Creed II appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. This became a positive representation of the source.
Sharpness remained largely solid. Occasional softness hit some darker interior shots, but the majority of the movie showed nice clarity.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred. Neither edge haloes nor print flaws marred the proceedings.
A mix of teal, orange and amber represented the film’s palette. The Blu-ray rendered these well, as they seemed full and rich within the stylistic choices. The 4K UHD’s HDR added a bit of pep and zing to the hues as well.
Blacks looked dark and tight, and shadows worked fine in general, though some low-light elements could be a smidgen dense. Contrast got a boost from the HDR. I thought the transfer became a quality reproduction of the material.
Similar thoughts came with the movie’s involving Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the soundscape remained restrained in the many character scenes, but other elements burst to life in a prominent manner.
As expected, boxing sequences added involvement, and other scenes also brought out some good information. Much of the movie remained chatty, though, so don’t expect a consistently vivid soundfield. Still, the mix offered a fine sense of settings and environments.
Audio quality appeared positive, with concise, natural dialogue. Music sounded vibrant and full.
Effects boasted fine accuracy and heft, with powerful bass when appropriate. The soundtrack did what it needed to do and became a solid auditory experience.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both discs sported the same Dolby Atmos mix.
As for the visuals, the 4K UHD boasted minor improvements in terms of sharpness, colors and brightness. However, I thought the upgrade wasn’t tremendous. I’d prefer to watch the 4K but I didn’t think it did a lot to better the Blu-ray.
No extras appear on the 4K UHD itself, but the included Blu-ray copy boasts some materials, and we start with Fathers & Sons. It runs seven minutes, 16 seconds and includes notes from director Steven Caple Jr., co-writer/actor Sylvester Stallone, producer Irwin Winkler, former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, boxer David Mijares, trainer David Paul, ring announcer Michael Buffer, and actors Dolph Lundgren, Michael B. Jordan, Florian Munteanu and Andre Ward.
“Sons” looks at characters, story, and connections among boxing fathers/sons. The show lacks depth but it contributes a few useful insights.
With Casting Viktor Drago, we get a five-minute, 43-second piece with Jordan, Buffer, Stallone, Lundgren, Munteanu, Caple, producer William Chartoff, stunt coordinator Danny Hernandez, and actor Tessa Thompson.
As expected, we learn about Munteanu’s casting and performance. We get a few decent thoughts but mainly find praise for Munteanu.
Next comes The Women of Creed II, a five-minute, 51-second reel with Thompson, Jordan, Leonard, Caple, and actor Phylicia Rashad. The show examines the movie’s main female roles/actors and becomes another passable overview.
The Rocky Legacy lasts 15 minutes, one second and features Lundgren, Buffer, Caple, Jordan, Winkler, Rashad, Leonard, Stallone and Thompson.
“Legacy” discusses the Rocky franchise. It does so in a highly promotional manner that lacks much substance.
Four Deleted Scenes span a total of nine minutes, 46 seconds. These add character elements and they’re uncommonly good, as most offer useful information and/or emotional beats.
The Blu-ray opens with ads for Shazam!, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Fighting With My Family. No trailer for Creed II appears here.
An erratic sequel, Creed II fares best when it focuses on its supporting roles. When it concentrates on the leads, it becomes less engaging. The 4K UHD brings very good picture and audio but it comes with mediocre supplements. Creed II delivers an inconsistent experience, though the 4K UHD presents it well.
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