Sinister 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie boasted a positive presentation.
Sharpness seemed good. Only the slightest hint of softness occurred, and not with any frequency. Overall clarity remained solid, and the image lacked problems like jaggies, shimmering and haloes. No print flaws marred the presentation.
Like virtually all modern horror flicks, Sinister 2 went with a stylized palette. We got a chilly teal most of the time, so don’t expect anything dynamic. These tones suited the movie. Blacks were reasonably dark and dense, and shadows were smooth. This turned into a well-rendered image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, it offered a fairly typical horror movie soundscape. This meant a lot of creepy atmosphere and occasional “jolt moments”. Along with good stereo music, the soundfield was able to open things up in a satisfying manner that embellished the story; the mix didn’t dazzle, but it worked fine.
Audio quality was always good. Music appeared full and rich, while effects demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy. Speech was natural and distinctive throughout the film. Again, this wasn’t a heavily active track, but it made sense for the story.
The disc’s extras open with an audio commentary from director Ciaran Foy. He provides a running, screen-specific look at story/characters and the continuation of the first film, sets and locations, music and audio, cast and performances, editing, visual design, and related areas.
Foy offers an energetic and highly informative chat. He touches on a strong array of topics and does so with gusto and frankness. Foy makes this an enjoyable and educational discussion.
Five Deleted Scenes run a total of nine minutes, 22 seconds. We get “New Chain” (1:09), “A Late-Night Warning” (2:35), “Stupid Bird” (1:36), “Lipstick” (2:00) and “Stomberg’s Last Drink” (2:02). Some of these offer decent exposition, but others – like one that illustrates the violence potential of the twins – seem redundant. We also don’t need more footage to demonstrate how awful Clint is. Most of these scenes deserved to be left on the cutting room floor.
Six more clips show up under Extended Kill Films. We see “Fishing Trip” (1:32), “Christmas Morning” (1:34), “Kitchen Remodel” (1:41), “A Trip to the Dentist” (0:35), “Sunday Service” (3:05) and “Cornfield” (3:11). In these, we view the violent “home movies” seen in Sinister 2 in longer versions. They offer a good addition to the package.
Time to Watch Another: The Making of Sinister 2 runs 10 minutes, 11 seconds and features Foy, producer Jason Blum, writer Scott Derrickson, stunt coordinator Jim Fierro, fire coordinator Eddie Fernandez, stuntman Eddie Fernandez Jr., effects designer Roy Knyrim, prosthetic application Rob Hinderstein, and actors James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert and Dartanian Sloan, Lucas Jade Zumann, Jaden Klein, Laila Haley, Nick King and Lea Coco.
We learn how Foy came to the project, story/character areas, cast and performances, the “kill films”, effects and stunts, and connected domains. “Time” offers a basic but satisfactory overview.
The disc opens with ads for London Has Fallen, Straight Outta Compton, The Green Inferno, The Visit and The Forest. Previews adds promos for The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy, Curve, Visions, Everest, Ouija and Unfriended. No trailer for Sinister 2 appears here.
Although aspects of Sinister 2 prove spooky, too much of the movie meanders. The film lacks many quality scares and becomes lss than involving. The Blu-ray provides solid picture and audio as well as bonus materials highlighted by an excellent commentary. Sinister 2 winds up as an inconsistent and mediocre horror film