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Highlander 2 - Special Edition (1991)

Christopher Lambert , Sean Connery , Russell Mulcahy  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside, Allan Rich
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Writers: Brian Clemens, Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, William N. Panzer
  • Producers: Alejandro Sessa, Chris Chrisafis, Donald P. Borchers
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028G7IY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Highlander 2 - Special Edition" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Newly remastered high-definition transfer
  • Over 100 enhanced and reimagined visual effects
  • New Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES soundtrack
  • Behind-the-scenes branching feature
  • "Highlander 2: Seduced by Argentina": a collection of new documentaries
  • Original featurettes: The Redemption of Highlander 2, The Music of Highlander 2, The Fabric of Highlander 2, Shadow & Darkness: The Cinematography of Highlander 2
  • Original Cannes Film Festival promotional reel
  • Deleted scenes, featuring the alternate "fairytale" ending
  • Original theatrical trailer

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MacLeod and Ramirez return to save the Earth from it's deteriorating ozone layer.
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: R
Release Date: 1-MAY-2007
Media Type: DVD

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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
Format:DVD
Highlander II: The Quickening 1991/90min/R **
Something went wrong here in Highlander II: The Quickening Highlander wasn't really considered a classic by all critics but to me it was. We had a 16th century warrior become immortal in 1586 and now 400 years later he finally defeats Kurgen and clames the prize of becoming mortal in 1986. Now we go into the future of 2024 where the Earth is now covered by a Sheild (which was created in 1999) due to what happened to The Ozone Layer breakdown. When Connor MacCloud was watching the Opera (very well done) he flashsback to a place called Planet Zeist??? Now just wait a minute is this film saying there aliens??? Now that just dosen't make any sense at all. The only reason why i give it 2 stars was some decent performances,and somes good effects. Otherwise the story and the plot are absoutely ludricous and stupid.
Highlander II: The Renegade Version 109min R ***1/2
After hearing some good reviews about the Renegade version i decided to check it out. When i watched boy man this film was pretty darn good it clears things up. Instead of The Planet Zeist
now its refered to as A Very Long Time Ago (sorta of what Stars Wars would start out of). So my guess is that there from the past in alternate time period instead of another planet. Now that makes sense. I also noticed with in the film some dialouges have been cut out of the Quickening version and added new scenes to it. Some of the sheilds FX were redone now there more like orange looking rather than purple in The Quickening. CGI effects were used as well like the new computer screen.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Renegade Version DVD March 10, 2000
Format:DVD
The "Renegade Version" of Highlander 2 is promised as having corrected all the things that made the film as orginally released such an abomination. In particular, they remove all references to the "dreaded planet Zeist." Well, thank heavens for small favors! Yes, the words "planet Zeist" are deleted, but that's about all you can say for it. The scenario they used as a substitute is no more coherent, it still doesn't fit into the rest of the Highlander universe, and it _still_ leaves this a gawdawful film.
The only real reason to see the Renegade Version--and this applies only to the DVD--is to hear the commentary track by a number of the movies' makers. This is interesting to Highlander afficianados mainly because it quickly becomes clear that THEY STILL DON'T GET IT. It's truly amazing that these people who engineered a marvelous first film, and a very good tv series, never actually understood what the elements were that appealed to the fans.
Don't view this movie as a Highlander experience. View it as an object lesson in filmmaking and the entertainment industry as a business.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
"Highlander 2: Renegade Version" makes its 2nd appearance on Blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films. I had hoped the video problems from the previous LionsGate release would be resolved. Instead, they persist. Plus, everything else that made that last Blu-ray worthwhile has been removed.

At a glance, the video transfer appears to be identical to the first edition from LionsGate. For those unfamiliar with that release, the image is very uneven. There are moments that look quite good, but they are few and far between. The bulk of the movie looks to have been poorly upconverted from a 4x3 letterbox source, resulting in a massive of amount of jagged edges (aliasing) throughout the presentation.

