Open Season 2 (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Animation
Sony || PG - 76 minutes - $39.95 || January 27, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-01-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Matthew O'Callaghan
Writer(s): David I. Stern (written by)
Cast: Joel McHale, Mike Epps, Jane Krakowski, Crispin Glover


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Save Mr. Weenie (Interactive Game)
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I'll be honest - I don't remember a single thing about the first film. I rented it on DVD at some point and thinking back now couldn't remember a single characters name. Now, that's probably a good thing because most of the cast has been replaced with this Direct to Video release.

The film opens with Elliot (Joel McHale) showing off his incredibly big horns to all the other animals including his best friend Boog (Mike Epps) and newcomer dog Mr. Weenie. After a few good scenes of this, he gets them stuck in a tree and breaks them off (can they really break off that easily in the wild?). This is a bad thing for Elliot as he is getting ready to marry Giselle (Jane Krakowski), the love of his life. As he deliberates saying 'yes', Mr. Weenie (Cody Cameron) wanders off only to be 'kidnapped' by his former owner and the animal crew set off on an adventure to get him back.

We soon catch up to Mr. Weenie who is now reacquainted with his former owners, shows us a world of other more popular "domesticated" animals like dogs and cats. This is where we meet FiFi (Crispin Glover) who rules over all of them and wishes to get even with the "wild" animals for what they did to Mr. Weenie.

Even though this is a Direct to Video release its not all that bad - the replacement voice actors do a decent job with the material they are given while the newcomers bring their characters to life. The biggest change for most would be the absence of Ashton Kutcher as Elliot which is now voiced by Joel McHale. This is easily one of the best things Sony could have done - McHale seems to actually care about his role here and really brings the full personality of Elliot out.

As for the story... itís not that great. This film is strictly for the kids - there is no hidden adult innuendo like in Shrek or Madagascar unless you count the various ways one could think of regarding the word "Weenie". This one deserves a rental at best.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Features are presented in HD unless otherwise noted.

Going Wild with the Cast (15 Minutes) - A typical making of with interviews from several members of the cast and crew. Nothing to exciting, typical fluff.

Deleted Scenes (7 Minutes; SD) - A handful of deleted scenes that were cut from the already short film. Don't see any reason why these couldnít' be included in the film.

How to Draw (18 Minutes) - A featurette that both kids and adults can enjoy - learn how to draw!

Save Mr. Weenie (Interactive Game) - You like Frogger? Because this is a very poor version of that with clunky controls. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Also included is a Music Video (SD) and the usual BD-Live Portal.

Oddly enough, the Blu-ray version removes the 5 games playable on the DVD and instead offers up an exclusive one instead. A big 'Huh?' here, Sony.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Open Season 2 is presented in 1.78:1 (AVC) on a 50GB Disc. For a direct to BD/DVD film the film looks really sharp. Most of the characters in the film are incredibly vibrant and colorful making this a fantastic release. While not up-to-par with other CGI films (this one looks like an Xbox 360 game) it still shines on Blu-ray.

Sony has included an English, French and Portuguese 5.1 TrueHD track for this release as well as standard Dolby Digital 5.1 in Chinese Mandarin, Spanish, Chinese Putonghua, Cantonese and finally Thai. I was quite pleased with release - dialog was perfectly crisp and balanced while rears remained active. Itís a perfectly serviceable track for a DTV feature film but seemed to get a little special extra over the DVD counterpart that I reviewed at the same time.



.::OVERALL::.

Open Season 2 went to directly to Blu-ray for a reason - itís just not all that good and animation is not up to par of the first. Kids will love it but with only a handful of special features even they will get bored rather quickly.