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Anatomy 2 (Special Edition) (2004)

Ariane Schnug , August Diehl , Stefan Ruzowitzky  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ariane Schnug, August Diehl, Herbert Knaup, Birgit von Rönn, Klaus Schindler
  • Directors: Stefan Ruzowitzky
  • Writers: Stefan Ruzowitzky
  • Producers: Andrea Willson, Claudia Loewe, Jakob Claussen, Peter Engelmann, Philipp Barnett
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BXMZ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,552 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anatomy 2 (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Picture in picture commentary with director and cast
  • Deleted scenes with commentary
  • Making-of featurette
  • Production artwork gallery
  • Screen tests
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

In the research department of Berlin's most prestigious hospital, a centuries- old secret society is once again operating outside the rules of medical science - and the laws of nature. This time Anti-Hippocratics are led by a renowned neurosurgeon bent on developing the first synthetic body parts -at all costs. Assisted by a handpicked team of ambitious medical students, the doctor is close to achieving his ruthless dream - until an inquisitive young intern and a relentless investigator (Franka Potente, Run Lola Run) discover the deadly truth about the team's experiments. Now, this terrifying body of information could cost them their lives in this chilling sequel to the acclaimed suspense thriller, ANATOMY.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 'Less horror, more action' March 13, 2004
Format:DVD
ANATOMY 2
[Anatomie 2]

(Germany - 2003)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Super 35)
Theatrical soundtracks: Dolby Digital / SDDS

An intern (Barnaby Metschurat) at one of Berlin's top hospitals is targeted by a charismatic doctor (Herbert Knaup) who's been conducting illegal experiments on some of his best students, involving the replacement of various muscle groups with all-powerful, synthetic substitutes. But the drugs needed to curb the various side effects are highly addictive, and lead to madness and murder...

Forged from the European success of its popular predecessor (ANATOMY [2000]), this unnecessary sequel - only tenuously linked to the previous film - is described by its makers as 'less horror, more action', and therein lies the crux of the problem. After a genuinely horrific opening sequence in which one of Knaup's former students (August Diehl) gatecrashes a swish medical gathering and leaves a trail of devastation in his wake, the movie foregoes genuine horror for a slow build-up of tension as our naive hero is first seduced by his newfound friends and then realizes their dreams of a 'master race' are no different from old-style Nazi ideology, and just as misguided and lethal.

The Gothic setting of the first film is replaced here by the faceless corridors of an ultra-modern hospital, and aside from the opening scene, there are no truly memorable set-pieces to distinguish the movie from its run-of-the-mill US counterparts. Writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky and cameraman Andreas Berger conspire to make it look as slick and stylish as possible, but it simply doesn't 'click' the way it should.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Run Lola Run...Run For Your Life December 25, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
German actress Franka Pontente from Run Lola Run and the first Anatomy movie is back once again, and she is still running. I enjoyed the film, athough I must admit I enjoyed the first Anatomy better. Twenty minutes into the film, I was wondering where is Franka?? I was getting a little bored before Franka appeared on-screen. She doesn't show up until later, but she is worth the wait. However, this time, she is an investigator, and not the novice student she was in the first film. The setting of the movie is a Berlin hospital, and once again, we see a medical program that has gone awry. The murder scenes are just as potent as the first movie. And as always, it was good to see Franka again, whom I think is very...very...talented. If I had to compare her to an American actress, she definitely reminds me of Clair Danes. Although the first Anatomy was better, you will still enjoy this movie and be on the edge of your seat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Anatomy 2 (Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2003)

I wasn't expecting much from Ruzowitzky's sequel to his fine Anatomy, which may be why I enjoyed it more than most people seem to have, if the ratings and reviews on IMDB are any indication. Sure, it doesn't measure up to the original, but you can't have everything.

Plot: The Anti-Hippocratic cult from the first film are still active, and are always looking for a few good men. In this case, they're after the brilliant newcomer Jo Hauser (L'Auberge Espagnole's Barnaby Metschurat), who both chafes under the school's strict adherence to procedure and has a brother with a degenerative nerve disease. Jo will do anything to cure his brother, and that's where the Anti-Hippocratics come in--they've been working on artificial muscles. Of course, there's this problem of a lack of willing guinea pigs...

