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The Smurfs 2 (3D/2D blu ray review): solid video and audio presentation, more for kids under 5.
on 28 February 2016
The Smurfs 2 arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. The transfer is simply flawless, with so much depth that you might think you are in the Smurf world. The colours simply pop right off screen at every moment. The blues are bright and lovely with the green trees and brown buildings shining bright. Reds and oranges are equally impressive. The black levels run deep and inky and the flesh tones are natural at all times. Take a look at the scene in the candy store with the millions of different colours popping off screen. It's rather incredible. The detail is very sharp both in close-ups and wide-shots. It shows every speck of dirt, individual hair, and wrinkle on the Smurfs and the human actors. (5/5)
The Smurfs arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. The image showcases good, consistent depth of field in every scene, whether sprawling landscapes or more intimate locations. Spacing even in short distances is readily noticeable; for example, the space between Smooth's glasses frame and his face looks very real. There are a handful of extra-screen moments, such as when Smurf noses seem to extend beyond the boundaries or when magical sparks appear to drift in front of the 3D display. Just as critical, the 3D image retains the dazzling colours and positive details of its 2D counterpart, as described above. The only downside comes in a handful of shots that look a little flatter and pastier than they do in 2D; a good example is a dialogue scene between Patrick and Victor in chapter 12. (4.5/5)
The Smurfs 2 features a robust, well-defined, and immersive DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. This is a rich, absorbing, full presentation that delivers musical notes with uncanny lifelike precision. There's perfect balance and body to every note, with wide natural spacing and just the right blend of surround information. The dialogue is always crystal clear. Action effects are also very impressive, particularly some deep, dynamic sound effects that power into the stage near film's end. Casting of voices is outstanding: Katy Perry (Smurfette), Christina Ricci (Vexy), Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf), and George Lopez (Grouchy Smurf). (5/5)
Smurfs 2 has an estimated budget of $105 million, but grossed a respectable $322 million. The original Smurfs grossed a whopping $560 million, thus resulting in a sequel.
This was Jonathan Winters’ last performance. He sadly passed away from natural causes on April 11, 2013.
The 3D packaging is nicely done, with 3 discs (3D blu ray, blu ray and DVD), each housed in its individual flipcase, that can be secured when down. The whole case is thicker and looked grand with its lenticular front.
Smurfs 2 is not as fun as the original, but it does have its own merits. Both the video and audio are outstanding and top-notched. The blue colour will simply pop off the screen. As to whether to indulge in the 3D version becomes a more personal issue. The 3D is nicely done, with some out-of-the-screen effects that definitely will wow the kids. If you have kids under 5, and have a 3D TV, then the 3D version is recommended. I bought the 3D more to start a 3D blu ray collection. The 2D is solid in both video and audio, and also is highly recommended.