Final Destination 2

Final Destination 2

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Director: David R. Ellis

Cast: Ali Larter, A.J. Cook, Michael Landes

     
 

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Final Destination 2's macabre roller coaster ride can now be enjoyed on DVD thanks to New Line Cinema's Infinifilm line. The disc is double sided, so the image is available in both widescreen (1.85:1) and standard pan-and-scan versions. Sound options range from Dolby Digital 5.1 to a DTS 6.1 track. Commentary is also provided by director David Ellis, producerSee more details below

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Final Destination 2's macabre roller coaster ride can now be enjoyed on DVD thanks to New Line Cinema's Infinifilm line. The disc is double sided, so the image is available in both widescreen (1.85:1) and standard pan-and-scan versions. Sound options range from Dolby Digital 5.1 to a DTS 6.1 track. Commentary is also provided by director David Ellis, producer Craig Perry, and screenwriters Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. The discussion is light and insightful, with Perry dominating most of the discussion while giving various insights into the life of a horror producer. This being an Infinifilm release, it's full of other special features, the highlight being the "Bits and Pieces: Bringing Death to Life" documentary. Almost 30 minutes in length, the feature starts off with the history of cinema gore (including some fun interview clips from the "Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis) and then focuses on each Final Destination 2 death and the steps the special effects wizards took to pull them off. You'll also find "The Terror Gauge" -- a neat, but eventually lacking, feature in which a doctor straps a group of kids down while studying their fright levels as they watch the film. The third featurette is probably the most throw-away: "Cheating Death: Beyond & Back," a collection of interviews from various strange folk who've survived near-death experiences. An interested "Fact Track" is supplied, along with the Infinifilm pop-up screen, which lets the viewer go deeper into certain scenes by branching in small featurettes during the film. Some deleted scenes are also offered (with optional commentary), although don't get your hopes up for more blood, as these were mostly filmed for expositional purposes. Finally, the disc contains trailers for not only the two Final Destination films, but also Highwaymen, another road thriller from The Hitcher's director, Robert Harmon. All in all, this gruesome DVD is a home run, although some may find the Infinifilm menus frustratingly hard to navigate. If New Line is to adapt more of their releases with this line, hopefully they will figure out a better menu design.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Can we really cheat fate? That’s the question posed in this suspenseful sequel to the surprise horror hit of 2000. It begins vividly, just like the first Final Destination, with the leading character having a precognition of disaster. Twentysomething Kimberly Corman (played by relative screen newcomer A. J. Cook) is driving with three friends in an SUV when she suddenly has a vision of an apocalyptic traffic accident. Her quick thinking later averts a tragedy just like the one she imagined, but when the people apparently slated to die in that accident subsequently meet death in grisly ways, Kimberly becomes convinced that a malevolent fate is responsible. The first film’s only survivor, the oddly named Clear Rivers (again played by Ali Larter), returns to do battle with the unseen force of destiny she believes to be stalking her. Director David R. Ellis knows his mandate: He expends his creative energies on the death scenes, which are numerous in variety and hideously gruesome in execution; although he does so at the expense of character development or any deeper focus on potential ambiguities in the narrative that would foster psychological terror. The special effects are unusually convincing -- so much so that viewers with queasy stomachs might be well advised to seek gentler entertainment. But diehard horror fans will enjoy this cinematic wallowing in blood and gore. Final Destination 2 is one of those rare sequels that delivers exactly what it promises, in quality and quantity greater than its predecessor's.
All Movie Guide
With mixed reviews and a domestic gross just north of 50 million dollars, Final Destination was an unlikely candidate to spawn a sequel, despite its slick (and wickedly morbid) execution of a smart concept. But Final Destination 2 justifies all risks taken to give it a theatrical release, as a mostly new cast and crew reproduce the original formula in a manner that may actually be more self-assured and satisfying. It's certainly funnier, though most of the laughter comes in the form of head-shaking howls at the gruesome and gory abruptness of the deaths. J. Mackye Gruber's script understands how to set up these punchlines through seat-squirming red herrings -- the audience can't bear to watch a dentist aim his hypodermic needle at an impending victim's gums -- so even when viewers telegraph the twists that are meant to defy their expectations, it's still cathartic. The adroit staging of these scenes, veritable montages of fatal coincidence, makes it easier to forgive director David R. Ellis for overusing them to the point of redundancy. The film even constructs a somewhat intelligible plan to flout Death's design that links to the first film, though viewers should be prepared to make concessions in the logic department. Final Destination 2 reiterates the best strength of its surprisingly fertile franchise: a liberating format that doesn't rely on serial killers pouncing from the shadows, instead indulging in a genuinely inventive and comic view of predestined doom.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
UPC:
0794043627828
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX, Digital Theater Systems]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
44,651

