I reviewed Pitch Perfect 2 back in May when it came out, and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. How did my second viewing of it hold up to the first?
First, more about the Blu-ray:
The fabulous Bellas of Barden University are back to compete in the World Championships of A Cappella after a scandal threatens their legacy in Pitch Perfect 2. The high-spirited sequel to the movie that sparked a worldwide phenomenon is coming to Digital HD on September 1st and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand September 22 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Pitch Perfect 2 is packed with more original musical arrangements, memorable one-liners and offbeat romance as the original’s most beloved characters fight to regain their former glory on a worldwide stage facing off against the toughest competition on the planet. Hysterical behind-the-scenes bonus features, never-before-seen deleted footage, all-new musical performances and a hilarious gag reel make Pitch Perfect 2 a must own on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
Oscar®-nominee Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods), Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Brittany Snow (Hair Spray), Anna Camp (The Help), Alexis Knapp (Project X), Hana Mae Lee (“Super Fun Night”) and Ester Dean (Ice Age: Continental Drift) return as the girls who run the a cappella world, with Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Chrissie Fit (Teen Beach Movie, “General Hospital”) and Katy Segal (“Sons of Anarchy”) joining the team for the first time. Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games series), who also directed the infectiously funny film, and John Michael Higgins reprise their roles as clueless competition commentators Gail and John. Skylar Astin (21 & Over), Adam DeVine (“Workaholics”) and Ben Platt (Ricki and the Flash) rejoin the comedy as the Barden’s favorite Treblemakers with YouTube superstar Flula Borg and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Automata) leading the Bellas’ archrivals, German supergroup Das Sound Machine.
|Das Sound Machine, the Bellas' new competition|
Beca (Anna Kendrick), Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and the Barden Bellas are back to pitch slap the world! After a scandal threatens to derail their last year at Barden, the three-time defending champs worry that they've lost their harmony for good. With one chance left at redeeming their legacy, they must face off against the toughest competition on the planet: German super group Das Sound Machine, and fight for their right to win at the World Championships of A Cappella. It will take the power of sisterhood to find their voice and see what it takes to be the world's top pitches!
|Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy|
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY:
• Never Before Seen Treblemakers Performance
• The Making of the Riff- Off
• Das Sound Machine Finale Breakdown
• Snoop in the House
• Green Bay Rap
• The World Championships of A Cappella
• An Aca-Love Story: Bumper and Fat Amy
• Elizabeth Banks’ Directorial Debut
• Legacy: Hailee Steinfeld
• Residual Heat Internship
BLU-RAY AND DVD BONUS FEATURES
• Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
• Gag Reel
• Extended Musical Performances
• The Bellas Are Back
|John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks (who also directed this installment)|
So, Liz: do you stand by your initial 4 out of 5 star review?
For the most part, yes. I would MAYBE give it 3.5/5 stars, but it's still worth watching, especially if you saw and loved the first movie like I did. I watched it with my boyfriend, who had seen the first movie but not the second, and overall he liked this installment as well, though he did mention that in his opinion, the first movie was better.
IMO, I'd agree with that (first movie was a bit better) BUT this film still has great a capella songs. I'm curious to see what they do with Pitch Perfect 3 since the core cast in this one were seniors (we time-jump three years from the first Pitch Perfect) and were about to graduate.
In celebration of Pitch Perfect 2's Blu-ray/DVD release, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has partnered with Dubsmash to give one lucky winner a walk on role in Pitch Perfect 3! Fans can re-create their favorite Pitch Perfect moment for a chance to join the Bellas and be part of the wildly popular musical franchise.
Want to win a walk-on role in Pitch Perfect 3?! (yes, please!)
How to enter:
Create a video using the Dubsmash app and upload it to Vine and Instagram with #PitchSmash. Visit Pitch2Smash.com for more details.
The winner will be announced on Good Morning America on September 22nd!
--> This ends TONIGHT! (9/17/17, at 11:59pm PST, so that's around 3am for us EST folk). Make sure to get your entries in!
I only have just heard of Dubsmash, actually - at the ENMN conference I went to last week in Los Angeles (look for a recap post soon from that), a few of the bloggers created the hashtag #enmndubsmashwar, and I of course had to participate in it, albeit a little late - you can see my entry on the hashtag or on my Instagram page.
Have you seen Pitch Perfect 2 and if so, did you enjoy it? Do you plan on buying the Blu-ray or DVD?