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    Creed II (UHD Blu-ray) review

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    Plot
    Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

    My Thoughts
    After such a successful reboot of the Rocky franchise in Creed expectations were running high for the sequel. On it own, this is a good movie, but compared to the first it fails to meet the high threshold that was set. It starts off extremely strong as it lays the foundation for the rest of the film and to catch you up on the last three years of Creed’s life, but the second act drags, and I found the overall screenplay predictable. In fact, I told my wife exactly how the screenplay would play out about 15 minutes into the movie and I ended up being 100% correct—maybe I watch too many movies. That being said, I didn’t dislike the film at all and found its dramatic moments quite moving.

    The video quality is pretty good, but I did notice some slight banding in the hospital scene which may have something to do with the upconversion from 1080p. Detail is a tad better in 4K and there are some instances where high dynamic range is put to good use. The Atmos track really shines during the fight sequences as the crowd noise comes into play.

    Video 8/10 (MVC)

    Audio 10/10 (Dolby Atmos)


    Special Features (Housed on BD Disc):

    • Deleted Scenes
    • Fathers and Sons
    • Casting Viktor Drago
    • Women of Creed II
    • Rocky’s Legacy
    • Blu-ray + Digital Copy






    Conclusion
    I enjoyed Creed II but found the screenplay a bit formulaic, which may be due to Stallone co-writing it and he fell back on familiar themes—especially when it comes to the fight scenes and how they tie in with the dramatic moments. The video quality is serviceable but the Atmos track wins the championship vote. If you liked the first one, definitely check this one out.
    David Vaughn
    Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
    Sound and Vision Magazine

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    Was Stallone in this too?
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    Yes.
    David Vaughn
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