DVD365.net
Men in Black II (2002) artwork

Men in Black II (2002)

20th December 2002

The men in black are back, and this time they have to protect earth from a miniature alien called Serleena.
Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, Patrick Warburton, Jack Kehler, David Cross
Science Fiction, Action/Adventure, Comedy
1
1 Hour 28 Minutes

With Agent K returned to a civilian life Agent J is now the main agent at MIB and he's finding it hard to find a partner to match his high standards. With Zed starting to get fed up with having an endless stream of agents deneurolised, and the other agents wondering whether they'll be next, Zed decides to give him Frank. Unfortunately for J, Frank is an alien in the form of a talking dog and he's cramping his style.

When a mangled body is found in a park the agents are dispatched to the scene to check for any alien involvement. They soon discover that Serleena, who is an plant based shape shifting Kylothian, has arrived on the planet and disguised herself as a sexy lingerie model. She is on earth seeking the "Light of Zertha" and nothing, not even planets, are going to stand in her way until she has the ultimate power to rule the universe.

When Zed discovers that Serleena is on earth his realises that one only person can help locate what she desires. Unfortunately, that person is now has a new career at the post office and has no idea of his past exploits at MIB. Agent J is going to have to bring K back into the fold before Serleena finds what she is looking for and destroys the planet. Sounds like another day at the office.

As with the first film, the picture quality is of the highest order with a continuously high bit-rate throughout with no signs of any artifacting or outlining. The colours are bright and colourful with some superb definition and the multitude of blacks and gray scales are handled with ease. The picture transfer is also perfect with no signs of any dust scratches or other imperfections.

The only problem with such a good picture is that it really does show up some awful special effects. Whilst the majority are excellent, with Serleena's space craft and the MIB car being particularly impressive, Serleena's in her "natural" form with her many sprouting tentacles are just too obvious (if you can have such a thing in an alien!) and it really does cheapen the look of the film.

As with the release of Spider-Man, and the first Men in Black film, Danny Elfman has provided the musical score. However, unlike Spider-Man, this soundtrack does not overwhelm the sound stage and there's plenty of scope for good surround effects and some clear and easily audible dialogue in the front channels and some good wall shaking LFE's. It really is just what an action film should sound like.

The menu is brilliantly animated and scored with Agents K and J walking into the "Worm Guys" apartment. There you'll see Frank the dog and various Worms inviting you to make a menu selection. And once you do, the menu will zoom into the selection and offer another animated and scored menu. This really is a menu system at its best and a pat on the back must go to its designers.

Columbia Tri-star seem to have started something in the way they present the extras. Spider-Man has two discs and now Men in Black II also has two discs. Some may consider this a way of extracting additional funds from the customer, but never the less in both cases the extras are worth the extra outlay.

Similar to the Spider-Man release, at certain points during the film a MIB symbol will appear on the screen allowing access to a short featurette on a particular plot point or special effect. If you don't want to be disturbed by this feature, then don't worry as these featurettes are also available on the second disc along with a pile of other interesting extras. These include an amusing gag reel, Will Smith music video and a number of multi-angled scene deconstructions. However, the best extra has to be the superb computer animated short "The Chubb Chubbs" on the first disc.

The story has been cleverly crafted to bring the cast back together. Unfortunately it takes far too long to get going until Tommy Lee Jones is reintroduced and most of the best lines are stolen off Will Smith by a talking dog. It certainly shows how much of an important influence Tommy Lee Jones is and that Will Smith can't always carry a film by himself.

Whether this film will warrant repeat viewings is an interesting question, but that long list of worthy extras may just make it a tempting purchase after all. There's certainly enough to make you laugh, but it is missing that little something that makes a good film a great film.

  • Director's Commentary with Optional Telestrator Diagrams
  • Alien Broadcast
  • Special Animated Short
  • Alternate Ending Blooper Reel
  • {i}Take 2 : Looping MIB II{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Alien Esoterica{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Serieena Animatica{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Rick Baker : Special Make-up Effects{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Danny Elfman : Original Score{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Bo Welch : Art/Production Design{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Foley Artists{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Frank the Pug{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Jarra{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Jeebs{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Jeff the Worm{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Scrad/Charlie{/i} Featurette
  • {i}Serleena{/i} Featurette
  • {i}The Worms{/i} Featurette
  • Barry Sonnenfields Guide to Intergalactic Comedy
  • Will Smith Music Video
  • Multi-Angle Screen Deconstructions
  • Theatrical One Sheets
  • Filmographies
  • DVD-ROM Enhanced
Homeland artwork

Homeland

DVD11/09/2014

As Carrie and Saul search for the truth behind the bombing of CIA headquarters, lines are blurred between friend and foe and no one can be trusted. While hiding a stunning secret of her own, Carrie helps recruit Brody for a dangerous ...
Goats artwork

Goats

DVD10/04/2014

Gomorrah artwork

Gomorrah

DVD19/07/2016

Lee Mack  artwork

Lee Mack

DVD10/12/2014

Apple Tree Yard artwork

Apple Tree Yard

Blu-Ray20/02/2017

Disappearance, The artwork

Disappearance, The

DVD06/07/2016

The Big Bang Theory artwork

The Big Bang Theory

DVDBlu-Ray26/07/2017

Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Howard, Raj, Amy and Bernadette return for television's perpetual laughter symposium in The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Tenth Season, released on Blu-Ray and DVD 11th September 2017 ...
Guardians of the Galaxy artwork

Guardians of the Galaxy

DVDBlu-Ray22/07/2017

The Hunter's Prayer artwork

The Hunter's Prayer

DVD27/07/2017

Lady Macbeth artwork

Lady Macbeth

DVDBlu-Ray22/07/2017

Supergirl artwork

Supergirl

DVD25/07/2017

Dicte Crime Reporter artwork

Signs

Review27/01/2003

When a farming family discover a crop circle in their field they suspect that the local idiots have been up to no good. However, similarly designed crop circles have started to appear all over the ...

Railroad Tigers

News01/06/2017

Harkening back to Jackie Chan's classic Hong Kong films, Railroad Tigers, released on DVD and Blu-ray 8th May 2017 from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, a railroad worker and his group of freedom ...

Kung Fu Yoga

News10/07/2017

It's Raiders Of The Lost Ark Jackie Chan-style, with a dash of Bollywood, as the unstoppable film legend hunts for treasure in, Kung Fu Yoga, the flat-out fun, all-action, globe-trotting comedy ...
"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
The Godfather, Part II (1974)

My Name Is Lenny

DVDBlu-Ray22/07/2017712

Transpecos

DVDBlu-Ray22/07/2017519

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

DVDBlu-Ray22/07/2017424

The Resident

DVD24/07/2017417

Broken City

DVDBlu-Ray20/07/20173391

Fast Girls

DVDBlu-Ray18/07/20171483

The Ghost

DVDBlu-Ray26/07/20171390

Escape Plan

DVDBlu-Ray24/07/20171330

Racing Stripes

DVD23/07/20172186

Austin Powers

DVD23/07/20171273

The Simpsons

DVD21/07/2017755

Get your free daily DVD and Blu-ray flash briefing from
DVD365.net

Public Enemy

DVD01/06/2017

Origin Wars

DVDBlu-Ray14/07/2017

Get Out

DVDBlu-Ray27/06/2017

The Lost City Of Z

DVDBlu-Ray30/05/2017