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Anatomy 2 (Special Edition)

3.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews


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In the research department of Berlin's most prestigious hospital, a centuries- old secret society is once again operating outside the rules of medical science - and the laws of nature. This time Anti-Hippocratics are led by a renowned neurosurgeon bent on developing the first synthetic body parts -at all costs. Assisted by a handpicked team of ambitious medical students, the doctor is close to achieving his ruthless dream - until an inquisitive young intern and a relentless investigator (Franka Potente, Run Lola Run) discover the deadly truth about the team's experiments. Now, this terrifying body of information could cost them their lives in this chilling sequel to the acclaimed suspense thriller, ANATOMY.

Special Features

  • Picture in picture commentary with director and cast
  • Deleted scenes with commentary
  • Making-of featurette
  • Production artwork gallery
  • Screen tests
  • Photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Heike Maktsch, Herbert Knaup, August Diehl, Franka Potente
  • Directors: Stefan Ruzowitzky
  • Producers: Jakob Claussen, Andrea Willson, Thomas Wobke
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BXMZ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,300 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anatomy 2 (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
ANATOMY 2
[Anatomie 2]

(Germany - 2003)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Super 35)
Theatrical soundtracks: Dolby Digital / SDDS

An intern (Barnaby Metschurat) at one of Berlin's top hospitals is targeted by a charismatic doctor (Herbert Knaup) who's been conducting illegal experiments on some of his best students, involving the replacement of various muscle groups with all-powerful, synthetic substitutes. But the drugs needed to curb the various side effects are highly addictive, and lead to madness and murder...

Forged from the European success of its popular predecessor (ANATOMY [2000]), this unnecessary sequel - only tenuously linked to the previous film - is described by its makers as 'less horror, more action', and therein lies the crux of the problem. After a genuinely horrific opening sequence in which one of Knaup's former students (August Diehl) gatecrashes a swish medical gathering and leaves a trail of devastation in his wake, the movie foregoes genuine horror for a slow build-up of tension as our naive hero is first seduced by his newfound friends and then realizes their dreams of a 'master race' are no different from old-style Nazi ideology, and just as misguided and lethal.

The Gothic setting of the first film is replaced here by the faceless corridors of an ultra-modern hospital, and aside from the opening scene, there are no truly memorable set-pieces to distinguish the movie from its run-of-the-mill US counterparts. Writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky and cameraman Andreas Berger conspire to make it look as slick and stylish as possible, but it simply doesn't 'click' the way it should.
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This another movie screaming out to the world to WAKE UP and realize what the psychotic Freemasons do. More Science Fact than fiction. I assume the people who left bad reviews must have been looking for a cheap horror flick film with plenty of nudity.
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German actress Franka Pontente from Run Lola Run and the first Anatomy movie is back once again, and she is still running. I enjoyed the film, athough I must admit I enjoyed the first Anatomy better. Twenty minutes into the film, I was wondering where is Franka?? I was getting a little bored before Franka appeared on-screen. She doesn't show up until later, but she is worth the wait. However, this time, she is an investigator, and not the novice student she was in the first film. The setting of the movie is a Berlin hospital, and once again, we see a medical program that has gone awry. The murder scenes are just as potent as the first movie. And as always, it was good to see Franka again, whom I think is very...very...talented. If I had to compare her to an American actress, she definitely reminds me of Clair Danes. Although the first Anatomy was better, you will still enjoy this movie and be on the edge of your seat.
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I'm giving this movie five stars to even out several of the negative reviews. Both my boyfriend and I found it to be a very enjoyable movie. I would definitely buy and watch it again. The body count wasn't exactly huge as slashers go, but I was pleasantly surprised by the intricate plot and well developed characters. The chemistryand dialogue between the actors was great, however It is all in German, so if reading subtitles is a movie killer for you then don't watch it.
This movie wasn't super scary, but it was so enjoyable and thrilling to watch, that it didn't matter to me. I'd recommend it to movie buffs in general, it's a good buy. I haven't seen the first one, I will admit, but I didn't need to in order to get the story. This could have been its own movie.
My suggestion would be to try it and form your own opinions about it. It captured the blurred lines between right and wrong, the pressure to succeed, peer pressure, what it feels like to get caught up in the idea of something and not seeing the whole picture or the negative effects caused by it. Fanaticism, playing god, the fear of being controlled and destroyed by technology and it's so called advances. It's a good film.
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The Anti-Hippocrates society, first introduced in "Anatomie", is at it again, this time at a hospital in Berlin. Joachim (Barnaby Metschurat), a well-meaning, young doctor becomes involved in the illegal experiments of the society, when he is given the opportunity to join an elite research group that is attempting to develop synthetic muscles, which could potentially save the life of Joachim's brother, who is dying of a degenerative muscle disease.

"Anatomie 2" started off better than the original "Anatomie", with an excellent first half hour that sets things up nicely, but it degenerated shortly after that. Most of the final hour of the film is made up of an endless string of operations conducted by and on the members of Joachim's research group, which is both repetitive and boring (and confusing - maybe it's just me, but I'm sure some of the scenes were contradictory).

Franka Potente, star of "Anatomie", appears briefly in this film (her character has given up on medicine and is now a cop who is trying to shut down the Anti-Hippocrates society), but her total screen time couldn't be more than about 10 minutes.
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