Jumanji: The Next Level appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. From start to finish, the movie looked terrific.
Sharpness worked well. Few if any signs of softness occurred, so I thought the film consistently displayed tight, precise visuals. No moiré effects or jagged edges appeared, and I witnessed no print flaws.
To the surprise of no one, the film emphasized the usual orange and teal palette. That said, the movie came with a good array of other hues so the orange/teal wasn’t oppressive. We got a nice blend of tones, all of which looked strong.
Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows offered smooth, clear visuals. I felt wholly impressed by this stellar presentation.
Just as good as the picture, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack added a lot of pizzazz to the package. With so much action and havoc, the soundscape enjoyed a slew of chances to come to life, and it did so well.
Various battles and related elements filled the room and zoomed around the spectrum in a vivid, well-integrated manner. Everything connected together in a fluid manner that formed an engrossing circumstance.
Audio quality also succeeded. Music was bold and full, while speech seemed concise and well-rendered.
Effects appeared accurate and dynamic, with terrific low-end. I felt pleased with this exciting soundtrack.
Most of the disc’s extras stem from a slew of featurettes, and Body Swapping goes for five minutes, 30 seconds. It brings comments from producers Hiram Garcia and Matt Tolmach, director Jake Kasdan, and actors Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Awkwafina, and Karen Gillan.
“Swapping” looks at the character, cast and performances, with an emphasis on the way each needed to emulate someone else. A couple decent notes emerge, but much of this becomes happy talk.
Back Together goes for four minutes, five seconds and offers notes from Black, Johnson, Hart, Gillan, and actors Alex Wolff, Ser’darious Blain, Madison Iseman, Nick Jonas and Morgan Turner. This looks at the cast reunion, and it does so in the fluffiest manner possible.
With Level Up, we get a 13-minute, 33-second piece that includes remarks from Johnson, Black, Gillan, Hart, Garcia, Kasdan, Jonas, Tolmach, Wolff, Blain, Awkafina, stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood, visual effects supervisor Mark Breakspear, production designer Bill Brzeski, and actors Rory McCann, Danny Glover and Danny DeVito.
“Up” covers story areas and issues connected to the sequel, sets and locations, cast, stunts/action, effects, animals, and Kasdan’s impact on the production. That’s a good array of topics, but “Up” covers matters in a superficial manner, so don’t expect much substance.
Creating the Scene breaks into two components: “Ostrich Chase” (5:40) and “Mandrill Bridge” (6:45). In these, we hear from Kasdan, Garcia, Breakspear, Johnson, Tolmach, Eastwood, Brzeski, Awkwafina, Gillan, Hart, special effects supervisor JD Schwalm,
and visual effects supervisor Jason Greenblum.
As expected, these segments tell us about the components put together to form these action sequences. Though they come with some fluff, they do a moderately efficient job in that regard.
Next we find Rhys Darby Wants to Jingle, a two-minute, 22-second clip. Here actor Darby gives us a comedic bit meant to promote the film. It offers moderate amusement.
Awkwafina Cat Burglar spans one minute, 43 seconds, as the actor brings a goofy discussion of her “burgling” skills. It’s another reasonably fun piece.
After this we find NPC Confessions, a three-minute, six-second clip in which “Jurgen the Brutal” gives us a look at his sensitive side. This becomes another humor-oriented promo clip that sounds more entertaining than it is.
Grow Up fills one minute, six seconds with Gillan, Hart, Awkwafina, Glover, Black, DeVito and Johnson. Here the older actors “teach” the younger ones who to “play elderly”. More comedy for promo purposes, it offers some amusement.
Up next, Telenovela runs one minute, seven seconds and provides Hart, Johnson, Gillan and Black as they give us a Spanish-language ad for the flick. It’s a clever bit.
Trick or Treat goes for one minute, 16 seconds and shows Hart and Johnson as they deal with Halloween. Another promo, it’s the funniest of the bunch.
Another two-part section, Select Scene Pre-Vis lets us view “Zeppelin Battle” (4:54) and “Ostrich Chase” (4:28). These show final film in the top half of the screen and CG pre-visualization shots in the lower half. They bring a good look at the processes.
Finally, a Gag Reel occupies five minutes, 21 seconds with the usual goofs and giggles. Still, the actors improv enough to add some value.
The disc opens with ads for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Charlie’s Angels (2019), Little Women (2019) and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway. No trailer for Level appears here.
As a sequel to a reboot, Jumanji: The Next Level doesn’t teem with originality. However, it offers a fine combination of action and comedy, factors that allow it to become a consistently vivid and engaging adventure. The Blu-ray delivers excellent picture and audio with a long but mediocre set of supplements. Next Level matches well with the prior Jumanji - and actually might work a wee bit better.