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The first film in the trilogy is of course The Naked Gun. This film was a follow-up to the short-lived television show Police Squad. Most of the cast from the show are here for the film. Leslie Nielson pays Frank Drebin, a cop who had recently returned from foiling terrorists overseas to investigate the shooting of police officer and friend Nordberg (O.J. Simpson), who’s attack leads officials to believe he is corrupt. Drebin’s investigation leads him to Vincent Ludwig (Richardo Montalban), a supposed city do-gooder who secretly has a plan to assassinate the Queen of England. Of course, Frank tries to tell everyone, but no one believes him. Throw Ludwig’s assistant Jane (Priscilla Presley) and a baseball game into the equation and it gets even messier.

Naked Gun: The Complete Collection
The second film The Naked Gun 2 1/2 sees the return of all cast members again. This time around, a paraplegic scientist is giving a recommendation to the president to minimise pollution by using solar power and other safe power sources. Frank Drebin becomes aware of a plot involving Quentin Hapsburg (Robert Goulet) and the powers in control of coal, oil and nuclear power to switch the doctor with a double to recommend to the president that their power become more dominant. Of course, no one believes Frank yet again.

In the third and final film The Naked Gun 33 1/3 a retired Frank returns to duty to go undercover as ‘Slasher McGirk’ and befriend terrorist bomber Rocco Dillon (Fred Ward) and his gang, which includes his mother and a bimbo (Anna-Nicole Smith). Franks mission is to find out where the gang intends to strike next.

Although these films are all the type of comedy we can expect from Nielson and David Zucker (Flying High, Scary Movie 3), I often joke with my brother that the plots of these films are better than most cop-action movies, especially part two. It is entirely possible to make a serious movie out of these storylines and have them be better than most cop movies. However in this case, they are used to create a trilogy of totally hilarious movies.

Naked Gun: The Complete Collection
As is come to be expected by the team of Leslie Nielson and David Zucker, this is an absurd comedy packed to the brim with sight gags, parodies famous movies and a lots of cracker one liners, in particular from Leslie Nielson. The comedy is only comparable to The Simpsons in the fact that most events are greatly exaggerated and totally random stuff happens. It is great to see this type of humour in its best form in these movies. As for the question of which one is funniest and the best, I would have to say the second film.

The second film has the best plot (which unbelievably turns out to be a factor), better quality gags, increased slapstick, the actors seem much more relaxed, plus there is the inclusion of Robert Goulet as the villain. Goulet’s character seems to be the only one who realises just how silly Frank is. His facial expression whenever Frank makes a total nonsense comment is utterly priceless, personal favourite being his reaction to Franks statements “You’re part of a dying breed, like people who can name all fifty states” and “It hurts doesn’t it? Maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with a seat missing, but it hurts.”

The other two films, although not as funny as the second, still do very well for themselves. There are plenty of sight gags and pop culture references, but they are just not as clever. The villains in these parts are also good thanks to the efforts of Richardo Montalban and Fred Ward, but Goulet in part two is simply priceless.

This is a fantastic trilogy of movies that are good for lots of laughs even on repeat viewing. This is Leslie Neilson at his absolute best and he has lots of fun playing the part of the clumsy cop. He also has some of the funniest lines in film memory in the second film. The plots of these films actually contribute to their greatness if they were actually taken into consideration. These are arguably some of the funniest movies ever made with Naked Gun 2 begin a candidate for the funniest. Worth a buy for sure.

Naked Gun: The Complete Collection
Video
All three films are presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. They are not just throwaway transfers either. Each film shares an equal transfer quality. Colours are well saturated and shape up quite well. They look very vibrant. The shadow detail is fine, Skin tones are perfect and there is little if any grain. No blur or pixilation either. The only other thing to be said is that there is an obvious look of edge enhancement, but it is not a problem, hardly noticeable. This is a wonderful transfer. The films deserve it too.

Audio
Each film was listened to in full with their Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround tracks—very impressive. Like most comedy films, I was expecting some ambience and that’s about it. Each film has a sharp, clear and immersive track. The terrific music scores are enhanced very well, especially the infamous opening credits scenes, through all speakers. The dialogue is always clear. The surrounds are used for anything and everything such as explosions, bullets, music and ambience. The sub also goes wild when it can, namely scenes from the third film such as two ‘Jurassic Park’ parodies with dino footsteps (or framesteps -you’ll see). These are terrific tracks that far surpassed expectations.

Extras
The Naked Gun comes with a group commentary by writer/director David Zucker, Producer Robert Weiss and Peter Tilden who is labelled as ‘Host.’ There are times where it is hard to figure out who is saying what and there are some long periods of silence. It’s far from boring, but is still not much. You’d think there would be a little more humour to Zucker, as he has created some of the funniest movies of all time. The trailer is also included on the disc.

Naked Gun: The Complete Collection
Naked Gun 2 ½ also has a group commentary by the same group. It is far less entertaining than the first commentary as long periods of silence are frequent.  The commentary drags quite a lot but there is still the occasional piece of interesting information. The disc also features two trailers.

Naked Gun 33 1/3 saw David Zucker without his director credit. He is still present however in the commentary for the film as he still retained writer/producer credit. Producer Robert Weiss also lends his voice again. This time, Zucker and Weiss are joined by Director Peter Segal and Associate Producer Michael Ewing. Although it is good to have the new director present, this commentary plays along with the others as it contains frequent silence and it’s only really interesting points are when the participants point out cameos by their friends and family. The trailer is also included.

I‘m not saying that commentaries and trailers are bad, but it is slightly disappointing to see just those on these discs. The addition of a making-of or a gag reel would have been stunning. But for hardcore fans, these extras should do.

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Overall
The Naked Gun movies are comedy classics that should be viewed by any film buff. The second film is the best and quite possibly the funniest movie of all time, if not in all the cast and crew’s careers. The films look and sound great with very nice picture quality and expectation destroying surround tracks. The movies are light on extras but the provided commentaries should kill some time if you want to add a little more to your Naked Gun.


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