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Highlander II - The Quickening

Highlander II - The Quickening

2.8 7
Director: Russell Mulcahy, Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen

Cast: Russell Mulcahy, Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen


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Highlander II is one film that will not die. It seems that every five years or so, a new version of this sucker is released, and while improvements have definitely been made, the film is still regarded as a turkey. Now audiences have Lion's Gate's two-disc Special Edition, complete with enhanced and "re-imagined" visual effects that not only bring the film into


Highlander II is one film that will not die. It seems that every five years or so, a new version of this sucker is released, and while improvements have definitely been made, the film is still regarded as a turkey. Now audiences have Lion's Gate's two-disc Special Edition, complete with enhanced and "re-imagined" visual effects that not only bring the film into the digital age, but far closer to what the filmmakers had originally envisioned. So what does this sour sequel look like this time around? Well, gone are the ridiculous blood-red skies, replaced with a cool-blue color that the cinematographer had initially planned on with his lighting, which along with a few enhanced CG shots, does make the film a much more pleasant visual experience. Pair that with an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture that's been given a newly remastered high-definition transfer from the original film negative, and you have a quite a remarkable presentation on this puppy. The audio has been given a major overhaul as well, with 5.1 Dolby Digital EX and 6.1 DTS ES tracks that are covered with newly created sound effects made especially for this DVD. So, basically, you have the director Russell Mulcahy's Renegade version of the film with a massive cosmetic makeover, a fine and much needed improvement over what was once there -- it's just too bad they couldn't do anything to redo the story, performances, and heavily crippled dialogue. Disc one is devoid of the commentary that was included on the film's prior DVD release, but includes a special branching feature that points the viewer to behind-the-scenes footage on the making of certain scenes. The supplemental disc continues to delve into the production, this time through various documentaries that paint a picture of a film with high aspirations that was sorely crippled by its investors, filming locations, and laborious schedule. The 50-minute mega-documentary "Highlander 2: Seduced by Argentina" starts the fun off right with a detailed look at the history of the film and the ups and downs of filming in a gorgeous city on the brink of its own economic disaster. The rest of the disc is split into four smaller featurettes that cover the music, costuming, cinematography, and the technical redemption that this enhanced version of the film now presents. Interviews with composer and rock group the Police alumni Stewart Copeland, costume designer Deborah Everton, along with cinematographer Phil Meheux and visual effects designer Sam Nicholson are included and very well handled, though combined with the additional thoughts from producers Peter S. Davis and William Panzer, one underlying question pops up -- where's Russell Mulcahy? Either way, the featurettes do a wonderful job of making even the most diehard opponent of the film respect the hard work and craftsmanship that was put into the film, whether it be the gorgeous cinematography or the sweeping, operatic score. A ten-minute presentation that was originally presented at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival can also be found on the disc, as well as the original theatrical trailer and five minutes of deleted scenes (including the so-bad-it's-good "fairy tale" ending -- Yikes!). So while the filmmakers can't exactly change time and undo most of the sequel's major mistakes, they can at least make sure to preserve the original vision and pay respect to the talented crew that helped bring that vision to life -- something that this DVD does fantastically well.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Newly remastered high-definition video transfer: State-of-the-art 24P HD master made from the original film negative; Enhanced and reimagined visual effects: Over 100 new and improved special effects produced by the film's original visual effects designer using the latest in digital technology; New 5.1 Dolby Digital EX and 6.1 DTS ES Digital Audio: New soundtracks created from the original 24-track masters and enhanced with entirely new sound effects; 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround; "The Deconstruction of Highlander 2": When prompted by an onscreen icon, the viewer can choose to be taken to an alternative video stream that reveals the making of that scene. Once finished, the viewer will be taken back to the point in the film from which he left. This feature utilizes never-before-seen b-roll footage; "Highlander 2: Seduced by Argentina" -- A collection of new documentaries: Original documentaries featuring interviews from director Russell Mulcahy, star Christopher Lambert, the producers, editor, special effects designer, production designer, costume designer, screenwriter, stunt coordinator, visual effects designer, and more; "The Redemption of Highlander 2": An in-depth look at the creation of the original and new digital visual effects of Highlander 2 (hosted by visual effects designer Sam Nicholson); "The Music of Highlander 2": A look at the music of Highlander 2 (hosted by the film's music composer Stewart Copeland); "The Fabric of Highlander 2": Insight into the design of the costumes for Highlander 2 (hosted by costume designer Deborah Everton); "Shadow & Darkness: The Cinematography of Highlander 2": A look at the cinematography of Highlander 2 (hosted by director of photography Phil Meheux); Original Cannes Film Festival promotional reel: Ten-minute presentation reel not seen since 1991 (new HD transfer); Deleted scenes, featuring the alternate "fairytale" ending; Original theatrical trailer (new HD transfer)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Lambert Connor MacLeod
Sean Connery Juan Villa-Lobos Ramirez
Virginia Madsen Louise Marcus
Michael Ironside General Katana
John C. McGinley David Blake
Allan Rich Alan Neyman
Stephen Grives Hamlet
Max Berlinger Usher
Richard Moll Actor
Adrian Paul Actor
Eddie Trucco Bartender
Vanity Actor
Phil Brock Cabbie
Rusty Schwimmer Drunk in Cafe
Pete Antico Corda
Peter Bucossi Reno
Peter Bromilow Joe
Jeff Altman Doctor
Max Berliner Charlie
Eduardo Sapac Holt
Ted McNabney TV Newsperson 1
Nora Zinsky Cabin Attendant
Jacques Arndt Scientist 1
Matt D. Johnston Cobalt Man

