Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
July 4, 2015 by Dennis Amith
For those wanting to escape the seriousness of life and are in the mood for crazy, moronic comedy featuring America’s famous mall cop, Paul Blart, then you’ll be in for a treat with “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”.
TITLE: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
FILM RELEASE: 2015
DURATION: 94 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 Aspect Ratio), English/Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French, Sanish, Thai, English, French – Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Indonesian/Bahasa, Spanish, Thai
COMPANY: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RATED: PG/Some Violence
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Directed by Andy Fickman
Written by Kevin James, Nick Bakay
Produced by Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo, Kevin James, Adam Sandler
Executive Producer: Marty P. Ewing, Jeff Sussman, Ben Waisbren
Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography by Dean Semler
Edited by Scott Hill
Casting by Marcia Ross
Production Design by Perry Andelin Blake
Art Direction by Alan Au
Set Decoration by Karen O’Hara
Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell
Kevin James as Paul Blart
Raini Rodriguez as Maya
Eduardo Verastegui as Eduardo Furtillo
Daniella Alonso as Divina
Neal McDonough as Vincent
David Henrie as Lane
D.B. Woodside as Robinson
Nicholas Turturro as Nick Manero
Lonio Love as Donna Ericone
Gary Valentine as Saul Gundermutt
Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Gundermutt
Shelly Desai as Khan Mubi
Steffiana De La Cruz as Kira
Adhir Kalyan as Pahud
Bob Clendenin as Muhrtelle
Shirley Knight as Blart’s Mother
Vic Dibitetto as Gino Chizetti
After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart (Kevin James) has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday, and when duty calls, Blart answers.
While the 2009 action-comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” didn’t garner the best reviews from film critics, the $26 million film would go on to make over $183 million worldwide.
A box office success, the film would ensure itself a sequel and sure enough, in 2015, filmmaker Andy Fickman (“She’s the Man”, “You Again”, “The Game Plan”) and actor/writer Kevin James (“The King of Queens”, “Hitch”, “Here Comes the Boom”) and co-writer Nick Bakay (“The King of Queens”, “Zookeeper”) would return with “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”.
And like the first film, received negative reviews but yet made over a $100 million worldwide.
And now “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in July 2015.
With the sequel, we learn immediately that Paul Blart (portrayed by Kevin James) has suffered a lot of bad luck.
His wife Amy divorced him six days into the marriage, his mother Margaret was struck and killed by a milk truck and now, he must deal with his daughter Maya (portrayed by Raini Rodriguez) getting ready to leave home and focus on college, not knowing that she was accepted to UCLA, on the other side of the country.
But fortunately, for Paul, he is invited to a security officer’s convention in Las Vegas and hopes that this will change his luck. Bringing his daughter along, the two have fun at the Wynn hotel and Paul thinks he is a keynote speaker at the event. But as the vacation is expected to be for R&R, Paul can’t stop being overprotective towards his daughter and not wanting her to speak to other guys at the hotel.
But unbeknown to Paul, Vincent Sofel (portrayed by Neal McDonough) and his accomplices disguised as hotel employees, are planning to steal priceless artwork from the hotel and replace them with replicas. But when Maya walks into their hotel room and sees the men stealing the art, she is kidnapped.
Can Paul save his daughter?
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 aspect ratio). The film looks absolutely gorgeous in HD as colors are vibrant during outdoor and also indoor scenes, closeups show great detail, black levels are deep but most importantly, the colors and the detail stand out. But this film, shot digitally, looks amazing on HD!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French, Spanish, Thai, English, French – Audio Description Track 5.1. Dialogue and music features wonderful lossless audio as dialogue is crystal clear, music often showcases great bass. As for the surround channels, we get to see those channels utilized during the action sequences. May it be the action special effects, the sound of a zip line and helicopter to a specialized gun and more. While not super-immersive, the soundtrack sounds very good!
Subtitle is presented in English, English SDH, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Spanish and Thai.
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” comes with the following special features:
- Gag Reel – (7:41) A fun blooper reel and Kevin James having fun on set.
- Security Force: The Cast of Paul Blart 2 – (4:55) The cast discuss working on “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”.
- Deleted Scenes – Featuring six deleted scenes not included in the film.
- Action Adventure – (5:57) A featurette about the action-sequences in the film.
- Back in the Saddle – (1:58) A featurette about using segways in the sequel.
- How to Make a Movie – (4:12) Director Andy Fickman discussing how to make a film and those involved in making the film.
- Le Reve – (4:49) How the Las Vegas show “Le Reve” was incorporated into the film.
- No Animals Were Harmed – (2:15) A featurette featuring the bird fight sequence.
- Sales Tactics – (3:27) A featurette or more of a gag reel featuring Richie Minervini.
- Real Cops – (1:16) Police officers discuss their feelings about Paul Blart.
- Photo Gallery – View the various stills shot from the film.
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” comes with both the Blu-ray and DVD version of the film. Also, included is an UltraViolet code.
It’s often the norm that film critics most often give not the best reviews for Happy Madison-related films.
And the same can be said about “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”, a film that continues the adventures of overweight security guard, Paul Blart. A man with bad-luck on his side, often an over-protective father and throw-in a lot of miscommunication and that is the life of Blart.
This time, we see Paul and his daughter Marni in Las Vegas and as one can expect, hilarity ensues and the story is farfetched, the characters are funny or moronic and you no doubt get a good number of wild and crazy scenes.
But it all comes down to ones view of Happy Madison comedy. As often is the case, if you are wanting to escape from reality and want something that is far from real, crazy, stupid/hilarious, then you can always depend on these films to be a perfect escape and the misfortune of Paul Blart, the famous mall cop will no doubt bring you many laughs.
From Paul Blart trying to climb the reception area and having difficulty, to showing off on a segway near incoming parking traffic, or rebuffing general manager Divina Martinez and thinking that she’s infatuated with him and the fact that he thinks she has the hots for him, and seeing her getting worked up by it.
Of course, there are a lot more crazy moments and the action scenes are hilarious, yes…stupid, but you expect those kind of things to happen in a Kevin James film. May it be a “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” or “Zookeeper” related film, you know already, what kind of film you are going to get. It’s just subjective to the viewer if you can accept moronic humor.
So, it’s interesting to see an art heist taking place at the same hotel of a security guard convention and the crazy things that ensues.
As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality for the Blu-ray release is fantastic. Colors are vibrant, detail is fantastic and the lossless soundtrack is good, not very immersive as I would have liked, but is good. And you also get a good number of special features included in the Blu-ray + DVD release.
Overall, for those wanting to escape the seriousness of life and are in the mood for crazy, moronic comedy featuring America’s famous mall cop, Paul Blart, then you’ll be in for a treat with “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”. Otherwise, if you are wanting something intellectually stimulating and a plot so deep, then obviously this film is not for you!
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