'Open Season 2' comes to Blu-ray with a stunning 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer that's absolutely bursting with colour. The image is clean and dirt free to the extent that one wonders if a film print was involved in the creation of the Blu-ray master at all. At time of writing I can obtain no confirmation of this, but the picture quality is just so good - even when projected on a 7 foot screen.
There's no ringing around contours to suggest image sharpening and the picture is practically 3D in presentation. Black levels are good and solid, so overall image contrast is resultantly excellent. 'Open Season 2' would be an ideal demo disc for high street retailers to show just how good Blu-ray can look.
The audio on 'Open Season 2' is crisp, clear and all around you, thanks to its English Dolby True HD Surround track.
There's no use of overpowering, chest pounding bass in this release that could frighten a young audience. The dialogue is clearly located to the centre front speakers, while the surround effects are brought in as required by the comedy script.
A very good film to test that your surround speakers are all working.
The extras on 'Open Season 2' provide a good insight into the 'behind the scenes' production work and there are even a couple of items to extend the period of peace and quiet that parents can expect to gain.
- Going wild with the voice cast (HD 14.14)
A very tightly cut featurette showing the main voice artists at work in the recording studio juxtaposed with footage from the movie. Each one takes time to describe the character they play in the movie.
- How to draw Boog, Elliot & Fifi (HD 18.11)
An interesting item with storyboard artist Sean Mullen teaching his audience to draw three characters from the movie. Just keep the kids away from the wall with their wax crayons.
- Deleted scenes (HD 6.18)
Here we have three scenes that didn't make it to the final movie, shown in their rough animatic format.
- Music Video (HD 3.32)
I guess Sony were hoping to release this version of 'Who let the Dogs out' by the Baha Boys as a promotional item. The music video comprises scenes from the movie cut to the beat of the song.
- Trailers (HD 2.58)
- Save Mr Weenie Game
A child distracting game where players have to direct four characters through an obstacle course by using the up/down and sideways buttons on the player remote control.
The Blu-ray of 'Open Season 2' has one of the best 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfers on the market at the moment and deserves to be used as a demo disc for picture quality.
The English Dolby True HD surround track is very good, but not as remarkable as the picture.
The movie itself will appeal to kids of all ages, mainly thanks to the inclusion of 'pooping' gags and the frantic antics of the animated characters. There is also some humour to ensure that adults are not totally left out.
The Extras aren't particularly fascinating, but the 'Save Mr Weenie' game and 'How to draw Boog, Elliot & Fifi' will ensure that parents extend their peace and quiet that little bit longer once the movie has finished.
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