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Shrek 2 [DVD] [2004]
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2004
First off, I have actually got this DVD before it is released. This is because i am a member of a DVD club and got it delivered on Saturday morning. (30th October)
The second bit, the talking packaging. It is funny, you press your down on the sign that the gingerbread man is holding (that says press me) and donkey says "Shrek and Donkey on another whirlwind adventure". When this is heard through the built in speaker there is also a light that appears behind donkeys teeth so it lights them up!
When you open the DVD case there is a Velcro pad on the side that when opened reveals a 3d pop up of the characters. The actual DVD case is inside the cardboard covering area around it and is accessed by sliding the DVD case up or down.
Right, now the actual film itself. I thought the first of the Shrek films was really really good and this one is just the same. The only thing I found with Shrek 2 was that the plot was not as strong as the first, but I'm sure this is because this is actually the first time I've watched Shrek 2. But the film is still as funny with famous voice-overs etc. There are a few scenes in the film that are very funny and you will not forget soon (hairball scene?).
The special features are quite good as well. The far far away idol is quite funny as well, which shows most of the characters from the films singing songs that are relevant to them in the story. The far far away idol is judged by no other than Mr. Simon Cowell. He gives comments on what he likes and doesn't like about the singers. After hearing all the songs and judges comments (Shrek, Fiona and Simon) you can pick who you think deserves to win far far away idol, which results in a different ending showing the winning characters celebration. I also found the how to draw special feature quite useful as well but I haven't actually tried to draw the characters!
This is a good DVD that has plenty of special features as well as a good script and fun for not only children but also adults of all ages. A good family film that deserves 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Shrek (Mike Myers) and his new bride Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are just settling down to their happy ever after when they get a summons. Fiona's parents (Julie Andrews and John Cleese) want to meet their new son-in-law. Shrek knows that their little secret will ruin the meeting. After all, who wants an ogre for a son-in-law, even if your daughter is one, too?

Against his better judgment, the two set out accompanied by Donkey (Eddie Murphy). When they reach Fiona's kingdom, Far Far Away, their reception is everything that Shrek feared it would be, which crushes Fiona.

Unbeknownst to them, danger is lurking in their future. Fiona's Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders) had a deal with Fiona's father. Now the two will do whatever it takes to make that come true.

Can Shrek bring Fiona happiness? Will the evil plot succeed?

The first movie was the surprise hit of 2001, so a sequel was only natural. The first one was original, clever, and had a great message. This one isn't as original and is a variation on the same theme, but it is funnier. The jokes and cultural references are everywhere. It may make the movie dated in 10 years, but for now, it is hilarious.

All the major voice talent is back and again do a great job of bringing their characters to life. The new actors fit right in. Technology has advanced in the three years between movies, and it makes for a better movie this time around.

The only flaw with the film is that, once again, some of the laughter comes from crude jokes and suggestive situations. Since this movie aims at kids, that's a disappointment. Watch it before you let your kids see it to determine if you think it is appropriate for them.

Having said that, this movie will make anyone who watches it laugh.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2004
I cannot recommend 'Shrek 2' highly enough - it's a dazzlingly witty and superbly crafted movie. Unfortunately, it deserves a proper DVD release and this isn't it: both the two-disc and the single disc UK releases are CUT (farewell Fiona's headbutt) and DUBBED (bye bye Larry King and Joan Rivers). If that doesn't matter, then order away. If it does matter, then buy the Australian editions which are dual region anyway (R2/R4), so you can play them on your normal DVD player without having to be multiregion. It's a great film and it deserves to be seen UNCUT and with its ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK. Rant over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2006
Shrek was a massive box office hit. So much so, that Shrek 2 became one of the most anticipated animation sequels in years. It had a seriously tough act to follow, but when word got out that much the original team had been invited back to produce the goods, expectations were understandably high. More so when several new big name stars joined the cast (including Antonio Bandera, John Cleese, Rupert Everet and Julie Andrews) Add to that was the technological advancements made over the last few years... the extra lighting effects, the subtle changes in skin texture and so on.

And to a degree, these elements all came together quite nicely to produce a highly enjoyable film. Everything definitely seems a little more polished. The animation is crisper, the sequences tighter. The plot is witty and well thought out. The characters are strong - the Fairy godmother is deliciously wicked, Puss in Boots wonderfully portrayed. It is an excellent production.

