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Old 12-04-2010, 18:56   #1
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[DVD Video Review] The Descent: Part 2

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Old 12-04-2010, 18:56   #2
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I *hated* the ending



but otherwise thought this was a cracking sequel, and quite beautifully filmed.
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Old 12-04-2010, 19:47   #3
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Thanks Daniel, I agree entirely. I was really disappointed with the finale -


I too enjoyed the filming, and the scenery is beautifully captured. Have you seen the "making of" piece yet? It's interesting to see how some of the scenes were created - especially the "rolling wall" for the lift shaft.
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Old 13-04-2010, 00:18   #4
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Good to see other people enjoyed this :)

It turned out much better than I thought it would.
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Old 13-04-2010, 23:16   #5
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Thanks Rick, yes, I'm a big fan of the original, and am fairly cycnical about sequels, so was pleasantly surprised.

I think the risk of using pretty much the identical formula as the first movie paid off.
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Old 15-04-2010, 18:27   #6
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Is the dvd cropped? the review says 1:78:1 aspect ratio but unless my old age is making me confused i'm sure the blu-ray i recently watched was 2:35:1?
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My apologies, you are absolutely right. Rest assured it's not your old age!

However, my old age might have something to answer for. I didn't crop away the black bars when measuring the ratio, hence the 1.78 judgement.

Thanks for pointing it out - I'll update the review.

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Old 16-04-2010, 20:27   #8
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Finally caught up with this after being tempted back to it by your review and I must admit, it's a far better film than I expected albeit one that is weaker than the original in every aspect. The whole setup is pretty ludicrous and then you have small details which niggle (the inexperienced police joining the climbers, dragging a traumatised woman back down there, moaning she's sedated and then questioning her seconds later!) and as you say some of the acting is pretty unconvincing. The plotting is fairly second rate and predictable, as are the new characters, but the excellent photography, Shauna Macdonald and some neat set pieces keep it a cut above most horror sequels. The part where the newbies have to swing across the chasm was particularly good.

Still, the only jump was at the beginning when Sarah first appears. That really got me! And that brings me on to the ending...

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Old 18-04-2010, 23:49   #9
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Thanks Dave, I'm yet to speak to anyone who has seen the movie who hasn't been annoyed by the ending.

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