The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Warner - 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 119 Minutes
Disc Format: BD-25
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English/French/Spanish/Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, Blythe Danner, Rachel Ticotin
Directed by: Sanaa Hamri
Music by: Rachel Portman
Written by: Elizabeth Tanner
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 18, 2008
"Some friends just fit together"
Join the four best friends as they finish their first year at college and dive into a summer of excitement. Bridget (Blake Lively) journeys to Turkey on an archeological dig. Carmen (America Ferrera) plugs into the hectic, creative world of summer theater in Vermont. Lena (Alexis Bledel) discovers new love and old heartbreak at the Rhode Island School of Design. And in the Big Apple, Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) takes a big step in her relationship with Brian. Romance, laughs, tears and that pair of jeans that keeps the girls together even when they're far apart - all are here in a heart-lifting second film based on Ann Brashares' bestsellers. It's a perfect fit!
As a film fan I find that my tastes in the types of films that like varies. If I had to pick a genre that I was partial to I probably wouldn't be able to definitely choose one. This is probably one of the reasons that I enjoy reviewing movies because it affords me the opportunity to see a rather diverse body of work. Of course it goes without saying that this requires accepting the bitter with the sweet. Every now and then I come across films that I don't really have any expectation of caring for and am pleasantly surprised. I didn't see the original Sisterhood of the traveling pants and quite frankly didn't feel that this was going to have an appeal for me. After watching it I found that it had excellent character foundation in the four principles (of course the first release established this) that included a well written and proportionate script that allowed good audience connection. Don't get me wrong, this is not an award winner nor does it break new ground. It is a very good story about friendship and the ties that bind these four young women together. The four actresses seem very comfortable within their roles and each other which I think relates well in their performances. At times it's a little cliché but it works well nonetheless. My Daughter is now 16 and has read the books in the series. She read them a few years back and enjoyed both of these films. According to her the film remains pretty faithful to the book and the strength of its message. When all was said and done I found this to be an enjoyable film that featured interesting characters, decent writing and capable direction.
The rating is for mature material and sensuality.
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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Sisterhood of the traveling pants 2 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner featuring 1080p VC-1 encoded video that has an average bitrate of 19 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 1.5 mbps.
The was a very filmic video presentation that mated well with the source material. It boasted punchy, vibrant colors and beautifully rendered skin tones. The wide angle shots of Santorini Greece looked incredibly detailed, with crisp whites, deep image penetrating colors, and eye popping three dimensional landscapes. Blacks were strong with excellent low light delineation and depth perception. Resolution and sharpness were consistent throughout which resulted in clearly definable images with discerning high definition detail. Warner included a lossless Dolby TrueHD soundtrack which I hope is what we can expect to see with all future releases from them. This is a dialogue driven film that required very little surround and subwoofer support. Dialogue was delivered with excellent clarity and subtle intonation which allowed even minute tonal inflections to be audible. Occasionally, light ambient detail through the surrounds helped to create a spatial atmosphere that replicated exterior and larger interior venues. There was a single dream sequence that made use of the LFE channel. Bass response was actually quite deep as a single clap of thunder sent a jarring low frequency burst through the room. The sounds present in the recording were all rendered with definitive clarity, high level detail and good overall dynamic quality.
- (HD) Behind the story: Go jump off of a cliff - 4 minute look at the film and its closing sequence
- (HD) Gag reel - 4 minutes worth
- (HD) Additional scenes with introduction by Director Sanaa Hamri
- Digital Copy Bonus Disc - Contains a standard definition version of the film that can be downloaded from a compatible PC to a portable playback device
Sisterhood of the traveling pants 2 is a decent film that sends a warm and positive message about the power of friendship. I can't say that it is a film for everyone but for those who enjoy genre films like this it's easily worth a rental. Its high definition debut on Blu-ray Disc is a good one that features excellent video quality, a lossless audio soundtrack and the same bonus features set included on the DVD release.
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