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House Next Door, The: Meet The Blacks 2

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Carl Black (Epps) is about to face off with the neighbor from hell (Williams) in "The House Next Door: Meet The Blacks 2." Carl has only ever wanted the best for his family, but after surviving the events that led to his not-so-bestselling book, he's moving everyone to his childhood home, where's he'll contend not only with his wife Lorene (Henao) and kids Allie (Webb) and Carl Jr. (Henderson) but everyone who drives him crazy. Cronut (Duval), Freezee (Bachelor), Rico (Turner) and an entire neighborhood of characters who seem to attract strange activity after dark. And nothing could be freakier than his new neighbor Dr. Mamuwalde (Williams), who may or may not be a vampire. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with the cast and crew, the featurettes "The House Next Door: Meet The Dope Cast" (HD 09:41) and "Hidden Empire: Paving A New Way" (HD 07:25), bloopers (HD 05:08), nine deleted scenes (HD 14:45) and a digital code.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally in Hawk Scope using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is pleasing with contrasted imagery. Both daytime and night scenes are nicely contrasted with deep black levels and revealing shadow delineation. White levels appear naturally rendered. Color fidelity is naturally saturated with bold hues and deep black levels. Resolution is excellent with detail exhibited in environments, facial features, clothing and object textures. This is a good-looking picture in which the night scenes are stylized and pleasing. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features effective atmospherics and sound effects that create moody environments. The orchestral/choral score is nicely recorded and occupies a wide soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds for effective envelopment. Deep bass is in the form of support for sound effects. The bass sound is naturally extended. Dialogue, which is the focus, is integrated spatially. This is a well-crafted holosonic® soundtrack. (Gary Reber)