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Paddington 2 Blu-ray Review



Ralph Potts reviews this charming, family friendly sequel that finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.



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90



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Studio and Year: Warner - 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 104 minutes
Genre: Family

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, English/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw
Directed by: Paul King
Music by: Dario Marianelli
Written by: Paul King, Simon Farnaby - Based on the character created by Michael Bond
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 24, 2018


"A New Chapter Begins…"


My Take:

Paddington Bear was first introduced to children in Michael Bond’s 1958 book, “A Bear Called Paddington” and the subsequent Paddington Bear series has sold over 35 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. With 2015’s Paddington Michael Bond gave his blessing for his beloved characters to be brought to the big screen.

Paddington 2 like its predecessor combines a mix of live-action, and computer-generated special effects to create the characters/world featured in the story. I enjoyed the first film for its fish out of water context, spirit of adventure and heartwarming charm. If I am being honest, the trailer for this film didn’t leave me hankering to see it. After sitting down with it I was pleasantly surprised. It remains faithful to the character while adding an appropriately contemporary flavor, that has an appealing nature which can be enjoyed by little ones as well as their parents.

Much like Paddington I found it had just the right amount of heartwarming charm while adding the type of adventure and campy humor that makes for pitch perfect family entertainment. I enjoyed watching the returning members of the cast in their various roles and thought that Hugh Grant was an excellent choice to portray Phoenix Buchanan. Paddington 2 isn’t destined for animated film classic status, but it’s a well-crafted sequel that makes for an entertaining and complimentary companion to the first film.



Replay Value:


Parental Guide:

The rating is for mild action and 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.**



Audio: 92
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Video: 92
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 88
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Paddington 2 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brother Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

This is a great looking video presentation from Warner Brother Home Entertainment. High level detail is present throughout so that images are rendered with pristine quality. Colors are bright and visually pleasing and fleshtones are naturally rendered with discernible complexional delineation among the various members of the cast. Contrast and black levels are stable with ample depth and perceptible delineation. I didn’t observe any signs of video related anomalies or artifacts. All in all, this one looks great on Blu-ray.

The 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD (Dolby Atmos Core) soundtrack makes excellent use of the entire surround platform and offers detail rich sonic clarity, crystalline dialog and plenty of room filling bass. This mix doesn’t bombard you with constantly aggressive surround sound. It applies it when appropriate and combines discretely placed directional cues with rear channel ambience that fills the listening area nicely. The front and rear sound fields work in unison to render the soundtrack with excellent imaging and presence. The LFE channel is actively engaged and offers bass response that is punchy and clean. This is a surprisingly good and well-rounded audio presentation.

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the moderately active variety that makes steady use of the platform. Its use of audio objects placed above is a mix of atmospherics, music and discrete sound effects. This is done very well and creates a tangible level of immersion that coincides with the onscreen events nicely, especially when things ramp up during the prison escape and railroad chase sequences. Speaking of which, there is some excellent use of the overhead channels as Paddington makes his way upward, inside the clock tower during the prison break. I liked how the clock’s internal components clicked and rumbled, placing you inside with Paddington. While this isn’t what I would regard as an aggressive Atmos mix I enjoyed the balance of atmosphere combined with discrete object placement. I think that it complimented the source material and made for an entertaining listening experience.


Bonus Features:
  • • Paddington: The Bear Truth
    • How to Make A Marmalade Sandwich
    • Music Video with Phoenix Buchanan
    • The Magical Mystery of Paddington’s Pop-Up Book
    • The Browns and Paddington: The Special Bond
    • Knuckles: A Fistful of Marmalade
    • The (Once) Famous Faces of Phoenix Buchanan
    • Audio Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Paul King
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy





Final Thoughts:

Based on the children’s book series by Michael Bond Paddington 2 is a solid sequel that proves to be every bit as charming and entertaining as its predecessor. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, rewarding lossless surround sound, including a complimentary Dolby Atmos immersive sound mix, and a fan friendly supplemental package. Paddington 2 makes for pitch perfect family entertainment that looks and sounds terrific on Blu-ray. If you’re a fan feel free to add it to your video collection.





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Totally agree Ralph. I was dreading watching this and found it to be very pleasant, funny, and touching.
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Totally agree Ralph. I was dreading watching this and found it to be very pleasant, funny, and touching.
I appreciate thumbs up reviews from two capable critics. I moved Paddington 2 up my Netflix list. I thought the first Paddington was charming, innovative and entertaining. It sound like the sequel is a worthy continuation.
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It’s such a shame that Warner Bros didn’t give this movie a 4K release here. I imported the Studio Canal 4K release and got a chance to watch my copy a few weeks ago and just like the first movie, it is a irresistible charming fun movie for any age. (I’m 35 and not ashamed to admit it) Plus the 4K disc is a stunner to look at and well worth getting if you are a UHD player owner. Not the best pics but from my JVC 950, Oppo 203 and pics from my iPhone 6+

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It’s such a shame that Warner Bros didn’t give this movie a 4K release here. I imported the Studio Canal 4K release and got a chance to watch my copy a few weeks ago and just like the first movie, it is a irresistible charming fun movie for any age. (I’m 35 and not ashamed to admit it) Plus the 4K disc is a stunner to look at and well worth getting if you are a UHD player owner. Not the best pics but from my JVC 950, Oppo 203 and pics from my iPhone 6+
While watching I wondered why Warner skipped the 4K treatment. I bet it looked great!

