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Cheaper By The Dozen 2 (2005/Fox Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Film: D



The original Cheaper By The Dozen was not all that great and the remake was only so watchable, but Fox decided to do a sequel to it because it was a big enough hit and the resulting Cheaper By The Dozen 2 (2005) could have been worse, but it is still an unmemorable bore.  You can read more the remake for those unfamiliar at this link:





The sequel is the marriage story and after Martin along with two Father Of The Brides, is just commercial overkill.  Director Adam Shankman (who fared much better later with the musical Hairspray) counts on the star power of a cast that also includes Bonnie Hunt, Eugene Levy, Tom Welling, Piper Perabo, Hilary Duff, Taylor Lautner and a subdued Carmen Elektra to deliver.  Too bad it does not.  This is for fans only and is at best, safe and comfortable for its obvious, intended audience.  Do not expect many laughs, though.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 AVC @ 25 MBPS digital high definition image was shot on 35mm film and is softer on here than expected, not looking as good as the 35mm print I saw five years ago.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is also an underwhelming, dialogue-based mix that does not deliver more than adequate soundfield at best.  Extras include trailers, Shankman feature length audio commentary, making of featurette and a Casing Session installment on the film from the Fox Movie Channel.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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