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American Pie 2
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 58 (Mar 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Owen, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas & Eugene Levy

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes behind-the-scenes hijinks with the cast and crew, a five-minute gag reel, ten minutes worth of deleted scenes, six casting tapes for the original American Pie (though the DVD menu labels them for AP2), a 3 Doors Down music video, cast and filmmaker biographies, the 24-minute featurette:

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21769
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong sexual content, crude humor, language and drinking
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/15/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): J.B. Rogers
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Available in four separate DVD releases: R-rated widescreen, R-rated fullscreen, Unrated widescreen, Unrated fullscreen, as well as in an

Story Synopsis:
American Pie 2 takes you to one year following the high school hijinks depicted in the original. Following his freshman year of college, Jim (Biggs) reunites with his pals Stifler (Scott), Oz (Klein), Kevin (Nicholas), and Finch (Thomas). When he learns that Czech beauty Nadia (Elizabeth) will be coming to visit, Jim calls on flutist Michelle (Hannigan) for sexual advice. Of course, getting to a piece of the pie includes lots of practice with a nudie and some lube, but Jim is not smart enough to double check the label on the bottle before getting down to business. And so it goes...these guys will never learn. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits pleasing image quality, with colors that are rich and fully saturated, with accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed, with good contrast and shadow delineation. While most aspects of picture quality are quite pleasing, there is noticeable shimmering, pixelization, and edge enhancement, which can all be bothersome at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

Both 5.1-channel discrete soundtracks are somewhat reserved in dimension, as might be expected given the nature of the film. The music is a nice recording overall, and serves as the predominant multichannel element. The low-end content associated with the music isn