Confuring 2, The

Featured In Issue 210, October 2016

WSR Score4.5
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James Wan
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In The Conjuring 2, Lorraine (Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Wilson), who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother rising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five featurettes: The Enfield Poltergeist: Living The Horror (HD 12:46), The Conjuring 2: Hollywood's Haunted Stage (HD 05:08), Creating Crooked (HD 06:44), Crafting The Conjuring 2 (HD 10:09), and Sounds Of Scary (HD 07:00); four deleted scenes (HD 06:31); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture quality is excellent and exhibits a warm and rich color palette with well-balanced contrast. The realism is superb. Hues are naturally rendered throughout, whether within interiors or outside under overcast London skies during daylight. Night scenes are well photographed with lighting highlights, to enhance the street lighting and dark nighttime interiors. Fleshtones are perfectly natural under all lighting conditions. Black levels are deep, and shadow delineation is revealing. Resolution is superb throughout, with fine detail exhibited in facial and hair characteristics, as well as clothing and object textures, both defining interior and exterior object textures. The imagery projects a dimensional sense, which enhances the realism. This is an impressively rendered picture, which often appears to be reference quality, projecting effective terror. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby True HD 7.1-channel soundtrack was remixed specifically for the home theatre environment. The sonics are excellent and dynamic sounding throughout. Atmospherics are well executed with a constant sense of nuance, bolstered by sudden bursts of powerful sound effects. Sound effects are often delivered with deep, powerful bass in the .1 LFE channel, which often is intense and system challenging. Spatial dimensionality is superb, with an excellent sense of immersive character, with at times an effective overhead presence, such as during sequences of thunder and pouring rain. The music score is limited and includes chilling choral voicing and sequences of pop music. Dialogue sounds natural throughout, with excellent spatial integration. The voice of the poltergeist is deep and edgy, which provides a convincing sense of terror. This is a very effective horror soundtrack that is well crafted to deliver a horrific presence. Surround envelopment is aggressive and directional throughout. with every channel energized with effective dynamics and atmospherics and sound effects localization. Horror fans will not be disappointed. (Gary Reber)