Boo 2! A Madea HalloweenOverview -
Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween is or more or less the same film as its predecessor. Still unfunny and not scary in the slightest, and despite the title and cover art, Madea isn't in the film, but only for a few minutes as she tries to see what's happening at a frat party in the middle of the woods with a murderous past. It's a lazy, bad film, one of which you don't want to watch. The video and audio presentations are both decent enough, but the supplements aren't worth watching. Skip It.
When Brian's (Tyler Perry) daughter sneaks off to attend a party at a haunted campground, Madea, Aunt Bam, Hattie and Joe set out on a hell-arious journey to bring her back, scaring up laughs and striking fear in all monsters, goblins and party animals standing in their way.
Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take
Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween begins on Tiffany Simmons' 18th birthday. Her father wants to spoil her even though Tiffany is the worst kid-brat known to humankind, andTiffany wants to go party with some frat guys in a field where a series of murders took place.Of course, Tiffany's father doesn't want her to go, but his ex-wife tells her she can and off she goes. The usual Madea posse heads out to the field to stop what's happening.
Meanwhile, some chainsaw-wielding people appear then disappear immediately, along with some other ghoulish figures that appear and disappear without any rhyme or reason. Needless to say, there is nothing scary or even funny with this film. From the box art and the title of the film, you'd think Madea (Tyler Perry) would be a main character, but she's only on screen for a few minutes.
Don't worry though, other Tyler Perry characters take the spotlight for better or worse. The underlying theme here is Tiffany and her family's dysfunction, which never really goes anywhere other than some Tyler Perry character saying something over-the-top with some semblance of a message. Tyler Perry's fans may stick with him until the very end, but if you're looking for something funny, scary, or just plain old entertaining, you'll have to look elsewhere and hope Tyler Perry puts this franchise to rest.
The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats
Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween comes with a 50GB Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate as well as an added DVD copy of the film. There is an insert for a digital download included too. The discs are housed in an eco-friendly, hard, plastic case with a cardboard sleeve. Trailers for other Madea films play before the main menu sets up.
Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween comes with a 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This digitally shot feature looks good for the most part, but unfortunately, most of the film takes place in low light situations, which hinders colors and detail quite a bit. Well-lit scene colors are bright and vibrant with solid looking reds, greens, and purples. Background exterior shots of trees and buildings give way to natural greens and browns too. However, in the night time scenes, you can barely make out any colors other than faint blues or vague reds.
Detail is mostly sharp and vivid in well-lit scenes, but again, when in darker moments, it's hard to make out really anything going on. Black levels can bleed a little bit and become murky while skin tones look natural only in bright sequences. There is some pesky video noise that creeps up as well, but no other issues are present.
This release comes with a lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix and sounds decent for the type of movie it is. This is rather front heavy with clear dialogue that is easy to understand, despite a lot of the yelling and rapid-fire dialogue, no matter how inane. The sound effects are loud only in certain moments, mainly at the party in the woods and when the chainsaws turn on.
This is where the surround speakers turn on and create a decent party atmosphere with music, people talking, yelling, and other wooded sounds. The chainsaws pack a bit of bass too when they turn on, but they don't last long. Other ambient noises sound good enough to pass, but nothing is ever to robust or lively. Lastly, there were no pops, cracks, hiss, or shrills.
Why We Love Joe! (HD, 7 Mins.) - Some of the best Joe moments, along with cast and crew interviews and on-set footage focused on the Joe character.
Caddy Whack Boo (HD, 9 Mins.) - An EPK type of supplement that concentrates on some of the characters of the film.
Deleted Scenes (HD, 2 Mins.) - A couple of deleted scenes that aren't worth watching.
Outtakes (HD, 6 Mins.) - Missed cues, flubbed lines, and laughter on set.
Boo 2: A Madea Halloween is the sequel nobody wanted, but we're stuck with it anyway. If you watched the first film, then you know exactly how this sequel will play out. There are zero scares or comedic bits in the film, however you can tell where they lazily tried to make things entertaining. None of it works though. For a flick that's called Madea and has the character on the cover, you'd expect her to be in the movie for more than a few minutes, which isn't the case. The video and audio are both passable, but the supplements don't offer any insight into the making of the film, but instead just praise its creator. Feel free to Skip It unless you're the world's biggest Tyler Perry fan.
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