Cube 2: Hypercube

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Overview

This sequel to the science fiction hit Cube gets more than a square deal for its release on DVD. Cube 2: Hypercube has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish; the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Bonus materials include a commentary track featuring producer Ernie Barbarash and editor Mark Sanders, an interview with...
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Overview

This sequel to the science fiction hit Cube gets more than a square deal for its release on DVD. Cube 2: Hypercube has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish; the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Bonus materials include a commentary track featuring producer Ernie Barbarash and editor Mark Sanders, an interview with director Andrzej Sekula, a look at how the film's special effects were created, a selection of deleted scenes, storyboard artwork, and the original theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

16 x 9 widescreen; Production commentary with producer Ernie Barbarash and editor Mark Sanders; Making of the special FX; Interview with director Andrzej Sekula; Deleted scenes; Storyboard presentation; Photo gallery; 5.1 Dolby Digital; Trailer; Scene access; Interactive menus; English & Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

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Cube 2: Hypercube is essentially a higher-budget, better-scripted version of the original, only not quite as satisfying. There isn't the same thrill of discovery, and crucially, when people die, they don't stay dead. You see, the hypercube environment features the fourth dimension of time, which adds further pretzels to the logic of a multi-roomed maze from which there appears no escape. But as the group of trapped strangers comes across still-living versions of their dead companions, or already-dead versions of their living selves, it lowers the stakes, removing Cube 2 from the reliable realm of horror frame story in which the characters are steadily picked off. While this has its existential advantages, and allows limitless possibilities, it loses something in the scare department. Those limitless possibilities also mean the hypercube rarely adheres to any specific rules -- the ways it attacks its prey can seem like random screenwriter whims more than necessary outcomes of the established conditions. Director Andrzej Sekula conjures a crisp look that's an advantage over the original -- which did terrific things on a small budget, just not quite this fancy. Having twice served as cinematographer for Quentin Tarantino Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Sekula makes strides beyond a visual stylist in his second directing effort, getting good performances from the cast, notably Geraint Wyn Davies as an increasingly unhinged private eye. However, it's the dialogue that's the big nontechnical jump over Cube, as Lauren McLaughlin and Ernie Barbarash have written the perfect brand of sarcastic retorts and befuddled questions for their characters. And what a smart idea to include a senile character who's always forgetting her predicament. The complete package is a better thriller or sci-fi movie than horror, but well worth checking out either way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • UPC: 031398826422
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,171

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kari Matchett Kate Filmore
Geraint Wyn Davies Simon Grady
Grace Lynn Kung Sasha
Matthew Ferguson Max Reisler
Neil Crone Jerry Whitehall
Barbara Gordon Mrs. Paley
Lindsey Connell Julia
Greer Kent Becky Young
Bruce Gray Col. Maguire
Philip Akin The General
Paul Robbins Tracton
Andrew Scorer Dr. Phil Rosenzweig
Technical Credits
Andrzej Sekula Director
Ernie Barbarash Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Block Executive Producer
Suzanne Colvin-Goulding Producer
Jon P. Goulding Art Director
Sean Hood Original Story
Diana Magnus Production Designer
Lauren McLaughlin Screenwriter
Norman Orenstein Score Composer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Mark D. Sanders Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Wrapped Up [3:01]
2. Numbers [4:45]
3. Don't Move [3:23]
4. Closer [2:50]
5. Help Me [3:07]
6. Real Answers [3:55]
7. Uncooperative [5:31]
8. Hypercube [4:30]
9. Lincoln, Nebraska [4:36]
10. Ignorance Is Bliss [4:23]
11. 60659 [3:16]
12. Theoretical Purposes [3:08]
13. Optical Illusion [3:17]
14. Really Thirsty [4:47]
15. Stunning [5:15]
16. Pattern [4:22]
17. No Harm [4:29]
18. Ruthless [3:45]
19. A Burden [3:12]
20. Dying Young [2:51]
21. The Key [3:46]
22. Payback [3:39]
23. Game Over [4:04]
24. Credits [4:04]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Trailers
         Cube 2 Trailer
         Cube 2 International Trailer
         Cube Trailer
         15 Second International Clip
         30 Second International Clip
      Behind the Scenes
         Making of Cube 2: Hypercube
         Director's Perspective
      Deleted Scenes
         Time
         Jump
         Alternate Ending
         Razor Cube
         Expiration Date
         Still Coming
         Matter of Time
      Storyboards
         Film in Storyboard
         Storyboard Only
      Slide Show
   Set-Up
      Audio: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio: Production Commentary by Ernie Barbarash and Mark Sanders
      Subtitles
         English for the Hard of Hearing
         Spanish
         None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What was the point?

