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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 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...
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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 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

Disc 1: Remastered high-definition video transfer of Highlander II with enhanced and "reimagined" visual effects; branching feature for behind-the-scenes information.
Disc 2: A collection of new documentaries under the umbrella title "Highlander 2: Seduced By Argentina"; featurettes including "The Redemption of Highlander 2" hosted by special effects designer Sam Villani, "The Fabric of Highlander 2" hosted by costumer designer Deborah Everton, "Shadow & Darkness: The Cinematography of Highlander 2" hosted by director of photography Phil Meheux; original Cannes Film Festival promotional reel; original theatrical trailer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • UPC: 017153148275
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Republic Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Adrian Paul
Eddie Trucco Bartender
Vanity
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 Johnston Cobalt Man
Technical Credits
Russell Mulcahy Director
Raymond Austin Asst. Director
Peter Bellwood Screenwriter
Joe Camp III 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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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
      Main Titles/Operatic Overture
      The Last Time
      Future Exile
      Fish out of Water
      Shield Tampering
      On the Run
      Kiss of Death
      All the World's a Stage
      Clothes Make the Man
      Once Before I Die
      Speed Kills
      Launching the Shield
      My Kind of Town
      On Holy Ground
      Immortal Embattled
      Greetings, Highlander
      Business as Usual
      Security Breach
      Full Measure of Life
      Above the Shield
      Executive Decision Making
      There Can Be Only One
      Raising the Roof
      End Credits
   Set Up
      Audio: English 6.1 DTS ES
      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital EX
      Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Off
   Deconstruct
      The Deconstruction of Highlander 2: On
      The Deconstruction of Highlander 2: Off
      A Night at the Opera
      Earth's Past
      Shield Control
      The City Set
      Flight Fight
      The Tailors
      Subway
      Taxi
      Katana's Lair
      Macleod's Home
      Fan Room
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Highlander 2: Seduced by Argentina
      Play
      Scene Index
         Main Titles/Overseas Support
         In Praise of Argentina
         Shooting Difficulties
         International Relations
         Don't Cry for Us
         Breaking the Stress
         Last Tango in Buenos Aires
         The Highlander Legend/End Credits
   The Redemption of Highlander 2
   The Music of Highlander 2
   The Fabric of Highlander 2
   Shadow & Darkness: The Cinematography of Highlander 2
   Original Cannes Film Festival Promotional Reel
   Deleted Scenes
   Original Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not good enough

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is a Highlander fim what more do you want

    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????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ruined Highlander

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the worst sequels of all time!

    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'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New Edition of a Classic Film

    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!

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