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Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014/Cinedigm Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Telefilm: B

You'll believe a Shark can fly when you see this hilarious and campy follow-up to the original Sharknado film. For a film that doesn't take its plot too seriously, Sharknado 2 doesn't let its small budget get in the way of its big budget ambitions and provides an entertaining and incredibly over the top experience that has some fun cameos including Andy Dick, Matt Lauer, Vivica A. Fox, Kelly Osbourne, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kurt Angle, Perez Hilton, Wil Wheaton, and Al Roker to name a few and some great shooting locations in New York City. This Blu-ray edition looks great and features an extended Director's Cut with never before seen extras and a nice sound mix and crisp transfer.

Spoilers Ahead:

Starting out with a bang, the film plays on the concept of the classic airplane episode of The Twilight Zone called Nightmare At 20,000 Feet (reviewed on Blu-ray elsewhere on this site) where our hero Finley (Fin) Shepard (played by Ian Ziering, who is the returning hero of the first film) sees a shark on the wing of the airplane out of his window. As the plane comes in for a landing through a storm, it is battered by airborne sharks, losing an engine. Sharks enter the plane, killing passengers and crew, including both pilots. While Fin successfully lands the plane, April's hand is bitten off by a shark while she attempts to shoot it with an air marshal's handgun.

Fin's sister, Ellen Brody, is sightseeing in New York with her family. Her husband, Martin, a childhood friend of Fin's, takes their son, Vaughn, to a Mets game at Citi Field along with Martin's and Fin's friends Skye (who is also Fin's ex-girlfriend) and Brian. Ellen takes their daughter, Mora, to the Statue of Liberty where she meets with her friends, Polly and Chrissie, who tell her about Fin's flight.

At the airport, Fin warns the crowd of the impending storm, but no one takes it seriously. After accompanying April to the hospital where she undergoes surgery, Fin receives a call from Ellen and tells her to get back from Liberty Island as soon as possible. He agrees to retrieve Martin and Vaughn from the ball game, hiring a cabbie, Ben, to take him there. At Citi Field, Fin first encounters Skye. She kisses him, but he explains that he and April are back together. Fin gets them all to leave with him just as the storm arrives at the park. The sharks kill people as Fin and his group use various improvised weapons and make their way to the subway.

Ellen's group takes the ferry to Manhattan, but a shark jumps onto the deck and kills Chrissie en route. The three remaining women escape into the city but must flee from the Statue of Liberty's severed, rolling head.

The subway floods, imperiling Fin's group as their train is chased by sharks. Brian is killed, but the others manage to escape onto a platform. Fin calls Ben to pick them up, and they go in search of weapons and explosives. They arm themselves, but the taxi is then caught in a flood. Fin rigs a rope swing that takes Skye, Vaughn, and Martin to safety, but Ben is killed in his attempt. Fin then jumps across the sharks, using them as stepping stones to reach the others.

Two sharknadoes are converging into a more powerful storm directly above the hotel where Fin and April were planning to stay. Arriving at the hotel, Fin and Skye go to the roof to destroy the sharknadoes with their makeshift bombs. As the third Sharknado emerges, April must done a chainsaw on her stump to help save the day as Fin once again must save the civilians in a life or death struggle from the rogue Great Whites.

As I mentioned earlier, the sound and picture on the disc are of higher quality than expected sporting a 1080p 1.78 X 1 high definition image that's crisp down the bitty details and a loud, lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that doesn't disappoint.

Extras include:

Audio Commentary: Director Anthony C. Ferrante and Actors Tara Reid and Ian Ziering.

Audio Commentary: Director Anthony C. Ferrante, Writer Thunder Levin, Editor Ana Florit, and Visual Effects Supervisor Emile Smith

The Making of Sharknado 2

Chomp: The Evolution of Sharknado 2 Visual Effects

Shark Chum: From the Cutting Room Floor: Included is a scene from the Canadian version, an extended lobby scene, alternate lines, line flubs and gags, an extended weather report, an extended Kelly and Michael scene, and a fun little airplane outtake at the end.

Cameos: I Can't Believe They Got...: A look at all the familiar faces in the film and working all of them into the movie.

Gag Reel

Trailers: Additional Asylum titles.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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