Crocodile Dundee Trilogy – Blu-ray Review

Crocodile Dundee
Crocodile Dundee

In 1986, Crocodile Dundee became a surprise hit for Paramount. When you finally meet the titular character, it’s easy to see why people fell in love with Mick Dundee. He has a Han Solo-style swagger to him, but he also happens to be one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Not to mention, his calmness and naivety toward all big city life make for some hilarious comedic, fish-out-of-water gags. While it’s true that these gags are incredibly clichéd, but they’re still funny nonetheless. After all, who doesn’t remember the famous “that’s not a knife” scene from the film? Of course, people didn’t love the movie because of its storyline. Yet what the narrative lacks in ambition, Dundee makes up for with its pure, carefree likability.

It’s why Paul Hogan was perfect for the role. There’s an element of self-deprecation to Hogan’s performance—a cheeky acknowledgment of the character’s absurdity that nicely spoofs the macho action stars of the 80s. At the same time, he transitions flawlessly between action to comedy and back again. At the same time, Linda Kozlowski also does a fine job as the not-so-lady-in-distress love interest. She doesn’t show much range as an actor, but she’s right for the part because her chemistry with Hogan is palpable. Sue is the perfect complement for Mick. They come from different worlds, but they have a lot in common—including a tough exterior and hardheadedness.

Overall, Crocodile Dundee is a stellar blend of comedy, romance, and thrills. Remaining lighthearted and genuinely kindhearted while still retaining its emotional depth is not easy. However, Crocodile Dundee is able to accomplish it gleefully. Even as I rewatch it after all these years, it still makes me laugh and smile every single time. It’s one of those films from the 80s that did age well. 

Movie Rating: 4/5 atoms

Crocodile Dundee II

One of the downfalls of having a successful movie is that studios are hellbent on developing a sequel as quickly as possible. Similar to the trajectory of The Hangover franchise, Crocodile Dundee II follows a similar narrative to the first film. At the same time, the sequel repeats some of the same jokes from its predecessor. However, the biggest difference between the two movies is that Dundee II loses all the charm from the first movie. The default strategy for the inevitable sequels is to give audiences what they loved about the first film but in much greater doses. Crocodile Dundee II goes for the opposite approach. With Dundee II, it amps up on the action and makes it (slightly) darker.

In Crocodile Dundee II, Mick and Sue face off against a gang of South American drug lords that’s as generic and one-dimensional as a Rambo villain. When you have a scene involving a cartel execution, it makes you wonder if the filmmakers forgot about what made the previous entry a smash hit in the first place. Then again, much of the movie isn’t funny at all. The action-packed storyline was meant to showcase Mick Dundee’s hunting skills in full action. It’s weird that despite the darker tone, the movie’s body count isn’t that high. After all, this is still a PG-rated movie.

It’s clear that the sole purpose of Dundee II is to generate as much money as the original. Crocodile Dundee II is as joyless a sequel as one can get. It’s a shame since Crocodile Dundee is a big part of the pop culture lexicon. Before Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth, there were only two Australians that hit it big in America: Steve Irwin and Paul Hogan. Coincidentally, both have nicknames with the word “crocodile” in them. 

Movie Rating: 2.5/5 atoms

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

After the disaster of Crocodile Dundee II, Paul Hogan understandably took a nice long break from the role that made him famous. It only took him 13-years to make a comeback in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Although the sequel decided to downplay the elements that made the first film so great, Dundee in Los Angeles goes in the opposite direction once again. This time, we get the lightheartedness and fish-out-of-water gags of the original in greater doses. As a result, the flick amps up on the absurdness, which ultimately leads to a really stupid movie. However, as dumb as Dundee in Los Angeles is, it’s still a harmless family-friendly movie.

Of course, many of the fish-out-of-water gags are recycled from the past two films. The rest of the jokes cater to kids with a few jokes that adults may enjoy. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s there. At the same time, the likeability of Mick Dundee makes a triumphant return here. Once again, Hogan never forces Mick’s charm and has some very sweet moments with a lot of the supporting characters in the film. It’s moments like these that remind us why we enjoy Crocodile Dundee as a character. You can’t hate a guy who is as kind as sweet as him.

Overall, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles isn’t a great movie, by any stretch of the imagination. The film contains no narrative whatsoever. About 90% of the film revolves around Mick’s experiences in Los Angeles, the other 10% is the actual conflict. Unfortunately, this happens towards the end of the film. Nevertheless, the film is so good-natured and harmless that you can’t help but let it win you over. It’s not an enthusiastic recommendation, but at the same time, it’s better than most of the family-friendly comedies out there.

