Plot: What’s it about?
With the overwhelming success of Crocodile Dundee, you knew a sequel was in the works. Even back in the 1980’s, when a sequel was only made for movies that actually made money, this was a no-brainer. Audiences fell in love with Mick Dundee (from Australia) and this second installment was more of the same. But then again…that was the problem. You would figure that the first one would have all taken place in Australia and then in the second movie, he would venture to New York. But as we all know, Mick conquered America and Australia in the original. So what to do, what to do? Well, Paul Hogan and his son came up with a plot line for the second and Paramount must have liked it, because it was a go. Now, Crocodile Dundee isn’t wrestling crocs or snapping snakes in half–he’s taking on a drug cartel?!? Yes, it’s the natural progression of things, you see. Crocodile Dundee II made the money (obviously the intended purpose), but it’s really lacking in plot. And the first didn’t have a lot to offer in that department. In fact, it may have been because of this movie that there wasn’t another sequel made for 15 years (and in this reviewer’s opinion, they should have left well-enough alone). Still, this was a different time for us and we loved Mick and friends a second time…
As we saw at the end of the first movie (and I assume if you’re reading this, that you’ve seen or read the review of the first one), we know that Mick and Sue end up together. Or at least that’s what we’re supposed to believe. Sue’s ex-husband, Bob (Dennis Boutsikaris) manages to take a few pictures of some drug dealers and sends them off to Sue. Well, poor Bob doesn’t make it and is killed at the hands of Rico (Hechter Ubarry), a stereotypical drug-dealer of sorts who all but has “bad guy” written on his face. As fate would have it, Sue gets the photos but is no sooner kidnapped and held for ransom. So, it’s up to Crocodile Dundee (he has a big knife, so naturally he can take on a drug cartel) to save the day and his lovely wife (both on and off-screen). Evidently Hogan felt that his character had logged enough time in the big apple, so it’s off to Walkabout Creek they head, where the series first started. We see the usual gang still doing their own thing, but their tourism has picked up a bit. But what of the lovely Sue and the “evil” drug lord, Rico?
I’ll leave the viewing of this movie to you and hopefully those thought-provoking questions I have asked will be answered by you at the end of this sequel. While Crocodile Dundee II is downright predictable and hammy, it’s still good fun. For those of us who fell in love with Dundee in the original, there’s plenty more of the same here. But this was made towards the later part of the decade (80’s, by the way) and we weren’t so taken with Crocodile as we used to be. Maybe we have had our share of Foster’s. Who knows? Still, if you liked or loved the original, then there’s plenty more for you here. I’d stay away from the third one, though!
Video: How does it look?
As with the original, this DVD is presented in it’s original aspect ratio of 2.35:1; and it’s enhanced for widescreen televisions. Unlike the original, however, this looks a bit better. The flesh tones appear to be more accurate and the print seems to be a bit cleaner overall. I noticed very little artifacting and the edge enhancement was present, but minimal. Black levels were right on target and I can’t say much more. It could look much better, for sure; but it could also look a lot worse.
Audio: How does it sound?
The original Crocodile Dundee was a Dolby Surround mix, but it’s sequel is remixed for Dolby Digital Surround 5.1. While it won’t blow you away, the sound is very clean, but you can still tell that it is a remixed soundtrack. Dialogue is clean and free of any distortion. The surrounds are used very infrequently, but you can hear them from time to time. Certain scenes thrive on them. On the whole, it’s not that great in comparison to today’s movies, but you can bet that this is the best that Crocodile Dundee has ever sounded!
Supplements: What are the extras?
As per usual, this is a pretty bare bones disc from Paramount. Included is the original theatrical trailer presented in anamorphic widescreen. And there is also a brief (6 minute) original featurette. This was made back in the day when they were just talking about the movie and obviously had no idea about home video. Still, it’s pseudo-informative and a nice addition to the disc.