22 Jump Street – Target Blu-ray Steelbook Review

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Comedy is one of the hardest genres to pull off in a sequel. Balancing audience and studio expectations while being different than its predecessor can sink the sequel fast. However, in the right hands it can be just as good as the original. Thankfully, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return to the sequel. So does the sequel live up to the high expectations of the original?

Surprisingly, yes it does. 22 Jump Street works so well because it’s so self-aware about what it is. It knows it’s a sequel and several times throughout the film they break the fourth wall and self-deprecates itself that it’s a sequel. It’s a simple, yet effective tactic.

Much of what makes 22 Jump Street works is the chemistry of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. They approach the roles with such zeal that it makes the entire experience infectious. Let’s also not forget that their shenanigans only work because of the clever writing and terrific direction from Lord and Miller. Even “angry black captain” himself, Ice Cube, steals the show. Especially when at that twist that hilariously defines the first half of the film and in turn set up some quality humor dynamics for the second.

Overall, the entire cast and crew’s commitment to what it wants to accomplish (a parody of Hollywood’s insistence of making sequels bigger) makes 22 Jump Street one of the best comedic sequels in recent memory.

Movie rating:
NR 4_5 Atoms - A-

Video
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22 Jump Street is presented in a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC-encoded video with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. With a mint condition video transfer, 22 Jump Street offers a quality high definition presentation that’s sure to please Blu-ray fans. The details are precise and the image suffers from no hints of blockiness or banding. Skin tones are even throughout and the colors are bright and accurate. Quite a few scenes take place at night, yet the blacks are deep without any hints of crush or lost shadow details. Overall, this is another excellent transfer from Sony.

Video rating:
NR 5 Atoms - A

Audio
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22 Jump Street is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio mix. As with most comedies, the center channel gets the most work. The mix prioritizes the dialog in order for the viewer to never miss any of the jokes. The surround speakers supply ample amount of atmosphere such as the minor background subtleties or noises from the football game. The only downside is that the action effects are strong but come up just short. There isn’t any boom or bang in the mix during the action sequences, which leaves much to be desired. Other than that, the mix is good across all other fronts.

Audio rating:
NR 4 Atoms - B

Special features
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22 Jump Street contains a plethora of extras, including a highly recommended hilarious commentary track, multiple deleted and extended scenes, and a handful of featurettes.

Audio Commentary: Now here is an audio commentary that’s just as fun to listen to as the movie itself. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill basically show up and have a good time reliving 22 Jump Street.

Deleted/Extended Scenes: Available with and without directors’ commentary, the deleted/extended scenes is a great look into a LOT of the film’s extra footage. Individual scenes are as follows:

  • Prologue
  • Roof Dancing
  • Ghost Ride
  • Taco Street
  • Force Choke
  • Mercedes in the Library
  • Waters & Eric
  • Rooster Chips
  • Art Party
  • Delroy Has An Idea
  • Vietnamese Jesus
  • Schmidt Visits Maya
  • Parents Brunch
  • Maya, Dickson and Schmidt
  • Dickson Appears
  • McQuaid and Zook’s Football Tape
  • Big Dogs
  • Dickson’s Daughter
  • Booker
  • Zack is Wounded
  • Interns vs. Mercedes
  • Dickson Apologizes

The Perfect Couple of Directors: This featurette talks about how directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller met and worked together for over 15 years on various projects. They talk about coming back for the sequel, and talk about the various things that happened on set.

Everything is Better in College: This featurette talks about the series’ transition from high school to college and how it opened up opportunities for jokes and storylines in the sequel.

Janning and Chonah: This featurette talks about the chemistry between stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

New Recruits: This featurette talks about the sequel’s new cast members and how their comedic timing and deliveries helped nab them the roles.

Don’t Cut Yet: This featurette takes a look at the improv that takes place on set.

Joke-A-Palooza: This six-minute piece showcases the alternate takes on various jokes in the movie.

Line-O-Ramas: This is an extension of the previous extra, as it’s more back and forth between characters, and alternate takes of various scenes.

The Dramatic Interpretation of 22 Jump Street: Comedic jokes sometimes don’t often translate well overseas, so alternate cuts had to be made in order to make them into a crime drama (seriously). This 9 minute and 30 second alternate version of 22 Jump Street has all of the jokes removed and you can watch all of it in its entirety. Yet even with the jokes removed, it’s still oddly hilarious.

Zook & McQuaid Scout Reel: This is the reel that Jenko and Zook made for their football recruitment video in the movie.

Jenko Split: Yup, Sony actually put Channing Tatum’s 22 Jump Street spoof of Van Damme’s truck splits on the Blu-ray. Yes, it’s still just as funny as before.

Special features rating:
NR 4 Atoms - B


Overall, 22 Jump Street is a film that’s smart enough to understand its target audience. It’s completely self-aware that it’s a sequel and one can’t help but fall in love with how well it works. Which it may not be a demo to showcase your system, 22 Jump Street has excellent video, worthy audio and a glut of hilarious bonus features to keep you entertained well past the movie.

Overall rating:
NR 5 Atoms - A

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