This two-disc special edition of Highlander II (aka Highlander II: The Quickening) includes, on Disc One, a Deconstruction of Highlander II alternate video stream, which is accessible via a pop-up icon track that takes you to behind-the-scenes footage. Features on Disc Two include a 50-minute Highlander 2: Seduced By Argentina documentary; the 14-minute Redemption of Highlander 2, hosted by visual effects designer Sam Nicholson; a nine-minute highlight on The Music Of Highlander 2, hosted by composer Stewart Copeland; a 10-minute costume design featurette; a six-minute exploration into Shadow & Darkness: The Cinematography Of Highlander 2; a nine-minute promo reel from the 1991 Cannes Film Festival; six minutes worth of deleted scenes; and the original theatrical trailer.
DVD General Information
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
For strong violence and some sexuality and language.
Living out the last of his years as a mortal, Connor MacLeod (Lambert) seems content to die alone in a world of corporate greed and tyranny, but an arch enemy from his past, Katana (Ironside), has other ideas. When Katana and his immortal goons come back to Earth to finish off the miraculously immortal MacLeod for good, Connor must conjure up his old mentor Ramirez (Connery) to help him defeat his new foes. (Danny Richelieu)
Boasting an all new transfer, this new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a much improved picture over the previously released non-anamorphic version, though image quality is not flawless. While textures and details can be nicely rendered at times, other times the picture appears soft or somewhat smeared. Colors are very nicely saturated, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. There is plenty of film grain inherent in the source element, along with occasional flecks of dirt and other artifacts. The picture can look a bit dated at times. While there is no bothersome edge enhancement, some pixelization is apparent. (Suzanne Hodges)
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