New Release: OSS 117 Lost in Rio DVD

OSS: 117 Lost in RioOSS 117: Lost in Rio, the much-demanded sequel to the 2006 satirical spy spoof OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, premiered on DVD on Aug. 31, 2010, from Music Box Films, for a suggested retail price of $29.95. The original movie was a smash in its native France and a major cult hit in the U.S.

OSS 117: Lost in Rio once again stars French comedy sensation Jean Dujardin as the ever-absurd Agent OSS 117. In his latest outing, it’s 1967 and OSS 117’s mission finds him partnering with a sexy Israeli Mossad agent (Louise Monot) and traveling to swinging Rio de Janeiro to track down a roll of elusive microfilm and capture a high-ranking Nazi officer (Rüdiger Vogler) who has gone into exile in Brazil.

Written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, the film is a jubilantly designed and stylized love letter to a long-gone movie genre: the 1960s spy thriller. The movie is embellished with such delicious 1960s-era flourishes as colorful jet-set locales, split-screen cinematography, a Bossa Nova-flavored retro score and state-of-the-decade fashions — not to mention a bunch of insanely overwrought gunfights and chase scenes and a healthy dollop of cleavage.

It’s a movie that happily presents to audiences a ridiculously politically incorrect “hero” who could give Maxwell Smart and Austin Powers a run for their secret decoder rings!

The DVD includes such bonus features as a featurettes, a blooper reel and deleted scenes.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.