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Speed 2: Cruise Control [DVD] [1997]

Sandra Bullock , Jason Patric , Jan de Bont    DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Brian McCardie
  • Directors: Jan de Bont
  • Writers: Jan de Bont, Graham Yost, Jeff Nathanson, Randall McCormick
  • Producers: Jan de Bont, Glenn Salloum, Mark Gordon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: French, Italian, English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: French, Italian, English, Greek, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VY2T
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,997 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Anybody seen Keanu? The action star of Speed opted out of this overbearing sequel, which finds co-star Sandra Bullock in love with another guy (Jason Patric) and in trouble aboard a cruise ship under the control of a mad extortionist (Willem Dafoe). Speed director Jan de Bont is back at the helm for part 2, but even he seems to have forgotten that what made the first film work was the simplicity of its hook (the bomb, the bus that can't drive below 50 mph, the handful of sympathetic passengers, etc.). Speed 2 is all about hugeness: big ship, lots of places to get into trouble and so on. Even with an eye-popping, endless finale of the vessel crashing into port (and causing mondo destruction), there is nothing about this movie that is remotely as involving as its predecessor. --Tom Keogh

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..AN ACTION CLASSIC.." 9 May 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I actually truly must stick up for this movie as I love it, its just an old school classic action movie! hell yeah its cheesy in places but that just adds to the charm, its big, bold and lots of fun on a massive scale, way more than the original, am I the only one who actually thinks the original is boring? speed the original had Keanu who just is a donkey turd at acting in anything, Dennis hopper who was boring, I think Willem Defoe was a great villain, much better, an over the top eccentric performance and a good story arc, of course Sandra Bullock is back who I love, crazy over the top again but she's a fine actress and good to look at, this sequel has bigger action, more plausible as they are on water and not in traffic, great budget explosions etc., Jason Patric is a decent lead, better than Keanu any day, this is top popcorn fun and classic action from start to finish, underrated I say, go back to it you will probably enjoy it!!
This Blu-ray import is region A but is not locked so it plays on UK players no problem!! great picture, has a HBO behind the scenes 30mins, and trailers!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent movie. Looks and sounds good. 2 Aug 2014
By PmacF
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This review is for the blu-ray release.

Despite this film getting blasted at the box office and receiving terrible reviews, this is one of my favourite movies from the 90's. One of those "switch your brain off and enjoy" movies. Jason Patric is good in this film, much better than wooden Keanu Reeves from the first installment. Sandra Bullock is "alright". The film's score by Mark Mancina is awesome.