    This is the thought that I finished the movie with. There wre some interesting glimpses into certain possiblities, however, for my money, a movie still has to have some pint to it if it is to be worth watching. Unfortunately, there is no point to this movie that I was able to discern. If you have noting better to do than watch this movie, then do yourself a favor and spend the time thinking of something better to do rather than wasting your time on this movie. From my point of view, there just isn't any point in watching this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cube still better, but..

    If you saw hypercube without seeing cube, you wouldn't realise that the characters in cube all match up to a character in hypercube. Also, so many of the scenes match up as well. If you watch them both in a short time frame apart from each other you will notice that so much stuff is exactly the same in the two movies. Nevertheless, i loved hypercube. I didn't particularly like the way it gave away more of what was really going on. Cube left so many things unanswered, it was perfect. Even though so much is basically carbon copied from cube unto hypercube, it is still completely different somehow. I think that hypercube was practically just as much of a video masterpiece as cube was. I look forward to the third cube movie that was so subtly hinted at in hypercube.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cube 1 is better. MUCH better.

    For those of you who haven't seen the first Cube, you don't know who a psychological horror thriller is done. This movie is the gayest friggin' thing on the planet compared to Cube 1. And, even though I don't mean to offend the people who liked this movie, but I personally think that this movie was gay all by itself. But, I must admit, when the started eating all the Jerry's, and taking each of their watches, that was kinda funny...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cube 2 : Hypercube beats all !

    This movie is awesome. For those who love chills, thrills and scares. The visuals for this movie are surreal! Although many will label this a ''B'' movie, its scene for scene the best movie since The Matrix. The actors are not well known but Cube 2 is so involving that it won't matter. 90+ minutes of mind-tinggling suspense. Movies of this caliber only come on rare occasion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good, and yet...

    While a previous reviewer didn't mean to offend people who liked the movie, they apparently have no problem offending gay people... Nevertheless, I must agree that the first cube movie was better. The first cube had rules that tested the wits of the occupants. In cube 2, the occupants feel more like trapped people who have no control, no matter what they try. On the other hand, maybe the new characters simply aren't as smart as the old characters. The first cube could exist in today's world, with our current level of science, which helps to make it all the more frightening. The second cube couldn't be built today (as far as we know 8), which disconnects it somewhat from the audience. The first movie also strove to specifically NOT answer (per the director commentary) ''why'', while the second movie hints at a ''why'' (as well as a possible cube 3, which I would still look forward to). I consider the cube movies (or at least the first one) to be a case of the journey being more important than the destination. Cube 2 does certainly still leave plenty for the imagination though. I'm somewhat torn in that this feels like a case of a sequel being forced when none was needed, but on the other hand, it is interesting to revisit the world of the cube, and explore it further. The traps in cube 2 are certainly interesting and inventive given the new dimension in play. If there is a cube 3 it will need to be very careful to answer questions, but also create new ones to keep it interesting. Cube 2 succeeds in that, but it does feel like it nearly slipped off the tightwire a couple times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cube 2: Hypercube

    Though i haven't yet seen the first cube i have no doubt that it is great. When i first saw this movie i was stunned by the creative and frightning plot. i loved almost everything about the movie except for some very minor flaws. At the end of the movie there are many questions unansewred and some acting could be a tad better. Though you probabaly wont even notice with the heart pounding pandimonium going on in every part of the movie. It basically grabs you and never lets go till the very end. All in all this was one of the most chilling and well directed movies i've ever seen. I cant wait to see the first.(if this review isnt all that clear to you e-mail me if you want to ask me a question about the movie, i still had some other things to say that i cant remember anyway, heh heh)

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