Lego Movie 2, The (4K Blu-ray) (2019)
|Year Of Production||2019|
|Running Time||107:09 (Case: 106)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Mark Mitchell|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Atmos 7.1
English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 5.1
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.40:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.40:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
A few years ago, I reviewed an "awesome" film, the original Lego Movie, which I loved. Now our screens are being graced by the presence of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which is now available on home cinema formats including this version the 4K Ultra HD release (which includes the standard Blu-ray as well). This film has a good premise, is fun to watch but doesn't quite live up to its predecessor. The story is comparatively simpler and it cannot possibly have the inventiveness on the first one, because that started the 'lego' movie franchise and introduced the excellent animation and characters.
In this film the action quickly jumps to 5 years after the events of the first film, after revealing that the live action boy who played with his father's lego in the first film has had to allow his younger sister to play with the lego as well. In the lego world this has resulted in Bricksberg being attacked by duplo figures, turning it into Apocalypseberg which is a post-disaster world of angst and is rundown and decrepit. Emmett (Chris Pratt), our hero from the first film, is just as cheerful as ever but his lady love, Lucy or Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) is quite down about the situation and wants Emmett to grow up and accept the situation. The duplo figures come from another galaxy, the sista galaxy. The leader of the invading force kidnaps leading citizens to take them back to the sista galaxy. This includes Batman (Will Arnett), Lucy and Benny the spaceman. The Queen of the galaxy wants them to be involved in a ceremony where she plans to marry Batman. Emmett sets out to rescue them and along the way meets Rex (also Chris Pratt) who helps him. What is the real plan of the Queen of the sista galaxy and can Emmett rescue his friends in time?
Like the previous film this one has a frenetic pace with rapid fire jokes the order of the day. At times they are a bit hard to catch, although I realise that I am not the core audience. There are lots of fun sequences with the usual quick rebuilds of lego to create something else which works really well visually. The voice cast are great again, with Chris Pratt doing double duty and Will Arnett very funny as previously. There are new very catchy songs, although to my mind one of the early ones which introduces the Queen is a bit lame. This is a fun film but it feels relatively simple in story terms compared to the first film, leaving a feeling at the end that it hasn't added up to much. Pop culture references also come quick and fast including Mad Max, Star Wars, Transformers, Alien, Terminator, Die Hard, Marvel, other Batman films (funny Bruce Willis cameo) and more. The film was again written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, however, this time they have handed over directorial duties to Mark Mitchell. The closing credits song is a hoot!
Go with the ride and don't expect too much in terms of story and this will be an enjoyable watch. Recommended.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu features music.
A commentary that starts out quite jokey and not very informative but gets better as it goes revealing some design considerations, toy design and animation approaches. Not the best commentary ever and there is lots of self-congratulation about the team.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This film is available in the US in the same format except for some minor differences in foreign language soundtracks. Buy Local.
The video quality is very good despite being an upscale to 4K.
The audio quality is very good.The extras are one of the better collections I have seen lately.
|DVD||Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG OLEDC8PTA 55”. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 2160p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|