Happy Death Day 2U Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews the Blu-ray release of Happy Death Day 2U the follow up to 2017’s Happy Death Day, a horror thriller that follows the snarky sorority sister, Tree Gelbman who solved her own murder by repeatedly reliving her death.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

91

Details:

Studio and Year: Universal – 2019
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 100 minutes
Genre: Horror/Thriller

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

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard
Written & Directed by: Christopher Landon
Music by: Bear McCreary
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: May 14, 2019

“Same Day, New Killer”

Synopsis:

“It’s déjà vu all over again for Tree Gelbman, the snarky sorority sister who solved her own murder by repeatedly reliving her death. When the masked campus killer mysteriously returns to terrorize new targets, Tree cycles through another time-loop of clever chills and slick suspense in Happy Death Day 2U” – Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

My Take:

Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she’s stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter’s roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.

Oh brother. I wasn’t a fan of Happy Death Day but, found it had its share of moments that I enjoyed. Happy Death Day 2U much like the original starts off well enough but, descends into a series of silly situations while taking an abrupt turn from its genre. I would have been okay if it had been a straight up parody but, it teeters on sci-fi, romance and horror/suspense, while never really paying off on any of them. Perhaps I simply wasn’t in the right frame of mind going into viewing and was hoping for a bit more of a direct genre experience but, Happy Death Day 2U left me scratching my head and ultimately disappointed.

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Parental Guide: 

The rating is for violence, language, sexual material 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.**

Audio: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Happy Death 2U comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

This is a high-quality video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material. Colors are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated depth. Images are resolute, with stable sharpness, crisp detail and appreciable subtle refinement. Contrast is dynamic without being overpowering and blacks are respectable in depth with discernible detail in low lighting and shadows. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was excellent.

This is a horror/thriller/comedy that occasionally calls for an active surround mix, and delivers the goods when necessary. The mix has a front oriented perspective with appreciable dimension, good channel separation and crisp, descriptive dialog that is always intelligible. The mix offers good front to rear balance and open atmospherics that create an enveloping sound field. Dynamic range is quite good which helps empower active moments while lending solidity and palpable presence to low frequencies. The result is a stable listening environment where the blend of music, sound effects, and subtle nuance contained in the recording are appreciable.

Bonus Features:

  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scene
  • The Never-ending Birthday
  • Web of Love: Tree’s Nightmare
  • Multiverse 101
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Much like its predecessor Happy Death Day 2U had potential, but quickly lost its way, resulting in a lackluster genre entry that left me wanting. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring solid high definition video, excellent lossless sound and a middling supplemental package. Happy Death Day 2U is a swing, and miss, that might be worth a purchase for fans or a Blu-ray rental when the pickings are scarce.

 

Ralph Potts
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