There's nothing new here, but Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) is a very good director, and he's a pretty good writer, too. You may have seen it all before, but it's done here with style, and the whole artificial-muscle thing is incredibly neat. ***
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2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and Boring July 25, 2008
Format:DVD
The Anti-Hippocrates society, first introduced in "Anatomie", is at it again, this time at a hospital in Berlin. Joachim (Barnaby Metschurat), a well-meaning, young doctor becomes involved in the illegal experiments of the society, when he is given the opportunity to join an elite research group that is attempting to develop synthetic muscles, which could potentially save the life of Joachim's brother, who is dying of a degenerative muscle disease.

"Anatomie 2" started off better than the original "Anatomie", with an excellent first half hour that sets things up nicely, but it degenerated shortly after that. Most of the final hour of the film is made up of an endless string of operations conducted by and on the members of Joachim's research group, which is both repetitive and boring (and confusing - maybe it's just me, but I'm sure some of the scenes were contradictory).

Franka Potente, star of "Anatomie", appears briefly in this film (her character has given up on medicine and is now a cop who is trying to shut down the Anti-Hippocrates society), but her total screen time couldn't be more than about 10 minutes.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deserves dissection September 22, 2004
Format:DVD
What's a wretched, unoriginal horror movie without an equally uninspired sequel? "Anatomy 2" fits the bill nicely, a vaguely grisly hodgepodge that is about as much fun as leg surgery without anesthetic. It's the same tangle of lame, derivative thriller elements, only this time it cannibalizes the first film directly.

Young medical student Jo Hauser (Barnaby Metschurat) arrives a Berlin hospital, leaving his paraplegic brother in their hometown. Professor Muller-LaRousse (Herbert Knaup) is the revered neurosurgeon who holds the reins. But he's a member of the Anti-Hippocratic Society (AAA -- an auto service?), which eschews the "do no harm" rule in favor of medical advancement. The advancement this time? Artificial muscles, which can augment any muscle in the body, and may end paralysis.

Hauser is seduced (both literally and figuratively) into joining the society, and has artificial muscles implanted in his legs. The problem is, the muscles can be controlled via computer, and the drugs involved are addictive. Then Hauser learns that he is the unwilling guinea pig for the next phase of the robotic-muscle development, where human muscles are REPLACED by robot ones.

Ever since "Run Lola Run" came out, there's been a feel that in German cinema that synth music and a sense of style are all it takes to make a hit. Unfortunately, "Anatomy" isn't style over substance -- it's all style, no substance. Writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky has clearly lost any inspiration he may have once had -- and he never had much, since his previous "Anatomy" film was basically just a slasher fic where the slashing is done with scalpels rather than axes. "Anatomy 2" is just a rehash of a rehash.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Movie with a message
This another movie screaming out to the world to WAKE UP and realize what the psychotic Freemasons do. More Science Fact than fiction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anne Compau
3.0 out of 5 stars So So
As with a lot of movies they shouldn't have a sequel, it was ok, but you can only say so much about this subject and I feel it was covered well in the first movie.
Published 7 months ago by Kate Bombard
2.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy 2
This Anatomy sequel wasn't bad i didn't see the whole movie, so i cant say it it was good or bad.
Published 17 months ago by sandra m johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expections; It;s better than the first
A couple of days ago I ordered Anatomy 2 off amazon.com. I had seen the movie in stores, but they wanted too much money for it. So I went to the trusty amazon.com, and ordered it. Read more
Published on January 9, 2006 by Fabi
2.0 out of 5 stars promising start but too many cliches
**1/2

From Dr. Frankenstein to Dr. Mengele, Germany has developed quite a reputation for...hmm.. how shall we put it?..."unconventional" men of science. Read more
Published on August 18, 2005 by Roland E. Zwick
4.0 out of 5 stars a different perspective
I haven't seen the original Anatomy so I had no expectations for this movie. That being said, I really enjoyed it. It is mostly action with very little gore. Read more
Published on August 17, 2004 by seville_orange
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. That's it. Like Last Year's Knee Surgery
This is supposedly the sequel to the reasonable German medical thriller "Anatomie" (2000), but apparently they didn't care the story this time, which is basically the... Read more
Published on July 3, 2004 by Tsuyoshi
1.0 out of 5 stars anatomy 2
The movie is in german with english subtitles. A bitter let down from the first movie. Not much gore.the storyline is kind of bland. Don't buy, if you must see rent.
Published on February 17, 2004 by Dr. B
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