Technical Credits
Russell Mulcahy Director
Raymond Austin Asst. Director
Peter Bellwood Screenwriter
Joe Camp Production Manager
Robin S. Clarke Co-producer
Brian Clemens Original Story,Screenwriter
George S. Clinton Score Composer
Guy Collins Executive Producer
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Jack Cummins Producer
Peter S. Davis Producer
Hubert de la Bouillerie Editor
Deborah Everton Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Hall Production Designer
Stephen Kay Associate Producer
John King Art Director
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
William N. Panzer Original Story,Producer
Mari Provenzano Associate Producer
Anthony Redman Editor
Alex Sessa Co-producer
Mario Sotela Executive Producer
Jamie Thompson Cinematographer
Peter Turner Camera Operator
Marisa Urruti Costumes/Costume Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Aron Warner Production Manager
Thomas J. Wright Asst. Director


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Highlander II - The Quickening 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film could stand on its own if it were not connected to the first movie. The biggest mistake on the part of the producers and director was that they rushed to to capitolize on the first films success. For some reason I like this film on its own. The problem lies in the fact that it ignores the plot line of the first film. One of the greatest crimes commited in this film is that the music score by Stewert Copeland is overshadowed by the fact that the film was not recieved by the fans very well. However, it is because of the score that I view this film independantly from the original. As far as continuity, it fails to keep it in anyway shape or form. But I must admit that the music along with Conner's dileama has captured me and I like this film on its own. I love the original movie and I feel the confusion that all Highlander fans feel, but I stand by my personal feelings about this one. See it for yourself and make your own mind.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Bad... bad is the only way to describe Highlander 2. I enjoyed the first Highlander immensly and firmly believe the story should have ended there... because it did end... Connor MaCloud won the 'prize' he was the last immortal left and all was good...but for some reason (money) someone got the terrible idea to continue this series and even start a television show about it. Crazy. When thinking of the so called Highlander franchise this reviewer will stick to the movie catch phrase it made famous of 'There can only be one'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my own personal opinion for the reason they made it the way they did is because they wanted to explore it on another idea. Yes the whole idea of immortals rocks, but why not try a different approach like what they did in this movie the immortals came from a different planet. The whole idea just changes they way you have to look at it. Now if you haven't seen the first one you should watch that one then before you make any remarks about it think of WHAT IF????
Guest More than 1 year ago
Highlander 2 is classic because of its stars and because it is the continuation of an imaginative story. Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert work well together in their continuation of the Highlander story, along with Virginia Madsen and Michael Ironside. The special effects and alternative ending are so much fun to watch. The interviews with the cast and crew make for wonderful time spent in front of the television. The deleted scenes and extra features are also wonderful. It¿s obvious that the actors and the crew worked hard to bring us this film. This film is well worth the time, money, and energy in my opinion!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While it may be able to stand on it's own due to the acting of Connery, Lambert, and Ironside the script ruined that as well. The story of the second movie doesn't continue the first in any way other than the names of the characters. MacLeod states in the second movie that he is an alien but in the first movie talks about knowing someone since he was a boy. It's this and other loop holes like it that ruin the continuity of all the films, the story as a whole, as well as soiling the experience of watching the previous movies again. If you haven't watched the original, I highly recommend watching it and skipping all of the other Highlander movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago