22 Jump Street Blu-ray Review

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by Casimir Harlow Nov 15, 2014 at 8:57 AM

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    22 Jump Street Blu-ray Review
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    22 Jump Street Movie Review

    With Tatum and Hill on fine form, 22 Jump Street takes it to the limit in an effort to outdo its predecessor with a shotgun blast attempt to garner laughs and hitting the mark more often than not.

    22 Jump Street gets off to a good start, and maintains a knowing sense of self-depreciation as it mocks the notion of retreading the same events as before, and balks at the idea of seeing double the results just because they have twice as big a budget and a new, bigger centre of operations to work from. It then leaps headfirst into a wonderful double-bromance, as Jenko finds a new partner, only this time on the pitch, sending Schmidt into a fit of jealousy. The jokes come fast and furious in the form of a broad salvo that is so ‘let’s see what sticks’ that you may well miss a bunch of them entirely. That’s not such a bad thing, as a fair few stick, and more than a few will have you laughing out loud.
    Of course the reason why they go out of their way to parody the notion of repeating the same formula is partly to cover up the fact that they are essentially repeating the same formula, and, at times, the cracks between the seams do begin to show. And, given the fact that the film clocks in at almost 2 hours long, it certainly overstays its welcome, tacking on an entire fourth act in a fashion not wholly unlike Anchorman 2 (which similarly had almost an entire act which could have been ripped straight out), and going for broke in sheer volume, occasionally at the expense of quality of content. Still, who can complain about getting the boys back together for another round, particularly when everybody appears to be having such a blast.

    22 Jump Street Blu-ray Picture Quality

    22 Jump Street (2014) (Region Free)  22 Jump Street Blu-ray Picture Quality

    22 Jump Streets hits Region Free UK Blu-ray boasting a stunning, largely flawless 1080p/AVC-encoded High Definition video presentation, framed in the movie’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen. Digitally shot, we get supreme detail, fantastic fine object work, showcasing facial flourishes, clothing weaves, and background textures in all their minute detail.

    Although you perhaps wouldn’t normally think of this kind of film as demo material, it’s video presentation is up there with this year's best.

    The colour scheme is broad and popping with primary vibrancy, neon luminescence and healthy skin tones; black levels remaining strong and deep throughout and allowing for impressive darker sequences with absolutely no loss of shadow detail. Indeed with no digital defects to report back about, this is as shiny, immaculate video presentation, demo and reference-worthy in every respect.

    22 Jump Street Blu-ray Sound Quality

    22 Jump Street (2014) (Region Free)  22 Jump Street Blu-ray Sound Quality

    The accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is a punchy, boisterous affair – just as you’d expect – and boast just enough accurate round-the-edges subtlety to remain a strong demo contender too. Dialogue transcends the rest of the material, remaining a clear and coherent presence across the frontal array for the majority of the proceedings.

    Even if the audio doesn’t quite match up to the video, it’s still impressive, and similarly demo-standard.

    Effects are myriad, and reflect an enhanced budget for this sequel, which boasts more car crashes, shootouts, Michael Bay-esque posing, hallucinogenic drug sequences, and hilarious montages than the first outing, all of which get keen reflection across the surrounds, providing welcome dynamics and some decent atmospherics. The score – and song tracks – pump along and inject the proceedings with further punch, giving this an intoxicating mix which once again defies the comedy expectations and veers more in favour of energetic action.

    22 Jump Street Blu-ray Extras

    On the extras front almost everything is tailored towards extending the laughter, and the features all take the same shotgun approach to keeping you entertained, having a similar hit-more-than-miss effect. The Commentary may not be all that technically useful, but the participation of the two stars alongside the two directors is certainly the big selling point.

    Three quarters of an hour of Deleted and Extended Scenes provide further laughs; some unnecessary, but also some great moments included here, cut from what was already a packed-to-the-brim movie but worth watching nonetheless. A quartet of Featurettes – each under 10 minutes long – dissects several core aspects of the production: The Perfect Couple of Directors; Everything is Better in College; Janning and Chonah; and New Recruits. Then there’s a whole host of alternate lines and gags – The Perfect Line providing 7 minutes of improvisations; Don’t Cut Yet showcasing an extended sequence from multiple angles; Joke-A-Palooza offering up a 5-minute joke bomb of hilarious cuts; and Line-O-Ramas has over 8 minutes of alternate lines which will likely have you laughing until it hurts.

    There’s also a brief goof Scout Reel which acts as an American Football recruitment video and a short of Jenko doing a split. Perhaps the funniest addition, though, is the Dramatic Interpretation of 22 Jump Street which is a version of the movie with absolutely no jokes, designed, purportedly, to offer up a more dramatic version for foreign audiences who don’t get the comedy. Of course, without the jokes, there’d be little left, which is highlighted by the fact that it’s only 9 minutes long. Genius.

    22 Jump Street Blu-ray Verdict

    22 Jump Street (2014) (Region Free)  22 Jump Street Blu-ray Verdict

    Funny, engaging, but marginally overlong, 22 Jump Street still marks a welcome return for Tatum and Hill’s inept undercover duo. The film lulls its way through a few quieter moments, but manages to – for the most part – keep the momentum going through that running theme of self-depreciation and sequel parody.

    It’s still basically 21 Jump Street, except in College, but that’s really not such a bad thing at all.

    Excellent video and audio - along with a plentiful selection of extras that are sure to keep you laughing long after the main credits have rolled - make this a must-have purchase for fans of the film and a easy blind buy for those who enjoyed the first outing. Seen neither, then start with 21, but don't miss out on this. And the end credits sequence is even funnier now that we know that they're actually making another one.

    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £13.00

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