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"Men in Black II" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Evil alien Surleena (Boyle) returns to Earth in search of the Light of Zartha.  Doing his best to prevent the destruction of the planet is MIB Agent J (Smith).  He quickly finds he needs the help of former Agent K whose memories were erased some years ago.  J rescues him from his job at the Post Office and manages to restore his memories.  It turns out K helped hide the Light 25 years earlier and it's now with pizza parlor employee Laura (Dawson).  K and J have only a few hours to get her and the light off Earth before all life is destroyed.

 

Specifications

  • Columbia Pictures
  • 2002, Color, PG-13, 1 hr 28 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Lara Flynn Boyle, Rosario Dawson
  • Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This movie is firmly in the good clean fun category.  It's not a cinematic masterpiece by any means but it is highly entertaining.  I've enjoyed watching it for years and this new Blu-ray release makes a great addition to my collection.  It seems almost impossible for Will Smith to make a bad movie (except for Hancock).  His comic timing and endless quips are the stuff of genius.  Jones plays the perfect straight man and provides an ideal yang to Smith's yin.  Lara Flynn Boyle is also quite delicious as the villain bent on acquiring power no matter what the cost.  For fans of corny slapstick, it's a must-own.

Technical

This transfer is a huge improvement over the first Men in Black Blu-ray from 2008 which suffered from soft detail, edge enhancement and pale color.  This disc is razor-sharp even though there's obvious film grain.  Detail in facial close-ups is superb.  Contrast is also excellent with no crushing of shadows and nice bright highlights.  My only complaint is some redness in flesh tones.  Tommy Lee Jones looks especially ruddy.  Overall color is quite good with nice saturation and a generally natural-looking palette.

Audio is also much better than the first film with a very dynamic DTS-HD Master Audio encode.  My sub and surrounds were used often to great effect.  While this is not a thrill-a-minute action flick, there is still plenty to be enjoyed if you have a state-of-the-art system.  The musical score is pretty much the same material as before.  You will enjoy watching Frank, the pug-alien, singing "I Will Survive" as he hangs his head out the window!

Extras

Bonus features include multiple making-of featurettes, audio commentary, a blooper reel, multi-angle scene deconstructions and a digital copy downloadable from the Ultraviolet cloud service.