The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 101 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English/French DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson, Steve Buscemi, Taylor Lautner
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Music by: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Written by: Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 5, 2013
The all-star comedy cast from "Grown Ups" returns with some exciting new additions! After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny (Adam Sandler) finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, wild bus drivers, cops on skis and 400 costumed party crashers, sometimes crazy follows you.
Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.
I found Grown ups to be silly and pallid but enjoyed some of the banter, oafish buffoonery and personal comradeship among the stars. Going into Grown ups 2 I didn’t expect anything more but didn’t figure on much less. Well much less comes in spades (no pun intended). My tolerance for idiocy when it comes to filmmaking runs pretty low. I don’t mind over the top as long as it comes with a decent foundation geared toward a conceivable thought process. Grown ups 2 not only lacks the foundation to serve as a platform for its inane absurdity but it does little more than play out like a monotonous series of exploitive skits each trying to one up the previous one.
The script which is co-written by Adam Sandler consists of nonsensical drivel that serves as the basis to setup the one note jokes and ridiculous situational banter/innuendo that run throughout. I sat there shaking my head as I watched Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, and Steve Buscemi partake in this ridiculous film. It almost seemed like Sandler, co-writers Fred Wolf, Tim Herlihy and director Dennis Dugan wanted to see just how vapid a film they could make (I am sure that wasn’t case but is just SEEMED that way). It was clear from the opening segment, which takes place in the Feder’s bedroom that expectations should be kept as low as possible but that didn’t help. I will admit that Grown ups 2 appears to be a film that was probably fun to make especially if you like the people that you are working with. As far as watching it goes? It wasn’t what I would consider funny and frankly it’s one of the worst films I have seen in quite some time.
The rating is for crude and suggestive content, language and partial nudity.
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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Grown ups 2 comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 27 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.1 Mbps.
This is a solid high definition presentation that is indicative of a newer release film. Detail is readily apparent as images are firmly resolute with crisp edges, defining sharpness, and two dimensional depth that enhances dimension. Colors are beautifully rendered with revealing delineation and tonal warmth. The long range shots of the earth toned colors of the rolling hills and countryside look terrific. Fleshtones appear lifelike with natural tonality and complexional delineation among the cast. Contrast is boldly applied and blacks exhibit good dynamic range with discernable gradational highlights and excellent depth of field during low level scenes.
The lossless sound mix features definitive front channel separation and opulent clarity. Soundstage depth and imaging across the left, right and center channels is quite good. This enhances directional sounds and dialogue, allowing deep room penetration, high level perception of detail, and appropriate near field placement. The surround channels effectively extend the front soundstage by adding spatial ambience, directional pans and discrete sound placement. Dynamics and low frequency effects have solid weight where appropriate and resonate well in the room. The combination enhances the film’s active segments and results in a decent surround sound experience.
- (HD) 8 deleted scenes
- (HD) “Shaq and Dante: Police force” – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) Look who stopped by – 4 minute featurette
- (HD) Mr. Spade’s wild ride – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) The Feder House – 1 minute featurette
- Bonus DVD
- Ultraviolet Digital Copy
Grown ups 2 is the follow up to 2010’s Grown ups and is a poorly conceived, uninspired and unfunny film that left me wondering aloud why it ever saw the light of day. It makes it way onto Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent (mastered in 4K) high definition video, rewarding lossless sound and a bland supplemental package that like the film offers little. Unless you happen to be a fan already this one is a pass.
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