Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Max is assigned to the White House while Butch, the secret service dog, is on maternity leave. He meets TJ, a 12 year old boy, who is the President’s son. Due to his father’s high profile, he is trying hard to fit in and lead a normal life. During a state visit by the Russian President and his daughter, Alexandra (Alex), TJ is asked to accompany her, during their stay. TJ befriends Alex, but when they get into trouble, Max comes to the rescue!

max2bluStudio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2017
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Run time: 111 minutes
Rating: PG

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/1 DVD
Region: A


We really enjoyed the original “Max” movie, it was a dog movie that the entire family could enjoy. This is a sequel to the 2015 release of the self-titled ‘Max’. This time around, we find Max in a new adventure  protecting the president at the white house. So we are taken to the ever beautiful Washington D.C. where we get to see our nations capital in all its glory. While this new film is for the entire family, it is more geared towards the younger audience just by the dialoge alone. When it comes to certain story elements of the film, you really need to put reality to the way side. There are American-Russian politics that center throughout the entire film. The only thing that I wasn’t fond of was the ending, but I can see where some people may not be too concerned about that.

Movie Quality: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC codec. The image quality is absolutely stunning and provides some of the best image quality on Blu-ray from the war torn set pieces. Colors are strong bringing the world of ‘Max 2’ to life. The color palette is also vibrant bringing out the stronger colors such as yellows, tans, greens, and reds. Blacks are deep looking especially fitting very well with the atmosphere of this film. Details are also very good with some very accurate looking fleshtones. ‘Max 2’ really shines with a viewing on a larger screen as the movie just jumps off your screen.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented with a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The audio is excellent receiving demo worthy praise. From the earlier war scenes to the dialogue scenes, I felt immersed the entire time. The sound design is absolutely perfect here just bringing the entire film to life. Bass is just perfect with the score and even adding that excellent punch with gun shots and explosions. The soundfield is engaging at all times pulling me in making this a very atmospheric experience. The rears encompass nice directional movement from speaker to speaker. Dialogue is very clean and crisp through the center channel.
Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Max 2: A Ruff Life [HD]
  • Kids on the Case: The Making of Max 2 [HD]

Special Features: 2/10

Final Thoughts

While I still enjoyed the original film a bit more, ‘Max 2’ has some really enjoyable moments that is a film for the entire family while still centering towards the younger ones. You might need to do a little bit of explaining to your young ones on the story.
Overall Rating: 7/10