The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. For the most part, visuals were positive.
Overall sharpness seemed fine. A little softness impacted a few nighttime shots, but in general, delineation remained appropriate, if not great.
I saw no moiré effects or jaggies, and edge haloes didn’t appear. Print flaws also never became a factor.
The film tended toward subdued hues that mixed teal and amber. These colors remained restrained and looked fine given stylistic choices.
Blacks seemed dark and tight, and low-light shots brought us reasonable clarity. They could be a little dense but not to a significant degree. This became a satisfactory presentation.
Heavy on atmospherics, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 added a little kick to the proceedings. Action shots showed nice involvement, and a few other sequences opened up the mix well enough. The movie lacked many standout auditory moments, but the soundfield created a decent sense of place.
No issues with audio quality emerged. Speech was natural and smooth, while music offered good range and dimensionality.
Effects came across as accurate and tight. Again, the track lacked a lot to make it excel, but it fit the story well enough.
A few extras flesh out the disc, and we begin with an audio commentary from writer/director Deon Taylor, producers Roxanne Avent and Omar Joseph and actors Lil Duval, Bresha Webb, Zulay Henao, Tyrin Turner, Katt Williams and Cory Zooman Miller. All sit together for this running, screen-specific look at… not much.
Oh, we occasionally get production-related nuggets such as notes about sets/locations, costumes, photography and whatnot, but these comments remain infrequent. Instead, we find lots of praise for the film and participants plus plenty of laughter.
All involved clearly think they created a comedic masterpiece, as they chortle at everything they see. That gets old quickly, and not just because I can’t figure out what they find funny about this awful film.
In addition, we get a surprising amount of dead air, especially for a commentary with nine participants. How can so many people have so little to say?
I don’t know, but the track offers a shocking lack of actual content. A terrible movie spawns a useless commentary.
Two featurettes follow, and Meet the Dope Cast runs nine minutes, 41 seconds. It includes notes from Taylor, Henao, Webb, Williams, Avent, Joseph, Duval, Miller, and actors Mike Epps and Snoop Dogg.
As expected, we get notes about the movie’s actors. As expected, we find virtually nothing but praise for all involved.
Paving a New Way lasts seven minutes, 25 seconds and features Taylor, Avent, Taylor. Epps, Dogg and Joseph. They discuss the movie’s production company and pat themselves on the back a lot for their success.
A collection of Bloopers spans five minutes, eight seconds. These mix goofs/giggles with improv bits, so fans may enjoy the latter.
Finally, we find eight Deleted Scenes. These take up a total of 14 minutes, 45 seconds.
Though these attempt some comedy, they tend to focus more on exposition and character material. Nothing especially memorable emerges, so they don’t add anything much.
If you expect The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 to better the first film, abandon all hope. As bad as the prior flick was, the sequel seems even dumber and uglier. The Blu-ray comes with generally positive picture and audio along with a smattering of bonus materials. Nothing about this awful film succeeds.