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Magic Mike XXL (2015/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B-/C Sound: B-/C Extras: C Film: C+

A sequel already? Three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) left the Kings of Tampa, he is reunited with the boys who and joins them on a roadtrip to Myrtle Beach for one last dance at a male stripper convention. Along the way they'll face unexpected stops, old acquaintances and old grudges. On top of everything, they decide to come up with new dance routines and costumes, can Mike show that after 3 years he hasn't lost his touch or his 'magic'?

Mike got out of the business to start his own custom furniture business. Three years later, he receives a phone call out of the blue from Tarzan, that Dallas is 'gone'. Thinking his old boss is dead, Mike meets the boys only to discover that he just found work elsewhere and the boys are thinking of doing the same, but not before they have one last huzzah. Broke and without a plan, Mike and the boys will have to dance their way to Myrtle Beach between parties, crashing their ride and middle aged wives in Gregory Jacobs' Magic Mike XXL (2015).

In my opinion, the movie can be summed up in 3 words: 'Male stripper roadtrip'. When compared to the original this new film seemed to have less plot and the dancing was more like improvisation. While there was dancing they used rap and teen boy band songs, also there was less group dancing and sadly, Matthew McConaughey was not in it (sorry girls). Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith and Elizabeth Banks also star, but it is not very engaging... even with them.

The 1080p all-digitally-shot 2.35 X 1 High Definition image continues the semi-monochromatic approach of the first film and that only helps make this more tired, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix only kicks in at times (music and action), but lacks a consistent soundfield. The DVD offers an anamorphically enhanced image with lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and is especially very weak, so that makes it even more boring! Extras include Moves of Magic Mike XXL, extended Malik Dance and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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