Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
had the task of bettering its hilarious predecessor, King Solomon's Mines
. It failed. Looking back from the age of slick computer graphics, it's painfully distracting to spot obvious back-projection, shoddy miniatures and some of the worst wire-work ever. Instead one must concentrate on the easy chemistry between Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone reprising their roles, this time in a quest for Quatermain's lost brother. Together they traipse across Africa, encountering all the usual pitfalls (literally) as well as jungle animals, restless native tribes and fast-flowing rivers and so on. James Earl Jones takes the money and runs through his wooden dialogue, all the time backed by endless repetitions of Jerry Goldsmith's sub-Indiana Jones
Taken on its own it's pretty atrocious viewing, but played back-to-back with the first movie The Lost City of Gold's surreal self-contained universe of hilarious adventure movie clichés is a lot of fun. Sharon Stone's hair remains perfect throughout, of course.
On the DVD: Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, like King Solomon's Mines, is presented on disc in a surprisingly pristine print, and in 2.35:1 widescreen. Also like its predecessor, the sound is in Dolby 2.0, which again reflects the limited number of spot effects layered into the soundtrack. The original trailer is the only extra feature. --Paul Tonks
Richard Chamberlain returns as Allan Quatermain in this explosive, action-packed sequel to the classic film King Solomons Mines
. Quatermain encounters harrowing adventure when he searches for his missing brother, Robeson, who has set out to find the Lost City of Gold. Joined by his lovely fiancée (Sharon Stone), an ageing warrior (James Earl Jones) and a self-proclaimed mystic (Robert Donner), Quatermain ventures along a treacherous path to discover the Lost City and conquer its evil rulers.