A Quiet Place Part II – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

A Quiet Place Part II

When we reviewed A Quiet Place Part II back in May, we said that the film “doesn’t slow down, doesn’t let up, and thankfully, doesn’t disappoint.” As we watch Part II again, everything still rings true. Sure, a lot of the surprises are gone, but the scares are still there. Seemingly every jump scare will still make you jump due to Krasinski’s use of sound and bass. These creatures hit hard, so the bass from your sound system will still get you to jump. Not to mention Krasinski’s choice in going against typical horror tropes by not following the “Hitchcock Rule.” 

At the same time, watching the film again will give you more of an appreciation for the performances of the whole cast, particularly Millicent Simmonds and Cillian Murphy. Both Simmonds and Murphy are hypnotic as Regan Abbott and Emmett. Their dramatic performances pull you into the film, and you won’t be able to look away. Not to mention, you’ll notice more of the little nuances in their performance, such as facial expressions and body language. 

Unfortunately, rewatching the film will highlight more of the weaker parts of the film, such as Evelyn and Marcus Abbott’s storylines. Of course, their arcs are more lowkey compared to Regan and Emmett. Yet, there isn’t much at stake with their stories. As a result, their arcs feel more like a supporting plot than a story on equal footing with the main storyline. Regardless, both Emily Blunt and Noah Jupe give the material their absolute all.

Overall, A Quiet Place Part II is a film capable of being rewatched at any time. It’s like a song that you put on repeat. You know the lyrics and melody of the song, but you’ll never get sick of it. Similarly, you may know the tense moments and the film’s endgame, but you still want to watch it again. Not bad for a sequel.

Movie Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

A Quiet Place Part II - Emily Blunt and Noah Jupe

Video

A Quiet Place Part II hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The contrast is pitch-perfect, where the HDR gives the picture some depth. This is something you can definitely see in Emmett’s underground bunker early on in the film. The whites are a vibrant white, and the black levels are dark black. However, the black levels are not a consistent black, though. Depending on the scene, the black levels will either be an inky shade of black or a black of a lighter shade.

When it comes to the colors, the entire color palette jumps off the screen. Yet, it’s the warm hues that leap off the screen. From the orange glow of the candles to the rust on metal objects, these warm hues are intensely bright. There’re so many grimy and gritty textures in the post-apocalyptic world, and this video transfer displays the details of it with such clarity. Overall, this picture looks spectacular.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

A Quiet Place Part II - Cillian Murphy

Audio

A Quiet Place Part II hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect A Quiet Place Part II‘s Dolby Atmos track. The audio mix is exceptionally playful with its object placement and dynamic panning. First, the mix plays with the position of the creature noises around the soundstage. Then, when all hell breaks loose, the creature noises and various sound effects move across the soundstage swiftly and smoothly.

Atmospherics play a crucial role in this audio mix. Since there’s a lot of silence (obviously), the atmospheric effects keep you immersed in the film. There’s even a good balance between Marco Beltrami’s score and the atmospherics, where both can coexist and be clearly heard throughout. There’s great emphasis on getting the low-sounding dialogue to be audible in the center channel. The subwoofer comes alive in this mix as every thump and bang from the creatures adds heft to them. Not to mention, the subwoofer shakes and rocks your entire soundstage.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

A Quiet Place Part II - Millicent Simmonds

Special Features

A Quiet Place Part II‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the 1080p Blu-ray disc:

  • Director’s Diary: Filming with John Krasinski
  • Pulling Back the Curtain
  • Regan’s Journey
  • Surviving the Marina
  • Detectable Disturbance: Visual Effects and Sound Design

The bonus features for this Ultra HD Blu-ray release are a bit of a disappointment. When you combine all of them together, it clocks in at around 30-minutes. First of all, “Director’s Diary” is a 9-minute video blog where writer/director John Krasinski talks about the scenes shot on selected days. This is practically this release’s lengthiest behind-the-scenes featurette. “Pulling Back the Curtain” is a short 3-minute documentary that gives us more of an idea of who these creatures are, what makes them tick, and the difference between these creatures and the ones we saw in the first film. 

As you might expect, “Regan’s Journey” is a 6-minute feature about the evolution of Regan’s character in Part II and why she’s the most pivotal character in the sequel. “Surviving the Marina” is a 5-minute featurette breaking down the production challenges and the process of filming this scene. Lastly, “Detectable Disturbance” is an 8-minute documentary that goes in-depth into the visual effects and anatomy of the creature. What’s cool is that you’ll get to see much of the visual effects tests in this feature.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms


Overall, A Quiet Place Part II is a spectacular sequel that’s just as good as the first film. Likewise, the video and audio presentations are first-rate. It’s just unfortunate that the bonus features are severely lacking in this release.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

A Quiet Place Part II hits stores on Ultra HD Blu-ray on July 27th.

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

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