A Quiet Place Part II (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

August 2, 2021 8 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

I’m a believer in the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” There are several examples I could prattle on about that illustrate this point, but I have faith that anyone reading this already gets it. I’ll also say that I find that there aren’t many “big” Hollywood films out there that are truly original. In 2018 actor/director/writer John Krasinski brought us A Quiet Place which personified both points (being both big and original). Yes, the aliens theme has been done and redone and rebooted and remade, etc. but this was a new take on a genre that will likely never get old. The film (without giving away the ending) also told the tale and did everything right the first time. So the challenge wasn’t only how to improve upon what was essentially perfect the first time, but to come up with something that merited a sequel and didn’t disparage the first one. It’s not an easy task.

I’ll go on the assumption that anyone reading this has seen the first one. If not, I have to wonder why not? At any rate we find our still intact family before the aliens arrived. This serves dual meaning of telling us how they got there and getting John Krasinski’s character in the film for a few minutes (we know what happened to him in the first one). The aliens show, with a bang, as Evelyn (Emily Blunt) trying to avoid the out-of-control bus speeding towards her. We then flash forward to just after the ending of the first and meet Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and their new baby. They have to flee the farm and that means all of them are in a lot more danger. They eventually arrive at an abandoned factory where they meet an old friend in Emmett (Cillian Murphy). He’s not too keen on helping them, but when Regan goes off to find the source of a radio signal, Emmett’s choices are slim. It’s essentially Emmett looking for Regan while Evelyn takes care of the other children back at the farm. Sounds pedestrian. It’s not.

There aren’t many films that are better than the originals. It might be argued that Deadpool 2 is better than the original. The Godfather II is widely considered better than the original and so on. I mention this as it goes to show that if a film is well-written, then it shouldn’t matter if the first one tied up all the loose ends. Good writing makes a film, regardless of content. Add to that, this one set us up for a trilogy and as they say in Scream – it’s all about the trilogy. Suffice it to say that we’ve not seen the last of this family and their noise-fearing alien stalkers. Emily Blunt is, as usual, the star of the show but it might be argued that Millicent Simmonds nearly steals it. She has a unique look and the ability to convey so much with just a few facial ticks. To put it bluntly, the same elements that were at play in the first all work here. Again.

Video: How’s it look?

There’s no reason to think that this second installment will look much, if any, different from its predecessor. A majority of the film is dark, with only isolated shots of light. The “aliens” have a very unique look to them, though the detail and contrast on their “skin” is something to behold. The increased color depth of the 2.39:1 HEVC 4K version gives it a slight edge on its Blu-ray counterpart, but make no mistake that whichever version you go with will look good. Blacks are deep and solid, razor sharp detail and strong contrast all contribute to a great-looking picture.

Audio: How’s it sound?

It’s a bit odd that with the film’s title, it delivers some of the better-sounding scenes I’ve heard lately. The lack of vocals might lead the viewer to think that they’ll be straining all the way through the film. Rather all we get are some random sounds here and there as well as the sound of aliens snacking on their prey. But, the Dolby Atmos soundtrack has plenty of times to flex its muscle. How nice. This is more of a passive soundtrack than anything else, but it does the job effectively and it’s surprisingly robust given the subject matter. Granted the film ends on a high note (literally), so if you’re looking for a silver lining – there you go.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Director’s Diary: Filming with John Krasinski – Effectively this is your “all in one” EPK with lots of quips from Krasinski as they go on about the story, where and how they shot it and so forth.
  • Pulling Back the Curtain – It’s no secret that we see a lot more of the aliens this time around, but also get a look at the overall story.
  • Regan’s Journey – We get a look at Regan’s character and her physical location in the film also coupled with  her character as a whole.
  • Surviving the Marina – One of the key scenes in this movie takes place at the marina, we get all we needed and more in this segment.
  • Detectable Disturbance: Visual Effects and Sound Design – The movie is basically all about sound (or lack thereof) and we get a feel for some of the audio and visual elements within.

The Bottom Line

A Quiet Place Part II is one of those rare sequels that many feel improved upon its predecessor. It’s a rather unique look at the alien invasion, for lack of a better term, and shows us the importance of family. Everything that we liked about the first one is here as well.  Paramount’s disc looks and sounds fantastic and though the supplements are a bit run of the mill, they’re more that satisfactory.

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