And yet, despite the added glitz and glamour, despite the added effort, something seemed to be missing. Perhaps it was the hype. Perhaps it was the curse of the sequel. Perhaps it was because the ground it was covering was no longer fresh. Perhaps. Either way, in spite of some excellent voice over performances, most notably from Eddie Murphy, delivered his lines with excellent comedic timing, and some superb sequences, the `meet the parents' scene, for example, the movie failed to reach the heights of its predecessor. Still, when all is said and done, it's definitely worth a watch. We do all, after all, have a right to know what happens to married couples after hearing those ill fated words, `happily ever after'!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 24 November 2004
Shrek and the gang are back in another very funny, very entertaining movie that the whole family will enjoy.
Following on neatly from the events of the first film, Shrek and Princess Fiona are now a couple and so Shrek has to meet the in-laws over in Far Far Away - a kind of fairytale Hollywood - where the King and Queen live. Naturally, Donkey tags along and nothing goes according to plan.
The acceptance of our heroes into this society is was always going to be difficult enough, but with Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother hatching their own plans to ensure a wedding is set-up between the prince and Fiona, it gets a whole lot worse.
The King is caught up in all of this and in desperation turns to sword-for-hire Puss In Boots in order to have Shrek and Donkey dealt with. Thankfully, he sees the error of his ways and teams up with our heroes as they embark on a quest to save the day.
The quota of gags in Shrek 2 is at least on a par with its prequel, and in many cases you cannot help but laugh out loud. Sharp one-liners, preposterous situations and endearing slapstick are the order of the day, and are far more hit than miss.
The voice casting doesn't hurt, with Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz all returning. Antonio Banderas as Puss In Boots is absolutely fantastic and very, very funny, whilst others such as Jennifer Saunders and John Cleese do very solid jobs, fitting in brilliantly with the established cast.
The quality of animation is fantastic, but it is good to see that Dreamworks follow the same ethics as Pixar. The visuals are never more important than the story. They are a means to an end, and an ideal medium for all the sight gags and colourful characters that are crammed in. Repeated viewings reveal new things all the time, and just enhance the fun.
This special edition is a little too gimmicky. The talking packaging is amusing the first time and that's pretty much it. Inside the pop-up cardboard sleeve is a standard DVD case. Extras are good, with a crazy rip-off of Pop Idol, Far Far Away Idol, which is entertaining. There is a good mix for young and old, adding some decent, although not spectacular, extra value on top of the movie. For the price, I would have liked more quality.
Shrek 2 is a great sequel and well worth owning. Let's hope there's a Shrek 3, and that it is every bit as good as this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2005
Shrek 1 was so different to any previous computer animated movie -real gold star enjoyment. Shrek 2 has the same qualities, (characters, jokes,, etc.) that made Shrek 1 great, but of course you don't get the same Wow! /Chuckle impact as when you saw Shrek 1 for the first time. However it's still a great "family fun" film to watch.
The extra features include interactive voting for the best singer in the "X-factor" contest. There's even a voting form you can print off from your PC. Recommended.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2004
While Shrek 2 is every bit as inventive and funny as its predecessor, the talking packaging is gimmicky, tacky and probably adds a pound or two to the DVD's cost. This is still a worthwhile purchase for the extras on the second disc, mind you, but if you're only interested in the film, stick with the standard edition.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2004
Once upon a time there was a loveable ogre called Shrek and we followed his adventures on film. Now he's back, married to the lovely Fiona, and he's been summoned to the kingdom of Far Far Away to meet her parents, the king and queen of that fair country. The parents, of course, are far from happy at the idea that their wee girl has married a big green ogre with sticky-out trumpet ears. I mean, would you be? And the Fairy Godmother is hopping! She'd hoped her son, Prince Charming, would get the girl. I mean, that's what's supposed to happen in fairytales? Right?
Taking a fairytale scenario and giving it a few ironic twists is a long established comedy format. In Shrek we had a hugely entertaining and enthralling movie which could capture the imagination of children and adults alike. I was even prepared to forgive Mike Myers' Scottish accent - as a Scot, I have no problem with the notion of Scottish ogres, only with the parody of the language! That apart, if you loved the original Shrek, you'll love the follow up. It's not as funny as the original, and in places gets a touch too self-congratulatory about the quality of its production, but it's still an enjoyable watch.
As a piece of animation, it is superb. The quality floods through at every level - just admire the way they do fur, or hair, or liquids, or shadows, or reflections, or the subtlety of the backgrounds, or the depth of the 3-dimensional feel. The images are sharp, the colour ablaze with life, the movement and emotion beautifully captured. It is a magnificent invitation to explore a fairytale world, and you are instantly caught up and carried away.

It's an enchanting, highly entertaining, very funny movie, one you can watch again and again and still marvel at aspects of the production you missed first time round. The only question is which version you buy. The single disc version (ASIN: B0002VE5GW) is available from Amazon for £12.99, this double disc is a touch more expensive.
So what do you get on the second disc? Well, basically, a load of entertainment for the kids and not much information for those who want to know about the technical side. There is a 'Pop Idol' singing contest, a 10 minute meet-the-cast section, an introduction to Puss in Boots, and some other fairly boring fillers. There's not really enough here to warrant going for the twin disc version, unless you are an avid fan and just want everything to do with the film. An excellent production, let down a little by the impoverished quality of the extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2005
I loved the first Shrek Movie and was very pleased to hear that there was a sequel. I just knew and still know that this is an animation which has many possible directions in which it can go.
I very recently watched Shrek and was very, very satisfied. The second film is just as funny as the first and is full of puns and very funny jokes. The Puss in Boots character was a great new character and is the perfect adition to those from the first. I also greatly enjoyed the soundtrack that helped to make the film one of the funniest films I have ever see. I can honestly say that I am not just looking forward to seeing the third but will be also looking forward to seeing the fourth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2005
Great film, not quite as good as the original.
What REALLY annoyed me was havining to watch ( or fastforward ) the trailers every time I watch it. The menu button is locked until they finish.
So 3 stars instead of 5 for that, Dreamworks!!!
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