‘Space Chimps 2’ splashes down on Region B locked Blu-ray with a very clean 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This review is of the 2D version as the 3D version was discussed in the movie review. The image is sharp and colourful although the detail on show is commensurate with TV quality CGI animation i.e. the more detail, the more rendering time, the higher the cost – so don’t expect a lot of detail.
It looks as though there was no film print involved in the transfer due to the lack of grain structure. Contrast is good throughout and the outer space shots feature deep blacks. Despite the quality of the content, the image quality is very good. In fact you could say, that it almost looks like 3D – almost but not quite. You could also say that about the 3D version.
The overall picture score takes into account the poor 3D effect and as the release is being sold as a 3D movie, it's important that no-one is misled. The 2D version on its own would achieve a score of 8 but the overall package is dragged down by the 3D version.
The audio on ‘Space Chimps 2’ comes in a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix which is actually very good. The surround speakers are used to great effect as the spaceship flies in over your head and when the chimps use their jet packs, they fly around your room.
Dialogue is crisp and intelligible throughout, except in the scenes where you’re not supposed to understand what Zartog is saying. The bass extension is used to supply oomph to the rocket engines and I can honestly say that the sound is the best thing about ‘Space Chimps 2’. That’s probably untrue as the best thing is that it only lasts for 75 minutes.
Zip, nada, null, zero.
You do get the 3D and 2D versions of the movie – both of which have been discussed elsewhere in this review.
Could you call two pairs of 3D specs an extra?
‘Space Chimps 2 – Zartog Strikes Back’ crash lands onto Region B locked Blu-ray with a clean looking 1080p, AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
The 2D version is colourful with good contrast throughout though detail is lacking due to the low budget CGI work. The 3D version uses the old anaglyph red and blue spectacles to produce a very limited 3D effect.
The DTS-HD 5.1 surround audio is very effective with good sound steering used to fly chimps around your room on their jet packs.
As movie, it’s aimed at young children and there’s little of interest to adults. The jokes are photocopied from the original ‘Space Chimps’ and the voice artists are mostly unknown. It lacks the wit, charm, warmth and originality that could have made it a success. Don’t be a Space Chump, tell Zartog to shove off!
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