Director: Walter Hill
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James
Release Date: July 6, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
Eight years after the first 48 hours of mayhem, Reggie (Murphy) is about to be released from the pen. But, after the bus transporting him flips over (17 times), Inspector Jack Cates (Nolte) enlists the ex-con for another seemingly impossible two-day task to nail an elusive drug lord with a price on Reggie’s head.
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The boys are back in town in the 1990 sequel ‘Another 48 HRS’ which picks up eight years after the original film and rejoins detective Jack Cates who has once again found himself stuck in a deadly case that seems to have a connection to the case he and Reggie worked together years prior. After an attempt on the now free Reggie’s life during his transport from prison release, Jack enlists the ex-con’s help once again and the unlikely duo join forces to take down these dangerous bike-riding drug lords who have also put a price on Reggie’s head. But this time Cates will have to try and keep things a bit more civil with Reggie free to walk away at any time now that the threat of a return to prison is no longer something he can hold over him.
The 1990 action comedy sequel ’Another 48 HRS’ joins the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray line as the twentieth installment of the ongoing limited edition, numbered lineup of releases which feature various memorable titles from Paramount’s expansive, decades spanning catalog, with each featuring collectible packaging, new 4K film transfers and some bonus content. The buddy cop sequel makes another nice addition to the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray line, joining its predecessor (both were released the same day but are sold separately) and unlike the original also marks the first time the film has been released on Blu-ray and it’s nice to see both films receive the notable treatment that comes with the continually impressive ‘Paramount Presents’ releases. The sequel definitely has a few issues, although primarily when it comes to the storyline which can be a bit sloppy due to reports of massive cuts to the film in order to secure what the studio reportedly felt to be a more viewer safe and welcome runtime. Even so, the sequel still delivers plenty of action packed fun and laughs with the pair of polar opposites portrayed by Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy forced to work together to save the day yet again. The sequel also sees the return of director Walter Hill at the helm and fans of this fun sequel and its predecessor should definitely be thrilled to see both arrive on Blu-ray in collectible releases that deliver admirably on nearly all fronts.
Overall, the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Another 48 HRS’ brings the action comedy sequel that reteams director Walter Hill and stars Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy home on Blu-ray for the first time featuring a pretty great high definition video presentation remastered from a 4K film transfer and complimented by a nice Dolby TrueHD multichannel soundtrack, a brand new extra and of course the usual collectible packaging featured on all of the limited edition ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray releases. Fans that have been long awaiting the Blu-ray debut of the sequel should be quite pleased with this nice release and it’s definitely recommended for anyone already contemplating a purchase. It may be a bit light on the extras, but the great video and audio offerings and the fact it hasn’t been available on Blu-ray before now will still make this one well worth a purchase for many fans.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ’Another 48 HRS’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation of the film remastered from a 4K film transfer with its original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. This newly remastered presentation looks fantastic in every way and is up there with the quality of the new ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of the first film. It offers a clean, gorgeous and colorfully accurate presentation that’s complimented by a nice collection of grain and other welcome artifacts representative of its source material. Overall, this is a stellar high definition video presentation that never disappoints and will likely only surpass any expectations fans may have had for a hopeful Blu-ray debut of this sequel.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack makes a great complement to the impressive video presentation and features a smooth, sharp and fairly aggressive audio presentation throughout. It frequently embraces all five available channels in order to send gunshots, vehicle activity and background chatter along with plenty more throughout the various speakers at most fitting opportunities, while never causing any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack that contributes some additional fun to the viewing experience and should easily please the fans.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ’Another 48 HRS’ once again features the collectible packaging included on each of the limited edition ‘Paramount Presents’ releases including a slipcase that opens up to showcase a larger version of the original theatrical poster, plus more photos on the inside of the interior Blu-ray case (you can see a beauty shot of the packaging from the studio at the bottom of the review below for a better look inside). The disc itself includes one new extra in the way of the Featurette ‘Filmmaker Focus: Director Walter Hill on Another 48 HRS’ (running approximately 14 minutes in length). The release also includes the film’s ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (approximately 90 seconds).
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Disc Rating: 7/10
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