Insidious: Chapter 2 Blu-ray review

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The first Insidious movie had some creepy moments, but overall it wasn’t as scary as I had hoped. The premise of “The Further”, aka the spirit world, was very interesting, but the world and the main antagonist never really felt like much of a threat (plus, the main baddie reminds me of Darth Maul). The movie did set up another creepier-looking ghost, one that has haunted Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) since he was a little child.

Insidious: Chapter 2 starts right after the end of the first movie. Josh has returned from “The Further” with his son, Dalton (Ty Sympkins). Elise (Lin Shay), a paranormal investigator who has helped the Lambert family, is now dead. Meanwhile Josh’s wife, Renai (Rose Byrne), just wants everything to be back to normal. But with the black bride ghost that’s been haunting Josh is out, it’s not going to be easy. Specs (Leigh Whannell), Tucker (Angus Simpson) and Elise’s other partner, Carl (Steve Coulter), come to investigate the mystery behind the old ghost, while Josh is becoming more questionable.

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The movie does have some creepy parts, but like the first, it wasn’t a really scary experience overall. The fact that you get to learn more about the black bride makes the villain more sympathetic, which is a no-no if you want to make the character creepy. However, I was intrigued by the story and wanted to learn more.

Another thing I liked was the whole time traveling aspect. (It very much reminded me of Back to the Future II.) In Insidious: Chapter 2, Josh revisits events from the first movie. It’s a neat little addition, since if you watch the first movie again, you’ll be like, “Hey, I remember that.”

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Although “The Further” was an interesting concept in the first movie, the full potential of utilizing that world and making it scary as hell was never realized. The second movie treads back into that same path, but this time it’s mainly used to reveal the backstory of the Black Bride.

With James Wan doing a great job with directing The Conjuring, I can’t help but be disappointed with the scare factor in Insidious: Chapter 2. Even with the gripes aside, the story was still interesting enough for me to be invested. Like the first movie, the second one ends in a cliffhanger. I just hope we’re not going to see the same formula of a person being trapped in “The Further” again.

(Movie Grade: C+)

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Video/Audio Quality

The movie is presented with a 2.39:1 1080p transfer. The movie is mostly dark but is still clear. The picture is mostly free from any blemishes and is top-notch overall. The sound for scary movies follow a certain pattern, but that doesn’t mean that the sound itself is bad. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is loud when it wants to get loud, and the quiet scenes really do make you nervous. It’s a very nice presentation of how dynamic the sound can be.

(Video Grade: A-, Audio Grade: A)

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Extras

First off, the movie does NOT contain audio commentary. What we get are short featurettes including the making of the movie, a short video diary with screenwriter Leigh Whannell, other behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. Here’s the full list:

  • Peripheral Vision: Behind the Scenes: This one has interviews from the cast and crew as they talk about the movie. It also has on-set footage.
  • Ghostly Transformations: This featurette shows off the look of the ghosts in “The Further”. I have to admit, I have a crush on one of the ghosts that’s featured in this.
  • Leigh Whannell’s Insidious Journal: Leigh Whannell weighs us in on the differences in being an actor and a screenwriter.
  • Haunted Hospital: On Location: The cast and crew members talk about their creepy experiences when filming inside the Linda Vista hospital.
  • Work in Progress: On Set Q&A: The longest of the featurettes (23:30), it has cast and crew members Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson, Jason Blum, Leigh Whannell, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and James Wan (he shows up later) answering questions from the audience.
  • Insidious: Spectral Sightings: These contain three webisodes that further explores the world of Insidious.

(Extras Grade: C)

Final Reaction

The first movie had more tense scenes, but if you’re looking forward to the story behind the Black Bride, then this might interest you. Don’t expect to be scared out of your mind though.

Blu-ray Grade: C+

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