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Bad Santa 2 4K: Unrated (2016/Broad Green Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)

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

It's been longer than a decade (since 2006 to be exact) since Willy Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton) has graced the silver screen drunk out of his mind wearing a crusty santa suit and insulting every human that crosses his path. In fact, many questioned if it ever would (or should) happen again. Clearly Bad Santa 2 (2016) isn't going to win any Academy Awards but doesn't every Holiday Movie Season need a flick that rebellious teens can sneak into at the multiplex?

Low and behold, Director Mark Waters (Mr. Popper's Penguins) brings us his vision of Bad Santa 2 (with the original director Terry Zwigoff nowhere in sight), and reunites many of the original cast members (Tony Cox, a now grown up Brett Kelly who was much more effective as a kid) and exploits the raunchy and slightly dismal humor that made the first one so funny. This time, Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks are along for the ride in a film that certainly isn't a cheery Holiday special... but rather the most hateful Christmas film ever made... but that didn't stop it from still making me chuckle more than once.

Just when Willie is about to give up on life, he is propositioned by Marcus (Cox) yet again to go on another Christmas heist... this time it's ripping off a holiday charity for over two million dollars cash. Once he ends up in Chicago to do the job, Willie discovers his estranged crooked Mother (Bates) is in on the scheme as well, much to his dismay. Reunited with the kid that won't go away, Therman Merman (Kelly), and meeting the lustful Diane (Hendricks) - who is running the Charity along with her cheating Husband (Ryan Hansen) - Willie is in for an adventure that he won't soon forget.

The highlight for me is Billy Bob Thornton, an actor that nails virtually every performance he is given and should really be given some more respectful movies rather than those of this caliber, though you can tell he's having fun embodying his character here. Kathy Bates is believable as Willy's Mother: a normal almost Senior Citizen that appears warm and gentle until you see her strip away her tough exterior into a rowdy and mean you know what.

The presentation on both discs here is fantastic, but the most impressive is the 4K (2160p with HDR (high dynamic range 10-bit color) transfer of the UHD disc, which has a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track. This isn't the type of film that needs a Dolby Atmos remaster, so I felt that the 5.1 track was fine. The cinematography in the film isn't too stylistic but maintains realistic tones and the detail is impeccable in 4K UHD.

The regular Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen presentation of 1.85:1 and the same DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, which still looks pretty good for the format. Surprisingly, no digital copy is included.

Special Features...

Two cuts of the film - Unrated (95 min) and Theatrical (92 min)

Thurman Then and Now

Just Your Average Red Band Trailer

Jingle Balls

''That's My Willie'' Original Animated Series

Gag Reel

Alternate Opening and Ending

Deleted Scenes

A fun sequel to the first film doesn't really bring anything new to the table but delivers some raunchy laughs and a few memorable sequences. I wouldn't suggest it to people who can't handle strong language and sexual situations, but for the viewer that likes off-kilter adult humor this is one of the more satisfying I saw last year.

- James Lockhart



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