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Phantasm II (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (1988)

James LeGros , Reggie Bannister , Don Coscarelli  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: James LeGros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips
  • Directors: Don Coscarelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director Don Coscarelli's Phantasm II revamps the nightmarish dreamscape of his 1979 cult classic for an offbeat if energetic sequel that receives a lavish showcase in this collector's edition Blu-ray. Produced nearly a decade after Coscarelli's Phantasm became a surprise hit, the sequel picks up shortly after the events of the first picture, with young hero Mike (James Le Gros, replacing A. Michael Baldwin), newly released from a psychiatric hospital but still plagued by dreams of the sinister, dimension-hopping Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and his legion of diminutive, grave-robbing henchmen. After reuniting with Reggie (Reggie Bannister, reprising his role from the first picture), Mike takes to the road to stop the Tall Man with the help of a young woman (Paula Irvine) with whom he shares both a psychic link and disturbing dreams, and an amusingly aggressive hitchhiker (Samantha Phillips). Phantasm II works hard to satisfy a broad audience by blending the first picture's moody budget surrealism with wide swathes of gory effects--much of which centering around the franchise's lethal flying silver spheres--and touches of '80s-style boom-and-bang action. Serving so many palates in a single film is bound to leave one or more parties feeling slighted, and those who appreciated the unsettling atmosphere of the first Phantasm may feel that it's been supplanted in favor of the more crowd-pleasing elements. However, Coscarelli keeps the pace at a brisk clip and milks his trump card--Scrimm's undeniably creepy presence as the Tall Man--for all its worth. The result is best described as Big, Broad Horror Fun, and generated enough interest from the horror community to produce two additional (and lesser) sequels.

The single-disc Scream Factory presentation of Phantasm II compares favorably to the fan-friendly packaging of its previous releases (including Halloween II and They Live) with this Blu-ray edition, which includes both new and previously released supplemental material. Among the features produced for the Blu-ray is the 40-minute Ball Is Back, which covers the film's conception and execution through interviews with Coscarelli and his primary cast and crew, as well as test and behind-the-scenes footage. There's also a commentary track (culled from a previous DVD release) featuring Coscarelli, Bannister, and Scrimm that underscores the trio's long-running and friendly relationship, as well as the reasons for not bringing back Baldwin for the sequel (he would return for subsequent entries). A second interview feature with special effects creator Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) focuses on his work for the franchise, deleted and alternate scenes taken from both Coscarelli's own 35mm archive, and a work print of the film featuring mostly extended dialogue sequences, though a couple of the picture's grislier moments are also expanded. Short featurettes on makeup and effects and several stunt scenes should be familiar to fans that have seen previous DVD editions, though die-hard Phantasm aficionados will be both pleased and amused by the inclusion of a vintage educational short film for Encyclopedia Britannica starring Scrimm (under his real name, Rory Guy) as Abraham Lincoln. Trailers for the first three Phantasm pictures, as well as galleries of production stills and promotional art, round out this enjoyable disc. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

The Tall Man is back with a vengeance in Phantasm II, the second chapter in the cult classic Phantasm series!

Released after seven years in a mental hospital, Mike convinces his old pal Reggie to join forces with him to hunt down and destroy The Tall Man once and for all. Mike’s visions lead the two to a quiet little town where a horde of flying killer balls aim to slice and dice their gruesome way through everyone. Exploding with special effects, unparalleled thrills, horror and suspense, Phantasm II climaxes with a blood-curdling conclusion that you have to see to believe

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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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The long and outrageous wait is over and we FINALLY have PHANTASM II on DVD in region one. Universal knew that fans were in a frenzy to get this one and they also knew they didn't have to bother doing anything more than a bare bones release. Fans would buy whatever version they decided to throw our way and they did the LEAST amount of work on this they could get by with. What we got was a good looking anamorphic print of the film and an unimpressive STEREO soundtrack. Thats right, only 2 channel sound (even though the other films in this series all got new Dolby 5.1 remixes Universal knew they didn't have to bother). There are NO EXTRAS on this disc (other than one faded and dirty copy of the trailer). No cool animated menus, no commentary track, deleted scenes, making of features, retrospective documentary, cast interviews, NOTHING. All of this material is available and is on the worldwide releases of this film but the North American market gets ripped off by Universal. It would be so nice if they would allow Anchor Bay to do a decent release of this remarkable film but sadly it looks like that will never be a reality for the region 1 poplulation. Still...we do at least now have the film on DVD and the anamorphic transfer looks far better than my old pan and scan VHS copy. Even my laserdisc copy was pan and scan so this is a nice improvment. I sort of like the new cover art for this release as well although Unviersal even went super cheap on the flimsy, light weight keepcase this came in. They really should be ashamed of themselves for holding the film hostage all these years and then giving us such a no frills version when they finally decided to release it. Its a great film and an impressive follow up to the original film and it deserved so much better than this.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggie Bannister & Angus Scrimm are back. September 15, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This second Phantasm begins where the first film, PHANTASM (1979), left off and takes you seven years later. In real time it was nine years before they finally made this sequel. That is why everyone looks more mature. James Le Gros takes over as "Michael" for this film only. But A. Michael Baldwin can be seen in flashbacks. Reggie Bannister and the Tall Man Angus Scrimm are back and so are those deadly silver spheres. I'll keep the plot a surprise for you, but this sequel is more big-budget. They go all out for this one and is very enjoyable if you like suspense, horror and more gore.

