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5.0 out of 5 stars THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE VERSION!!!
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...
Published on 9 Jan 2008 by Stotty

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2.0 out of 5 stars Improved Directors Cut Despite It's Flaws
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...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Improved Directors Cut Despite It's Flaws, 18 Jan 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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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.

A enemy from MacLeods past who MacLeod encountered on earth long ago named General Katana & his cohorts travel into the future to kill MacLeod once & for all with MacLeod being able to behead one of Katanas henchmen gives MacLeod the power of immortality once again who then calls upon his old mentor Ramirez to help him defeat General Katana once & for all.

Aided in his quest by Louise Marcus a environmental activist who believes the ozone layer over time has repaired itself & the Shield is deemed no longer necessary.

Can MacLeod defeat Katana claim the prize once more & deactivate the Sheild allowing the dying earth to live once again?

Timelord Thoughts.
My synopsis is based on the director's cut.

The theatrical cut was awful & incoherent with errors in continuity merging two sword fights into one for a start which is now been rectified in this a slightly better directors cut.

Re-edited & restoring over 20 minutes of cut footage back into the movie by it's director Russell Mulcahy makes the story now more coherent & improves the movie but only a little.

Yes there are still flaws but at least this movie is a better sequel in this director's cut form than the incoherent mess that was it's theatrical edition as eliminating the idea that MacLeod & Ramirez are aliens from the planet Zeist is the best thing this movie could've done as now were told they are from a distant time in earths past.

We also find out what happened to MacLeods wife Brenda & this version reinstates a great battle between MacLeod & Katana on top of a moving vehicle which is another highlight in this now superior director's cut.

Highlander 2 is now just a few minutes shorter than the original 1986 movie so it wasn't cut for time, No doubt studio interfering may have raised it's ugly head on this production.

Christopher Lambert trys his best returning as Connor Macleod but is hampered by a poor script & considering Brian Clemens co-wrote this whom has written many great tv shows comes as a shock at just how bad this script actually is.

As for Sean Connery he must have been laughing all the way to the bank picking up 3.5 million dollar's for 9 days work & no wonder he seems very happy in this film all the time.

This is now a watchable movie more than what was originally released & this is well worth purchasing as not only do you get the director's cut of the movie but a whole wealth of dvd extras.

At last we Highlander fan's are given this director's cut dvd release, There can be only one cut & it's the director's cut edition that claims the prize but it's still not perfect just very average.
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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
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Stotty (Bolton, England) - See all my reviews
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.
The cast is still a strong one with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery reprising their roles in good form, Michael Ironside at his villainous best and solid support from Virginia Madsen as a romantic interest who can hold her own in a scrap. Watch out for 'Scrubs' John C. McGinley as a greedy, weedy businessman.
Stewart Copeland's score is also worthy of note.
It's a shame that this version of 'Highlander 2' never made it to the cinemas. Watching this version of the picture simply reinforces the point that film directors should be left to do their own work, without men in suits ruining everything for everyone concerned.
'Highlander 2' the renegade version is a far cry from the Paul Verhoevenesque trash originally seen in the early 90's. Mulcahy's reconstructed version is a smoother, longer, more satisfying film with more emotional depth and better continuity. It makes more sense, and comes across as a more intelligent picture.
Coupled with the terrific special effects and production values that were already in place, as well as some top shelf action set pieces, this incarnation of 'Highlander 2' is a quality sci-fi adventure.
It's the only one to watch, and restores faith, not only in the 'Highlander' franchise, but in Russell Mulcahy as a director.
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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
.... 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
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*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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film, 15 Oct 2013
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I love all the old films from my childhood and this is one of them, you just cant beat the 80's, thank you
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3.0 out of 5 stars remembered it as being better but guess thats what time does to movies, 26 Jun 2013
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not too sure the extra 18mins were enough to warrant all the hype. its still a decent movie and worth a watch if you've not seen it before
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not even Macleod's mother could love this, 13 Jun 2013
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The first rule of making a sequel is don't just remake the first film, by that criteria Highlander 2 is a triumph, by any other standard it is laughably bad.

I really don't have the time to state everything wrong with this film, you can't be told how bad it is you have to experience it for yourself, so buy it watch it and it will instantly make you feel better about every other aspect of your life, no matter how bad it gets you still didn't make or star in Highlander 2 and that is a comfort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movies, 9 Jun 2013
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At the time Highlander was a top rate movie and not many sequels manage to better the original. Highlander II - The Quickening continues feeding the viewer. Yes, I know, it's sheer fiction, but it's 'reality fiction!!!!'
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dodgy plot, acting & special effects, 2 April 2013
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They were right, there can be only one and it's not this one. Cheesy & corny & without the Queen soundtrack which made the first film.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Highlander 2, 1 April 2013
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The only redeeming feature of this film was Sean Connery- it didn't even have any music by Queen which worked so well in Highlander. Won't watch it again.
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