’s easy to see why, not only does it feature a weak plot, but the chemistry between Wilson and Murphy was not there.



I Spy

Genre(s): Action, Comedy
Mill Creek Entertainment | PG13 – 97 min. – $14.98 | September 17, 2019

Date Published: 09/25/2019 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Betty Thomas
Writer(s): Marianne Wibberley & Cormac Wibberley (story), Marianne Wibberley & Cormac Wibberley and Jay Scherick & David Ronn (screenplay)
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole

Features: None
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 24.81 GB
Total Bitrate: 34.11 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Mill Creek Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 3.0/5

Plot Synopsis: When the Switchblade, the most sophisticated prototype stealth fighter created yet, is stolen from the U.S. government, one of the United States’ top spies, Alex Scott (OWEN WILSON), is called to action. What he doesn’t expect is to get teamed up with a cocky civilian, World Class Boxing Champion Kelly Robinson (EDDIE MURPHY), on a dangerous top secret espionage mission. Their assignment: catch Arnold Gundars (MALCOLM MCDOWELL), one of the world’s most successful arms dealers.

Quick Hit Review: It’s been at least 15 years since I last saw the feature film adaptation of I Spy. I didn’t think much of it then and seeing it again all these years later, and my opinion pretty much remained the same: it doesn’t have much in the way of a plot, or a villain, or even chemistry between its two leads, but it was passably entertainment that did manage to make me chuckle a few times and admire the beautiful Famke Janssen. It’s easy to see why it was a box office disappointment though Owen Wilson had yet to hit his comedic stride (seemed like he was torn between doing drama and comedy) while Eddie Murphy was on his downslide (came out the same year as The Adventures of Pluto Nash).

I guess if you had 90-minutes free with nothing else to watch, including other TV-to-film adaptations that were done far better (21 Jump Street), then maybe give I Spy a shot, just don’t go in expecting a whole lot, as the film left plenty to be desired (really could’ve been a fun Mission Impossible spoof).



Unfortunately, none of the features from Sony’s DVD release were ported over.


VIDEO – 3.5/5

I Spy arrives on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition. This isn’t what I’d describe as a pristine picture and probably a moderate upgrade over the DVD, but I suppose detail is a tad better and colors look fine, though some of the edges are a bit rough. All in all, this is a movie that needed restoration to make it look better, but in no way should any studio put in money for that kind of work.

AUDIO – 3.0/5

The disc comes with a basic and frankly underwhelming DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Although dialogue does come through with good clarity, the action sequences really lacked a punch where even the LFE channel rarely kicked on and any explosions (and there are a few) had minimal, if any, impact.


OVERALL – 2.5/5

I Spy is a half-baked TV-to-movie adaptation that flopped at the box office and it’s easy to see why, not only does it feature a weak plot, but the chemistry between Wilson and Murphy was not there. But still was passable entertainment if you have nothing better to watch. The Blu-ray itself isn’t great, however it is  the cheaper option over Sony’s “Choice Selection” MOD program…





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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