Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. No problems interfered with this excellent transfer.
Sharpness seemed very good. From start to finish, the movie remained crisp and well defined. I noticed no examples of softness or fuzziness during this detailed and concise picture. Jagged edges and moiré effects appeared absent, and I noticed no signs of edge enhancement. In regard to print flaws, I noticed none, as the movie looked clean and fresh from start to finish.
The tropical Hawaiian setting of Glitch meant that it boasted a vivid and varied palette, and the DVD presented those hues well. The colors consistently looked positive. From the lush landscapes to the bold tones of the aliens, the hues always came across as lively and tight. Black levels also seemed terrifically deep and solid, while shadow detail was appropriately dense but never seemed overly murky. Ultimately, Glitch offered a fine image.
When we moved to the audio, we found a similarly strong experience. Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch offered both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 soundtracks. Both were very similar, and I discerned no significant differences between them.
Much of the movie favored the front channels, but the mix opened up well when appropriate. Stitch’s nightmares offered lively material, and other actions scenes provided a lot of exciting sonic activity. In between, things seemed more subdued, but the soundfield matched the film nicely. Music always demonstrated positive stereo imaging, and the effects created a realistic and involving sense of atmosphere. When the action heated up, the surrounds added a fine layer of material that contributed some engaging audio. The back speakers also offered a lot of effective isolated speech that created a fun sense of setting.
Audio quality seemed positive. Dialogue always came across as natural and warm, and I detected no concerns related to edginess or intelligibility. Music appeared bright and dynamic, with concise highs and rich lows. Effects also were tight and realistic. Those elements betrayed no distortion, as they consistently appeared clean and accurate. The effects provided some strong bass response as well. The track lacked the consistent ambition to make it to “A” level, but it still warranted a positive “B+”.
Only a few minor extras round out the DVD. Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride presents a music video from Jump5. Is there some factory at Disney that manufactures these pop groups packed with attractive, peppy teens? Jump5 are totally nondescript, and this boring video is a waste of space.
A bonus short called “The Origin of Stitch” lasts four minutes, 37 seconds. It shows us what it describes, as it depicts Stitch’s creation. Don’t we already know this information? I’m not sure what purpose this redundant cartoon serves.
Two activities pop up under “Games and Activities”. Where’s Pleakley? offers a video version of “Where’s Waldo”. It forces us to find Pleakley in crowd scenes. The interface makes it tough to succeed. In one-player mode, you need to locate Pleakley quickly, but since you have to scan through a mix of choices, it’s almost impossible to do so rapidly enough to beat the clock.
Jumba’s Experiment Profiler shows you various creations and asks questions about them. The individual profiles offer more than enough information to make this an easy task.
A few ads open the DVD. We get promos for Cinderalla, The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Shaggy Dog and Leroy and Stitch. These also appear under Sneak Peeks along with clips for Toy Story, Kronk’s New Groove, My Scene Goes Hollywood, Bambi II and Kim Possible.
Perhaps I liked Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch solely due to low expectations. Whatever the case, I still thought the movie offered a reasonable amount of fun and entertainment. The DVD presented very good picture and sound but lacked substantial extras. With a list price of nearly $30, it seems a little pricey for a purchase, but it’s at least worth a rental.