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Since the events from the first MALEFICENT movie, King Stephan has died and Aurora is a queen of the Moors. Maleficent is the protector of the Moors and still skeptical about the intentions of humans. Prince Phillip of the neighboring kingdom of Ulstead wants to marry Aurora and bring the two words together for peace. At a dinner with her potential new family, a disagreement has Maleficent lashing out against the royals and it forces the union to be postponed.
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is directed by Joachim Rønning and he has also directed another Disney movie PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. This follows up explores what they call what happens after the happily ever after. It is a bit of a darker story that continues the war with between the humans and the creatures Moors.
Maleficent is an inserting character and Angelina Jolie makes the character her own. Both the kind and evil parts are no problem for her.
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
Elle Fanning as Aurora
Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith
Sam Riley as Diaval
Ed Skrein as Borra
Harris Dickinson as Prince Phillip
Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass, a red fairy
Juno Temple as Thistlewit, a green fairy
Lesley Manville as Flittle, a blue fairy
Robert Lindsay as King John,the King of Ulstead
Warwick Davis as Lickspittle
The video is a 2160p HEVC with a bright picture. There is a lot of CG effects that are clearly separated in the images. The quality of the CGI is a slight step up from the already well-done effects in the first movie. With a clearer picture, you see the creatures of The Moors are animated. The details and contrast between objects and other intricacies are sharp. Close-ups of the actors and even the texture of the skin looks stunning. Of course, the ages of the actors are more apparent but it still natural in appearance. Colors are brilliant and bold. The HDR allows for a stronger picture than the Blu-ray and is a marginal step up from the already good HD version. The picture is darker but still more natural and true.
The audio is a Dolby Atmos mix that will default to a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix. T is an immersive mix with plenty of ambient sounds layered with the effects of what’s happening on screen. The LFEs are strong and have a steady tone. The overhead speakers envelop the viewer and make you feel like things are moving around you. Scenes in The Moors and during the big battle are especially nice to listen to. Dialogue is privatized with the score as well as the effects.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING
-Origins of the Fey: This short extra looks at Maleficent’s people and her background.
–Aurora’s Wedding: A quick look at the wedding and some old school best wishes.
-If You Had Wings: This looks at how the Fey’s are individualized by their look and style.
-Maleficent: Mistress of Evil VFX Reel: This looks at the effects in both pre and post.
-Music Video: “You Can’t Stop the Girl” performed by Bebe Rexha.
2-Disc Set w/ 1 4k UHD and 1 Blu-ray
2160p HEVC H.265
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English Dolby Atmos
English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
French (Canada) Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
German Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Italian Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Japanese Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
THE BOTTOM LINE
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Isn’t just a sequel to cash in on the strength of the first but does explore the story of the Fey. The actors give the same energy to the characters as they have in the previous movie. As for the release, the audio and video are well done. Their strengths are on about the same level as far as rating them goes. There are a good number of extras but their content is light and brief. If you’re a fan of the movie or these films in general, I would check this out.