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Highlander 2 (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Christopher Lambert , Sean Connery , Russell Mulcahy    DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside, Allan Rich
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Writers: Brian Clemens, Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, William N. Panzer
  • Producers: Alejandro Sessa, Chris Chrisafis, Donald P. Borchers
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Digital Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures/Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028G7IY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE VERSION!!! 9 Jan 2008
By Stotty
Format:DVD
The 'renegade' version of 'Highlander 2' is the only version any self respecting film fan should bother with.
For anyone unfamiliar with the 'renegade', it's quite simple.
Director Russell Mulcahy, who had successfully helmed the original 'Highlander' movie, pretty much had 'Highlander 2' taken off him during the production of the film as greedy producers wanted a quick cash in and felt that Mulcahy was taking too long and spending too much money on the picture. As a result, the version of 'Highlander 2' released in theatres was a world a way from the directors original vision, hence the poor reviews and horrendous reputation the film has garnered ever since.
This, the 'renegade' version of the film, shows director, Mulcahy getting his hands on the original rushes and footage he shot, and reconstructing the film the way he wanted it in the first place.
The results are strikingly familiar to those of Ridley Scott's when he finally got to piece together 'Blade Runner' the way he had originally intended, without film company suits, sticking their noses in.
'Highlander 2' now has certain scenes switched to different points in the film, which makes it flow much more smoothly.
The idea that the immortals are aliens from the planet Zeist has also been changed, and with the use of extra/added scenes, the film now has more continuity with the first film, as we see the reason why Macleod builds the 'ozone layer' device to begin with, as well as the reason for Ramirez's return.
The digital remaster shows off the excellent production designs in the movie, and the touched up special effects give 'Highlander 2' a much slicker feel. In fact the overall cinematogrophy on 'Highlander 2' is vastly superior to the original.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The reason this fim makes no sense.... 11 Feb 2003
Format:DVD
.... unfortunately this film really isn't any good. I spent several years barracking the film until I came across a nice surprise. Whilst whittling away the hours sat in my office, I came across a Highlander website. I noticed that Director Russell Mulchacy, along with the producers, had been given permission to 're-edit' this film. The result being 'Highlander 2 The Renegade Version'. Apparently the original idea for Highlander 2 was quite different from what was actually produced. The studio's did not like the script and several scenes were cut down, changed, or removed altogether, resulting in this 'Quickening' Version.
I was fortunate enough to have been able to obtain the 'Renegade' version and no longer do I feel that this is a bad film. There is over 20 minutes of unseen footage, all reference to the planet Zeist has been removed, and what we now have is a film that does follow on nicely from the original.
What the producers and director wanted, was a film that did follow on from the original, but also a film that could stand alone, so people who had not seen the original could still watch the film without having to have seen Highlander 1.
Although this 'Quickening' version is poor, the 'Renegade' version is well worth checking out!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch film before writing article. 11 Feb 2005
By Steve H
Format:DVD
*NOTE: This article relates to the Renegade Version and not the Cinematic release of Highlander 2*
I remember the anticipation of the release of the sequel to 1986's 'Highlander' and only too well the disappointment of the confused and mucked up product which appeared in our cinemas.
The story behind the 'Renegade Version' of Highlander II is simple. The reason for the botched cinema release was pressure exerted on the production company by the films insurance companies after the movie went over budget. They went over the directors head and made sure a 'film' was released to recover any overspend. The fools.
This version is the way the movie was meant to be. McLeod is not from Zeist, nor is Ramirez. Look back to the first frame of the original first movie. There lies the answer. In all there is about 20 extra minutes including scenes where Connor's wife dies (giving him the reason to construct the shield and save man).
The best part of this re-edit is the movement from scene to scene, just like the original movie.
I was a sceptic, but this version restored my faith in Russell Mulachy. Watch you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Improved Directors Cut Despite It's Flaws 18 Jan 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Positive.
1)Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod gives a decent performance enhanced in the director's cut.
2)Sean Connery returns as Ramirez giving the film a much needed boost of humour.

Negative.
1)The Theatrical cut is dire & choppy with a incoherent story that doesn't deliver a good sequel to the classic original 1986 movie.
2)Michael Ironside is no Clancy Brown.

Dvd Info.
Theatrical Cut 86 minutes, Directors cut 109 minutes, Documentaries, Interviews & more.

Trivia.
1)Sean Connery earned $3.5 million dollars for 9 days filming, That will pay for a lot of rounds of Golf.
2)Sharon Stone was considered for the character of Louise Marcus.
3)The directors cut which has been re-edited by director Russell Mulcahy in 1995 was referred originally as the renegade version.
4)This edition adds over 20 minutes of unseen footage, Re-edited scenes, Removes the immortals being from the alien planet Zeist, Adds a new battle between MacLeod & Katana on top of a moving vehicle & we also find out what happened to MacLeods wife Brenda.

Review of the director's cut version.
Having seeked the prize of mortality at the end of Highlander defeating Kurgon, Connor MacLeod is now a widowed old man in the year 2024.

However the earth has become a dying planet since the construction of the Sheild a artificial Ozone layer that MacLeod supervised the construction of as the ozone layer was becoming virtually non-exsistant leading the sun's harmful rays to penetrate the earth.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I felt sorry for the actors being put into a B movie like this. The script is poor, the direction is poor, the CG is poor – was this made on a budget? Even the music is wrong. Read more
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mc cloed is still living ,his adopted daughter dead,,in this film he and his friend ramerez are sentenced toimmortal life on earth and has yet more immortals trying to wwin the... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars slightly less horrid than the original, worth watching the making of...
I had hoped that the director and writers may have somehow salvaged this film from oblivion, but the film still remains a big dissappointment given the slick escapism and charm of... Read more
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