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With the trend of jamming every possible thing onto a DVD release, it's baffling that this movie would be released with scenes missing from it. That and the conspicuous lack of special features tarnishes a true great among comedy movies.
The second mistake people make is to point out the places where this movie continues jokes from Airplane 1. These items are re-used for one simple reason, BECAUSE THEY WERE HILARIOUS!!! One thing to remember is that in '80 & '82, VCRs and rental stores had not completely taken root in popular culture. When this movie came out in 1982, it's not like the fans of the first had been sitting around watching the video over and over again for a year leading up to it-- They had been sitting around for two years talking about the funniest movie they had ever seen. They continued the humor in the same way that Saturday Night Live did A LOT more than ONE episode of Hans and Franz, or Chris Farley's motivational speaker.
If you buy this movie, just watch it, and enjoy it; not for what it isn't, but what it is. Slapstick has never been done as well as in the two Airplane movies.
"Check it bleed, the bro was ON! Didn't trip, but the folks was freakin' man! Hey, and the pilots were laid to the bone, holmes! So blood hammered out and jammed jip, sheeeeet...Tighented that bad sucka 'side the runway like a mutha... Sheeeet (golly)."
Original Airplane + variations of the same jokes + Battlestar Galactica theme + William Shatner = a very good sequel. I think Einstein came up with that equation and i would have to agree. I enjoyed Airplane 2 as much as the first, if not more believe it or not, just for reasons mentioned above(your mileage may vary). The sequel is just basically more of the same taking place on a space shuttle.
But you can find better, more in-depth, scholarly reviews of the film from others. I'm here to discuss the new "I love the 80's" dvd version. Not much to discuss really. It's an 84 minute(the cut version), bare bones, widescreen edition with basic chapter/set-up options(english or french audio and english subtitles)...and that's it. Picture quality is not that good. So it's not a special or new edition by any means, unless you count new cover art as special cause i don't. If you got a previous version, no need to update.
However, i picked up my copy for $7.50 at a certain retail outfit with the bullseye logo(ok it was Target, they're affiliated with Amazon so i think it's ok to mention them). They had a section dedicated to this 'new' 80's dvd series and every one of them had a sticker for it advertising a free bonus "limited edition cd". There are only 4 songs on it, but 4 very good choices :
Echo & the Bunnymen's "Lips Like Sugar" (awesome)
Erasure's "Chains of Love" (excellent)
INXS's "Need You Tonight" (very cool)
A-Ha's "Take On Me" (never heard of it)
The movie i recommend as a comedy or if you enjoyed the first and basically want more.Read more ›
Not as surprising as the first, but still worth watching. People who made their living being heroes including Lloyd Bridges (Sea Hunt), Leslie Nielsen (Forbidden Planet), Raymond Burr (Perry Mason), now let their hair down in this thought provoking sequel.
This may have contributed to the conversion of William Shatner from Captain Kirk (Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 28: "The City on the Edge of Forever") to "The Big Head" on 3rd Rock From The Sun. I am waiting for the collection of his commercials to be published.
A lot of the jokes are funny and I love the physical and visual gags that they do just like in the original.
Overall I'd say rent it, buy it cheap, or watch it on TV. If you liked the first you'll probably like this one too, but as with my suggestion when watching Monty Python's Holy Grail, you might want to be high when you watch it
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Don't know what one is better??? Airplane or Airplane II...Both histerical.Published 9 days ago by GJT
My teenage son absolutely loved the original "Airplane" movie! I didn't really know much about "The Sequel", (that's my fault for not investigating first) but I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CJ in GA
Not as good as the first one, but still a great.knee slapper with a lot of excellent site gags.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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