Paddington 2 Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review & Comments

Discussion in '4K Ultra HD Blu-rays' started by Phil Hinton, Apr 20, 2018.


    1. Simon Crust

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      @Simon Crust I've just done a quick search of the AVForums site, and I can't seem to find a review of the ordinary 1080p Blu-ray disc. Mr Crust, could I ask you for a couple of sentences about the video and audio merits of the 1080p disc please, judged by the standards of other 1080p Blu-rays? (Of course, it won't be as good as the 4K disc.) I won't be getting a 4K disc player until later this year.
       
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      An entertaining movie, although I certainly wouldn't say unmissable. It's a well put together kids film with a standout performance from Hugh Grant, who is streets ahead of Nicole Kidman in the original. He's clearly enjoying himself and hams it up throughout.

      As for the UHD disc, I've seen this (courtesy of Cinema Paradiso) and I thought it was decent but nothing to shout about. It's clearly an upscale and whilst I haven't seen the BD to compare it, it certainly didn't have any of that extra crispy 4K detail. The HDR is barely noticeable which is how it should be I think, although I imagine those who want to melt their eyeballs will be disappointed.

      Best moment of the movie for me was actually the end credits, as there's a great additional sequence with Hugh Grant there which is an absolute delight.

      7/10 from me overall. Certainly worth watching but just as a rental, unless you have kids. (in which case just buy the £5 DVD as they won't care)
       
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      Movie 10/10? Unmissable? Ok, I understand that will always be matter of opinion, but lets be honest and unbiased, its crystal clear between 6-8 of 10.
       
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      This film is perfect and so was the A/V.
      10-10/10
       
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      As you say it's a matter of opinion. I'm sure Simon was being honest and unbiased when he scored it. Both Paddington films are great fun and I love them. If you think this second outing should maybe only score 6 then fair enough. That's your opinion and it's clearly not that great a film for you.

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      Having watched both films I think the issue is that because they have made it look so easy and polished it can a seem like just another kids/family film. However compared to the big budget nonsense that has no heart or soul but only $$$$$$$$$$. For me how good a film is about how long it stays with me. They pace and timing are superb and Hugh Grant literally steals the show. Yes it's not Oscar material however like Paddington the world is definitely a better place for it's existence.
       
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      Make no mistake, the film is good for me, Im not here to hate, but in my opinion to give 10/10 for some movie, objectively taken, it has to be some kind of classic/masterpiece..It is not reviewed under sub-category like "family movie".
       
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      If a film can brighten your life for 100 minutes plus in the brilliant way that this and the first Paddington did then there's no reason why it shouldn't get top marks. The category is irrelevant.

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      I've been waiting for a review of this......for me, this is the best 4K i've seen yet. I'm surprised to read it's an upscale. According to bluray.com it's listed in their 4K DI thread.
      Either way, it's fantastic all round. Film 10 PQ 10 SQ 10.
       
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      Watched it on Apple TV with my nephew and thought the picture was stunning. I would never have guessed it was an upscale either! We all (me, my partner and nephew) really enjoyed the film, thought it was better than the first one.
       
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      Which is why I have bought this one, but I won't be buying the first one. Similar to the Toy Story films, I have the third one but not the first two.
       
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      Tiny bit of nitpicking "When the book is stolen, Paddington is wrong accused" should be wrongly.
      Apart from that the review is spot on. I watched this UHD release when it first came out and it is a joyous movie to brighten up a dull cold wet day. For me it has multiple rewatch value.
      I had a look at the blu-ray after watching the UHD and it is pretty good. Doesn't have the benefits that WCG/HDR brings to the UHD but detail resolution wise both are close. The blu-ray has the same atmos soundtrack as the UHD.
       
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      Thanks for the review,really enjoyed it P/Q S/Q both 1st class as you say :)
       
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      Not sure why this film got such rave reviews I loved the first one but thought this was just very average.
       
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      @doug56hl Thank you kindly!
       
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      I normally check ratings of a film before Watching i just watched this not knowing what to expect, to be honest i did not expect much. i enjoyed the first one which was not great, was hoping this to be as equally good , but what a fun family film i enjoyed every moment of it I had a big smile on my face, being a Londoner it had that extra appeal, it just had so much more than the first it felt more like a Paddington story

      highly recommend it
       
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      I had some Amazon vouchers so I've just bought it, look forward to seeing it.

      I mean, my son looks forward to seeing it... :blush:
       
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      There’s plenty of jokes for kids, big and little.
       
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      AV forums don't seem to review any of the new mainstream blu ray releases anymore if there is a UHD version available. Which is a shame as I would argue most forum members have not yet made the upgrade to 4k.
       
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      @Mallardo Yes, thank you for your input. I'll see if (almost certainly not, but a man's gotta try) I can persuade AVForums (and Home Cinema Choice magazine, for that matter, because they also seem to have stopped reviewing 1080p Blu-rays if a 4K version is available) to change their mind!
       
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      The USA release of the blu-ray is due on 24th April so there could be reviews of that available soon.
      This is one of the relatively few instances where the UK/EU gets the UHD/blu-ray movie release before the USA so the only choice of reviews is from this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
       
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      I certainly haven't and don't intend doing so.

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      This is a huge step up over the standard Blu-ray. The Dolby Vision HDR is a real treat and the film itself should be made available on the NHS as an anti-depressant.
       
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      *Checks Spacecat to see if he has a beating heart*

      In all seriousness, this was as perfect a film as you are likely to get in this day and age. Nothing average about it.
       
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      I beg to differ, the first one had a whimsical charm and freshness . This just tried too hard ....imo of course
       
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      Enjoyed this more than the first part. Son loved it.
       
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      Re-watched this in DV last night on my LG E6 and it seems to have a bit better PQ than the HDR10. Blacks, shadow detail, and colour. But not an A/B compare just relying on memory.
       
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      Well the HDR10 quality is faultless.....if only i had Dolby Vision....
       
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      Saw this at the cinema and laughed out loud on several occasions. Career high for Hugh Grant IMO.
      Great film but I no longer buy discs but have the iTunes version which is great
       

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