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(2-Disc Collector's Edition)


Genre: Adventure/Action
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Bruce Greenwood, Helen Mirren
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007


- Commentary with director Jon Turteltaub and actor Jon Voight
- Deleted sceneswith introductions by Jon Turteltaub
- The Treasure Reel - Bloopers & Outtakes
- Secrets of a Sequel
- The Book of Secrets: On Location
- Street Stunts: Creating the London Chase
- Inside the Library of Congress
- Underground Action
- Cover Story: Crafting the Presidents’ Book
- Evolution of a Golden City
- Knights of the Golden Circle documentary




Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Thai/Trad Chinese/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Presentation Size: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Running Time: 2 hrs 4 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Filled with hours of revealing bonus features, this 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD exposes a wealth of secrets behind the most spectacular treasure hunt ever. Join Nicolas Cage on a heart-pounding adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat in a race to find the Lost City of Gold. Grounded in history, imbued with myth and mystery, Disney's NATIONAL TREASURE 2: BOOK OF SECRETS takes you on a globe-trotting quest full of adrenaline-pumping twists and turns -- all leading to the final clue in a mysterious and highly guarded book containing centuries of secrets. But there's only one way to find it -- Ben Gates must kidnap the President.


Jerry Bruckheimer and Nicholas Cage are definitely not favourable names with professional critics. The former is well-known for producing high-octane, mindless action flicks while the latter has in recent years washed away his past track records with the remake of “Wicker Man” and cheese balls such as “Next” and “Ghost Rider”.

However, the duo did manage to serve up something unexpectedly digestible in 2004, “National Treasure”. The Jon Turteltaub’s directed adventure movie about a modern day treasure hunter, Benjamin Gates (Cage) who is after the legendary Knights Templar Treasure was an instant success. Raking in almost US$340 million worldwide, the sequel is undeniable.

With the original cast reprising their roles and the inclusion of Ed Harris as the villain and the incredible Helen Mirren as Gates’ mother, “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets” rides on the same old formula as seen in the original. There isn’t much of a time lapse between the first and the sequel, the movie plods on pretty fast with the Gates family being accused of involving in Lincoln’s assassination and Benjamin has to prove his family’s innocence, at the same time find the Lost City of Gold.

This new adventure brings Gates and Riley (the I.T. geek played by Justin Bartha) to places such as Paris, the U.K and Mount Rushmore. What make the series so enjoyable is the fun in watching them doing implausible things such as breaking into the Buckingham Palace and the White House in search of clues. And yes that includes kidnapping the President of the United States. You might not be entirely familiar with the mentioned historic references or should I say, the puzzles in the first place could be just mere fantasies of the screenwriters but this is the fun of it. Without taking itself too seriously, Gates and his entire family (including his parents and bickering partner, Abigail played again by the beautiful Diane Kruger) will take you on a 2 hours boisterous ride.

You got to truly credit Bruckheimer for his dedication to the business by giving the audience the real treat. Meaning a smashing car chase is choreographed on the busy business districts of London and secondly, without relying too much on CG effects, a gigantic physical set was built for the finale, something even the recent Indiana Jones didn’t actually accomplished.

Director Jon Turteltaub has proven his capability and confidence of handling tentpole projects with this sequel. I’m sure he will move on to even better materials in future. As for Bruckheimer, the trade has stated his next blockbuster will be the adaptation of the popular game, “Prince of Persian”, like it or not Cage on the other hand already has a line-up of cheesy projects. Think of it, isn’t it great when you have the 2-disc edition of “National Treasure 2” to hold on to?


Jon Turteltaub is such an engaging speaker that his Audio Commentary with Jon Voight is a delight to listen to.

There are several Deleted Scenes with intros by Turteltaub. I’m sure you forgive Turteltaub for the snipping because he sounds like a genuine nice guy.

Several minutes of Bloopers and Outtakes are included. No surprises here.

“Secrets of a Sequel” is the usual making of feature which covers interviews with the cast and crew.

This is what true filmmaking is all about. Instead of putting a fake CGI of the Eiffel Tower, the crew went all the way to Paris to shoot the sequence. This and more is detailed in “The Book of Secrets: On Location”.

I’m in love with this one. Want to see how the crew setup the London chase sequence? This is covered in “Street Stunts: Creating the London chase”.

In the seven minutes feature “Underground Action”, the stars are shown attempting their own stunts in the finale.

If you haven’t been to the actual location, this is a behind-the-scenes tour of “The Library of Congress”. It’s huge, grand and makes you want to be there.

The production designer talks about how he authentically created the Presidents’ Book in “Cover Story: Crafting the Presidents’ Book”. Even though it’s a prop, we love to have it.

The last two features, “Evolution of a Golden City” and “Knights of the Golden Circle” delves into the myth of the legendary city, Cibola and also the history of the real Golden Circle.

An Easter Egg (which can be found on the menu of Disc Two) is also included.


The DVD is presented in Widescreen 2.40:1 and the transfer is simply marvelous. I can’t imagine how nice it will look in Blu-ray but this DVD version is already flawless in the visual department.

Dialogue is not over-empowered by the sound and score and with Dolby Digital 5.1, the dynamic sound effects comes alive especially during the car chase.



Review by Linus Tee


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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