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"Crocodile" Dundee II

review by Zach B.

Rated PG

Studio: Paramount

Running Time: 97 minutes

Starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon

Written by Paul Hogan and Brett Hogan

Directed by John Cornell

Retail Price: $24.99

Features: Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, French Stereo, English Closed Captions, English Subtitles, Scene Selection

Released: September 18th, 2001

After the original "Crocodile Dundee" was a tremendous success with audiences and critics, you had to know a sequel was coming. And, two years later after the original, that being 1988, a sequel bursted out. It wasn't a giant hit like the original, but it did pretty well for itself. However, many agree it's quite inferior to the original surprise hit.

This time around, the film reverses the original plot sorta. Mick "Crocodile Dundee" (Paul Hogan) and his love, Sue (Linda Kozlowski) are settled in New York City. Mick decides to get a job, but it all kicks off when Sue's ex Bob sends her photos of a drug lord killing someone. Bob is killed, Sue is kidnapped and it's up to Mick to save the day. But it's not that easy. Rico, the drug lord, also wants the pictures, which are no longer in their possession. Knowing they're not safe, Sue and Mick head back to Australlia, where they must fight Rico and dangers there.

This sequel is pretty formulatic, and can be a little bit over the top at times (not to mention it drags on at moments and is fifteen minutes longer than the original). It's less charming and feels pure Hollywood, and not the small but clever feel of the original. While it does expand on the characters, even the smaller ones from Mick's hometown, it's a lot more action based than comedy based. Not to say that there are no funny moments, because there are. The writing and dialogue can be sharp, but it's not the same as the original. It's just a totally different feel. The characters backgrounds are a bit more fleshed out, which I did like.

But while this sequel isn't the same as context when compared to the first, it's still a rather entertaining ride, despite the unoriginality of sorts to it. There are some cheesy moments I'd say, and the direction from John Cornell, who co-wrote the original, is a bit more gritty. The acting is suitable, and still establishes Mick as a fun, likeable guy everyone loves (gotta love the opening sequence). But if you liked the original, this is worth checking out to get more of a feel for some of the characters.

 

The transfer here is much better than the one for the original movie. Also in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, Paramount has done a superb job with this transfer. Now and then there's a blemish, but it's nothing major, ESPECIALLY when compared to the transfer of the original "Crocodile Dundee." Colors and fleshtones are also well saturated, and detail is very good. Black levels look particuarly good too. There's some shimmering here and there, but it all looks quite good. Exterior shots look very nice. No complaints here.

 

A English Dolby Digital 5.1 remix is included, and it's pretty decent. I wouldn't call it earth shattering, and it can be disappointing, but seeing how this is a remix, it's understandable. Dialogue is easy to hear, and the music sounds pretty good. Cars roaring off and the action-oriented scenes bring some good use of the channels, even if surround use wasn't exactly what I imagined. The subwoofer does a good but in contrast small job. It's a little shallow, but understandable in all. An English Dolby Surround track, French stereo track and English closed captions and subtitles are included.

 

We have the Theatrical Trailer in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, plus a spiffy promotional Featurette. The featurette, in full frame, has behind the scenes footage. Hogan claims a sequel has to be "one and a half times" better than the original, but he thinks the sequel is "twice" as good (I disagree). There are clips from the film and a interview with Linda Kozlowski. It's about five and a half minutes. Painless fluff.

"Crocodile Dundee II" is a fun movie, but not as good as the original. However, if you're a fan of the series, it's worth it for your collection. Casual fans who want to be refreshed of it all, a rent will due.

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