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Journey 2 - The Mysterious Island

5.71 h 34 min2012X-RayPG
The new journey begins when young adventurer Sean receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist-a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter, they set...
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D [2012] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray]
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JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D [2012] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] Believe The Impossible, Discover The Incredible!

This is the follow-up to the 2008 hit! The new journey begins when young adventurer Sean [Josh Hutcherson] receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist... a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather [Dwayne Johnson] joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot [Luis Guzman] and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter [Vanessa Hudgens], they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Sir Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Luis Guzmán, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Davis, Anna Colwell, Stephen Caudill, Branscombe Richmond, Walter Bankson, Shaun Phillip Cantwell (uncredited), Cody Easterbrook (uncredited), Kathryn Jurbala (uncredited), Paul Leo Klink (uncredited) and Ed Moy (uncredited)

Director: Brad Peyton

Producers: Adam Ellison, Beau Flynn, Charlotte Huggins, Dwayne Johnson, Evan Turner, Hiram Garcia, Marcus Viscidi, Michael Bostick, Michael Disco, Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown and Tripp Vinson

Screenplay: Brian Gunn (screenplay), Mark Gunn (screenplay) and Richard Outten (story)

Composer: Andrew Lockington

Cinematography: David Tattersall (Director of Photography)

Image Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese: 5.1 Dolby Digital and English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo Audio

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Finnish, French, German, German SDH, Italian, Italian SDH, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Arabic and Czech

Running Time: 94 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 2

Studio: Warner Home Video

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: ‘JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D’ is a sequel to the 2008's family oriented action and effects extravaganza ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D.’ As with its predecessor, it does not adapt the Jules Verne novel of the same name, but instead tells a new story set in modern times based around the premise that Verne's fiction was based on fact, and modern day "Vernians" are actively working to crack codes hidden in his and other contemporaneous works that will unlock the secrets to visiting fantastic locales. This sequel begins with Sean Anderson [Josh Hutcherson], receiving a coded transmission that he is convinced is coming from his Grandfather Alexander [Sir Michael Caine] stranded on Jules Verne's ‘Mysterious Island.'

With the help of his stepfather, Hank [Dwayne Johnson], he makes the connection that Verne's Island is actually the same island referenced by Robert Louis Stevenson in "Treasure Island" and by Jonathan Swift in "Gulliver's Travels." By combining maps from all three books (don't ask what editions, just roll with it!), they are able to pinpoint the location in the Pacific where the island must be. With the help of helicopter tour guide Gabato [Luis Guzmán] and his daughter Kailani [Vanessa Hudgens] they locate the island, but find themselves stranded, a situation the becomes more critical when they discover that the island is not so slowly sinking into the sea.

As a rule, I am not always keen on sequels that either barely connect the dots to their predecessor or completely re-hash their predecessor (I'm looking at you, rubbish obnoxious ‘Hangover 2'). ‘JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D’ somehow manages to do both, and yet I found it to be overall a more enjoyable experience than ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D.’ While in the first film, Josh Hutcherson was the tagalong nephew attaching himself to his Uncle's quest to track down their missing father/brother. This film simply flips the roles with Josh Hutcherson now a dedicated "Vernian" dragging his sceptical stepfather along on the journey. They even shamelessly repeat the device of stranding them with a tour guide and daughter conveniently age appropriate to be a chastely romantic interest for Josh Hutcherson.

Sir Michael Caine is in full-on “hamming it up” scenario chewing mode, and while excerpts from this film will never show up on his career highlight reels, his performance is exactly what the 3D film calls for. His constant barbs thrown in the direction of Dwayne Johnson's Hank character are not particularly witty or even dramatically earned in the context of the story, but they are delivered with a great deal of relish by Sir Michael Caine. It does not hurt that Dwayne Johnson is such a good sport and not afraid to look ridiculous either, but that was also the case with Brendan Fraser in the first film.

For whatever reason, there is simply a better comic chemistry between Sir Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson that there was between Fraser and some of his nondescript co-stars. Luis Guzman's mix of comic buffoonery and sentimentality as the tour guide is also more in keeping with the fun and forgettable tone of the film than the more competent tour guide from the first film. In summary, the film presents a modestly fun, mostly preposterous and ultimately forgettable action and effects romp that will likely please its target audience of ten year olds. Who knows? It might even trick them into reading a Jules Verne book.

