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Phantasm II (1988)

James LeGros , Reggie Bannister , Don Coscarelli  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: James LeGros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine, Kenneth Tigar
  • Directors: Don Coscarelli
  • Writers: Don Coscarelli
  • Producers: Roberto A. Quezada
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HML6YI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,380 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phantasm II" on IMDb

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    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 each of them. 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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    48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    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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    19 of 21 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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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars MORE PHANTASM PLEASE ON BLU-RAY!!!!!!! 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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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed visions..... September 23, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    This had the potential to be one of the truly great horror sequels of the 80's. In a decade of Halloween inspired "slasher flicks" the Phantasm franchise had a golden opportunity to show its' originality. However such is not the case... well not quite. Phantasm 2 did return to the screen the vision of a true auteur of the genre Don Coscarelli, but his vision is badly flawed this time around.This, I'm sure, is due in no small part to his affiliation with the studios. His ground breaking original was done independently and so he had the final say on the production. Unfortunately Universal forced him to explain every nuance of the film so you always know whether it's a "dream" sequence or not, and for those not sure that's a bad thing. Infact that was the key to the originals genius. Not that it realy matters this movie still lacks coherence. On top of that is the fact Coscarelli does very little to continue the story, unless you consider a few more apparatuses for the flying spheres to slice and dice with a continuation. He does have his endeavors, though they tend not to please. One such example is the inclusion of Liz and Alchemy. They have no real purpose in the film besides serving as faces to talk to and,concerning Alchemy, Reggies labido. The movie does benefit from beautiful photography, creative direction, and fine acting from the likes of Reggie Bannister and of course Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man. Also Phantasm 2, along with Halloween 2, features amazing continuity in it's opening sequence, with the original Phantasm scenes interjected seamlessly. Even title music is a slight improvement over the original. Despite these developments Phantasm 2 is still lacking. Coscarelli shows us more, and with less cash, in Phantasm 3: Lord of the Dead. Read more ›
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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
    Format:DVD
    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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic All The Way
    Excelent horror film with the perfect blend of campiness and gore. The pre-digital special effects are are great and they are right on par with the 1982 version of The Thing.
    Published 2 months ago by Greenjm32
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sf, you've done it again!
    This SF edition is a vast improvement over Universal's bare bones edition. The making of is impressive and the cover art design is fittingly creepy. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH THE UPGRADE
    Overall much improved over DVD picture quality and sound. Excellent sequel with major studio backing for the first and last time.
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    Cheesy horror at its finest. Not really as good as the original but just as bizarre and fun to watch.
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