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JOHN WICK 2 Takes Audiences Deeper Into the Underworld – Blu-ray Review

When I first heard there was going to be a sequel to John Wick I was super excited. Most times when a sequel is announced I have reservations because the quality of the second film in a franchise tends to be poor. This is not the case for the John Wick franchise.

John Wick 2 not only packs more action into two hours than the first, but it also takes audiences deeper into the universe that was only slightly touched on in the first film. There is a level of mystery surrounding the world that John Wick and the other hitmen live in. That is what draws my me in to the films and sets the series apart from other run-of-the-mill action flicks.

I love the feeling that I get when I watch these movies. The John Wick movies are the type of film that I can watch over and over again. Whenever the first film is on TV I am immediately immersed into the action. Keanu Reeves makes the film. Without him, John Wick would not be anywhere the level of awesomeness that it is.

Reeves is the real deal. He gives 100% when he takes a role and does his own stunts. Ever since the Matrix series he has trained in the martial arts and has become an accomplished fighter in his own right. I think that this greatly improves the fight choreography. Instead of being at the will of the trainer, Reeves can be actively involved in the decision making when it comes to planning out each of the fight scenes.

The sequences with Common are especially good. My favorite sequence is when he and Reeves fight all the way to the hotel in Italy where they are not allowed to fight. One minute they are going at it and the next they are having a drink at the bar.

Laurence Fishburne has reteamed with Reeves for the first time since the Matrix and it is great. While there is not much screen time between them, the scenes that they do have together are great and feature some good dialogue.

John Wick 2 has a great cast that includes Bridget Moynahan (TV’s “Blue Bloods”), Ian McShane (TV’s  upcoming “American Gods”), John Leguizamo (American Ultra), Common (Selma), and Peter Stormare (TV’s upcoming “American Gods”) to name a few.

The film looks and sounds glorious on Blu-ray and I am sure it is even better on the 4K release. There are also a number of great special features on this release. My favorite of the special features is the audio commentary with Reeves and director Chad Stahelski as well as the featurettes “RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick” and “As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick.”

Keep reading for a list of the special features that come with John Wick 2:

4K/BLU-RAY/ DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick” Featurette
  • ‘Training John Wick” Featurette
  • “WICK-vizzed” Featurette
  • “Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership” Featurette
  • “As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick” Featurette
  • “Car Fu Ride-Along” Featurette
  • “Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene” Featurette
  • “Wick’s Toolbox” Featurette
  • “Kill Count” Featurette
  • Dog Wick Short
  • Audio Commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick” Featurette
  • “As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick” Featurette

John Wick 2 is available in 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand now!

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