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The Librarian - Return to King Solomon's Mines


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  • Actors: Noah Wyle, Gabrielle Anwar, Olympia Dukakis, Bob Newhart
  • Producers: Dean Devlin
  • Format: Color, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IJ7A24
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • "In the Den with the Librarian's Special Effects Artist" featurette

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Librarian, The: Return To King Solomon's Mines (2006)

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Only one film under his belt, and already Flynn Carsen (Noah Wylie) is talking like Indiana Jones. "Relax," he tells a companion before daringly retrieving an ancient artifact before it can be used for evil. "This kind of stuff happens to me all the time." A character of modest charms (much like this made-for-cable movie), Carsen is not your typical movie action hero. His brain serves him better than his brawn. Early on, his knowledge of vegetation plays a key role in a cliff-jumping escape from pursuing bad guys. Carsen, for those just tuning in, is a librarian at the Metropolitan Library, which secretly houses history's mythic artifacts, including the sword Excalibur, and the Shroud of Turin. The fate of the world is once again in Carsen's hands when a map to the legendary King Solomon's Mines is stolen. Carsen embarks on another fantastic global adventure, with stops in Casablanca (with inevitable references to the Humphrey Bogart classic) and Kenya. This time, he has new female companionship, Emily (Gabrielle Anwar), a beautiful archaeologist who can match the much-educated Carsen degree for degree. Reprising their roles from the first film are Olympia Dukakis as Flynn's meddling mother, who tries to fix him up with his third cousin ("You'll have plenty to talk about"), Jane Curtin as flinty library administrator, Charlene ("Save your receipts"), and Bob Newhart as his mentor, Judson. Savvy viewers will see plot twists and character revelations coming from a mile away, but that is all part of the fun, as are the hokey special effects and knowing humor ("There's always a secret passage," Carsen observes while navigating a catacomb). Who know if there will ever be another Indiana Jones movie. Until then, The Librarian is worth checking out, especially on DVD, where it can be enjoyed without intrusive commercial interruption. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

Great adventures and action.
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All three are fun to watch for those who love adventure movies.
Jimmie Barker
Just a cute escape movie that is really fun to watch.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 3, 2006
Format: DVD
THE LIBRARIAN 2: RETURN TO KING SOLOMON'S MINES is the sequel to THE LIBRARIAN: QUEST FOR THE SPEAR (2004) and again features Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen, the titular Librarian who, on the surface, toils in the New York Metropolitan Public Library but whose true purpose is to safeguard the ancient, historical (and often mystical) artifacts stored in a hidden section of the library - fabled artifacts such as the Holy Grail, the sword Excalibur, Pandora's Box, Tesla's Death Ray, Adam & Eve's apple, etc. As a side job, Flynn also gets to unlock the world's greatest mysteries. As he says in the movie, "You'd be surprised at what you can learn at the library."

TNT debuted THE LIBRARIAN 2: RETURN TO KING SOLOMON'S MINES on Sunday, December 3, 2006 and, yes, I tuned in with my large order of pizza and Pepsi. The breezy movie tagline for this one is "New Continent. New Adventure. Still No Clue." which is a strong hint to the viewer that it's time yet again to indulge in esoteric, anthropological silliness. When Flynn Carsen first got the Librarian position, he was nerdy, clumsy, inept at physical activities, and not good with women. Now, after over a year of settling in...well, he's still all of those. But, hey, at least he still lives with his mother (who just tried to set him up with a third cousin).

Here come the plot and the SPOILERS: the movie opens with an enigmatic scroll being mailed to Flynn, which sends him once more furiously scampering around the globe on a desperate quest, but not before Charlene, the librarian director, advises him: "Be safe. Don't get killed. Save your receipts." This time, Flynn must try to piece together clues to the location of the legendary King Solomon's Mines. Of course, it can't be as easy as it sounds.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2007
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There are other reviews that are more indepth and serious.

This is an absolutely fun movie and we are hoping they come out with another one just like it. Noah Wiley does a great job playing a librarian who is slightly put off kilter because he is thrust into dangerous, scary and different situations.

The characters are as believable as they can be given the situation they are placed in (working in a library that collects historical artifacts that may or may not exist).

My children particularly liked the end where the directors and artists discussed how they did their work.

This is a fun fun movie. Well worth the money. Enjoy.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Smith on April 2, 2007
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loved this one, loved the first one. great for just relaxing and enjoying a fun movie. hope there is more by noah wylie like this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By VideoPhile on April 9, 2007
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This is a 'made for TV movie' and one should know this going in. As the second installment of the "Librarian Series", it does stand alone. (A few things make more sense if one has seen the first [Quest for the Spear].) It is not 'Indiana Jones' or 'National Treasure' - so don't expect it to be. The special and graphic effects are pretty good based on the afformentioned 'Made for TV' aspect and therefore less blockbuster budget. The story moves quickly and keeps one entertained. It is a good movie to share with the pre-teen & teen kids as a happy medium. (Maybe a little scary for some younger viewers.) It does have salient discussion points (the value of reading and an education) to share with those same kids.

It is just an entertaining ride - it is almost a guilty pleasure to admit I enjoyed watching it - but hey, it was fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on April 8, 2007
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Noah Wylie returns in RETURN TO KING SOLOMON'S MINES as the bookish librarian Flynn Carsen. Check your tongue firmly in cheek for this stroll through derring-do. There are laughs a-plenty and more trivia about nearly anything than you can shake a stick at.

While the TV-movie-gone-DVD is highly watchable, the story isn't going to take a single twist or turn that the avid movie watcher won't pick up from a mile away. From the pictures Flynn used to draw about his dad's story of adventure and magic, to the real culprit who killed Flynn's father, the movie enthusiast isn't going to be surprised.

But that's most of the fun in the movie. You know what you want when you sit down and plop this DVD into the player. RETURN TO KING SOLOMON'S MINES pays off in a diverting 90 minutes of good clean fun and black-hearted villains with nothing less than the future of the world at stake.

Jane Curtain and Bob Newhart reprise roles that are campy and fun, and don't stay onstage very long, but they're welcome. The rest all rides squarely on Noah Wylie's shoulders.

The beginning of the movie this time smacks of an Indiana Jones-style beginning, and the plot touches on the parent-child pain of the first Tomb Raider movie, and it even has stylings toward the H. Rider Haggard ALLAN CHAMBERLAIN AND KING SOLOMON'S MINES movies starring Richard Chamberlain and Patrick Swayze, as well as the black and white ones. But it's an endearing adventure nonetheless.

Buy it or rent it for the family and enjoy popcorn action and booing the villains.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Calabrese on January 2, 2007
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This second in the series obviously isn't as surprising or original as the first but it still manages to capture a cartoonish sense of fun along with charismatic characters that allow you to identify and get into the story. Great acting turns by veterans Bob Newhart and Jane Curtain in supporting roles. This movie is a rather unusual and enticing blend of sword and sorcery and academic geekiness. Wyle manages to both become this character and keep a straight face, a noteable achievement. One note on the female love interest, why oh why haven't we seen more of Anwar in recent movies?? Examine this movie at the probable peril of your own enjoyment but grab the popcorn and forget the world exists for an hour and you could love this second romp through a world that sometimes seems to exist just behind the real one.
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