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Simon Wincer
Paul Hogan, Linda Koslowski, Jere Burns
Writing Credits:
Matthew Berry, Eric Abrams

Australian Outback adventurer Mick "Crocodile" Dundee travels to Los Angeles with his young son while his longtime companion suspects foul play at a movie studio.

Rated PG.

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
French Dolby 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 95 min.
Price: $33.99
Release Date: 9/21/20211
Available as Part of “Crocodile Dundee Trilogy”

• “The Making of Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” Featurette
• Trailer


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Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles [Blu-Ray] (2001)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (October 26, 2021)

After 1986’s Crocodile Dundee turned into a surprise smash hit, a sequel became inevitable. In 1988, Crocodile Dundee II offered that second chapter.

While far from a flop, Dundee II made substantially less money than the first flick, and that seemed to kill the franchise. However, many of those involved returned to the well for 2001’s Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.

Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan) lives in his native Walkabout Creek, Australia, along with longtime partner Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) and their young son Mikey (Serge Cockburn). Journalist Sue gets recruited to help with Newsday’s Los Angeles bureau, so she, Mick, Mikey and Mick’s pal Jacko (Alec Wilson) head to sunny California.

While Sue conducts her business, Mick, Mikey and Jacko see the sights. Along the way, a mysterious death ensnares all involved in a controversy.

I don’t know for certain why Hogan and company went 13 years between Dundee films. As noted, Dundee II made a lot less money than its predecessor did, but it still made a pretty massive profit.

Perhaps Hogan simply didn’t want to wind up typecast as one character and hoped to find success in other roles. That didn’t occur, so I suspect the safety and security of Crocodile Dundee looked appealing once we got to the 21st century.

Unfortunately for Hogan, Los Angeles did nothing to help his career – and probably hurt him. Los Angeles received terrible reviews and flopped at the box office.

Like most others, I skipped Los Angeles 20 years ago. That made this 2021 Blu-ray my initial screening of the sequel.

To put it mildly, I missed nothing over the last two decades. Even by the modest standards of the Dundee franchise, Los Angeles stands as a dud.

Co-screenwriter Matthew Berry later gained success as a fantasy sports guru. It’s good he found that niche, for based on Los Angeles, he lacked any skill as a comedy scribe.

Even for 2001, Los Angeles seems tired and stale. The movie feels like they shot it in 1991 and it sat on the shelf for a decade.

That didn’t occur, of course, but the film comes across as dated. Granted, given the franchise’s 1980s roots, perhaps I should expect some of that, as the producers probably wanted Los Angeles to stay true to the source.

However, that doesn’t mean Los Angeles needed to give us something so “recycled”. Everything about the flick seems cliché and predictable.

I can’t criticize the “plot” of Los Angeles too much, as it’s not like the first two flicks offered strong narratives. However, this one’s story seems even more gratuitous.

No one went to see Dundee movies for their compelling stories. Fans just like the “fish out of water” themes and gentle comedy.

To some degree, Los Angeles attempts that same kind of mix, but everything feels perfunctory. We get a criminal enterprise that exists as nothing more than an excuse for Mick to act as the action hero, and the LA setting simply provides a new spot for Mick to clash with the dominant culture.

Perhaps if those involved found something witty or clever, this might work. Unfortunately, the film comes packed with witless “humor” that provides not a single laugh.

Hogan just looks tired here, as he appears bored with the enterprise. It feels like he did the film for a paycheck.

Los Angeles doesn’t become a terrible film, as it lacks the ambition to bring us something that knocks over the viewer with its awfulness. Nonetheless, it seems tedious and utterly uninspired. We wind up with a wholly forgettable enterprise.

The Disc Grades: Picture C/ Audio B-/ Bonus D

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a dull visual presentation.

Sharpness acted as one of the lackluster elements. Most of the movie offered reasonable delineation, but it felt softer than it should too much of the time.

No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects appeared, but some light edge haloes cropped up along the way. Light grain showed up along the way, and I saw occasional specks but no major print flaws.

Even with the sunny LA setting, colors came across as somewhat dull. The movie opted for a somewhat brownish tone and the hues came across as bland much of the time.

Blacks seemed a little dense, while shadows brought acceptable clarity. I suspect the Blu-ray just recycled the old DVD transfer, as the movie came with bland visuals.

Though better, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack seemed less than inspiring. The soundscape usually focused on music and general atmosphere.

On occasion, some scenes brought more vivid use of the soundfield, such as when police cars and helicopters surrounded Mick and Mikey. However, most of the mix stayed fairly general.

Audio quality seemed acceptable, with speech that came across as natural and concise. Music showed fairly warm tones.

Effects presented mostly positive accuracy, though these elements lacked much punch. This seemed like a decent but unmemorable mix.

In addition to the film’s trailer, we get an 11-minute, 27-second featurette called The Making of Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. It offers notes from producer Lance Hool, co-producer Perry Katz, director Simon Wincer, location manager David Thornsberry, and actors Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Paul Rodriguez, Serge Cockburn and Alec Wilson.

The program covers story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations. This turns into a wholly promotional piece without much in terms of substance.

13 years after the character’s last cinematic experience, Mick returned with a dud via 2001’s Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Nothing more than an uninspired mix of unfunny gags and inane drama, this becomes a waste of time. The Blu-ray brings mediocre visuals and audio as well as minor bonus materials. Nothing here works.

Note that this Blu-ray can be found only as part of a “Crocodile Dundee Trilogy” three-disc set. In addition to 2001’s Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, it also includes 1986’s Crocodile Dundee II and 1988’s Crocodile Dundee II. Though the first two movies got a Blu-ray release in 2014, this set marks the BD debut of Los Angeles.

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