Now that our Retired and Extremely Dangerous (RED, get it?) agents have surfaced and kicked ass in RED, it stands to reason that they would be free to go back into retirement without any issues, right? RIGHT?!!?
Yea… not right. RED 2 is out on 4K and today we are taking a look at this catalog release from Lionsgate.
Bruce Willis is back as Frank Moses, a formerly retired ex-operative who is doing his best to drift back into obscurity with his girlfriend Sarah (an ex-agent herself, but of the pension phone services variety). The only problem is that once you come out of retirement, it is extremely hard to stay that way.
Frank’s good pal Marvin (another RED agent) is back, and this time he’s privy to a Wikileaks release that pins them as being involved in a secret nuclear based mission in their past. The only problem is that they were never involved in such a mission, and they are being targeted by almost every secret agency on the planet. While the leak was false, the nuclear threat is still very real, so the crew assembles again to save the world (as you do).
RED 2 is a great follow up to the original. It has an insanely good cast, starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine Zeta-Jones – I mean, if this isn’t one hell of a dream team, I don’t know what is. Normally, I would say that putting so many stars in one movie is a gimmick, and it is, but it’s a great use of one, and there is a great balance of humor and not taking itself too seriously to match the action and serious tones they pepper in there for good measure. If you are a fan of RED, then you will like RED 2, it’s as simple as that. They don’t opt to push the series into new territories, and I don’t feel that they needed to.
This film was original mastered in 2K, which looks fantastic when bumped up to 4K for the UHD release. There are some great details that stand out quite well, and the HDR noticeably has an effect. RED 2 is definitely a better looking visual experience when compared to it’s predecessor, but both look great on screen.
As with RED, this set also has gotten the upgrade to ATMOS, which is the main selling point for this set, in my opinion. The film has a very exciting audio track and it sounds fantastic with full use of the surround channels. Audiophiles will want to upgrade to the UHD release if they enjoy this film, and this offering is enough for me to recommend it as the version to get.
As we’ve seen in other Lionsgate catalog releases, there is very little in the way of special features. The only new addition here is the theatrical trailer, everything else has been brought over from the Blu-ray release.
- The RED 2 Experience – a series of short featurettes, each focusing on one aspect of production
- Gag Reel
- Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
As is becoming the standard with UHD releases, RED 2 comes with a slick looking shiny slipcover with matching art in the black amaray case. Inside, you get a UV slip, and two discs (UHD and Blu-ray). The UHD disc has matching art with the case which looks quite nice.
If you like RED, chances are you’ll enjoy RED 2 as well. This one boasts an even more star studded cast and still does a good job of that comedic charm that the original had in droves. Lionsgate has put this out there at a reasonable price point, and the ATMOS track is worth paying the premium for – if you have the setup.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.