‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2’ Blu-ray Review
In 2005, ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ would release in theaters being a huge hit amongst the teenage girls demographic. This was a film that was panned hard by critics, but it wasn’t enough to stop teenage girls from going to the theaters in mass numbers. The original film did well at the box office with a $41 million dollars worldwide gross. This spelled success for the studio, so a sequel was green lit nearly 3 years later. The sequel would make $44 million dollars worldwide at the box office with a smaller budget than the first film.
In the sequel all of the main characters make a return reprising their roles from the original film. This is rather important for a film like this. The premise of ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ is that there are four women with different ethnicity backgrounds that became friends in college. There is a pair of jeans that signifies good luck by those that wear them. Each one of the girls wears the pair of jeans for good luck and as a reminder that they are a part of the sisterhood.
The film begins in Greece where we see Lena (Alexis Bledel) attending a funeral. She runs into Kostas (Michael Rady) only to find out that he has married. Then Lena ends up meeting a model, Leo (Jesse Williams). The problem that she has is that Kostas is lurking in the back of her mind. It adds for an interesting story for Lena and her emotional torn character. Then there is Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) that works in a local video store. Tibby is worried that she might be pregnant with Brian’s (Leonardo Lam) baby. The fourth girl Carmen (America Ferrara) is attending Yale trying out for a play where another girl tries for the same part. There is some inner turmoil for Carmen thinking that she will lose the part. Bridget (Blake Lively) is still not over her mother’s suicide. Then she finds a bunch of letters in the attic from her grandmother which her father kept hidden. She confronts her father about the letters, throwing them at him in the process. Their relationship gets even more strained at this point than ever before. Bridget would leave to go join an archeological dig in Turkey. Things she uncovers about her family history really make her even more upset. Each one of these girls share some kind of internal conflict that will either destroy them or they will over come by the end of the film.
While the girls aren’t together during the summer, the jeans travel from location to location (shipped) as they try to bring luck upon each other. When something happens to the pants, the girls have no choice but to find a way to no longer rely on those pants as good luck.
The print is presented in 1080p/VC-1 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors are vibrant and pop during the presentation. Blacks are also very deep that presents fine details consistent throughout the film. Film grain is subtle throughout the print and never detracts from the film. The scenes in Greece are stunning in details and rich colors prevail throughout. Warner has released this film on a BD25 and this is a good looking print.
Audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. This is another one of those films that is dialogue driven so the TrueHD doesn’t take advantage of the soundtrack. It is choices like these that leave me scratching my head when films like ‘Get Smart’ get a DD5.1 mix which should have the TrueHD mix and vice versa for this film. There isn’t much coming through the surrounds, except for one scene later on in the film that takes advantage of the TrueHD mix. Other than that, dialogue comes through very clean even though it is a bit on the lower side.
All special features are presented in high definition.
- Go Jump Off a Cliff Featurette
- Gag Reel
- Deleted Scenes
- Digital Copy
‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2’ is a film geared towards the teenage girl demographic. It wasn’t a film that I thoroughly enjoyed due to the story being all over the place. The core audience that is trying to be attracted with this film will enjoy the sequel, especially if you are a fan of the first film.