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Another 48 Hrs. Blu-ray Review

Diminishing returns.

In 1990’s “Another 48 Hours,” Jack Cates and Reggie Hammond find themselves in a heap of trouble. Jack is being investigated by internal affairs for manslaughter and is in danger of being prosecuted unless he can clear his name. Jack is also hell bent on finding the mysterious Iceman drug kingpin. Reggie, meanwhile, is back in prison and is about to be free. Unfortunately, 3 murderous bikers (one of which is the brother of Albert from the first film) working for Iceman put out a hit on Reggie so now he’s being targeted. Once again, Jack asks for Reggie’s help and Reggie reluctantly gives in because Jack is holding his money hostage unless he does so. 

Despite the fact that director Walter Hill is back alongside Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, the second time is not the charm for this “48 Hrs.” sequel. This is just a flat out lazy sequel about criminals and corrupt cops. It’s so uninspired in fact that Eddie Murphy looks entirely bored throughout and who can blame him? Nolte is game for reprising Jack and is easily the best part of the movie, but he has so little to work with here. The script by John Fasano, Larry Gross and Jeb Stuart simply rehashes jokes and has a tired plot (why put Reggie in jail again?). The big twist at the end also feels shoehorned in.

Once again though, the supporting cast is pretty stellar here with Brion James, Bernie Casey, Tisha Campbell, Kevin Tighe, and Andrew Divoff all appearing in roles of varying size.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The print has been remastered from a 4K film transfer and the result is similar to “48 Hrs.” in that fans can expect a nice new transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? The action comes through loud and clear. That’s all you can ask for for a film like this.


Extras:
* Digital copy
* Theatrical trailer
* “Filmmaker Focus: Director Walter Hill On Another 48 Hours.”

July 9, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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