Phantasm II 1988 R CC

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The ultimate evil - the Tall Man of Phantasm - returns in this terrifying horror film about the relentless and unstoppable mortician on an even more sinister murderous rampage.

Starring:
James Le Gros, Reggie Bannister
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Action, Horror
Director Don Coscarelli
Starring James Le Gros, Reggie Bannister
Supporting actors Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips, Kenneth Tigar, Ruth C. Engel, Mark Anthony Major, Rubin Kushner, Stacey Travis, J. Patrick McNamara, A. Michael Baldwin, Amanda Gray, Elizabeth Quezada, Lauren Gray, June Jordan, Megan Gibbons, Craig Murkey, Amanda Gibbons, Troy Fromin
Studio Universal Studios
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Gregorio on September 23, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By James McDonald on 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 familiar, 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).

Update: January 2015. Phantasm: Ravager is in development with director David Hartman and co-producer Gigi Fast Elk Bannister.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eugene B. on March 5, 2013
Format: DVD
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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Balazki on December 10, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When I was younger I saw Phantasm one night on T.V. when I was flipping channels. You know, one of those nights when it's late, it's the weekend, you feel good, and you're all alone and all you want is to see a movie that makes an impact on your life somehow. Phantasm IS one of those movies. It is, to me, the impidimy of what a horror movie should be. Graveyards, darkness, fog, monsters, evil powers, zombies that are actually scary, and a sweet 1971 Hemi-Cuda. The "ball" is the most revolutionary idea to come to horror movies. I was so excited after seeieng it I went to the video store and to my sheer pleasure, there was part 1,2, and 3. Each one takes up from where the last one ended. I absolutely LOVE the Phantasm series more than any other series.

I feel as if the series was taylor made for me. It touches a primal fear in me that is both scary and exhilerating. The Tall Man is so cool !! The flying ball(s) and the sound they make is Phantastic !!

I couldn't care less who owns the copywrite to the series. Yes, I adore Mike and would've loved to see him in part 2, but, dammit, I want the BOX SET !!!!!!!! I know I speak for other fans.

Quite simply, the Phantasm series holds a very special place in my heart. It is what movie making should be.

Don, if you are reading this, thank you so much for bringing joy into my life. I'm sure you aware by now that you have quite a cult following !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MacheteJason on August 17, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This film is fantastic and possibly the best in the franchise (though all 4 had their charms). Phantasm is a surreal experience about three friends (Mike, Reggie, Jody) who investigate local disappearances connected to The Tall Man. Angus Scrimm plays the alien who destroys towns and plunders graveyards. Phantasm II picks up where the first left off and introduces Liz into the story. It is more linear and less surreal than the original. Phantasm II is the "big-budget" Phantasm and is easily the slickest and best looking. Phantasm was never popular with mainstream audiences who disliked the disjointed and dreamlike qualities so it remains an underground cult favorite. They replaced Michael Baldwin in favor of James Le Gros here (he looks more like Brad Pitt than Baldwin but he has great chemistry with his co-stars and does a terrific job). There is over 90 minutes of bonus content and an audio commentary.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary -- Director Don Coscarelli is joined by actors Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm.
The Ball is Back (HD, 47 min) -- Recent interviews of Don Coscarelli, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips and others.
The Gory Days (HD, 22 min) -- Interview with make-up effects specialist Greg Nicotero.
Short Film (SD, 19 min) -- Tall Man turned Abraham Lincoln by Rory Guy (aka Angus Scrimm).
Workprint Scenes (SD, 19 min) -- Alternate, extended and deleted scenes.
Deleted Scenes (HD) -- Restored from Coscarelli's collection of archival 35mm elements.
Behind-the-Scenes (1080i/60; 18 Minutes) -- Two shorter featurettes about makeup and effects.
Still Gallery (HD)
Trailers (HD, 1080i/60, SD) -- Three theatrical previews are joined by three TV spots.

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