Deep Blue Sea 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not a bad image, this one betrayed the film’s low-budget origins.
Sharpness generally appeared good but not great. Though much of the film offered positive delineation, the picture could come across as a bit tentative at times.
I saw no shimmering or jagged edges, and edge haloes failed to appear. As for source flaws, the image lacked specks, marks or other issues.
Colors appeared average. With a heavily blue-oriented palette, the hues showed reasonable delineation, though they could appear a little dense.
Blacks looked reasonably deep, but low-light shots seemed slightly murky. Though the remained good enough for a “B-“, it didn’t dazzle.
Similar thoughts greeted the generally decent DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Sea 2. The ocean setting acceptable nice use of the side and rear speakers, though this information failed to become tremendously involving.
Like the visuals, the audio showed the movie’s bargain-oriented roots, and the soundscape followed suit. Music offered acceptable stereo spread and used the various channels in a fairly active manner, but I didn’t think the mix created an especially convincing soundfield.
This meant a decent amount of information around the room, but not a package that seemed particularly well-placed or engrossing. The mix turned into a lot of noise without the natural impression I’d like.
Audio quality was fine. Speech usually seemed natural and concise. Effects depicted the elements with acceptable accuracy and boasted pleasing low-end when necessary.
Music showed reasonable clarity and range, and they also packed solid bass response at times. This wasn’t a bad mix but it lacked the smoothness and impact I’d prefer.
The extras open with two featurettes. Returning to the Deep runs 12 minutes, 22 seconds and includes comments from director Darin Scott, studio executive Matt Bierman, producer Tom Siegrist, prosthetics Graham Press, digital effects lead Darrin Hofmeyr, CG scanning operator Wayne Davison, production designer Franz Lewis, special effects supervisor Jonathon Barrass, stunt coordinator Vernon Willemse, makeup/hair designer Niqui Da Silva, and actors Rob Mayes, Danielle Savre, Nathan Lynn, Kim Syster, Michael Beach, Jeremy Jess Boado, Cameron Robertson, and Darron Meyer.
“Deep” looks at the original and the push toward a sequel, story and characters, sharks and effects, sets and locations, and other domains. Despite its brevity, this becomes a pretty decent little overview.
With the six-minute, 32-second Death By Shark, we hear from Mayes, Lynn, Scott, Savre, Meyer, Da Silva, Syster, Robertson, Boado, Beach, executive producer Tom Keniston, and actor Adrian Collins. “Shark” looks at the movie’s various kill sequences. We get a few technical notes, but much of the show feels superficial.
A Gag Reel lasts three minutes, eight seconds. It mostly offers silliness from the set, and it doesn’t seem especially interesting.
Four Deleted Scenes occupy a total of four minutes, 40 seconds. The first two offer tiny tidbits that add nothing, while the third provides a look at Misty as a kid. This sounds compelling in theory but not in execution, as it feels superfluous.
The longest of the bunch, the fourth gives us exposition from Misty and Trent. Like the other scenes, it doesn’t go much of anywhere.
The disc opens with ads for Dirt, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Tomb Raider and Batman Ninja. No trailer for Sea 2 appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Sea 2. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Fans who waited 19 years for a sequel seem destined to encounter severe disappointment via Deep Blue Sea 2. A cheap, ineffective semi-remake, the film lacks much to make it work. The Blu-ray brings us generally good picture and audio along with a smattering of supplements. Sea 2 could’ve been worse, but that’s faint praise for poorly executed sequel.