A Quiet Place Part II was released on 4k, Blu-ray, and DVD on July 27, 2021. Like always, there was an exclusive steelbook from Best Buy, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the artwork, so i went with the standard 4k release.
A Quiet Place Part II is presented in the standard 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The 4k Blu-ray features the 2160p UHD transfer, which is an upgrade from the 1080p that you would see on a traditional Blu-ray.
This 4k transfer is very detailed, allowing viewers to be able to see the stitching on clothing and distinct facial features.
I would estimate that about two-thirds of this film takes place in darkly lit environments, yet there are no issues at all with lighting. The black levels are intensely deep, adding great deepness to these darker scenes and creating great contrast, so that the characters are able to be easily distinguished in the dark. For example, a large portion of the film occurs inside of the poorly lit steel mill. When they are in the unilluminated basement, the background really extends into extreme shades of black, adding extra depth.
The CGI also seems to have taken an amazing upgrade on this transfer. The monsters are at their highest quality here, looking as sharp as ever. Along with that, when in outdoor settings, the greens of the plants, grass, and trees really stand out. While the film does utilize a warmer color tone, the whites are still extremely white and look amazing on screen.
The sequences with the erupted fire at the boat dock and the explosion at the mill are really the only critiques that I have with the visual presentation in A Quiet Place Part II. While the flames eventually developed a slight yellow/orange tint, from their initial explosion/ignition, they seemed to be straight-up white, which was a little odd to me. Still, these moments POP off the screen with intense brightness.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 on the scale of awesomeness!
In the extra, Detectable Disturbance: Visual Effects and Sound Design, one crew member stated, “Everything you hear, is just as important as everything you see” and that is absolutely true with this movie.
The 4k release of A Quiet Place Part II features a Dolby Atmos track that fully utilizes its surround sound capabilities. The audio is serviced in a way that allows the audience to be fully immersed inside of the film’s reality, creating effective moments of tension and a couple well-earned jump scares. Sounds like the monster’s roar, explosions, and water dripping are all executed through different channels, producing a truly visceral surround sound experience.
What makes the A Quiet Place franchise so unique, is that they are films that are carried by their sound design. Sounds, or the lack of them for that matter… are the most important aspect, as that is what draws the monsters to people.
Rating: 5 out of 5 on the scale of awesomeness!
Director’s Diary: Filming with John Krasinski–9 minutes, 39 seconds
John Krasinski discusses several of the scenes from the film and how they were executed. This was probably my favorite of the extras, as it was interesting to see Krasinski’s thought process on crafting a sequel that maintained the same level emotion and creativity as the first one.
Pulling Back The Curtain–3 minutes, 48 seconds
The team behind A Quiet Place Part II discusses the much larger scope and scale of the sequel, along with the origins of the monsters that takeover.
Regan’s Journey–6 minutes, 20 seconds
Millicent Simmonds’ character, Regan, is explored and her journey throughout the second film is examined by the cast of A Quiet Place Part II.
Surviving The Marina–5 minutes, 1 second
The crew discusses the “people not worth saving” and the process of planning and creating the marina sequence.
Detectable Disturbance: Visual Effects and Sound Design–8 minutes, 26 seconds
The visual effects group explains the design of the monsters and how they were able to utilize them in different ways in the sequel.
While I did really enjoy all of these extras, I wish that there would have been more. All five special features only accumulated to a little over 30 minutes combined and especially with this film, I believe that there was a lot more behind the scenes details that could have been shared.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 on the scale of awesomeness!
The 4k transfer of A Quiet Place Part II is top notch, along with boasting an impressive Dolby Atmos audio track. The special features do hold this 4k release back though, as there is so much more that could have been explored.
With darker scenes sprinkled throughout the film, I would recommend that you grab the 4k version, as it brings much further depth than the standard Blu-ray. While it isn’t a perfect release, it is still worth spending a few extra dollars.
Rating: 4 out of 5 on the scale of awesomeness!
What are your thoughts on A Quiet Place Part II? Did the 4k Blu-ray meet your expectations? Let me know in the comments! And as always…
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