Dolphin Tale 2 is an unnecessary sequel but a harmless one with a wholesome message and something families will immensely enjoy especially young ones. The performances are pretty basic but having a couple respectable actors like Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman helps elevate a thin script and predictable story.
Dolphin Tale 2
Genre(s): Drama, Family
Warner Bros. | PG – 107 min. – $35.99 | December 9, 2014
The inspiring true story of Winter isn’t over. Several years after receiving a prosthetic tail, Winter loses her surrogate mother, leaving her alone, grieving and unwilling to engage with anyone, even her best human friend, Sawyer (NATHAN GAMBLE). Worse, she may have to be moved from her home at the aquarium due to regulations requiring dolphins to be paired. When Dr. Clay Haskett (HARRY CONNICK, JR.) and his dedicated team can’t find her a companion, it looks like they may lose their beloved Winter…until an unexpected turn of events brings them Hope.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
This release comes with a matted slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital Copy.
Dolphin Tale 2: Underwater Magic (3:03; HD) is a short featurette on shooting underwater and has interviews with the cast and crew talking about those scenes.
Look Who’s Running the Show (3:20; HD) covers the story taking place three years after the first film including the kid actors who are now young adults.
Bethany Hamilton Meets Winter (3:18; HD) is about the famous surfer and her cameo in the sequel.
Dolphin Tale 2: The Mission (3:34; HD) is a promotional featurette on the mission of the aquarium in the rescue and rehab of the marine life.
Dolphin Tale 2: The Story (4:01; HD) is more of the same just on the screenplay.
Last up are two Music Videos with Cozi Zuehlsdorff on “Brave Souls” (4:25; HD), Gavin McGraw singing “You Got Me” (3:53; HD) and last a Gag Reel (7:22; HD).
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Dolphin Tale 2 swims onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture has a glossy look to it which doesn’t translate well onto the small(er) screen with an almost made-for-TV vibe rather than anything theatrical quality. Even so, details aren’t bad and colors tend to be vibrant in keeping with the family-oriented demo.
AUDIO – 4.25/5
Surprisingly, while Warner’s own Gravity received only a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, for whatever reason this movie gets a 7.1 channel track which is overkill for sure, but still provides clear dialogue levels, some decent depth for the ambient noises and Rachel Portman’s generic score comes through fairly well.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, Dolphin Tale 2 is an unnecessary sequel but a harmless one with a wholesome message and something families will immensely enjoy especially young ones. The performances are pretty basic but having a couple respectable actors like Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman helps elevate a thin script and predictable story. The Blu-ray released by Warner Home Video offers up good video/audio transfers while the special features are mostly throwaway material.
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