22 Jump Street appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. For SD-DVD, this was a solid presentation.
For the most part, sharpness looked good. At times, wider shots tended to be a little soft, but those examples weren’t terribly intrusive. Much of the film appeared pretty accurate and concise. No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained minor. Source flaws also failed to create problems.
In terms of colors, 22 Jump Street went with “action-standard” orange and teal. As much as I dislike those choices, they made sense here; 22 operates as a parody of Michael Bay-style movies, so I can understand the colors, and they work fine. Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. Overall, this was a pleasing presentation.
Similar thoughts greeted the good Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of 22 Jump Street. I felt the soundscape delivered an involving experience in which the action scenes offered a nice sense of impact. The film packed plenty of these elements; we got many instances of gunfire, explosions, and other lively tidbits. Overall, the mix filled out the room in a satisfying manner.
Audio quality was positive. Speech came across as natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. Music showed good range, and effects offered a nice sense of impact. These were the kind of loud, impressive elements one would anticipate, as they showed solid clarity. This was a good soundtrack.
When we shift to the DVD’s extras, we find an audio commentary from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. All four sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast/performances, sets and locations, editing and deleted scenes, stunts, music and other areas.
If you want a sober examination of filmmaking topics, stay away from this chat. The directors and actors joke around much of the time and make this a light, jovial piece – which is good and bad.
It’s good because it adds a lot of fun to the discussion, but it’s bad because it means we don’t learn as much as we might like about the movie. Oh, we get a decent amount of info along the way, but the laughing and happy talk dominate the track. Still, this is a mostly entertaining commentary and an easy listen.
Five Deleted & Extended Scenes fill a total of 14 minutes, 48 seconds. We see “Prologue” (2:53), “Mr. Walters and Eric” (5:11), “Vietnamese Jesus” (1:26), “Schmidt Visits Maya” (3:13) and “Booker” (2:29). These all tend to be pretty interesting – well, except for the tedious “Vietnamese Jesus”. They throw in some cameos and usually seem fun.
We can view the deleted scenes with or without commentary from Lord and Miller. They tell us a little about the sequences and let us know why the moments got cut in their informative chat.
A featurette called The Perfect Couple of Directors goes for nine minutes, 36 seconds and features Lord, Miller, Tatum, Hill, and actors Amber Stevens, Keith and Kenny Lucas, Ice Cube, Jillian Bell and Wyatt Russell. We get thoughts about the sequel as well as the impact Lord and Miller had on the production. A few good notes emerge but this usually seems pretty fluffy.
For more cut footage, we head to the four-minute, seven-second Line-O-Rama. It focuses on the Mercedes character as she comments on Schmidt’s age. These offer some amusement.
The disc opens with ads for The Interview, Sex Tape, The Equalizer (2014), When the Game Stands Tall and Home Sweet Hell. No trailer for 22 Jump Street shows up here.
After the pleasures of the first film, I went into 22 Jump Street with high hopes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t satisfy, as it provides a slow comedy that gets less interesting as it goes. The DVD comes with very good picture and audio as well as some interesting bonus materials. Hopefully 23 Jump Street will work better than this forgettable sequel.