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National Treasure 2 Disc Edition [On DVD 12/18/07]


The Diva's review of
National Treasure: Two-Disc Collector's Edition(2007)


 National Treasure: Two-Disc Collector's Edition
; running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Written by: Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Plummer

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 41% - Rotten
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Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross $173,005,002
International Gross $174,400,000
Worldwide Gross $347,405,002


The Digest

Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicholas Cage) has a heavy cross to bear - he must carry on the family business, which is to find a treasure that has been hidden for centuries. The folklore is that the Freemasons collected a treasure that grew exponentially as it was stolen from one person to the next. The Freemasons believed that that much wealth was just too much for one person to control. They took it and hid it away leaving behind clues to find it. The myth further states that most of the founding fathers of America were freemasons and they are the ones that left the clues behind. Most specifically Benjamin Franklin - he was a crafty old guy (I say with nothing but affection). Fueled by the clue left is left on the dollar bill, Gates treks around the United States, as his family has done since the information was given to them by the last signer of the Declaration prior to his death. His family has no credibility and most people think the entire family is nuts.

Despite all of this, Ben’s luck has changed. A wealthy Brit by the name of Ian Howe (Sean Bean) believes in Ben and has funded a search that is successfully turning up more clues.

One problem, the latest clue points to the Declaration itself. How does one steal the Declaration? And to make things worse, Ian no longer wants to play nice. He wants the treasure for himself. Ian has the money to do anything that he wants – Ben doesn’t.

With the help of his Techno Geek sidekick, Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) and Chief Archivist Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) the race against the clock to stay a step ahead of Ian.

The Dish

I love summer movies, really I do. That said, I prefer my summer movies to be released during the summer not a week before Thanksgiving. It throws my whole world off. Anyway, if I had to sum up National Treasure, I would call it a poor man’s Indiana Jones. That might be a bit unfair, but that’s really what it boils down to. As such, it’s predictable and cliché. I will say in it’s defense however, I don’t believe that it takes itself seriously so some of the goofiness and clichés are purposeful.

I was unimpressed or underwhelmed by everyone but Justin Bartha who really cracked me up. I think he was the perfect foil to Nicholas Cage’s wooden performance. But strangely, I still found myself liking this movie. Maybe it was the thrill – well I can’t really call it a thrill, that gives to much credit – the plot line of clues hidden on the Declaration and on our currency was a little intriguing.

The DVD My opinion of this movie hasn’t changed much except that I see it for its value now. At some point it hit me that this movie filled a gap left by the nearly 20 year absence of Indiana Jones. Unfortunately nothing comes close to Indy, but of those that have tried to capture the swashbuckling/treasure hunting, this one has come the closest. If nothing else, I did really enjoy the extras.

• Deleted scenes
• Alternate ending with optional director commentary
• Opening scene animatic with optional director commentary
• The Knights Templar
• Treasure Hunters Revealed: Meet real life modern day treasure hunters
• Riley Poole's Decode This!: An interactive puzzle solving feature
• National Treasure: Book of Secrets sneak peek
• Ciphers, Codes and Code-Breakers
• To Steal A National Treasure
• Exploding Charlotte
• National Treasure On Location
• Additional deleted scenes with intros by director Jon Turteltaub


Video Formats:
• 2.35:1 Anamorphic Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• • Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English) Subtitles:
• English
• French
• Spanish

The Directive

This new 2 Disc edition is not too bad. In fact if this movie is your thing, than its really worth the purchase.

3BC Ratings

yellow light


One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2007
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