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National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets [Blu-ray] (2007)

Maryellen Aviano , Glenn Beck , Jon Turteltaub  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maryellen Aviano, Glenn Beck, Susan Beresford, Nicolas Cage, Larry Cedar
  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013BM6JI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes with introductions by Jon Turtletaub
  • The Treasure Reel: Bloopers & outtakes
  • Secrets of a sequel
  • The Book of Secrets: On Location
  • Street Stunts: Creating the London chase
  • Inside the Library of Congress
  • Underground action
  • Cover Story: Crafting the Presidents' Book
  • Evolution of a Golden City
  • BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:
  • Book of History: The Fact and Fiction of NT2
  • Two additional deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) sets out to find the lost 18 pages from the diary of Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. One of the 18 missing pages has been discovered by Jeb Wilkinson (Ed Harris). On that page are the names of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Thomas Gates, Ben Gates' great-great-grandfather, is listed on the page. After discovering this, Ben does not want Thomas Gates to be remembered "as a conspirator in the assassination of the man who brought this nation together." His quest to clear his family's name leads to unexpected twists and turns. Agent Sadusky (Harvey Keitel) tells Ben that a secret book has the information he needs. The president's "book of secrets" holds documents, for presidents' eyes only, of all the nations secrets; from the truth behind the JFK conspiracy, the missing minutes from the Watergate tapes, and Area 51. When Ben's request to see the book is denied, he says he must kidnap the president. Each clue leads him closer "to a discovery that the world isn't ready to believe."

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action-adventure film PLUS a cartoon! December 21, 2007
Format:Theatrical Release
Ben Gates is just not doing well at all:

His girlfriend broke up with him
He's living with his father

and....

Ben Gates' Great Grandfather, Thomas Gates, is just about to be nationally recognized as a hero when Mitch Wilkinson steps out and announces he has evidence that Thomas Gates was part of the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.

In order to clear his ancestor's name, Ben, his sidekick Riley, and Ben's father start to investigate an order of Southern militants. What they discover was that Queen Victoria supported the Southerner's cause and she was attempting to help them find a treasure to finance the war.

Naturally, there's a treasure involved--the famed City of Gold. In order to find this treasure, they must race against Mitch Wilkinson and kidnap the US President to get to the Presidential Book of Secrets, containing information about everything from the City of Gold to Area 51 and the Kennedy Assassination.

Along the way, Ben's ex-girlfriend, Abigail, and Mom, Dr. Em Appleton, are added to the treasure hunting crew.

In my opinion, "Book of Secrets" has exceeded the "National Treasure." The story's better, the ensemble cast is strongly refined, and both the jokes and action just keep coming. Everyone in the cast save for Ed Harris impressed me. I honestly wasn't sure whether Mitch Wilkinson was a mercenary or a misguided man trying to claim some fame for his own family.

And yes--there appears to be a good chance we will see more of Ben Gates' adventuring. This one sanctioned by the President himself. I'm looking forward to Film 3.

An added bonus was the Disney cartoon up front where Goofy gets a bigscreen TV.
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63 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monumental Secrets January 9, 2008
Format:Theatrical Release|Verified Purchase
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Civil War dirty secrets are brought to light and set alight
2. Ben Gates' great-great grandfather gets bad name, but isn't completely clueless
3. Ben Gates (Cage) follows cryptic clues to clear the family name.
4. Clues actually lead to mighty big treasure, but that isn't the real prize, apparently.
5. Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) goes to a lot of trouble to get Gates to show him the money
6. Apparently, the money isn't the only issue in his case either
7. Highly impossible but riveting treasure hunt crosses the pond and back
8. Security personnel at Buckingham Palace are not amused
9. Cameras installed for traffic offenses have excellent resolution and can actually come in handy for close-ups of small objects traveling at high speed
10. The President of the United States will drop everything to do a little tunnel exploration with Nicholas Cage.
11. Cage pulls Cheney too
12. Occupants of the Oval Office sometimes write secrets in a little diary and then hide it
13. You won't believe the places where people have been hiding stuff.
14. Helen Mirren adds class to the cast. Jon Voight and Harvey Keitel add comic relief. Cage adds yet another bad hairdo.

This movie has more exciting bits than the first (as far as I can remember), and can get the old adrenaline pumping. Fans of the Indiana Jones series will probably want to watch this, but will leave thinking that Harry Ford would have done a much better job in the lead role.

The romantic (!) parts don't work at all, and you'll really have to suspend reality for this one, but there's still enough to rate it four stars.

Amanda Richards, January 9, 2008
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars National Treasure Book of Secrets Movie Review December 20, 2007
Format:Theatrical Release
Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have dived yet again into their secret book to pull out a map that leads to treasures of vast fortune. No, not a legendary city of gold, but the riches that come from storming the box office. National Treasure: Book of Secrets is everything a big budget adventure sequel should be. A bigger story and better action help make Book of Secrets a surprising end of the year crowd pleaser.

Setting out to clear his ancestor's name, Ben Gates is back in treasure-hunting action to unequivocally prove that his family had nothing to do with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. With his usual cohorts Riley, Abigail and his father, Patrick Gates, the trio must race against the clock to stop a new enemy, Mitch Wilkinson, from uncovering an ancient treasure before they can, or forever risk the Gates name being associated with the death of one of America's greatest presidents.

A hit for Nicholas Cage has been long overdue. Spanning nearly two full years making dud after dud, Cage is back and in good form, even if a sequel to the massively successful National Treasure was a safe no-brainer. Book of Secrets is just as outlandishly fun as its predecessor, one-upping the original by having the principle characters break into Buckingham Palace and even kidnap the President of the United States!

Kudos have to be handed over to screenwriters Cormac and Marianne Wibberley for crafting such a big adventure, yet staying true to the themes that director John Turtletaub and company established with the first National Treasure. Even though their new adventure takes the entourage of talented character actor's across the globe, Book of Secrets manages to keep this treasure hunt a uniquely American tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy
I really enjoyed the movie for sure. Having already owning the first movie, I was very excited to get this one. It got here in a timely matter, about a week after ordering it. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by YARNOVERMOM
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This is a good moral movie that the whole family can watch together. I would recommend this movie to you as well.
Published 6 days ago by Tractor Charlie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Kids loved the mystery. Liked the first one better but still a fun show. Wish there was another sequel out.
Published 9 days ago by J. Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
My 9-year-old daughter loved this movie. She also liked the original movie, which is what caused her desire to watch this one next.
Published 11 days ago by Randall A. Tarter
3.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the first one, you'll sort of like this one
My kids loved the first one so I rented the one for them. It was good, but not quite as good. I think it was just too similar to the first one and not written quite as well. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Terri Lively
5.0 out of 5 stars Super movie
I love this movie,well filmed not boring at all,great action,and I always order from Amazon as they always have the movies I want in stock
Published 23 days ago by K. Mcintyre
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure
This was a great adventure movie for the whole family ! We all enjoyed it and would deffinetly recommend it!
Published 23 days ago by Randi
4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure
This was just as fun as the first movie. Full of action and suspense and can't forget the humor that is in it.
Published 26 days ago by Tamara J. Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Treasure".
It seems they can't go wrong with a National Treasure movie. I really wish they would make a third movie because 1 and 2 are so great. Was there anything not to like about it? Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mitzi J. ManWarren
4.0 out of 5 stars National Treasure: Book of Secrets
My daughter told me about this movie. I ordered it and really enjoyed it. I am also a Nicholas Cage fan. Gpood movie.
Published 27 days ago by Joyce Blackwell
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