Paddington 2 Blu-ray Review
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.
Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Run time: 120 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/1 DVD
The original Paddington movie was a surprise hit and this follow-up is close to storytelling perfection. It has a simple plot – Paddington is saving up to buy his beloved aunt a pop-up book of London, only the book contains a treasure map and dastardly Hugh Grant wants his hands on it. Cue a series of unfortunate events which see the loveable bear banged up in chokey with Brendan Gleeson, while his beloved family pull out all the stops to clear his name.
What makes this film such a delight is the ensemble of truly likeable characters and the writers’ steadfast commitment to making this fun. Example? Paddington wins over the entire prison by serving homemade marmalade sandwiches. Hugh Grant is the villain, but he too is rather loveable.
This is a movie infused with fantasy, charm and innocence, bursting with genuine laugh-out load performances (such as Richard Ayoade’s 2 minute turn as a forensic witness, or Tom Conti’s unfortunate haircut victim).
Movie Quality: 10/10
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 world of Paddington. 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. ‘Paddington 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 from the soundtrack. 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
- Paddington: The Bear Truth [HD]
- How to Make A Marmalade Sandwich [HD]
- Music Video with Phoenix Buchanan [HD]
- The Magical Mystery of Paddington’s Pop-Up Book [HD]
- The Browns and Paddington: A Special Bond [HD]
- Knuckles: A Fistful of Marmalade [HD]
- The (Once) Famous Faces of Phoenix Buchanan [HD]
Special Features: 8/10
Even with all the humor, the film never loses sight of its heart. As “Paddington” spends his nights in a cell, his human family works their hardest to get him out with the help of the neighborhood that has learned to love him. Highly recommended!
Overall Rating: 9/10