Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Cast: Johnathon Schaech, Jake Busey
Taking place roughly 17 years after the original "Road House, " we get "Road House 2, " a bland, unexciting, direct to video "sequel" to the campy classic that starred Patrick Swayze. You only have to take a glimpse at the cover to see that this is just a sleazy, stupid attempt to cash in on hormone-driven teenage boys.
Newcomer, Johnathon Schaech, in a performance devoid of any charisma, plays Shane Tanner, Dalton's son. Shane is a DEA agent who heads back to Louisiana after his uncle Nate is nearly murdered by Wild Bill, (in an over the top and goofy performance by Jake Busey). Wild Bill is working with drug runners and they've been putting pressure on Nate to sell his bar, the "Black Pelican" which is smack dab in the middle of their drug running business; and would make a good cover for their money laundering.
In the meantime, Shane hopes to find out who the murderer of his father is, while taking over the bar for his uncle. This doesn't sit well with Wild Bill who thought the bar was within his grasp and ready to be sold. Poorly staged fight scenes ensue.
"Road House 2" is a bad movie through and through. The performances ranged from bland to over the top. None of the fun or wit of the original "Road House" is to be found here. Right down to its pathetic slow motion karate kick fights, a la a bad Jean Claude Van Damme movie, "Road House 2" reeks in every way.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases "Road House 2" in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The film is dark and drab. Blacks aren't as deep as they should be and contrast is only passable. Flesh tones appear natural. Some grain is evident throughout the movie, however no edge enhancement was noted.
Audio is privoded by a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that is sordidly underused, though. Not much usage in the rears, but the front stage does an acceptable job of delivering the dialogue.
This is truly a bare-bones disc and no special features are to found on the disc – which may be a blessing, really.
This is a 100% "skip it" release. Pop in your original "Road House" and forget this pointless atrocity even exists.