Gate II (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray Review
Gate II picks up again with Terry, the teenage sorcerer who summons beings from the other side whose powers can be used to grant any wish. Unfortunately, before the Gate closes again, a minion (a tiny disciple of Satan himself) manages to slip through to our dimension. When the creature is kidnapped, all hell breaks loose.
Studio: Shout Factory!
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Run time: 93 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
“The Gate II” is just as good as the first in its own little way. It lacks the character build up and (if it where possible)the budget the original had, Yet it brings new depths with it in the introduction of 3 new teens.
After growing up watching “The Gate” I was very happy to here they had made a sequel to this great film from the 80’s. I had watched the sequel back in 1990 or somewhere in that time period and remember thinking it was entertaining.
Back then the budget of the movie and the acting did not matter, As teen-ages all you wanted to see was the blood, Guts and gore. Now looking back as a more mature horror movie buff, these movies still have a magical feeling to them even if they do not have the fear factor of way back yonder. I love the old horror movies of the 80’s, They played such a big part in a lot of teenage lads and lasses lives and this supper little number should be shown the respect it deserves.
Movie Quality: 7/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. Colors are strong throughout looking great which I did not expect. Black levels are not that great which this print would have benefited from greatly. Clarity is decent with details being a huge improvement over the DVD release. There is some grain which is consistent. The one issue with this release is the dirt and white specs that are present. I will give props for a well done transfer which I didn’t expect.
Print Quality: 8/10
The audio is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix. This is not an audio mix that you will go in expecting huge things from the soundfield as it is primarily a 2.0 audio mix. The dialogue is clean and clear through the center channel with no apparent issues. I was rather happy with the way the film sounded considering that this was a mix between dialogue and action centric film. I do feel like this film could have benefited from a 5.1 mix.
Print Quality: 8/10
- Return To The Nightmare – A Look Back At Gate II – Featuring Interviews With Director Tibor Takacs, Screenwriter Michael Nankin And Special Visual Effects Creator Randall William Cook
- From The Depths – An Interview With Make-up Effects Artist Craig Reardon
- Theatrical Trailer
- Video Promo And Video Store Contest Promo
- Still Gallery
Special Features: 7/10
“The Gate II” may differ somewhat in style from it’s predecessor, abandoning the rollercoaster ride approach of the original in favor of a more character driven tale, but it still emerges as a solid sequel.
Overall Rating: 8/10