Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D

Featured In Issue 168, July/August 2012

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when seventeen-year-old Sean Anderson (Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. Unable to stop him from tracking the signal to its source, Sean's new stepfather, Hank (Johnson), joins the quest that will take them first to the South Pacific and then to a place few people have ever seen or lived to tell about. It's a place of stunning beauty, strange and threatening life forms, volcanos, mountains of gold, and more than one astonishing secret. (Gary Reber)

Special features include an interactive adventure Are You Strong Enough To Survive Mysterious Island? guided by Actor Josh Hutcherson, a gag reel (HD 01:16), five deleted scenes (HD 05:53), and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p MVC 3D picture is nicely executed, with 3D stereographer Dave Drzewiecki overseeing the proceedings. Shot in native 3D, the depth, perspective, and dimensionality are exceptional. Such is the advantage that native 3D enjoys compared to post-production conversion. The Mysterious Island's dense jungles stretch into the distance, while pyramid temples define the majestic environment threatened by gold-spewing eruptions and giant lizards, which lunge out of the screen. The result is strikingly immersive visually, whether it be live action or computer-generation environments. Colors are brightly saturated throughout, yet naturally hued, while conveying boldness and vibrancy. Fleshtones are perfectly natural. Contrast is excellent, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution also is exceptional, with fine detail exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture, both in close ups and wide shots. The scenes of the Nautilus submarine and the daring escape is spectacular in 3D. Crosstalk ghosting is not evident, for an extremely pristine viewing experience. This is definitely a reference 3D presentation that delivers a lot of fun, imagination, and wonder for the entire family to enjoy. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is exciting and fun, with a terrific dynamic presence and boisterous presentation. The music score is sweeping in terms of soundstage width and depth, and extension to the surrounds, which results in an aggressive enveloping sonic experience. The sense of dimension is holosonic® at times. Atmospherics and sound effects are energized throughout and manifested in a sea storm and volcano eruption, as well as lizard and electric eel charges and other sound effects designed to engage. All total, the presentation immerses the soundfield with directional touches. Deep bass is strong and at times extends to sub-25 Hz frequencies, adding weight to the animated sonics. Dialogue manages to stay intelligible above the fray and provides, at times, a sense of spatial integration. This is an extremely energetic soundtrack that sounds loud but engaging. (Gary Reber)