Blu-ray Image Quality – ‘JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D’ gets a wonderful 1.85:1 aspect ratio and with an extremely good 1080p image presentation, and it looks excellent. Colours really leap off the screen, fine detail is through the roof, and contrast is rock-solid. The only downside to such a vibrant, squeaky-clean picture is that it kind of betrays the film's reduced budget: it sort of looks and feels like a television show, highlighting the line between a set and a digital backdrop. Of course, even that's sort of reflective of the image's quality: it's showing you a level of detail the filmmakers might not want the viewer to notice. Warner offers up a transfer whose bright colours pop off the screen. There is a lot of eye candy to be absorbed; lush green jungles, deep blue oceans, and scaly drooling monstrosities. The picture has a deep clarity that makes everything look crystal clear.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio for ‘JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D’ is fitting of a big adventure picture. Rumbling hurricanes, tumbling rocks, buzzing bees, screeching birds, an underwater electric eel, and Dwayne Johnson's singing voice are all replicated with crystal clarity and nice directionality. It's been awhile since I really felt like I was getting the theatre experience watching a film at home and to be fair, probably more indicative of my film selection than any audio deficiencies, but this really felt like a blockbuster, with great immersive, weighty mixing. I even liked Andrew Lockington's score, which is understated, but pleasingly so. This is the kind of 3D film that features all kinds of rollicking surround sounds. The front, rear, and side speakers are all engaged without any obvious defects.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Special Feature: Are You Strong Enough to Survive Mysterious Island? [2012] [1080p] [1.78:1] [21:07] This is a series of documentaries that are viewable in either of two selectable modes called "Interactive" and "Junior Explorer." The "Interactive" mode asks the user to make a selection after each documentary that guides them towards another section of an interactive map that corresponds to another documentary. The "Junior Explorer" mode simply plays all ten documentaries straight through in a predetermined order. Both modes are preceded by a 24 second introduction from Josh Hutcherson ["Sean"]. Once all ten documentaries are viewed in either mode, the viewer is treated to a congratulatory message from Josh Hutcherson and a minute and a half of outtakes from the film. The documentaries themselves mix behind the scenes information about various sequences and design elements of the film with related "real life facts" from experts in biology, geology, scuba diving, and Jules Verne. The documentaries topics and durations are as follows: Giant Lizard [1:56]; Atlantis [1:51]; Tree House Set [1:45]; Giant Flowers [1:50]; Volcanic Mountain of Gold [1:36]; Giant Bees [2:15]; Glowing Mushrooms [1:23]; Captain Nemo's Tomb [2:10]; The Ocean (Water Tank) [2:04]; The Nautilus Submarine [2:12].

Special Feature: Deleted Scenes [2012] [1080p] [1.78:1] [5:54] This is a collection of five scenes that did not make the final cut of the film. A number of them feature unfinished effects which appear as crude animatronics and blue screen backgrounds mixed in with the live actors. The individual scenes are not selectable from the disc menu, but they are encoded with chapter stops between them. Scene descriptions follow:

Discussion by the group of five island adventurers about how animals can survive an unusual recurring event that happens to the island.

Some extra arguing between Sean, his mother, and Hank after Sean's arrest at the beginning of the film. This scene directly references the events of the previous film.

Alexander, Kailani, and Gabato face some additional jeopardy from falling pillars.

A fairly long scene from early in the film where Hank seeks parenting tips from one of his employees on a construction site.

Some additional congratulations, teasing, and sentimentality near the end of the film aboard a submarine.

Special Feature: Gag Reel [2012] [1080p] [1.78:1] [1:15] This is a mercifully brief assemblage of on-set flubs, falls, and goofing around set to fast paced music.

Finally, ‘JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D’ is full of adventure and excitement that should be fun for the entire family. And while this isn't a direct telling of Jules Verne's story, I think this is a great way to introduce your children to a variety of classic literature, as this movie pulls a little from a variety of some of the best-known authors. Furthermore, with such a great presentation, this Blu-ray will definitely become a family favourite. I would definitely recommend going 3D on this film. Either way ‘JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D’ is very enjoyable, but the 3D image truly completes the experience. Like the previous ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D’ Blu-ray release, I was worried this film would be a total dud, as Dwayne Johnson is a professional wrestler and is not a trained actor, but I was pleasantly surprised how good he was in this film and it is a brilliant follow up 3D Blu-ray and a great Double Feature and is also a stunning brilliant 3D presentation that will have your guest have a great jaw dropping entertainment and again I am so proud to add this to my ever increasing 3D Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Aficionado
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SwordswenchReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Journey to the Centre of the Earth’s lesser known companion
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I don’t care if it makes me a saddo, I love this film. True, it’s not as good as Journey to the Centre of the Earth and, yes, I would have loved Brendan Fraser and Anita Bream to return, but they didn’t and at least we got a follow-up of sorts.

It’s been a few years since Sean Anderson had his adventure at the center of the Earth. He’s living with his mother and stepfather, Hank, who is struggling to connect with him and live up to the memory of his dad and uncle, when he receives a mysterious coded message aimed solely at Vernians. This sends Sean off on an adventure to Verne’s Mysterious Island and a reunion with his long-lost grandfather.

