Mimic 2

Mimic 2 (2001)
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Cast: Alix Koromzay, Bruno Campos, Jon Polito, Edward Albert
Extras: Video Diary, Featurette, Deleted Scenes

Director Jean De Segonzac, who is mostly known for his work on various TV productions, took the reigns for ’Mimic 2,’ Guillermo De Torro’s terror action-horror film that had people on the edge of their seats four years ago. Although designed as a direct-to-video release on a fairly small budget, ’Mimic 2’ turns out to be much more efficient than one would expect. Atmospheric visuals and out-of-control action make up this film making it at least a worthy sequel to the original film.

’Mimic 2’ is presented in an anamorphic widescreen presentation on this DVD win a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The transfer is perfectly clean without even the slightest defect, rendering a very clean and clear picture that is also mostly free of grain. Some edge-enhancement is visible in the transfer, creating unnaturally hard edges in some instances but for the most part the artifacts remain undetectable in the elaborate shots. The image is revealing a high level of detail and in general, ’Mimic 2’ looks much more like a full-budget film production than a direct-to-video sequel. The presentation offers powerful colors that help the mood of the film immensely and blacks that are as deep as one could wish. The image has a lot of visual depth with flawless shadow reproduction, making it a beautiful presentation. No compression artifacts are evident in the film.

The DVD features a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio mix that is very aggressive in its surround usage and once again parallels full film productions. With a wide frequency response, the track manages to produce earth-shattering booms and ominous ostinati with its powerful bass extension, yet at the same time keeps the high ends clear and free of distortion. It is a very balanced mix in which dialogues are never drowned out and always stand out nicely among the dynamic sound effects and the music.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment has added a few supplements to the disc that are certainly welcome, such as an assortment of six deleted scenes, presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. But also a video diary and a featurette on the making of the film’s sound are part of this release, leaving a good impression.

’Mimic 2’ is certainly not the end all, be all among horror thrillers, but it is a good sequel that manages to capture the coolness and look of the original film. If you liked ’Mimic,’ you should give this sequel a look.