RENO 911!: MIAMI – MORE BUSTED THAN EVER UNRATED CUT
MOVIE: *** (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5)
Carlos Alazraqui as DEPUTY JAMES GARCIA
Mary Birdsong as DEPUTY CHERISHA KIMBALL
Ben Garant as DEPUTY TRAVIS JUNIOR
Kerri Kenney as DEPUTY TRUDY WIEGEL
Thomas Lennon as LIEUTENANT JIM DANGLE
Wendi McLendon-Covey as DEPUTY CLEMINTINE JOHNSON
Niecy Nash as DEPUTY RAINEESHA WILLIAMS
Cedric Yarbrough as DEPUTY S. JONES
Directed by: Ben Garant
Studio: 20th Century Fox
BY KEVIN CARR
I have to say that I am actually quite surprised at how quickly a new version of “Reno 911! Miami” has made it to the shelves. Normally you have to wait a couple years, but the previous unrated cut of this film was released only last year.
However, I can’t say this version isn’t warranted. Moreover, if you have the original unrated cut of this film, the new “More Busted Than Ever!” cut might even be worth a buy for the true fan.
The film follows the inept deputies in the Reno sheriff’s department who are invited to a police convention in Miami Beach. Due to a paperwork glitch, they aren’t on the guest list and must stay at a local fleabag motel. When the convention comes under a bioweapon attack, the Reno sheriff’s department is the only law enforcement left in the city… which may or may not be a good thing.
If you’re interested in my take on the original cut and the unrated cut of the film, check them out here . In short, I enjoyed the film even though I have never been an avid watcher of the show.
However, let’s focus on why this new release is worth a look. First, there’s a second disc with Digital Copy. This is the flavor of the month when it comes to bells and whistles, and while it’s redundant to save it on a laptop, these digital files are very helpful if you like to watch movies on your iPod.
The other big reason to check this version out are some new special features. While the disc isn’t loaded with the same features (e.g., the in-character commentary is noticeably absent), there are some new elements that make the disc worth it. In particular, there’s the “Lost Version” of the film, which goes beyond a director’s cut.
Unlike the unrated cut which just features more raunch, the “Lost Version” is a new cut of the film built from alternate takes and deleted scenes. When it comes to flow and consistency, this doesn’t work as well as the actual film, but it is a great feature for fans of the show. You should watch the regular film first to catch up on the story, but this 70-minute alternate version has plenty of scenes and takes that make it an extra feature film to be viewed as a companion piece.
Other bonus features include a writer/director commentary, new extended scenes with optional commentary and previously-seen features like in-character public service announcements and the theatrical trailer.