Ride Along 2

WSR Score3.5
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In Ride Along 2, the brothers-in-law are back. Ben (Hart), a recently graduated police rookie, now aspires to be a detective like his soon-to-be brother-in-law, but James (Ice Cube) still doesn’t think that he has what it takes for the job. He reluctantly takes Ben with him to follow up on a lead in Miami. Plans for a quick trip go awry when their unorthodox policing gets them into a compromising situation that threatens to derail a major case…and Ben’s upcoming wedding day. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Tim Story; eight featurettes: Behind The Scenes Of Ride Along With Us (HD 01:24), Kevin & Cube: Brothers-In-Law (HD 06:52), Inside Black Hammer Vision (HD 03:24), The Ride Along Roundtable (HD 15:52), The Ride Diaries (HD 20:28), The New Recruits (HD 06:21), Ride Along With Kevin Hart (HD 05:26), and Cori’s Wedding Commercial (HD 01:36); six deleted scenes (HD 08:40); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is terrific and reference quality throughout. Photographed digitally using the Red Epic Dragon camera system, the imagery is crisp and clean with excellent contrast, deep blacks, and revealing shadow delineation. The color palette is bold and saturated with strong primaries and rich and warm hues. Fleshtones are accurately rendered. Resolution is excellent, with fine textures in facial features, hair, clothing, and objects clearly defined. Both exterior and interior scenes exhibit visual variations yet maintain a strong, vibrant saturated color presence. This is a really colorful and vibrant picture that is visually entertaining throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is heavily music driven, which as a sound element is dynamic sounding, with excellent fidelity. The music is varied in genre but nicely occupies a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. Bass is strong with support from the .1 LFE channel. Atmospherics and sound effects are dimensional, with at times aggressive directional placement of effects such as gunfire. Miami and Atlanta street sounds are nicely energized and contrast to the rural scenes with lighter ambiance atmospherics. Dialogue is consistently intelligible, but spatial integration is at times wanting. This is a generally vibrant and exciting holosonic® soundtrack, with excellent fidelity and reference-quality elements. (Gary Reber)