The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Sony Pictures Animation - 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 76 Minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Audio Format(s): English/French/Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Spanish, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Putonghua, Chinese Cantonese, Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian
Starring: Mike Epps, Jane Krakowski, Joel McHale, Billy Connolly, Crispin Glover
Directed by: Matthew O'Callaghan
Music by: Ramin Ojawadi
Written by: David I. Stern
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 27, 2009
"This time it's Pets against Wilds. Weiner takes all "
Boog and Elliot are back for more crazy adventures. After falling head over hooves in love with Giselle, Elliot's road to the altar takes a slight detour when Mr. Weenie is kidnapped by a group of pampered pets determined to return him to his owners. Boog, Elliot, McSquizzy, Buddy and the rest of the woodland creatures launch a full-scale rescue mission for their sausage-shaped friend and soon find themselves in enemy camp: the world of the pets. Led by a toy poodle named Fifi, the pets do not plan to let Mr. Weenie go without a fight. Can a toy poodle REALLY bring down an 900-pound grizzly bear? Will Elliot ever marry Giselle? Find out in "Open Season 2."
This direct to video sequel to 2006's Open Season doesn't explore any new avenues and is a somewhat trite animated comedy that provided only an occasional chuckle. I didn't see the original but this one uses a few crude thematic references that aren't aimed at young audience members as they would likely go over their heads. On the other hand the story is simplistic and lacking in the depth that might appeal to audience members who would pick up on the subtle humor. Young viewers will probably enjoy the elementary aspects of the movie and would the be the ones to get the most out of Open season 2. I didn't think it was terrible but it lacked the character/story integration of the better animated films that I have seen. I didn't feel any real connection to the story, characters or their cause. From what I have read, seeing the original wouldn't have made this a better experience. I did enjoy the interaction and dialogue among some of the animals (especially the two cats) and got a kick out of McSquizzy's less than moderate temperament. Only a few of the original cast returned to reprise their vocal roles. I thought that everyone here did a commendable job and were well suited to their respective characters. When all was said and done I had a lukewarm reaction to this film and felt that if your looking for a film to watch with the kids, there are better animated films available on Blu-ray.
The rating is for mild rude humor.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Open Season 2 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Animation featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 1.5 mbps.
This digitally animated video presentation boasts resplendent, vibrant colors, razor sharp clarity and pristine two dimensional quality that looks exquisite in high definition. Blacks are punchy and dynamic with contrast that is bold yet never overstated. Images are cleanly rendered and visually pleasing regardless of perspective. The Dolby TrueHD lossless soundtrack on this disc didn't have the powerful dynamics and room shaking low frequency effects that I have experienced on some of the most recent animated films released on Blu-ray. It sounded fine and featured clear, authoritative dialogue that had excellent clarity and room penetration through the center channel. Off camera directional cues and panning sequences were executed with precision which helped create a stable sound stage across the front of the room. The presentation's focus was more toward the front channels with mild ambience and discrete sound effects through the surrounds filling in the rear and broadening the sound field from time to time. Low frequency detail when present offered response that was appreciable but didn't achieve the depths capable of providing the type of bass that gave my SVS sub a workout.
- Blu-ray Disc exclusive: Save Mr. Weenie game - Interactive feature using your BD players remote control
- (HD) Going wild! With the voice cast - Cast interviews, comments from filmmakers, behind the scenes footage
- (HD) How to draw Elliott, Boog, and Fifi - With storyboard artist Sean Mullen
- 3 Deleted scenes
- (HD) Music video: Who let the dogs out by The Baha Men
- (HD) 6 BD Previews
- BD-Live enabled
Final Thoughts:Open season 2 is an average and not very memorable animated film that is overshadowed by many others in its genre. While the film isn't very rewarding its high definition video presentation on Blu-ray doesn't disappoint and looks wonderful. The bonus features are offered in high definition which is always a plus. These aren't the most comprehensive but do include Blu-ray Disc exclusive content and access to BD-Live. If you were a fan of the original and want to re-visit these characters then by all means give this one a rent.
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Thanks butsu. I won't be covering The Notebook officially but I plan on picking it up. If I get time I may cover at a later date.
When the only returning star is Billy Connolly, it's hard to market that to a theater. It would be like Madagascar 2 having all different voice actors.
kids loved it!
i too really enjoyed this OS2.
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Cool. I have yet to see the second one. Will check it out for sure.