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Paranormal Activity 2
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.



MPAA Rating: R (For Some Language and Brief Violent Material)/Unrated

Running Time: 91 Minutes/98 Minutes

Starring: Katie Featherston, Micha Sloat

Screenplay by: Michael R. Perry and Christopher Landon and Tom Pabst
Story by: Michael R. Perry

Directed by: Tod Williams

 

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $39.99

Features: Extended Edition, Found Footage, Teaser Trailer

Specs: 1.78:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Brazilian Portuguese 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Brazilian Portuguese Subtitles, Scenes (16 scenes), 2-Disc Set

Released: February 8th, 2011

 


"Paranormal Activity 2" is presented in 1080p high definition, preserving its widescreen theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. Save for some shimmering here and there, this is a near-perfect transfer. Since this movie was shot digitally, it looks pristine — not to mention it looks as if you're watching someone's home movie and their security camera footage, which makes everything seem all the more real. Detail is incredible, fleshtones are accurate and color saturation is phenomenal: everything in the day scenes (not recorded by cameras) seems to pop out, and looks vivid and juicy. The camera footage at night is appropriately grainy. For this movie, it does not get better nor can you really ask for more. 

 


"Paranormal Activity 2" is presented with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. There's not too much to say here, given what the film consists of. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, and its acoustics are appropriate when it comes to what you hear during some of the security camera shots (i.e. muffled noises and characters speaking from a distance). The sound effects can be pretty discrete, and some are definitely primed to give viewers a jolt. Dynamic range and fidelity are solid, too.

Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese are included. Also included are subtitles in those languages and English.

 


Not too much. There's the Extended Version of the film, which runs 7 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. Found Footage is 3-and-a-half minutes of additional scenes. Appropriately, they aren't given context. Finally, there's the Teaser Trailer.

Included in the set too is a disc that features the movie on DVD and a digital copy.

 



For a quickie sequel meant to cash in on the original's popularity, "Paranormal Activity 2" is not too bad. The presentation of the film on Blu-ray is just about flawless — especially the picture quality. The extras are slim on this disc, but fans of the movie will surely pounce on the extended cut and extra footage. For them a purchase is worth it, and for the rest, a rental will do.