Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not a bad image, the transfer seemed pretty mediocre.
Sharpness varied a fair amount. Much of the film showed reasonable accuracy; I’d never call it razor-sharp, but it usually offered good delineation. Sporadic soft shots popped up, though. No issues with shimmering or jaggies occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. The movie looked rather grainy at times, and semi-frequent specks, marks and debris could be seen; these didn’t dominate but the movie could’ve used a good cleaning.
Colors seemed acceptable. Campers provided a natural palette that favored greens given the wooded setting. The hues lacked much pop but they appeared fine overall. Blacks were fairly dark and tight, and low-light shots showed fair clarity. This came across as a watchable image that needed some work.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD monaural soundtrack, it also seemed average for its age. Speech appeared a little reedy and thin, but the lines showed good intelligibility and lacked overt flaws. Music demonstrated limited range as well, but the score was clear enough and showed moderate pep. The bad hair metal song that played over the end credits sounded surprisingly rough, though.
Effects fell into the same range. Outside of the killings, the track didn’t ask for much, and the elements sounded decent; they could be somewhat flat but they showed no distortion and represented the material well enough. All of this left us with a “C” soundtrack.
As we shift to the set’s extras, we open with an audio commentary from director Michael A. Simpson and writer Fritz Gordon. Hosted by sleepawaycampfilms.com’s John Klyza, we get a running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, cast and performances, sets and locations, effects, editing, music and related topics.
While not devoid of useful content, this commentary tends to lack a lot of substance. During much of the track, the participants just joke about the film and fail to give us much good information. This develops into a less than enthralling discussion.
Entitled A Tale of Two Sequels – Part One, we get a 28-minute, six-second piece with comments from Simpson, filmmaker/series fan Jeff Hayes, editor John David Allen, director of photography Fred Mills, art director Frank Galline, special makeup effects creator Bill “Splat” Johnson, and actor Amy Fields. We learn about the roots/development of both Sleepaway Camp sequels, changes from the first film, story/character areas, sets and locations, cast and performances, various effects and different “kills”, and editing. Though really only half of a longer documentary, “Tale” sums up various film-related subjects pretty well and gives us a nice overview of a mix of topics. It’s a lot more interesting and informative than the commentary.
Next comes the 15-minute, 28-second Abandoned – The Filming Locations of Sleepaway Camp II & III. It provides notes from “Adam the Woo” and Tyler Patrick as they visit the spots on which the movies were shot. This becomes a pretty dull exploration, as there’s just not a lot to see in the now-overgrown/ratty locations.
After this we get 13 minutes, 21 seconds of Behind the Scenes Footage. We see raw footage from the set and hear commentary from Simpson about what we view as well as other reflections on the film. This becomes a decent glimpse at some filmmaking areas, especially for fans who want to see the creation of some effects.
A short film called What Happened to Molly? lasts 50 seconds. That’s a really short film, and it shows what the script intended to occur to the Molly character. As it was created in modern times, it’s not a true “deleted scene”, but fans should like it.
In addition to the film’s Home Video Trailer, we find a Still Gallery. It shows 81 shots that mix elements from the set, behind the scenes pics, and promotional materials. This turns into a good compilation.
A second disc provides a DVD Copy of Campers. It provides all the extras found on the Blu-ray.
As much as I loathed Sleepaway Camp, at least it attempted a semi-original story. Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers doesn’t even bother with a plot, as it simply delivers a dopey framework for a succession of uninspiring slayings. The Blu-ray offers erratic but acceptable picture and audio as well as a decent but erratic set of supplements. Maybe the third Sleepaway Camp movie will demonstrate some entertainment value, but Campers shows no signs of life.