Daddy’s Home 2 Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Having finally gotten used to each other’s existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.

The Review at a Glance:
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76

Details:

Studio and Year: Paramount – 2017
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 99 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, French, German, Itlian, Polish, Russian, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, English, Arabic, Bahasa Malaysian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French. German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson, John Cena
Directed by: Sean Anders
Music by: Michael Andrews
Written by: Sean Anders and John Morris
Region Code: A

Release Date: February 20, 2018

“More Daddies, More Mayhem”

My Take:

When it comes to raising their kids, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) finally have this co-parenting thing down. That is, until Dusty’s macho dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s sweet-natured father (John Lithgow) come to town, throwing the whole family into complete chaos. As old rivalries create new problems, Dusty and Brad’s partnership is put to the ultimate test.
After reviewing Daddy’s Home I didn’t hold out much hope that a sequel would bear fruit, but, the presence of John Lithgow in the role of Brad’s father, had me mildly interested. Daddy’s Home 2 more or less, follows the exact formula as its predecessor, seeking to ply the audience with repetitive site gags, awkward exchanges, and a bit of strained familial discourse, that this time, revolves around Dusty and Brad’s visiting fathers, played by the aforementioned John Lithgow and Mel Gibson.

As much as I figured Daddy’s Home 2 wouldn’t hold water, the truth is that, it wasn’t all that bad, and had its share of chuckle worth moments. Most of this, as anticipated, had to do with the interplay between Lithgow and everyone else. I just think that he is a brilliant actor, capable of handling any role, but his comedic timing and delivery is what I can’t get enough of. In terms of plot, it’s all rather bland, but serviceable enough to provide the necessary foundation for Ferrell, Wahlberg, and Lithgow to keep things afloat. Gibson adds little to nothing, and has zero chemistry with Lithgow and Wahlberg.

As the credits rolled, my wife and I both remarked that Daddy’s Home 2, was better than expected, and may even be worth hanging onto, for another viewing. We’ll see about that, but for now, it remains in my collection, and might see the light of day next holiday season.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for suggestive material, underage drinking, and some language.

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.**

UHD Presentation(HDR-10): 74
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UHD Presentation (Dolby Vision): 78
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 78
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Daddy’s Home 2 comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Paramount Home Distribution featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 3.7 Mbps.

For its presentation in Ultra HD Daddy’s Home 2 was rendered from a 2K DI and up-converted to 4K. In looking at the opening moments of this UHD presentation the first thing that struck me was that there wasn’t an appreciable uptick in sharpness and detail compared to the Blu-ray. Colors, especially primary and earth tones were a bit more vivid and fleshtones offered a hint of gradational warmth that looked quite natural. Upon closer inspection, I could make out finer details in facial features and clothing, but this predominantly came during close ups. On occasion, discernible improvements in depth could be seen in wide angle shots such as those taking place at the log cabin, but in most respects, I saw little difference in apparent resolution when checking select scenes from the UHD and Blu-ray.

I also found the presentation to be very tame in terms of its use of HDR’s dynamic highlights, both bright and dark. With the exception of the nighttime shots of the woods, where Don goes missing, the image didn’t make any visually compelling use of interstitial black levels offset by vivid bright elements. In general, the image, which looked fine overall, lacked the eye-catching depth and sparkle compared to the better Ultra HD presentations I have seen. I wouldn’t describe it as poor quality, but there is little about this Ultra HD presentation that left an impression on me.

Dolby Vision vs HDR-10:

I utilize the TCL 55P607 UHD Dolby Vision HDR flat panel in my review system to enable me to compare the visual quality of titles that contained the Dolby Vision metadata versus its HDR-10 counterpart on the same disc. All titles are first watched via my JVC front projector. I then select specific scenes which are watched on the TCL, first via HDR-10 then via Dolby Vision. The TCL isn’t among the top tier flat panels with DV, however it came recommended by AVS Forum Senior Editor Mark Henninger, and calibrates/performs extremely well for a set at its price point.

* The cumulative A/V score will still be based upon the HDR-10 rating, with the DV rating serving as informational only for now.*

Comparing the DV and HDR-10 presentations for Daddy’s Home 2, I found the HDR elements to essentially be the same, with the exception of the rendering of shadow detail. The best example comes in chapter 7 when Bard searches the woods at night for Don. In the DV rendering the gradations of details in the dark background trail off smoothly, while in the HDR-10 rendering they don’t extend as far. After the locate Don and he stands up, the details in his face are easily discernible in the DV rendering, while slightly obscured in the HDR-10 version. Otherwise I saw no appreciable difference between the DV and HDR-10 offerings, neither of which proved impressive.

The 7.1 Dolby TrueHD (Atmos core) soundtrack sounds full bodied, and dynamically gratifying. Excellent tonal balance and high-level detail allow pans across the soundstage to appear seamless. Bass reproduction is taut and appropriate, given the source material. The mix makes frequent use of the surrounds to reproduce the discrete and ambient sounds contained within the soundtrack. I enjoyed the blend between the track’s subtle dynamics and enveloping presence which resulted in a solid surround sound presentation.

In listening to the Dolby Atmos immersive sound mix I found it to be of the less active variety although considering the source material that’s not a surprise. Its use of sounds placed in the height listening plane is limited predominantly to atmospheric extension, a few panning fills, and later, discretely placed effects that work well. Sounds mixed at ear level combine effects that are directional and ambient in nature, but their application never proves engaging enough to rise above a standard surround sound listening experience. The music score is subtly mixed over the platform so as to add dimension to the presentation, but again, didn’t leave me with a sense that it added much to the 7.1 channel mix. I am pleased to see the support for an immersive sound mix, and while it didn’t bowl me over, I think it added an enriching element.

For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

Ultra HD Blu-ray Has Come to AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

Blu-ray Video:

Video: 92
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Daddy’s Home 2 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount Home Distribution featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 Mbps.

This is a great looking new release title from Paramount. Images onscreen exhibit plenty of fine rendering and crisp definition that on occasion rises to higher levels especially during close ups which can be very revealing. Long range shots appear resolute with good dimensional depth and notable object detail. Bright exterior segments are punchy with crisp dynamic whites and appreciable texture. Colors are vibrant with eye catching primaries and natural rendering that looked great in high definition. Fleshtones are tonally divergent and appear lifelike in depiction. Blacks are respectable and shadow detail is revealing of appreciable levels of delineation in dark backgrounds and low lighting. I didn’t detect any deleterious artifacts or other video related anomalies.

Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1: Daddy’s Home 2 Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Disc 2: Daddy’s Home 2 Blu-ray
  • Making a Sequel
  • Look Who’s Back
  • Co-Dads: Will & Mark
  • The New Dads in Town: Mel & John
  • Captain Sully
  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Like its predecessor Daddy’s Home 2 is a more or less one note comedy, however, this sequel manages to have just a bit more spark, thanks to the addition of John Lithgow to the cast. It comes to Blu-ray from Paramount Home Distribution in the Ultra HD Combo Pack that features underwhelming Ultra HD video, excellent high definition audio/video and a decent assortment of supplements. If you enjoyed the first film, Daddy’s Home 2 is a no brainer. If you’re looking for comedy to toss in when you’re up for something light, it’s worth a rental on Blu-ray.

 

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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JVC DLA-RS500 3D/4K Ready High Definition Front Projector
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Stewart Filmscreen – Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16×9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Electronic Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV7704 Audio/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies – 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 Series 2 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray disc Player
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SVS PB-13 Ultra (Rosenut finish)
SVS SB-13 Ultra (Piano Gloss finish)
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