Friday, January 23, 2009

Open Season 2 Blu-ray Review

Open Season 2 Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 31.0 GB
Film Size: 20.7 GB
Film Rating: PG

Video
Open Season 2 comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The transfer features vibrant colors and good detail. I have to say I was disappointed with the production quality, as it is definitely lacking when compared to the first film, even though I do understand it is direct-to-video rather than theatrical. Detail is good when it comes to close-ups, but many shots look like they are off a video game. That's not to say they are entirely bad, as the film certainly stays sharp, the lack of detail put into the film at times is what mostly disappoints. Overall though, it's a good high-def presentation of the source. 8/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included and actually is not very dynamic at all. The track stays very front heavy, dialogue does stay clear though. Even during any of the more intense sequences in the film, I felt that it was just weak and flat overall. The score made a light use of the surround speakers, but it never packed enough punch we get with other animated releases. I'm sure it's an improvement over the DVD audio, but I was definitely not impressed from this track. 7/10.

Extras
Save Mr. Weenie! Game
Going Wild! With The Voice Cast (14:46) (HD)
How To Draw Boog & Elliot & Fifi (18:10) (HD)
Deleted Scenes (6:18) (SD)
'Who Let The Dogs Out' Music Video (3:32) (HD)
Previews (HD)
BD-Live

Blu-news Summary
Open Season 2 was really not so bad, it just runs on a lot longer than it probably should have. It feels like the movie could have been a half hour TV special rather than a feature length film. Kids will definitely enjoy it, as it still retains a bunch of laughs as well as fun characters from the previous film. If you are looking for a nice family animated title, Open Season 2 is worth at least a rental.

The Blu-ray release is nice, but definitely feels lacking when compared to the first film's release. The video looks nice considering the limited source, and I can't say I was expecting much out of the audio to be honest. Extras are aimed at the kids, just like the film. Open Season 2 on Blu-ray is 'Recommended For Kids', to all others I suggest that you 'Rent It.'

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