Now for the actual blu-ray quality. A huge step up from the DVD version, particularly in the sound department. Dialogue is clear and centralised, LFE output is solid and provides that much needed UMMPPH, especially in the second half of the movie when the ship is on a collision course with (you know what). Picture quality is fine for a fairly old release, detail on faces can appear a little soft at times, but is a big step up from the DVD version.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How could it possibly go wrong? 24 Jun 2004
By Tom Robinson VINE VOICE
The sequel to one of the decade's defining action blockbusters should have been pretty straightforward. All Jan De Bont (the film's director) had to do was follow five rules. One, come up with an immensely high concept. Two, maintain the action at a relatively swift pace. Three, give Annie (Sandra Bullock's character) plenty to say because audiences love her. Four, introduce a psychotic villain to scowl and yell like Dennis Hopper. And five, give us plenty more of Keanu Reeves character, SWAT boy Jack Traven, to woo the hearts of the female audience and bust the balls of anyone who gets in his way.
Rule one receives a big fat tick, as the filmmakers come up with a neat reversal of the original. If the newly chosen mode of transport DOESN'T stop, then everyone is in trouble. From this point on though, everything else receives a big fat cross. Rule two is immediately stuffed up by setting the forthcoming events on...wait for it...a cruise ship, meaning the action now progresses with the momentum of a wounded snail attempting to navigate through a puddle of treacle. Rule three also screws up with the screenwriters' decision to relegate Sandra Bullock to the sidelines, oohing and aahing as the men battle it out.
Rule four dies the moment that Willem Dafoe begins to gurn like Jim Carrey with severe constipation. Worst of all, we are informed that his nutjob has a strange blood disease that requires him to apply leeches at regular moments throughout the think that someone actually got paid to write this stuff. And as for rule five...well, it appears to have been thrown out of a very tall building, as it is goodbye Keanu Reeves and hello Jason 'mahogany' Patric. Add dialogue that lands with the thud of a computer instruction manual, as well as clumsy and quite simply pathetic directing, and you are left with a film that sinks to the ocean floor. A one star film at best and it was lucky to get that.
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Sequels are, generally speaking, a mixed bag. Slated upon its release, Speed 2: Cruise Control was without both Keanu Reeves and the box office takings of the original. Critics hated it. I, on the other hand, happen to think it's a good film. I tend to believe bad marketing was behind the public's disappointment. People went to it expecting it to be a thriller, like the first one. Speed 2 is not - it's a disaster film (no jokes!). Seriously, it's more similar to The Towerering Inferno than Die Hard, and as such is an incredibly engrossing picture. There's also a lot more humour than there was in the original Speed. I actually laughed out loud quite a lot at the witty dialogue (particularly from the passengers). And UB40 make a performing cameo, so that can't be too shabby either. It's not as strong as the first one, granted, but as a disaster/adventure film or "popcorn movie", I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrous Speed 4 July 2014
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
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Summer 1997 - a high-octane trailer for Speed 2 precedes Con Air in cinemas. Audiences are impressed. "That looks good", they say. Con Air is a number 1 hit in early June. One week later (Friday the 13th no doubt) it is knocked-off the top spot by Speed 2. Audiences are still shell-shocked by the trailer and by memories of the 1994 hit. By the following week all goodwill that anyone was willing to lend the film had evaporated and it plummeted from the top spot at the box office to fifth. Two weeks later it would be out of the top 10. A bad result for a $110-million movie.

Speed 2 was originally scheduled for release in the UK in October 1997 but was switched with Volcano (another Fox production) for an August 15th release date. Apparently Fox wanted to be done with the movie as soon as possible. This was before the internet allowed every minute detail of a movie to be scrutinized before its release. Speed 2 wasn't released worldwide as much as it was purged.

I hate Speed. Keanu Reeves is a terrible actor and I have called his performance in that film one of the worst efforts in the past two decades. He is superseded in Speed 2 by the much more likable Jason Patic as Alex Shaw, an LAPD renegade who takes Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock playing up the ditzyness) on a cruise on the Seabourn Legend (a real ship) in the Caribbean. Their holiday is interrupted by John Giger, a likable maniac in the Travis Dane mold who seizes control of the ship and plans to rob the purser's safe in revenge for being fired by the parent company.

Most of the passengers are evacuated onto lifeboats, leaving a handful in danger as the ship heads forward at a whopping 14-miles-per-hour on a collision course with an oil tanker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Hi I think this film is very very good it's action packed just like the first one and I thought Jason Patric was brilliant as the new lead man and Sandra Bullock was good as always... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Action at speed
Great film - saw it second time around and had to buy it. Great action film from 1990's.
Published 17 days ago by Dexter 24
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Funny film with Sandra Bullock. The film made me smile a lot. Lovely.
Published 1 month ago by K. Boatman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by paul lumsden
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
cant beat this one
Published 2 months ago by sarah morris
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Sandra bullock.
Have loved this lady since first seeing her in demolition man the conversion is good picture sharp no extras except a host hbo making of.
Published 3 months ago by Wayne68
3.0 out of 5 stars I just bought a condo here...
Annie is thrilled when her boyfriend Alex presents her with two tickets for a cruise to the Bahamas on a Norwegian luxury liner. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars speed 2
i love the action in it. even if sandra bullock isn't the best of actress it is fun to watch
Published 9 months ago by Ms. F. Thepot
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed 2
Received in Excellent condition and just what was required to keep the grown ups entertained an excellent film with good entertainment all around
Published 13 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get older films to watch
Brilliant value great quality preowned DVD. My kids have just got into action adventure films and once they have watched one want to watch the whole series so I have found this a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs Brightside
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