Saturday, November 15, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Set a few years after the events of the first film, How to Train Your Dragon 2 continues the hero's journey of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless and the rest of the dragon riders of Birk as Hiccup finds his long-lost mother Valka (Cate Blanchett) and squares off against a dragon army led by the villainous Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou).

How to Train Your Dragon 2 works as well for me on Blu-ray as it did in theaters (and some of the emotional beats even work better a second time). Given the quality of the first two films, I hope we see this series continue for a long time. For more on the movie, check out my original review.

The Blu-ray includes DVD and UV digital copies of the film along with a half-hour short explaining the creation of Birk's dragon races, deleted scenes, trailers, and short featurettes on Hiccup's inventions, Drago's weapons, the various dragons in the film, and Birk.

Also included is a full documentary on the making of the film (far more in-depth than your typical making-of featurette) and audio commentary by head of character animation Simon Otto, production designer Pierre-Olivier Vincent, and producers Bonnie Arnold and Dean DeBlois. The Deluxe Edition also includes the film in 3D.

[20th Century Fox, Blu-ray $38.99 / 3D Blu-ray $48.99 / DVD $29.98]

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