Sweeney 2 (1978)

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Released 8-Mar-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1978
Running Time 103:37
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Tom Clegg

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring John Thaw
Dennis Waterman
Barry Stanton
John Flanagan
David Casey
Derrick O'Connor
Nigel Hawthorne
John Alkin
James Warrior
Ken Hutchison
Anna GaŽl
Brian Gwaspari
Denholm Elliott
Case ?
RPI $14.95 Music Tony Hatch

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† Sweeney 2 is a follow-up to Sweeney!† Again, this is much like the TV series on which it was based.

††† This time around, Regan's boss has been sent down for corruption. As a last order, the guv'nor gives Regan the case of a bunch of blaggers (bank robbers) who always strike at the same time every month and steal roughly the same amount of money. A first attempt to stop the robbers ends with a lot of dead bodies and damaged vehicles.

††† The lads track the blaggers to their home in Malta, but they have no jurisdiction there, so they must try to catch them in the act.

††† This film is better made than the previous entry, but even though it has a slightly more sensible premise, the film is not as good. I think the problem is that it seems like a hodgepodge of ideas which do not gel into a coherent storyline. For example, there is a storyline about a bomb defusal in a hotel midway through the film which has no relation to the rest of the story. Also, the motivations of the blaggers are not very well delineated.

††† John Thaw and Dennis Waterman return as the two heroes, and give their usual performances. Both Denholm Elliott and Nigel Hawthorne appear in minor roles, as do a host of familiar faces. The direction is probably better than that for Sweeney!, this time by Tom Clegg.

††† This film is entertaining enough to watch through once, but I doubt is anyone other than hardened Sweeney fans will want to watch it repeatedly.

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Transfer Quality


††† The film is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced. I suspect that the original aspect ratio was 1.66:1, but I have not been able to turn up any proof of this. There is none of the obvious cropping in this transfer that was in the transfer of the first film.

††† The film looks a lot better than its predecessor. The image is sharp and clear. Shadow detail is reasonable and colour is rendered faithfully. Flesh tones are accurate and lifelike. Black levels are also good, though there is some evidence of low level noise.

††† The only film to video artefact noticed was some minor aliasing on a few car grilles. There are small flecks and nicks throughout, mostly dark in colour and not really irritating, although they are noticeable. There are also occasional mild scratches on the print. There are also reel change markings at 17:45 and 17:52.

††† This is a single layered disc with no subtitles.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


††† The single audio track is English Dolby Digital 2.0 and scrubs up well.

††† There is some boxiness and slight sibilance to the sound, but dialogue is clear and distinct and the sound is certainly of its era. There is no surround activity, and no real stereo effects either. Effects are loud, which suits the material (and the clothing).

††† Music is by Tony Hatch and is tacky in the way that most TV music of this era was tacky. Still, it does not draw too much attention to itself.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


††† I think we arrived at the extras just after the Flying Squad had turned up and said "you're nicked, sunshine", as they were noticeable by their absence.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††† This film is also available in both Region 1 and Region 2, in each case paired with Sweeney!.

††† It is a bit difficult to find out any definite information about the Region 2 release. I have not been able to determine even whether this is a single disc or two disc release, though I believe it is a single. According to one vendor, the aspect ratio is 1.66:1, which is probably the original aspect ratio.

††† The Region 1 release is a two-disc set with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. If this is correct, it is even more cropped than the Region 4.

††† On the balance of probabilities, the Region 2 would be the version of choice.


††† An adequate film version of the TV series, this is no masterpiece, but if you enjoy 1970s cop shows, you will probably like this.

††† The video quality is quite good.

††† The audio quality is satisfactory.

††† There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Philip Sawyer (Bio available.)
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-S733A, using Component output
DisplaySony 86CM Trinitron Wega KVHR36M31. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player, Dolby Digital, dts and DVD-Audio. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationYamaha RX-V596 for surround channels; Yamaha AX-590 as power amp for mains
SpeakersMain: Tannoy Revolution R3; Centre: Richter Harlequin; Rear: Pioneer S-R9; Subwoofer: JBL SUB175

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