DVDs: Goofy Good Guys
These days, it seems like all the bad guys in the world have it in for America. Thankfully, someone is always looking out for us, whether they're dynamic marionettes or top-secret teenagers. Both these films have lots of fun with the spy movie genre. D.E.B.S. (Sony; Movie •••, Picture/Sound •••½, Extras ••) is aimed squarely at family audiences. But Team America: World Police (Paramount; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound •••, Extras ••½) - written by Matt Stone and co-written and directed by Trey Parker, the creators of South Park - has something to offend everyone.
The 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen images in both have reds, whites, and blues that practically jump off the screen, although D.E.B.S. manages to pack in a higher level of detail. Despite being comedy spoofs, the flicks have deadly serious Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks. They'll rattle your subwoofer and energize your surround speakers with explosions and bullets that fly in all directions. D.E.B.S. comes with two commentaries (one by director Angela Robinson, the other by the cast), deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and the "Into the Morning" music video by the Weekend. Team America's extras include an introduction, nine production featurettes, deleted scenes, and animated storyboards.