Paranormal Activity 2
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
Retail Price: $39.99
Features: Extended Edition, Found Footage, Teaser Trailer
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
Released: February 8th,
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.
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.
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.
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.