Daddy’s Home 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. This became a top-notch presentation.
Sharpness was always positive. Virtually no softness interfered here, so the image remained tight and well-defined at all times.
I noticed no issues with shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also failed to mar the presentation.
Home 2 went with a teal-influenced palette that sprinkled in a fair amount of amber as well. Within the movie’s color design, the tones seemed solid, and the HDR allowed the hues to really pop at times – especially when we got warm, vibrant Christmas-related colors.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows demonstrated nice smoothness. This was a consistently excellent image.
As for the Dolby Atmos mix of Home 2, it showed scope typical of the comedy soundfield. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, this meant a limited soundscape without much to make it stand out from the crowd.
A few slapstick/action shots added a bit of immersiveness, as did a few other exteriors, but those instances remained fairly infrequent. Most of the flick came with a lot of ambience and not much else.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues.
Music seemed warm and lush, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Again, nothing about the mix impressed, but it suited the story.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both discs included the same Dolby Atmos track.
Visuals differed, though, as the 4K UHD boasted clearly superior picture. Honestly, I felt surprised how much better the 4K looked, as it brought obvious improvements in terms of sharpness, colors and contrast. Though the Blu-ray offered good visuals, the 4K easily topped it.
Though the 4K disc itself lacks extras, the included Blu-ray copy packs a mix of materials. When we shift to extras, we find five featurettes. Making a Sequel lasts four minutes, 50 seconds and included comments from director Sean Anders, co-writer John Morris, producer Chris Henchy, VFX producer Sean Devereaux, and actors Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson, and Scarlett Estevez.
“Sequel” gives some thoughts about transitioning to a second film, story/characters, and the atmosphere on the set. It’s nearly 100 percent fluff.
During the seven-minute, 16-second Look Who’s Back, we hear from Anders, Wahlberg, Ferrell, Cardellini, Estevez, Henchy, and actors John Cena and Alessandra Ambrosio. This one follows cast, characters and performances to become another fairly substance-free show.
Next comes Co-Dads: Will and Mark. It takes up six minutes, 36 seconds with info from Anders, Ferrell, Wahlberg, Cardellini, and Lithgow. We hear a little more about cast/characters – and continue to find little more than superficial happy talk.
The New Dads In Town: Mel and John goes for seven minutes, 37 seconds and features Lithgow, Gibson, Henchy, Ferrell and Anders. “Dads” replicates the same subjects and puffy tone of the other featurettes.
Finally, we get Captain Sully, a two-minute, 17-second piece with Anders and actor Chesley Sullenberger. It gives us a few thoughts about the movie’s guest star. We don’t learn anything, but we do get to see rough footage of an unused scene.
Six Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes run a total of 11 minutes, 17 seconds. Three of these – “Kurt’s Firewood” (0:29), “The Wise Man” (1:32) and “Yammering Don” (0:32) offer deleted clips, while “Cabelas” (3:58) and “Really Brad Advice” (3:57) are extended and “El Padre Stink Eye” (0:46) is alternate.
A little bit of character/story information appears here, but mostly these clips attempt comedy. They present a few minor laughs.
We conclude with a Gag Reel. It spans three minutes, 40 seconds and presents a fairly standard collection of goofs and giggles. Most of it seems forgettable, though a couple of funny moments occur.
Like the first film, Daddy’s Home 2 offers a messy mix of weak comedic bits and thin characters. Its cast adds some class but the movie fails to create real entertainment. The 4K UHD delivers excellent and audio as well as mediocre supplements. Home 2 sputters, but at least the 4K makes it look great.
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