Daddy's Home Two 4K UltraHD

WSR Score3.5
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Suggestive material and some language
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Sean Anders
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In "Daddy's Home Two," when it comes to raising their kids, Dusty (Wahlberg) and Brad (Ferrell) finally have this co-parenting thing down. That is, until Dusty's macho dad (Gibson) and Brad's sweet-natured father (Lithgow) come to town, throwing the whole family into complee chaos. As old rivalries create new problems, Dusty and Brad's partnership is put to the ultimate test. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five featurettes: "Making A Sequel" (HD 04:50), "Look Who's Back" (HD 07:16), "Co-Dads: Will & Mark" (HD 06:36), "The New Dads In Town: Mel & John" (HD 07:37), and "Captain Sully" (HD 02:17 ); six deleted/extended/alternate scenes (HD 11:17); a gag reel (HD 03:40); and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa and RED Weapon 8K (some scenes) camera system and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. The picture is terrific, with a virtual you-are-here presence. The imagery is bright and colorful throughout. The color palette is strongly saturated with intense hues that are vividly rich and warm. Colors pop throughout, especially reds, yellows, and greens. Fleshtones retain naturalness with a healthy presence. HDR contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks, revealing shadow delineation, and impressively bright whites, such as white shirts and the white lettering across the screen before the approaching days before Christmas, and the scenes with snow. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited in every scene in facial features such as wrinkles, skin pores, hair, beards, clothing, and object textures from interior structures and furnishing to outdoor environments. There are numerous WOW! segments such as from 0:21:12 to 0:21:45, 0:27:40 to 0:29:32, 0:37:08 to 0:39:46, and 0:41:56 to 0:43:40. This is an incredibly bright and colorful picture that is eye-popping saturation that effectively utilizes the wider color gamut application, for a spectacular reference-quality experience. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with a lively accompaniment of music, atmospherics, and sound effects. The music score at times resembles an animation soundtrack with sharp transients and busyness. Fidelity is excellent, and the soundstage is wide and deep and extends to the four surrounds and the height channels. Sound effects of all manner are representing the seemingly non-stop shenanigans. Deep bass often accompanies such shenanigans with quick response. Surround energy is pretty much limited to the music and sound effects, and a scene in a movie theatre. Dialogue throughout is intelligible and silly, with generally good spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element is entirely limited to an extension of the music but most often aggressively. The sound designers have not taken advantage of the numerous segments of shenanigans that would have been terrific sound elements for height extension.

Overall, the ear-level sonics are quite entertaining with, at times, a holosonic® presence, and the music extension to the height channels is effective in providing a good sense of spherical surround. (Gary Reber)