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Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles

review by Zach B.

Rated PG

Studio: Paramount

Running Time: 94 minutes

Starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Jere Burns, Jonathan Banks, Aida Turturro and Paul Rodriguez

Written by Matthew Berry & Eric Abrams
Based On Characters Created by Paul Hogan

Directed by Simon Wincer

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: The Making Of "Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles", Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Closed Captions, English Subtitles, Scene Selection

Released: September 18th, 2001

It only took thirteen years and much debate, but a third "Crocodile Dundee" movie finally made it to the screens, and then DVD. The real question you're all asking: "Why?" While the beloved character of Mick Dundee made his way through two sequels, why a third all of a sudden? I suppose since Hogan's career wasn't going in a direction he really wanted ("Lightning Jack," anyone?) and he thought he could recapture an audience with another installment of his famous character. I heard him go on how he juggled with the idea for a bit before signing on. So what happens this time? Let's see...

The plot this times has Mick "Crocodile" Dundee (Hogan, of course) being a fish out of water again sorta, this time in the City Of Angels. It's been a bit, as Mick and his love Sue (Kozlowski) have a nine year old son. Sue wants to take a job in Los Angeles to help her father's paper after an associate was killed in a car accident. Mick doesn't have a problem since their home is one giant tourist trap now (poor Walkabout Creek). So they're off to Los Angeles. However, Sue's journalistic integrity leads her to some corruption at a movie production studio called Silvergate Pictures. Mick gets a job there to help uncover some wrong doing. Oh, did I mention the wacky and zany moments that poke fun at Hollywood?

Okay, the second one wasn't great in the series and now all these years later, a revival of a franchise is born. Kinda, I guess. The film opened to mediocre reviews and less than stellar box office, compared to how much the first made. I suppose we won't be seeing a fourth one made.

So how does one stack up? I did enjoy it a little more than the second (I swear I'm not crazy), but the first still reigns king. There was a bit of a controversey upon the movie's original release, where Paul Hogan complained how he wrote most of the movie and did not get writing credit due to crazy WGA rules. I guess he wanted credit for a movie that was bashed so much (credit went to Matthew Berry and Eric Abrams). The script has some fun slapstick moments, but has Mick in a new place and discovering new things like in the original movie. The movie takes shots at Hollywood, but the jokes for those have been done over and over before (wow, a guy who is trying to break into the business and drives a limo on the side). Still, it's fun as long as you don't take it seriously.

Simon Wincer has a nice, quick visual approach to this movie. His direction is solid and he paces it good with fine editing, so it works too, even if it feels somewhat standard. The acting is good. Hogan is great as Dundee, and Kozlowski as Sue seems a bit wiser. Smaller performances from Paul Rodriguez and Aida Turturro are also nice. While this movie is more family fare and a lot lighter than the first two, it's enjoyable. Just don't take it seriously and you'll be okay.

 

The first two films were shot in the aspect ratio of 2.35:1, this one is in 1.85:1 (the transfer is anamorphic). Out of all the transfers, this one looks the best, probably because it's the most recent. It's really sharp and pops right out at you. Fleshtones look quite nice as everything in the film has great saturation. Colors are deep and bold. Black levels are great and so is the detail. Blemishes and little annoyances appear here and there, but they're nothing major. I didn't notice any noise or shimmering. Very nice, truly a great transfer for a live action movie.

 

The Dolby Digital 5.1 is incredibly active. The loud music sounds really nice and is well mixed through the channel. The action scenes are pretty cool with great surrounds (check out the highway scene in chapter five). Dialogue is clear and crisp, and there's an equal balance to the sounds in this mix. Imaging here is pretty good as well and the subwoofer booms at all the right times. There's just a nice crispness to everything here and it's filled with some zing. A very nice mix, especially as a comedy. Surprisingly and nicely done. A English Dolby Surround track is also included, plus English subtitles and true English closed captions.

 

Another bare bones Croc release. The Theatrical Trailer is in non-amamorphic widescreen (that surprised me) and the featurette The Making Of "Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles" that is pure fluff. Clips from the movie, behind the scenes footage amd interviews with Hogan, Kozlowski and others are here. It even takes a look back at the first two. Kudos again to Paramount for providing subtitles on this featurette. It's only eleven and a half minutes, and just explains the films' plot.

While the franchise came back, this installment died and I'm sure a lot of people missed this. I guess no one took into consideration that "Crocodile Dundee" is a thingy of the 1980s, and times as well as audiences have changed. Still, if you missed it and liked the first two, this one is worth checking out.

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