Making it worse, the movie's new, high-quality visual effects have often been overlaid on top of those upscaled segments. In other words, the video problems go all the way back to the actual 2004 "Special Edition" re-edit. So, when this version was created in 2004, the producers must have opted to work from the existing 1995 "Renegade" video master instead of making a new film-to-video transfer from which to create this "Special Edition". And, they considered this acceptable for high-definition.

Additionally, there is some banding...some very soft scenes...uneven framerates on added visuals from the 1995 "Renegade" version...and a moment during the "above the shield" scene where added effects disappear for a frame.

Where the original LionsGate edition excelled was both in audio and extras. Sadly, both of those LionsGate contributions are absent. The 7.1 DTS sound mix from the previous Blu-ray has been replaced with a lackluster 2.0 mix. And, the wealth of informative extras from that release have been removed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There Can Still Be Only One... September 9, 2005
Format:DVD
After the huge cult success the original film "Highlander" enjoyed since it's release in 1986, it was merely a matter of time before Hollywood would deliver another adventure featuring everyone's favorite Scottish Immortal, Connor MacLeod. Even though many enjoyed the first film, the hardcore fans felt that a sequel was pointless since it appeared that Connor had gained the 'Prize' after defeating Kurgan. Though in my opinion how they knew the difference between Connor receiving the 'Prize' or just another Quickening is beyond me. I felt that a sequel to "Highlander" would be fine, as long as it could equal or surpass the original film. In 1991, "Highlander 2: The Quickening" was released to theaters and fans of the original could hardly wait to see this movie, yes even the nay-sayers were excited. How could they not be, I mean, with the return of Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod, Sean Connery as Ramirez, and adding Michael Ironside as a new villanous Immortal named General Katana, plus "Highlander" director Russell Mulcahy helming once again, what could possibly go wrong? Sadly, the answer would be, a lot. The original film as covered in previous reviews by other viewers, was a slap in the face to fans of the original film, and even to the cast and crew. Apparently, the movie studio became too involved in the filmmaking process, leaving audiences with a terrible movie, with a horrible story, and shoddy special effects. In the original theatrical release of "Highlander 2: The Quickening", the Immortals are said to be from a planet called Zeist, and they fled their homeplanet after a civil war erupted and came to Earth to prosper. This revelation completely alienated most of the 'Highlander' fans, and the ones that weren't alienated probably aren't true fans. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Science Fiction/ Fantasy movie
This two disc Blu-Ray movie set arrived on time and intact, with no sign of damage to either the discs or the case that the discs came in. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Finally completing my collection of the Highlander movies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Sean Connery
Published 2 months ago by Betty F.
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing lack of ANY extras, but a good Blu-ray transfer. Buy it...
With this movie, it is what it is. If you order it, you most likely know about the history of this film and know what to expect when you sit down to watch it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel
Excellent movie, lots of action. Great sequel to the firstl movie. I recommend this movie to anyone who liked the first one.
Published 7 months ago by Dean Butera
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a little bit weird
The whole futuristic thing seemed weird but the movie was good. My favorite parts were the flashback ones to the past where they were in france, Ireland, etc.. in the 1400's etc...
Published 7 months ago by War921
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This film pretty much destroyed the franchise!
Didn't realize 1 film counts as a franchise.
Dec 2, 2009 by P. R. Blay |  See all 3 posts
Renegade Director's Cut is much better, actually makes sense!
Likewise! I still remember the feeling of utter horror that came over me while watching "Highlander II" on its original theatrical release when the subtitle "The Planet Zeist, 500 years ago" appeared on-screen... I knew, in that moment, that this was the most downright WRONG... Read More
Sep 13, 2010 by Neal Vincent |  See all 2 posts
Is this the Director's Cut?
Yes, it is. The new "Special Edition" actually IS the "Renegade Version" with now completed and/or enhanced and improved special effects, that weren't completed yet in the "Renegade Version".
Jun 2, 2010 by turnstile67 |  See all 3 posts
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