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Can you pull off a Road House sequel without Patrick Swayze? Swayze turned down offers for this 2006 sequel, resulting in the derivative and uninspired Road House 2: Last Call. The campy Road House developed a cult following on home video and cable during the 1990s. Road House 2 is a rather predictable b-movie with surprisingly charismatic leads, hampered by a poor screenplay and laughably bad fight scenes. It’s also a direct-to-video sequel seemingly put together on the fly with a lame villain played by the disastrously bad Jake Busey.

This time we get Dalton’s son, Shane Tanner (Johnathon Schaech), as a rugged DEA agent that plays by his own rules. Dalton (Patrick Swayze’s character) has been dead for several years, killed by an unknown assailant. The most we get of Dalton in this sequel is a shadowy figure training the young Shane in flashbacks. Yes, Shane can roundhouse kick just like his daddy.

Shane comes down to the bayou to help out his uncle’s roadhouse called the Black Pelican, which is under threat from a local drug runner and his gang of thugs. Shane’s uncle is played by the best actor in the cast, Will Patton. Will Patton is a fine actor but he’s certainly no action hero. His character’s main “fight” scenes are terrible, some of the worst ever committed to film. Patton was fantastic in The Mothman Prophecies and other movies.  He does the best he can with the ham-fisted dialogue.

Poor Jake Busey gives one of the loudest and over-the-top performances possible, even by b-movie standards

From drunken brawls to rowdy patrons, the Black Pelican is known for its lively atmosphere. It’s also considered a critical site for drug trafficking. The local heavy, Wild Bill (Jake Busey), is determined to make this roadhouse his own by any means necessary. Poor Jake Busey gives one of the loudest and over-the-top performances possible, even by b-movie standards. He might as well be a cartoon character. It’s a wack performance that would have been bad in the 1980s, much less when the movie was first released. Gary’s son seems to have emulated the lesser performances of his father’s uneven career.

Probably the sequel’s one saving grace is female lead Ellen Hollman, playing Shane’s love interest as a beautiful local smitten with him. She’s not enough on her own to recommend watching this dreck, but definitely makes sitting through Road House 2 more passable.

Road House 2: Last Call can be summed up as babes, booze, and bullets in the bayou. The forgettable b-movie has decent stars with Johnathon Schaech being fairly credible as an action lead, but the messy screenplay and hammy characters kill any chance the movie can be good.

Video

It appears that MVD has used Sony’s existing HD transfer for Road House 2, made when the movie first hit DVD back in 2006. This Blu-ray from MVD marks the first time it’s hitting home video in 1080P quality. While an MGM property, Sony handled MGM’s home video releases before Fox took over for them in the late 2000s.

The so-so film transfer is serviceable, if dated. The 1.78:1 presentation has its moments with excellent definition but lacks the superior resolution of a new film scan. It’s also on the soft side with a slightly messy grain structure. Some edge enhancement and ringing are present.

Contrast and black levels are acceptable. Shadow delineation diminishes in darker scenes, limiting interior detail levels. The AVC encode does a fine job cleaning up the mostly pristine film elements. Made before digital color timing started taking over Hollywood, the balanced color palette and healthy flesh-tones are a reminder of an earlier time in the industry.

Audio

MVD does include a lossless stereo option in 2.0 PCM but gives us a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, pulled from the original DVD. There does seem to more air and presence to the lossy surround mix. This is an adequate surround mix with ordinary sound design. It delivers a hefty kick with substantial bass and impressive separation. If anything is wrong, the mostly Rap soundtrack feels like the wrong choice for the movie’s plot. There’s an uneasy mix of Rap and Country tunes.

A 2.0 PCM Spanish dub and 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround French dub are the foreign-language options. The optional subtitles include English, English SDH and French. They play in an off-white font.

Extras

As part of their Marquee Collection, MVD has dug up for special features… the trailer. Okay, there also a few other movie trailers in varying quality for various MVD releases. To be fair, the original DVD by Sony for Road House 2 had no special features either. This is what happens to unpopular sequels that barely make it out on BD.

Original Road House 2: Last Call Trailer (00:46 in SD)

Trailers for Angel Town, Double Impact, Bright Lights Big City, Crazy Six, Double Dragon, Nemesis, and Raven are included.

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A lame retread of Road House with none of that movie’s starpower, this sequel doesn’t satisfy anyone but those looking for a forgettable b-movie about drug runners working in the bayou.

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