There’s also 7 minutes of throwaway Deleted Scenes, and two short features: Sam’s Tools of the Trade and In Character with Liam Neeson – the former allows you to very briefly look behind the various items that Mills uses along the way, and the second has Neeson chatting briefly about reprising the role.
The other point of interest is the Black Ops Field Manual option which is available only on the Extended Cut, and which is a Picture-in-Picture Track that gives you some rather gimmicky additional information about Mills’s skills and kills (it’s a bit like the Drive Angry kill meter – fun but throwaway).
In short, Megaton’s Taken 2 is a terrible film. It’s already had a critical bashing from just about every corner and I would have loved to come out guns blazing in support of this underdog but it is just too awful to side with. If there’s one thing you need to know about this movie it’s that you should not waste your money on it. If, like me, you were disappointed by the Theatrical Cut and somehow thought this Extended, ‘Harder’ Cut would be an improvement then you’ll likely be doubly disappointed second time around. Whilst the additional violence does marginally improve the impact of the film, the disjointed editing is still just as bad as ever, and, by the end of a second viewing, you realise that there was far more wrong with it than could ever be fixed by an ‘uncut’ version (I’m getting increasingly worried about A Good Day to Die Hard now).
Still, if you do pick up the Region Free UK Blu-ray, you’ll get very good video and audio, as well as – most interesting – a 25-minute Alternate Ending (fully-finished) which is actually better than the final cut ending (not that this is particularly hard to achieve). Certainly fans will want to pick up this package, but those who figured the problems with the Theatrical Cut would somehow be fixed on Blu-ray will, like me, realise that their hopes were largely in vain.
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