Dundee on DVD
One out of Three Ain't Bad?
Crocodile Dundee II
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
The first "Crocodile Dundee" movie was a sensation when it came out in
1986, making the character and its creator Paul Hogan household words.
It was a gentle and humorous "fish out of water" tale featuring a supposedly
larger than life bushman from the Australian outback.
Mick Dundee is the best bushman there is, and word of his exploits gets
to ace reporter Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) who's just wrapping up
an assignment "Down Under." She travels to Walkabout Creek, home of the
legendary Mick, to find out what makes him tick and, hopefully, get another
As it turns out, Mick really is the best bushman around, but his exploits
have been, er, enhanced through local folklore. Mick is definitely good
at what he does, but he's also a bit of a tall tale teller who doesn't
take himself or anything else too seriously.
Sue and Mick head into the bush to follow the trail of one of his adventures.
Sue, the big city American girl, is the fish out of water here and as
she realizes how out of place she is her fate becomes increasingly more
into Mick's sure and steady hands.
She also feels herself getting more and more drawn to this crusty but
kind-hearted character and doesn't really want to let him go. So she comes
up with a scheme by which her newspaper brings Mick to New York City to
experience life in the fast lane.
This is where the foot gets onto the other hand, and Mick is now the
fish out of water. Making his way alone through New York, the good hearted
innocent runs into hookers and muggers and generally pompous intelligentsia,
but his quick wit and strength of character land him in good stead and
endear him to most.
Meanwhile, Sue is really starting to fall for Mick, much to the chagrin
of her arrogant, social climbing fiance.
Crocodile Dundee is a lighthearted delight that, while you may never
slap your knees, will definitely put a broad smile onto your face. Hogan
is extremely likable as Mick, as is Kozlowski (the two of whom became
a real life item). The script, while a tad unbelievable, never rubs it
into your face (unlike the two sequels, unfortunately).
The DVD is presented, as it should be, in anamorphic widescreen, 16x9
TV compatible, with Dolby Surround audio and the picture and sound quality
are very good. Extras are limited to the trailer.
This is by far the best of the three films.
Crocodile Dundee, from Paramount Home Video
97 min, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1), 16x9 TV compatible, Dolby Surround
Starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Mark Blum, David Gulpilil
Produced by John Cornell
Written by Paul Hogan, Ken Shadie, Directed by Peter Faiman
Crocodile Dundee II picks up shortly after the
first movie ends. Mick Dundee is still living in New York, but getting
antsy - so he starts looking for work.
Meanwhile, Sue's ex-husband, a photographer working in Colombia, runs
afoul of a major drug lord and is killed - but not before he puts an incriminating
roll of film into the mail and sends it to Sue.
This brings the power of the cartel down on Sue - and, though her, Mick.
And this is the film's failing. While there's a certain amount of the
good natured "fish out of water" theme from the first film, most of the
movie is more about "Mick Dundee, Superhero" as he singlehandedly tracks
down the thugs and saves Sue's life. Who needs cops, we have Mick!
The action goes from New York to Australia again as Mick takes Sue back
to where he's in control, making everyone else the fishes out of water.
But the Superman theme continues and rather than having a gentle comedy
as we did in the first movie this becomes a more serious fight for survival
where the laughs take a back seat to the "adventure."
As an adventure the movie probably works okay, but if you're expecting
"Crocodile Dundee 2," you may be disappointed despite the title). This
is a much darker, much more serious movie and that's really its major
Oh sure, Mick and Sue are still likable enough, and we get to see a bit
more of the charming Outback gang of Walkabout Creek than we did in "One,"
but that isn't enough to make up for what is in essence a completely different
The DVD is fine, however. It's in anamorphic widescreen, 16x9 TV compatible,
with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio and the picture and sound quality
are very good. You even get a bit of an extra this time: besides the trailer
there's also a short featurette on the making of the film, though Hogan's
comments about it being twice as good as the first one are liable to leave
you scratching your heads and wondering why - besides the obvious paycheck
and natural hype involved - he'd say such a silly thing.
Crocodile Dundee II, from Paramount Home Video
111 min, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1), 16x9 TV compatible, Dolby Digital
Starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon
Produced by John Cornell and Jane Scott
Written by Paul Hogan and Brett Hogan, Directed by John Cornell
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles could have and
should have been another great fish out of water movie, but it only partially
It opens with Mick and Sue and their son Mikey happily living the good
life near Walkabout Creek, when Sue gets offered a chance to run a Los
Angeles newspaper for a few months. She accepts and the trio jet off to
La La Land for a new set of misadventures.
The movie starts fine - after all, what better place for a down home,
down to earth kind of guy like Mick to be a fish out of water than Los
Angeles? But the filmmakers make the same mistake they did in the second
movie and threw in a major subplot surrounding a plot to cash in on a
cache of stolen paintings. Mick once again finds himself a kind of undeputized
cop, trying to get to the bottom of the mystery while saving Sue's life
in the process.
On the whole, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles is much better than Crocodile
Dundee II, but it doesn't come close to matching the first film. It's
too bad; all the elements are there, but the humor keeps getting sidetracked
by the "adventure" as Dundee brings a corrupt movie producer to justice.
Still, it's hard not to like Mick, and this time around we have another
old boy from the Outback to kick around and that makes for some good moments
as the much more "worldly" Mick shows him around LA. And Mick's LA misadventures,
as he becomes a movie extra and generally finds his way around the City
of Angels provides for some good times as well.
And you still have to like Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski in their roles,
and "little Mikey" is fun to watch as well. But the dark moments overshadow
the fun, and that's a shame.
The DVD is also presented in anamorphic widescreen, 16x9 TV compatible,
with the best picture and Dolby Digital surround sound of the three. Interestingly,
this movie is in 1.85:1 widescreen as opposed to the 2.35:1 aspect ratio
of the others.
Extras include the trailer and a set of cast/crew interviews.
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, from Paramount Home Video
94 min, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 TV compatible, Dolby Surround
Starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Jere Burns, Jonathan Banks, Aida
Turturro and Paul Rodriguez
Produced by Lance Hool, Paul Hogan
Written by Matthew Berry & Eric Abrams, Directed by Simon Wincer
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