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film; "The Terror Gauge"; "Cheating Death: Beyond and Back" featurette; Fact track; Filmmaker commentary with director David Ellis, producer Craig Perry, and screenwriters Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber; "Bits & Pieces: Bringing Death to Life" featurette; Deleted/alternate scenes with commentary; Trailers; DVD-ROM content: link to original website; exclusive on-disc DVD-ROM content includes script-to-screen, wallpapers, "Chain Reaction," and more; exclusive content at infinifilm.com

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ali Larter Clear Rivers
A.J. Cook Kimberly Corman
Michael Landes Thomas Burke
Terrence "T.C." Carson Eugene Dix
Jonathan Cherry Rory
Keegan Connor Tracy Kat
Sarah Carter Shania
Lynda Boyd Nora Carpenter
David Paetkau Evan
Justina Machado Isabella Hudson
James N. Kirk Tim Carpenter
Tony Todd Mr. Bludworth
Enid-Raye Adams Dr. Kalarjian
Andrew Airlie Mr. Corman
Don Bell Biker
Chilton Crane Mrs. Gibbons
Cam Cronin Paramedic at Hospital
Aaron Douglas Deputy Steve
Marke Driesschen Host
Noel Fisher Brian Gibbons
Marrett Green Anchorman
Benita Ha Dental Receptionist
Sarah Hattingh Nurse in Delivery Room
Fred Henderson Dr. Lees
Alfred E. Humphreys Mr. Gibbons
Rheta Hutton On-Ramp Lady
Christina Jastrzembska Administrator
Eric Keenleyside Deputy Suby
Jill Krop Anchorwoman
Jenny Lang Young Woman
Darcy Laurie Man in Elevator
Mark Lukyn Rescue Worker
Alison Matthews Physician
Odessa Munroe Biker's Girlfriend
Eileen Pedde Anaesthesiologist
David Purvis Guest
Alex Rae Dano
Klodyne Rodney Obstetrician
Shaun Sipos Frankie
Veena Sood ER Nurse
John Stewart Paramedic at Farm
John Stewart Paramedic at Farm
Lorne Stewart Skate Rat
John R. Taylor Man With Hooks

Technical Credits
David R. Ellis Director
Chris Bellamy Makeup Special Effects
Michael S. Bolton Production Designer
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Eric Bress Original Story,Screenwriter
Josy Capkun Asst. Director
Gary Capo Cinematographer
Christopher Clark Makeup Special Effects
Douglas Craik Camera Operator
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Paul Garrison Asst. Director
Catherine Gaulin Makeup Special Effects
Scott Martin Gershin Sound/Sound Designer
Justis Greene Co-producer
J. Mackye Gruber Original Story,Screenwriter
Sheila Hanahan Associate Producer
Nicola Irwin Set Decoration/Design
Richard Marmion Makeup Special Effects
Jarrett P. Mass Makeup Special Effects
Nathaniel Massey Camera Operator
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Matt Moore Executive Producer
Yukiyo Okajima Makeup Special Effects
John Papsidera Casting
Ralph Parker Sound Mixer
Craig Perry Producer
WCT Productions Makeup Special Effects
Jeffrey Reddick Executive Producer,Original Story
Louise Roper Set Decoration/Design
Eric Sears Editor
Cinema Production Services Special Effects
Ric Stephens Makeup Special Effects
Jim Steuart Art Director
Vicki Syskakis Makeup Special Effects
Maureen Terezakis Makeup Special Effects
Bill Terezakis Makeup Special Effects
Berengaria Tomkies Asst. Director
Debbie Vandelaar Makeup
Shirley Walker Score Composer
Pete Whyte Asst. Director
Donna Williams Set Decoration/Design
Jori Woodman Costumes/Costume Designer
Vince Yoshida Makeup Special Effects
Warren Zide Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles/Death's Design [4:46]
2. Deadly Commute [11:50]
3. The Lucky Ones [4:21]
4. Household Hazards [8:53]
5. The Sole Survivor [8:54]
6. A Trip to the Dentist [6:06]
7. Expert Advice [6:04]
8. Route 23 Reunion [6:04]
9. Man With Hooks [4:31]
10. Loose Ends [7:27]
11. Scene of the Accident [4:40]
12. Code Blue [6:15]
13. Recognizing the Signs [3:44]
14. New Life/Epilogue [2:24]
15. End Credits [4:51]
Side #2 -- Fullscreen
1. Main Titles/Death's Design [4:46]
2. Deadly Commute [11:50]
3. The Lucky Ones [4:21]
4. Household Hazards [8:53]
5. The Sole Survivor [8:54]
6. A Trip to the Dentist [6:06]
7. Expert Advice [6:04]
8. Route 23 Reunion [6:04]
9. Man With Hooks [4:31]
10. Loose Ends [7:27]
11. Scene of the Accident [4:40]
12. Code Blue [6:15]
13. Recognizing the Signs [3:44]
14. New Life/Epilogue [2:24]
15. End Credits [4:51]

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