Escape Plan 2: Hades appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a generally satisfying visual presentation.
Overall sharpness worked well. A few interiors showed a sliver of softness, but those instances remained unusual, as the majority of the film appeared accurate and concise.
I saw no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also lacked any print flaws.
Hades featured a very stylized palette, with a distinct high-contrast feel that favored a mix of blues, greens, reds, purples, ambers and teals. These could lean a little too heavy at times, but they usually fleshed out the hues as expected within the chosen parameters.
Black levels also came across as deep and dense, while shadow detail was acceptably heavy without excessive thickness. This turned into a more than acceptable transfer.
The film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundfield presented a broad and consistently engaging affair. All five channels received a strong workout, as they offered a variety of elements throughout the movie.
Music showed good stereo separation and breadth, and effects seemed to be well placed and accurately localized. These aspects came from logical places and they moved neatly between speakers.
The surrounds played an active role in the film, but the many action pieces provided the best examples of the engulfing audio. All of the speakers came to life and the sound melded together well to create a clear and vibrant impression.
Audio quality also appeared to be top-notch. I thought dialogue always sounded warm and natural. The lines blended well with the action, and I heard no concerns related to intelligibility or edginess. Music sounded bright and showed good fidelity with fine dynamic range.
Effects were the most prominent aspect of the mix, as they presented accurate and bold elements that really created a fine mix. Bass response was loud and tight, and the low-end really shook the house at times – literally. Ultimately, Hades offered a fine audio track that really added to the movie.
Three featurettes appear here, and these start with Making Escape Plan 2: Hades. It runs nine minutes, 57 seconds and provides comments from director Steven C. Miller, director of photography Brandon Cox, producer Mark Canton, and actors Wes Chatham, Jesse Metcalfe, Xiaoming Huang, Jaime King and Dave Bautista.
“Making” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, and Miller’s work on the shoot. This becomes a pretty superficial piece.
Creating the Look of Escape Plan 2: Hades lasts three minutes, 32 seconds and features Miller, Cox, and production designer Niko Vilaivongs. We get brief notes about set and visual design. It’s too short to tell us much, but it includes a handful of good details.
Finally, we get the four-minute, four-second Building the Robot of Escape Plan 2: Hades. It offers notes from Miller, Vilaivongs, and Hex Mortis owner Joshua Cole.
As expected, “Robot” examines the design and creation of the movie’s automaton. Like “Look”, it doesn’t run long enough to deliver much substance, but we get a smattering of decent notes.
Under Cast/Crew Interviews, we find six segments. These cover “Director Steven C. Miller” (5:51), “Director of Photography Brandon Cox” (6:46), and actors “Dave Bautista” (15:03), “Wes Chatham” (7:18), “Jaime King” (13:14) and “Jesse Metcalfe” (5:40).
Across these, we hear about characters/story, cast and performances, sets and locations, visual design and photography, and influences. These interviews come from the same sessions that comprise the other featurettes, so you’ll find some familiar remarks. Much of the information focuses on happy talk, so don’t expect a ton of insights here.
The disc opens with ads for Future World, Bent, Spinning Man, Unlocked and Acts of Violence. No trailer for Hades appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Hades. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Even with the low expectations the first film created, Escape Plan 2: Hades disappoints. Poorly made and a total mess, the movie does next to nothing right. The Blu-ray brings us generally good picture with excellent audio and a mediocre set of supplements. Stay away from this terrible action movie.