I can’t really say too many negative things because a film that has a submarine being jump-started by a giant electric eel should really not be taken seriously. It has its tongue firmly in its cheek. The cast look like they’re having a laugh and Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson make a surprisingly funny double-act. I could cringe at the sight of Johnson singing along to a ukulele, but he’s actually pretty good at it. Or I could moan about the objectification of Vanessa Hudgens, except that her character, Kailani, is not just there for eye-candy. She has a pivotal part in getting Nemo’s journal, she looks out for her dad and she firmly puts the panting Sean back in his place. Michael Caine looks like he’s having a ball as the eccentric adventurer Alexander Anderson, trading barbs with Hank. And, yes, maybe Luiz Guzman as Gabado has been saddled with the silly comic relief role, but there’s a reason for that - he happens to be just as good at comedy as he is at drama. Ultimately the film has a nice message about parents and kids - Gabado and Kailani, Sean and Hank - sticking together and looking out for each other.

Effects-wise, there are some nice set-pieces, the standouts being the lost city, Nemo’s cave and the Nautilus. The film looks hyper-colourful and gorgeous, especially in blu-ray. Mostly, I like this film because (along with Journey 1) it’s one of the few films that I can enjoy with my 6-year-old nephew without having to worry about it having anything inappropriate in it. Nephew loved Journey 1 and has started his own rock collection (Which makes things easy for me: ‘What do you want for your birthday/Christmas?’ ‘Nice rocks please.’). He was thrilled when I told him there was another Journey film even if he did moan that there was no Uncle Trevor or Hanna and the mum was different. But he got over it. And, unlike me, he found the pec-popping hilarious.

It would have been nice to have a Journey 3 and I would have liked to have seen what they did with a moon visit, but as Josh Hutcherson is now in his twenties, I can’t see that that’s going to happen. But at least we got this one. It may be silly but its heart is in the right place and it’s just plain fun.

Special features on the blu-ray includes a lot of short featurettes on the making of various scenes in the film. You have to play a sort of interactive map to get to them which I found really long-winded but my nephew enjoyed it. There’s also a funny gag reel and some deleted scenes which hint that they were weren't too sure how to write out Brendan Fraser. Downside there isn’t a (old-school) 3D version of the movie with the cardboard glasses like Journey 1 which is a shame.
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VAROUZ OHANIANReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun movie
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Just a nice movie full of misadventure
Alice CadisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great entertainment.
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Light hearted and humorous this film is family entertainment at its best.
TracyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good film
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Good film
mummy spoonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic adventure
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I must say, I was in two minds wether to give this film a chance as it did seem to me like a second rate money spinning sequal on paper. The only returning actor from the first film is Josh Hutcherson and this again made me think it wasn't going to be great.
I did eventually give in to my son who kept nagging me to take him to see it, we saw it in 3D.
I really couldn't have been more wrong, the film was absolutely fantastic, I didn't miss Brendan Fraser at all and Dwayne 'The rock' Johnson who I don't normally like was great as Sean's(Josh Hutcherson) stepdad and Michael Caine as his grandad brought plenty of humour to the mix.
The story was an exciting adventure based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name,Sean and his stepdad, along with a tour guide and his daughter travel to a pacific island in search of his grandfather who hasn't been heard from in a while. Along the way they come across a hurricane, tiny elephants,a giant lizard and a gold erupting volcano among other things. once they find him, they have to get off the island before time runs out and the island sinks into the sea.
The cinematography and effects are breathtaking, it is the best film I have seen in 3D and I can't wait to watch it again. I have ordered the Blu-ray as I think it's worth paying for the better picture quality with a film like this, I just hope they make a third !
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The Neon WeaselReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not A Bad Journey 2 Go On
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While this film leaves no cliche unused,there is simply no denying thats it is great family fun.Once your past the whole rebelious son not bonding with the oh so nice stepfather,dispite all his attempts,goo of the first 10 minutes or so,it settles down into a very enjoyable romp.There is action a plenty,a giant lizard,a golden volcano,earthquakes and Atlantis are all thrown into the mix.Not to mention a very inpressive sequence involving flying around on giant bees.The lead actors somehow manage not to be completely overshadowed by all of flashy visuals,Dwayne Johnson has fun sending up his tough guy image,and Michael Caine seems to be having a whale of a time as the Grandfather.

Theres nothing new on offer here,of any description,but who cares,the film is fast paced and fun,and has something for all ages to enjoy.If you Liked Journey To The Center Of The Earth,your going to enjoy this one just as much.So sit back,and be entertained for 90 minutes(minus the end credits),Journey 2 wont let you down.
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Payton LawsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I still think the 3rd one shouldn't of been cancelled but overall it as an amazing movie 10/10 would recommend to my friends
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