Funny sex scene.
If James Le Gros looks familar, twelve years later after this film, he had a regular role in the tv series "Ally McBeal" in 2000-2001.

Followed by:
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead(1994).
Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE PHANTASM PLEASE ON BLU-RAY!!!!!!! March 5, 2013
I wonder why they decided to release PHANTASM II on blu-ray / DVD before the first movie PHANTASM?

Let's hope we can get the rest of this series with GREAT PICTURE QUALITY on Blu-ray soon...PLEASE!!!!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SEQUEL WITH BALLS November 29, 2005
Don Coscarelli demonstrated his talent in first "Phantasm" and now he was granted a bigger budget by Universal Pictures. And extra money appeared to be quite useful. We got the same grim and atmosperic movie but with better special effects and more advanced technically. Money allowed to build beautiful and extended interiors, make the picture spellbinding, increase the number of killing spheres and expand the cast - therefore we got to see wonderful actors here like James LeGros as Mike and Kenneth Tigar as a charismatic priest.
And although "Phantasm II" has a bigger calibre than the previous one it is still very atmospheric and claustrophobic. If the first was more of a little mystic film, the second grew up to be an action horror road-movie. And it served him good. As Don Coscarelli mentioned in his commentary track, you may like this film or not, but you will not deny the fact it's a film of great imagery. It is picturesque indeed. There are plenty scenes you can get pleasure watching, even if you had watched them separately, not in chronological order, not knowing the plot. "Phantasm II" is just beautiful. And it's not that slowly-paced as other "Phantasm" series, it's much more active and intense.
This film of great imagination is one of my all-time favourites. I just bought the British 5-disc sphere edition. Guess soon it'll be released in America too.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY CHILLING AND POWERFUL SEQUEL August 10, 2000
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Phantasm II (1988)
Phantasm II is the sequel to the 1979 horror classic,Phantasm. If you ask me,it's just as good as Phantasm,if not better.
The story is simple.Michael Pearson (James LeGros) talks his doctors into freeing him from a mental hospital.Michael has been in a mental hospital for quite some time,due to his crazy story about the events from Phantasm (the hooded midget monks, flying spheres,etc).Michael convinces them that those were just leftover nightmares.
The doctors foolishly believe Michael and let hime free.He contacts his long-time friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) into stopping the sinister mortician known as "The Tall Man" (Angus Scrimm)."The Tall Man" is a very tall mortician who is strong enough to lift up a casket and multiple people.He targets a beautiful young girl named Liz (Paula Irvine),who Michael & Reggie intend to rescue then destroy "The Tall Man".
This time their not un-prepared.Michael & Reggie break into an abandoned hardware store and take some powerful weapons in the process.Makeshift flamethrowers,quadrulple-barreled shotguns, chainsaws,power drills,and various other weapons are used as Michael & Reggie hunt down "The Tall Man".
The special effects are excellent (the finale is very cool), the story great,the acting wonderful (Angus Scrimm is brilliant as "The Tall Man"),and the film a thrill ride from start to finish.Phantasm II is in my opinion the best of the entire Phantasm series.I would highly suggest you buy it now.It's one of the most entertaining,engrossing,scariest movies your bound to see.An underrated classic (besides it's predecessor).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good classic movie. Hot chicks and bad acting. I love it!
Published 18 days ago by Robert R.
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible. I liked the original Phantasm
Terrible. I liked the original Phantasm, but this one is awful. Bad acting, bad plot, too much gore. I watch a lot of movies, and this one is in the top 5 worst. Read more
Published 18 days ago by RB
5.0 out of 5 stars it was good.
I wanted it to have a different ending but, it was good.
Published 22 days ago by Neal Hester
5.0 out of 5 stars library
Enjoyed thoroughly
Published 1 month ago by bronwyne davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie, Cult classic
Awesome movie, Cult classic, Anybody who is a horror fan should buy this blu ray. Great sound ! But please purchase part 1 first so you understand what`s up.
Published 1 month ago by Adam Correa
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality
Good quality video. Great rainy night viewing.
Published 1 month ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantasm, one of the classic 80s horror series.
Classic 80s horror flick. As full of orb fun as the first. The Tall Man walks his way through creepy mortuaries, grave yards and drives a mean hearse. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Tallman is back
A very well done sequel to a great film and the bluray looks great
Published 2 months ago by zilla68
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by walter ruether
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok to watch
There was plenty happening, I liked the monsters, the psychic folks were an interesting gemmic, but nothing was really explained and there seemed little reason for the villains... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alirode
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Phantasm box set news.. anyone?
I believe the rights of the series are split between 2 or 3 companies, so until there's some buying/selling of these rights, don't hold your breath.
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