The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Feature running time: 89 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, Louis Herthum
Directed by: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Music by: Michael Wandmacher
Written by: Ed Gass-Donnelly & Damien Chazelle
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 18, 2013
Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is back in the relative safety of civilization and sent to live in a group home where she’s encouraged to leave her past behind and start a new life. Just as Nell settles in, she is tormented by the seductive demonic presence that once possessed her. She realizes that the evil force is back with unimaginably horrific plans which could only mean that her last exorcism was just the beginning.
Picking up where the first film left The last exorcism part II finds young Nell trying to pick up the pieces after the harrowing events that had previously befallen her. Hoping to settle in at a group home for girls she is encouraged by the staffer in charge to put her fears behind her, which she initially struggles with but finally does. With that she takes on a job as a maid at a local motel and even begins a romance with a young co-worker. Nell’s peace is short lived as she begins to have visions and feels the evil presence that once stalked and possessed her now trying to resume its hold. Here only hope lies in a local and secret society known as The Order of the right hand that has monitored her and is prepared to rid her of the demon forever. The questions is can Nell be saved?
I saw the first film in the theater and wasn’t crazy about it but found that it had a decent storyline and several viable elements of horror. The last exorcism part II is a poor follow up that leads with an uneven script that attempts to play more like a psychological horror/thriller but in reality comes off as dull and far from scary. I like Ashley Bell and similar to the first film think she gives a solid performance. The premise here of a demonic presence that has fallen in love with Nell and seeks to have its way with her sexually is just plain stupid. An hour into to the film I had check the time probably three times coming to realize that there was 30 minutes or so remaining and for all intent and purposes nothing had really happened yet. Once things get going in the last act the outcome is ridiculously predictable as we are left with an opening for yet another installment in a series called the LAST exorcism.
If you happened to like the first film and were hoping for a rewarding extension of that you are more than likely going to be disappointed with this pallid sequel follow up. I couldn’t help but feel that I just wasted 90 minutes that could have been better spent.
The film contains frightening images, brief language and thematic elements.
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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The last exorcism part II comes to Blu-ray disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 31 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps.
This is a good looking high definition video presentation that is indicative of most new release films coming to Blu-ray. Images are resolved with appreciable detail that reveals plenty of visible texture during close up camera shots. The exterior pans of the rural locations featured in the story, offer lucid long range visuals and discernible levels of refinement. The film doesn’t utilize an extensive chromatic palette but tonal balance is on the money which leaves colors looking quite natural and pleasing. Fleshtones are on the pallid side but appear lifelike in depiction. White and black levels are appropriately balanced which provides punchy whites and stable blacks. I didn’t observe any deleterious video anomalies or artifacts.
The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack offers detail rich clarity while making use of the entire surround platform to support the film’s thematic elements. Dialogue is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. The detection of subtle background sounds, off camera cues and spatial dimension within the room’s acoustic environment is notable. Dynamic range is robust which enriches the authority of low frequency effects contained in the mix. There isn’t perpetual use of the rear channels and subwoofer however when applied the effects are involving enough to elevate suspense. I had hoped for a more aggressive surround sound mix but it would be unfair to say that I was disappointed.
- *Exclusive* Audio commentary with director/co-writer Ed Gass-Donnelly & producer Eli Roth
- (HD) *Exclusive* Nell’s Story – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) Shooting in New Orleans – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) Hair salon scare (prank) – The last exorcism goes viral – 2 minutes
- Ultraviolet Digital Copy
Compared to 2010’s “The last exorcism” The last exorcism part II is a poor follow up that leads with an uneven script that attempts to play more like a psychological horror/thriller but in reality comes off as dull and far from scary. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring a solid high definition audio/video presentation but a noticeably lacking supplemental set although I must admit to finding the Hair Salon prank captured on video to be more entertaining than the film itself. Unless you’re already a fan this one is a pass.
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