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Crocodile Dundee Trilogy Blu-ray Review

The Crocodile Dundee Trilogy hits Blu-ray.

“Crocodile Dundee” was the first and best in the series. The story revolves around a newspaper writer (Sue) who travels to Australia to meet Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee AKA Mick. There are many legends about him which turn out to be false, but as she gets to know him and his skills, she starts to fall for him. Romance eventually brews between the two even though Sue is dating someone else. Eventually Mick travels to New York with Sue for a story where more hijinks take place.

 The 1986 action-comedy seemed an unlikely hit, but this crowd-pleasing fish out of water story won over the audience. It’s the type of movie that has everything. There’s action, danger, humor, quotable dialogue, a charming bad-ass titular character, and romance. While the movie may lack conflict, it succeeds because of the cast. Let’s be real, Paul Hogan is what makes this movie work. You can’t imagine anyone else in this role. He truly makes the character his own. Linda Kozlowski (Sue) and John Meillon (Walker) are also fantastic in their respective roles and have great chemistry with one another.

1988’s “Crocodile Dundee 2” is a respectable sequel that dials up the action and has much more of a conflict. The story begins with Mick and Sue living in New York where they find themselves in danger from a drug cartel (led by Luis Rico). The two head back to Australia, but Rico tracks them down.

It may not be on the level of the first film, but it’s an enjoyable sequel nonetheless. The end sequence in particular is different from the norm. Once again, Paul Hogan is the reason this movie works at all. He just has that much charisma.

The less said about the third entry “Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles” the better. Most of the time when there is a significant period in between sequels it tends to go badly ala “Dumb And Dumber To” and “Jay And Silent Bob Reboot.” That was certainly the case with this 2001 dud that finds Mick, Sue, and their son Mikey heading to L.A. after Sue gets a job there. The lackluster story involves a death, paintings, gangsters and a movie studio. The magic is gone here and it effectively killed the franchise. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How do they look? The first 2 films look deeply impressive here as the picture quality offers up real clarity. Surprisingly, the third and newest film looks a little faded color wise in spots. The transfer is still solid though.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA for the first film and 5.1 DTS-HD MA for the two sequels. How do they sound? All of the audio tracks are pleasing to the ears.


Extras:
* Digital copies of all 3 films
* Theatrical trailers for all 3 films (the first 2 in HD).
* A behind-the-scenes featurette for “Crocodile Dundee 2.”
* A making of featurette for “Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles.”

October 1, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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