Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The transfer satisfied.
Sharpness worked well. No softness emerged, so the flick offered crisp, accurate visuals. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge haloes failed to appear. Source flaws also remained absent.
Colors looked good. The image took on a golden tone much of the time, and a little teal popped up as well. The hues seemed fine given these stylistic choices. Blacks appeared dark and tight, while shadows showed nice delineation. Across the board, this was a strong presentation.
I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Cop 2 was unexceptional, though it worked fine for this sort of film. Of course, I didn’t expect a dazzling soundfield from this sort of comedy, and I got exactly what I anticipated. In terms of effects, general ambience ruled the day.
In those forward channels, the music provided nice stereo separation and opened up the mix reasonably well. Even with the movie’s occasional action moments, there wasn’t a whole lot of activity or movement, but the effects conveyed a passable sense of space and place. The track functioned appropriately for the story.
Audio quality appeared fine. Dialogue was consistently warm and natural, though I noticed a little edginess at times. Effects were a minor component of the mix, and they seemed appropriately subdued and accurate; there wasn’t much to hear, but the various elements were clean and distinct. The music came across as acceptably distinctive. This was a mostly standard “comedy mix” and became a decent reproduction of the material.
The Blu-ray gives us an array of extras, and we find eight featurettes. These include “Security Force: The Cast of Paul Blart 2” (4:55), “Action Adventure” (5:57), “Back in the Saddle” (1:58), “How to Make a Movie” (4:12), “Le Reve” (4:49); “No Animals Were Harmed” (2:15), “Sales Tactics” (3:27) and “Real Cops” (1”16). Across these, we hear from actor/co-writer Kevin James, director Andy Fickman, production designer Perry Andelin Blake, visual effects supervisor Sean Devereaux, stunt performer Gabriel Nunez, stunt double Heath Hensley, dancer Colby Lemmo, choreographer Danita Eldridge, 2nd unit director Scott Rogers, and actors Raini Rodriguez, David Henrie, Neal McDonough, DB Woodside, Bas Rutten, Eduardo Verastegui, Daniella Alonso, Gary Valentine, Nick Turturro, Shelly Desai, Loni Love, Vic Dibitetto, and Shirley Knight.
The shows cover cast and performances, story and characters, stunts and action, choreography, and working with animals. From start to finish, the featurettes prove to be fluffy and insubstantial. We get a handful of filmmaking notes, but mostly we hear a lot of praise along with weak attempts at comedy.
Six Deleted Scenes run a total of four minutes, 15 seconds. As one can tell from the shortness of this compilation, none of these offer anything substantial. We find some minor story/character beats and a couple of gags but nothing noteworthy.
A Gag Reel lasts seven minutes, 42 seconds. Most of this falls into the usual goofs and giggles realm, but some alternate gags/lines appear as well. That makes the compilation more interesting for fans.
Finally, we get a Photo Gallery. This offers 47 shots and mixes pictures from the set and publicity elements. It’s a decent collection but nothing memorable.
The disc opens with ads for Aloha, Pixels, Hotel Transylvania 2, Grown Ups 2, Here Comes the Boom and Zookeeper. No trailer for Cop 2 shows up here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Cop 2. It includes the “Security Force” and “How to Make a Movie” featurettes but lacks the other extras.
No one should expect anything positive from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Burdened with an idiotic story, bad jokes and weak performances, this turns into an actively unlikable film. The Blu-ray boasts excellent visuals as well as ineffective supplements. Cop 2 turns into a complete dud.