Men In Black 2 – Superbit [2002] [DVD]

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An exercise in by-numbers sequel-craft, Men in Black II reheats the mix that made a hit of Men in Black but leaves the ingredients in the oven a little too long, Returning director Barry Sonnenfeld th..read more

An exercise in by-numbers sequel-craft, Men in Black II reheats the mix that made a hit of Men in Black but leaves the ingredients in the oven a little too long,
Returning director Barry Sonnenfeld throws all the pieces up in the air and has them come down more or less in the same way,
An evil alien takes the form of lingerie model Lara Flynn Boyle, when it isn’t a large ball of snakes, and searches the Earth for a mysterious whatsit that can turn the tide of a galactic war,
The only person who knows the current whereabouts of the Light of Zartha is Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), whose memory was wiped at the end of the first film,
Agent Jay (Will Smith) has to recruit his old mentor away from his new job at the post office–where he amusingly deals with spilled cups of coffee in exactly the way he used to handle interstellar crises–then proceeds to run around until he remembers how the plot works,

It’s the sort of sequel that assumes walk-on-gag characters, who got a laugh last time round, deserve to be brought back and given bigger roles, which means the talking dog and cigarette-fiend worms show up again and wear out their welcome,
Smith, a bigger star now than he was in MiB, unhappily has to play straight leading man rather than whacky sidekick, and his end credits rapping hasn’t improved either,
Its acceptable in-flight entertainment (and miles better than the Smith-Sonnenfeld Wild Wild West), but nothing here hasn’t been done before and better,
Kim Newman

On the DVD : Men in Black II boasts a 1,
85 : 1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that positively jumps out of the screen, while the Dolby Digital soundtrack hums with alien activity and Danny Elfman’s classic spy film-inspired score,
Disc 1 contains the film, “Frank’s Favourites” (a selection of trailers for both films and videogames), a commentary from director Barry Sonnenfeld and “Alien Broadcast” (an in-movie feature that allows you to stop the film and watch a making-of feature connected with that scene),
Disc 2 is packed full with a pick and mix of featurettes, detailing everything from the distinctive aliens to sound and audio looping,
There is also an expansive outtake reel (most of which consists of Will Smith cracking up and Tommy Lee Jones getting annoyed), a somewhat highbrow but nonetheless entertaining documentary about Barry Sonnenfeld’s comedy style, plus multi-angle scene deconstructions such as the subway worm and car chase,
An alternative ending and Will Smith’s music video and filmographies complete this expansive special edition,
Kristen Bowditch

  • Actor:Tommy Lee Jones
  • Actor:Will Smith
  • Actor:Rip Torn
  • Actor:Lara Flynn Boyle
  • Actor:Johnny Knoxville
  • AudienceRating:Parental Guidance
  • Binding:DVD
  • Creator:Tommy Lee Jones
  • Creator:Will Smith
  • Creator:Graham Place
  • Creator:Laurie MacDonald
  • Creator:Marc Haimes
  • Creator:Stephanie Kemp
  • Creator:Barry Fanaro
  • Creator:Lowell Cunningham
  • Creator:Robert Gordon
  • Director:Barry Sonnenfeld
  • EAN:5035822271869
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  • Format:PAL
  • Label:Sony Pictures
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  • Manufacturer:Sony Pictures
  • NumberOfDiscs:1
  • NumberOfItems:1
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  • ProductGroup:DVD
  • ProductTypeName:ABIS_DVD
  • Publisher:Sony Pictures
  • RegionCode:2
  • ReleaseDate:2003-07-07
  • RunningTime:88
  • SKU:OW1613
  • Studio:Sony Pictures
  • Title:Men In Black 2 – Superbit [2002] [DVD]
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