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It's 4k on itunes, I just went ahead and picked it up. I'm sure my kids will drag me into watching this at sometime in the near future. Good to hear I won't suffer too much .
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It would have been very easy for Warner to mail one in with this sequel, given the box office performance of Paddington, but they didn't. This is the rare sequel that's better than the original, it's also one of my favorite movies of the year. Paddington 2 is endlessly charming and fun, with well designed action sequences that put some recent action movies to shame. Unfortunate there's no U.S.4K. I was going to buy both when it came out. Orange Marmalade for all!

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I appreciate thumbs up reviews from two capable critics. I moved Paddington 2 up my Netflix list. I thought the first Paddington was charming, innovative and entertaining. It sound like the sequel is a worthy continuation.
Actually, I went all in and ordered the Studio Canal 4K UltraHD region B version of Paddington2 from Amazon.co.uk.
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Really enjoyed the movie. Great for kids and adults. The end credits with Hugh Grant is not to be missed!
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This went great with my home made chocolate cake with coconut frosting !

I just went out and bought the Blu-ray and I'll certainly be visiting it again very soon.

What a warm and delightful movie.

Hugh Grant must have had ball in this !
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Actually, I went all in and ordered the Studio Canal 4K UltraHD region B version of Paddington2 from Amazon.co.uk.
Paddington 2 came yesterday from Amazon UK. The Dolby Vision disc was marked Region A,B, C and played with no problem. It was the best Dolby Vision I have seen. And it was clever and entertaining. I highly recommend Paddington 2.
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Actually, I went all in and ordered the Studio Canal 4K UltraHD region B version of Paddington2 from Amazon.co.uk.
I too have ordered the UHD version from Amazon.co.uk. I tried a week ago to order from them but got a message they couldn't deliver the disc to my address. I tried today and all went smoothly. I was pleasantly surprised that the UK site accepted my US credentials so it had my address etc. already at hand.

I have tried limiting my UHD disc purchases to only those movies that have a strong repeat viewing factor. Paddington 2 definitely has that.

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Is knuckles spelt differently in the UK? Or was it just a joke?

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Paddington 2 came yesterday from Amazon UK. The Dolby Vision disc was marked Region A,B, C and played with no problem. It was the best Dolby Vision I have seen. And it was clever and entertaining. I highly recommend Paddington 2.
Can you plz provide the exact link on amazon uk to the 4k dolby vision blu ray? there are multiple versions there and it's confusing. Also is the default audio English?
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Can you plz provide the exact link on amazon uk to the 4k dolby vision blu ray? there are multiple versions there and it's confusing. Also is the default audio English?
The default is English-the Brits speak a version. Here Is a link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It is the most expensive one called blu ray and it does does not emphasize dolby vision, but it is there.

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You mean if it's spelt with a "K" ?
I'm assuming it's like "knife"...

Stupid English language and its silent letters.
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Paddington 2 came yesterday from Amazon UK. The Dolby Vision disc was marked Region A,B, C and played with no problem. It was the best Dolby Vision I have seen. And it was clever and entertaining. I highly recommend Paddington 2.


Thanks for the link. The copy I ordered from Amazon.co.uk came this week and it looks fantastic!

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After watching the 4K UHD version I would have to say that this movie really is a jewel for 4K UHD displays. My TV doesn't support Dolby Vision via my Oppo 203 yet but is does support HDR10. Clarity was outstanding. The night time shots of London and the Steam Fair were particularly breathtaking.



I loved how the movie Valerian looked on my TV and Paddington 2 easily matches it visually. Paddington 2 is a great family movie that can easily serve as reference disc.
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Great Family Movie - Total Shame no 4K in North America

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After watching the 4K UHD version I would have to say that this movie really is a jewel for 4K UHD displays. My TV doesn't support Dolby Vision via my Oppo 203 yet but is does support HDR10. Clarity was outstanding. The night time shots of London and the Steam Fair were particularly breathtaking.



I loved how the movie Valerian looked on my TV and Paddington 2 easily matches it visually. Paddington 2 is a great family movie that can easily serve as reference disc.
Watched this movie with the family last night, and all three children (ages 6,8 and13) and my wife and I were totally and thoroughly entertained for the entire movie, truly a wonderful family flick. It was nice that the Atmos track is included on the bluray and while the picture is pretty good quality for a bluray, I couldn't help continually thinking how great this movie would look in 4k HDR. Not sure why this option wasn't available to us in North America.

Highly recommend the film though!
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I rented this from Netflix. I really enjoyed this film and enjoyed the sound especially inside the clock tower. The story was outstanding as well!
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