Another 48 Hrs. – Blu-ray Review

Another 48 Hrs.

 After the massive success of other buddy cop films since 48 HrsAnother 48 Hrs tries to capitalize on the genre it established so many years prior. To its credit, the film is better than the original in terms of action, adventure, and mayhem. It’s bigger, but it’s certainly not better. Unfortunately, Another 48 Hrs feels so much like a rehash of the original than a sequel of the first film. The sequel basically copied and pasted scenes from the first film to serve as callbacks to fan-favorite moments.  

There is one crucial difference between this movie and the original, though. With Another 48 Hrs, we don’t get the friendship and camaraderie between Hammond and Cates as we did in 48 Hrs. Unfortunately, what we get is Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte going through the motions and not giving any life to their characters. At the same time, we get is more of Murphy and Nolte at odds with each other, which is a direct response to the success of Lethal Weapon

Director Walter Hill and screenwriters John Fasano, Jeb Stuart, and Larry Gross came up with a stale reason why the friendship established at the end of the first film has disappeared. Not to mention, they added an idiotic plot that connects this set of villains to Ganz. These villains don’t have much purpose other than to kill as many people as possible. As a result, this makes them are incredibly dangerous, which tends to work against the lighter mood caused by Murphy and Nolte’s constant squabbling. The film’s plot is so complicated that their investigation leads to so many dead ends. At the same time, the film is full of genre stereotypes recycled from dozens of other movies — including an Internal Affairs guy who makes the hero hand over his badge and gun. 

Overall, Another 48 Hrs is essentially the same as the first film. The characters are the same — even the jokes and best scenes from the first film are the same. The only difference is that none of the cast and crew seems to be having much fun this time out. Hill, Murphy, and Nolte are simply just going through the motions. So, if you’re looking for much of the same, then you might as well watch the original.

Movie Rating: 2.5/5 atoms

Another 48 Hrs. - Nick Nolte

Video

Another 48 Hrs hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Since Another 48 Hours came out in 1990, the picture is a vast improvement over the Paramount Presents release of 48 Hours. The grayscale for this really showcases the solid-looking brightness of the video transfer. The bright areas are either a light gray or a bright white. The black levels in this release are pristine. Unlike the 48 Hrs‘ Blu-ray, the shadows are a deep black with a minor touch of crush. At the same time, the colors look a tad bit bolder than in the 48 Hrs release. The Paramount Presents remaster has the picture looking crystal clear. Overall, this is a fantastic-looking transfer.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Another 48 Hrs. - Eddie Murphy

Audio

Another 48 Hrs hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. As a whole, the audio in this release is highly immersive. The audio features a seamless movement of effects — especially as the dirt bikes move around the race track. Also, there are distinct atmospheric effects that seamlessly blend into the overall mix. Right from the get-go, you can hear the full-sounding and dynamic sound of James Horner’s score. With all the action, the dialogue is still audible throughout.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Another 48 Hrs. - Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy

Special Features

Another 48 Hrs‘ Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • Filmmaker Focus: Director Walter Hill on Another 48 Hrs.
  • Theatrical Trailer

Much like the “Filmmaker Focus” of 48 Hrs, director Walter Hill talks first-hand about the film’s production through a video conference call. Also, the bonus feature feels like a behind-the-scenes featurette due to the amount of film footage, images, and production footage. Unfortunately, the “Filmmaker Focus” is the only legitimate feature you’ll find in this release.

Special Features Rating: 2.5/5 atoms


Overall, Another 48 Hrs is nothing but a rehash of 48 Hrs. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any of the fun and life of the original. The video and audio presentations are stunning, but the bonus features are severely lacking.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

Another 48 Hrs hits stores on Blu-ray on July 6th.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Paramount Home Entertainment.

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