Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)

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Released 22-Sep-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 110:35 (Case: 115)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (67:52) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By John Pasquin
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Sandra Bullock
Regina King
Enrique Murciano
William Shatner
Ernie Hudson
Heather Burns
Diedrich Bader
Treat Williams
Abraham Benrubi
Nick Offerman
Eileen Brennan
Elisabeth Röhm
Leslie Erin Grossman
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $39.95 Music Christophe Beck
Randy Edelman
Steve Kipner


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

    Ok let's get one thing straight. The reviewer from UPN-TV whose quote is emblazoned on the back cover of this DVD proudly proclaiming "Charming, funny and even better than the original" either A) didn't see this sequel or the original, B) simply wants to get his name on a DVD, or C) doesn't exist, ala the famous David Manning bogus reviewer scandal. Put simply, Miss Congeniality 2 - Armed and Fabulous is anything but and could never ever be described as even better than the original. It is dull, silly, banal and just not entertaining at all.

    With that out of the way, just what is this poor sequel to the surprise 2000 hit starring Sandra Bullock all about?

    Gracie Hart (Bullock) is back at work as an undercover FBI agent, just weeks after finishing runner up in the Miss United States Pageant (the bits from the first film - Miss Congeniality). Unfortunately for Gracie, her new found fame has meant working undercover is proving almost impossible and when her familiar face causes a bank stakeout to go awry her boss suggests that instead of undercover work Gracie would be better suited to becoming the face of the FBI. The agency needs a bit of a public relations boost, and Gracie's fine female form and smiling face would be just the tonic.

    This is where the plot takes a nosedive (and we've only been going 10 minutes). The reigning Miss United States and Gracie's friend Cheryl (Heather Burns) and the retired pageant host Stan (William Shatner) have been kidnapped and are being held for ransom somewhere in Las Vegas by a couple of bumbling thugs.
   
    Gracie is sent to Vegas to provide nothing more than media support to the real field agents who are investigating the case, but with the help of her new bodyguard, the angry Sam Fuller (Regina King), manages to gain new leads on the kidnapping despite being warned off by those in charge.

    This is a silly film that is not a patch on the original. The absence of Benjamin Bratt as Gracie's love interest and the over-the-top performance of Michael Caine's makeover expert are just two of the elements missing, but the story is the weakest part. It just doesn't get out of first gear and 10 minutes in you know exactly where it is headed.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    As expected an excellent video transfer is presented.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect of 2.40:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is beautifully sharp and clear, with no edge enhancement present. Shadow detail is not stretched too much as much of this is shot in bright light. Grain is not present and there is no low level noise.

    Colours are vibrant and rich with a wide palette on offer. There are no instances of colour bleed or oversaturation. Skin tones are perfectly natural. The scenes at the Las Vegas shows are the highlight being bright, vivid and quite garish.

    There are no MPEG artefacts present. The transfer is virtually free of any film-to-video artefacts and there are no film artefacts of any consequence.

    Only two sets of subtitles are present, these being English and English for the Hearing Impaired. I sampled these extensively and noticed no major problems aside from the usual one or two word omissions.

    This is an RSDL formatted disc. The layer change occurs at 67:52 and is barely noticeable.



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Audio

    There is only one audio track available on this disc. It is a Dolby Digital 5.1 effort encoded at the lower bitrate of 384 Kb/s.

    This a pretty decent modern soundtrack with great dialogue levels, heaps of separation across all channels and a real solid low end.
   
    The musical score is mostly unremarkable but serviceable. The songs used are not as prominent as the original film.

    Surround channel use is reasonably consistent and quite immersive.

    The subwoofer use is limited though not completely missing. It does not draw undue attention to itself.

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Extras

Main Menu Introduction

Main Menu Audio & Animation

Deleted Scenes

    12:39 of "missing scenes" that really add nothing to the overall plot. There is no commentary or text-based explanation of why they were chopped.

Theatrical Trailer

    Running for 2:20, this is a great way to see the film without the pain and best of all it's over very quickly. Contains a few laughs and the whole plot is summarised quite neatly.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Soundtracks appear to be the only difference between the Region 1 offering and the Region 4 disc, with Region 1 gaining an extra French Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Pick the disc up wherever you can get it the cheapest.

Summary

    Miss Congeniality 2  - Armed and Fabulous should really have been titled Miss Congeniality 2 - Silly and Ridiculous. There is barely a funny moment in this poor sequel to what was a reasonably entertaining first film.

    The video and audio are as expected very good.

    The extras are incredibly thin on the ground. Sometimes I am thankful for small mercies.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Friday, October 28, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-3910, using RGB output
DisplayLoewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).
AmplificationHarmon/Kardon AVR7000.
SpeakersFront - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10

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