Movie Rating: 3/5 atoms

Crocodile Dundee II - Paul Hogan


Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The picture has dark blacks that lose a lot of details in the shadows and nighttime scenes. When it comes to the colors, they have a more saturated than natural look. Unfortunately, the video transfer comes from an old master. As a result, the picture contains a bunch of dust, specks, and some flicker. On the other hand, the video transfer doesn’t look all that bad. There are some scenes where the video is crystal clear. Meaning you can see everything from big to small, like the Australian outback all the way to Paul Hogan’s manly chest hair. Overall, this is a middle-of-the-road kind of video transfer.

Video Rating: 3/5 atoms

Crocodile Dundee II

Crocodile Dundee II hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. For some reason, the video transfer for Crocodile Dundee II looks worse than the first film. Typically, it’s the other way around, but that’s not the case here. There’s an inconsistency with the black levels. At times, the black levels are inky black, and other times, they look washed out and gray. Unfortunately, the same can be said about the colors as well. The colors are decently saturated at times but look faded in certain scenes. On the whole, the picture’s brightness is relatively high, where you lose a good amount of details in the white areas. Much like the first film, there’s a lot of dust, specks, and some flicker in this transfer. Not to mention, the rough grain leads to a soft-looking picture. You can tell that the source material was not in good shape when they transferred it.

Video Rating: 2.5/5 atoms

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Of course, it’s no surprise that Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles looks the best out of the three films. After all, it only came out 20-years ago. The brightness looks nice and even throughout. Also, the black levels show a massive improvement over the first two films but retain their issues in some low-light scenes. When it comes to the colors, they have a nice vibrancy to them. For the most part, the details look crisp, but there are moments where the picture looks soft. Unfortunately, the video transfer has a lot of grain and some edge enhancements done to it. Nevertheless, the picture still looks good out of the three.

Video Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

Crocodile Dundee II - Charles S. Sutton and Paul Hogan


Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee hits Blu-ray with a 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Although the audio mix is a stereo mix, it’s surprisingly well-done. The dialogue is clear as a whistle, and the sound separation is great for a stereo mix. Audio elements like the crackling fire or the noises of the Outback are well-placed in the main channels. Although it would’ve been nice to get a 5.1 mix for the 35th-anniversary of the film, it just wasn’t in the cards. After all, if we didn’t get a proper remaster of the video transfer, we sure aren’t getting a 5.1 remix.

Audio Rating: 3/5 atoms

Crocodile Dundee II

Crocodile Dundee II hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. While we didn’t get a 5.1 mix with the first film, we definitely get one in the second. As you can imagine, it sounds infinitely better than the stereo mix found in Crocodile Dundee. The atmospheric effects and Peter Best’s score fill up the soundstage. However, other than the score and occasional Outback atmospheric effects, the surround channels are underutilized. The dialogue, on the other hand, is distinct throughout. That’s what happens when you have a dedicated center channel to prioritize the vocals. Overall, this is a good and subtle audio mix.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Although the flick is the most recent of the three, it sounds similar to the Dundee II audio mix. Since the movie is dialogue-heavy, a lot of the audio mix is front-loaded. Thankfully, there are subtle yet distinct atmospheric effects that occur quite often due to the busyness of Los Angeles. Not to mention, Basil Poledouris’ score fills up the soundstage as well. The dialogue is crystal clear coming from the center speaker. Overall, this is a good audio mix that fits the tone of the movie.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

Special Features

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles - Paul Hogan
Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • Theatrical Trailer

Special Features Rating: 0/5 atoms

Crocodile Dundee II

Crocodile Dundee II‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

The featurette is a short, 5-minute EPK piece where the cast primarily talks about returning for the sequel that’s “one and a half times better than the first.”

Special Features Rating: 1/5 atoms

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles‘ Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The Making of Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

The making of documentary is nothing but a promotional piece for Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. It’s very reminiscent of the HBO First Look features that used to be the rage back in the day. 

Special Features Rating: 1.5/5 atoms

Overall, the Crocodile Dundee trilogy is perfect for Dundee fans who don’t already own the films—especially since this is the first time Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles is bundled with the first two films. It’s just unfortunate that the audiovisuals haven’t gone through a proper remaster to fix much of the issues that date the movies. Not to mention, the special features are all severely lacking as well. 

Overall Rating: 3/5 atoms

The Crocodile Dundee trilogy is now available in stores on Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Paramount Home Entertainment.

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