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on 9 March 2008
This unusual boxset (released in the Netherlands) is for anyone in the UK or on Region 2 who is interested in the Highlander movies - but has abandoned the idea of collecting them due to the poor treatment given to their DVD releases in the UK. I discovered this boxset after I was disappointed with the standard, and indeed old prints of the sequel movies I ordered first from other Amazon sellers. But check out this boxset, for the versions here are much better.

Firstly, you have the RENEGADE VERSION (The Directors Cut) of Highlander 2, which has rarely been seen in the UK unless you have a Multi-Region Player that plays Region 1 discs. This version of Highlander 2 erases the frankly horrific memory of the pre-existing theatrical cut which was shown in cinemas.

The Director has now restored the movie to its full-length version, complete with re-cut dialogue - removing the suggestion that the immortals are from another planet - and added new effects and extra scenes making it a much better film. The reworked opening segment now has the style and appearance of a Dune movie, had one been made at that time, and this makes you actually look forward to the movie you are about to see; curious about the other changes that have been made to the picture. The immortal soldiers are now cast as warriors from the distant past exiled to the future, and the insertion of new special effects helps to communicate this idea. Though it still doesn't work as a sequel, and is hardly worthy to the original, it will make you sleep better (if you care about these things) with a feeling that a great injustice has been corrected. The DVD also has a featurette with interviews with the Director Russell Mulcahy and the producers; explaining how the film was seized by the insurance company financing the film when it went over budget, chopped to ribbons without the consent of the producers, the director or its star Christopher Lambert, and released as an 80 minute abomination that none of the production team wanted anything to do with.

The Highlander 3 presentation is quite good (again much better than the atrocious quality of the present UK DVD edition) and looks fine, though it is presented here under its US title Highlander 3: The Final Dimension. But that is a minor quibble. You will need to switch off the Dutch subtitles before playing, but otherwise this is a good disc. The presentation of Highlander Endgame is also fine, you may need to switch off the subtitles again to watch this - but that's no big deal is it really?

All in all a worthwhile purchase. At the very least, its the best presentation of these movies available in the UK right now, and is easily good enough until someone chooses to give the movies a proper DVD Special Edition release in this country. It'll certainly satisfactory your desire for immortal beheading at any time in the near future.
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