A few words about…™ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — in 4k UHD Blu-ray

I make note of this, as Universal's new 4k UHD / HDR / Dolby Vision, makes full use his work, and delivers a magnificent 4k Blu-ray that appears more like actual 4k than a 2k uprez. 4 Stars

Ol Parker, possibly best known for his Exotic Marigold Hotel films, moves the locale from India to Greece, for the second in the Mamma Mia! series.

If you enjoyed the first film, the second is more of the same, with a few new faces, and more songs from the great Swiss band Sha-Na-Na, only now digging a bit deeper into their catalog of B titles, while a few of the top numbers are recycled.

While I didn’t love the film, I did find it a brief respite from the international news, and in that sense a pleasure, especially since the delightfully talented Amanda Seyfried once again graces the top spot.

That said, and it could be just me (tired?) it took me awhile to fully understand the two story lines, and dual casts until I was well into the the film. This may have been partially based on quality casting of the younger and older roles.

I found myself confusing Amanda Seyfried with Lily James, who have a not dissimilar look, although Ms James was not cast as a younger Seyfried, but rather a younger Meryl Streep.

Likewise, we meet the younger alter egos of the other leads…

Julie Walters and Alexa Davies, Christine Baranski and Jessica Keenan Wynn (there’s a story here), Pierce Brosnan and Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth and High Skinner, and Stellan Skarsgard and Josh Dylan.

The decidedly fun piece of entertainment, had different cast members popping up, especially in the finale, adding to, or confirming my earlier questionable state of mind.

In the end, if you enjoy big boisterous musicals that exist simply for the fun of it, this one may be for you.

Director of Photography, Robert Yeoman, who has previously performed similar miracles with the locales he has been afforded, makes the film appear to have been actually filmed in the Greek isles, instead of Croatia, and studio work in the UK.

I make note of this, as Universal’s new 4k UHD / HDR / Dolby Vision, makes full use his work, and delivers a magnificent 4k Blu-ray that appears more like actual 4k than a 2k uprez.

Audio is theater-filling Dolby Atmos, which makes the film all the more entertaining.

Image – 5 (HDR10)

Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

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14 Comments

  1. Tony Bensley

    RAH's brand of dry humor, I believe! 🙂

    CHEERS! 🙂

    If intentionally mistaking Abba for Sha Na Na is truly RAHs idea of "dry humor" then, as much as I respect his opinions on which Blu-rays have the best video and audio quality, I don't think I'd seek his opinion on who or what is funny.

  2. Will Krupp

    After all this time we FINALLY found something on which we can agree! Who knew?

    The 1956 is a great movie, IMO but the INVASION of my heart will always be 1978

    Sacrilege it is my friend. :(:(:(

  3. Robert Harris

    […]for the second in the Mamma Mia! series.
    […]only now digging a bit deeper into their catalog of B titles, while a few of the top numbers are recycled.

    The pattern of sequels are already predictable:
    Part 1: A titles
    Part 2: B titles
    Part 3: B titles (again, as there's more)
    Part 4: A titles (for the grand finale)

    P.S. I love cheese.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  4. PMF

    The pattern of sequels are already predictable:
    Part 1: A titles
    Part 2: B titles
    Part 3: B titles (again, as there's more)
    Part 4: A titles (for the grand finale)

    P.S. I love cheese.:thumbs-up-smiley:

    Holey moley, this has gone a-rye …

  5. Robert Harris

    Ol Parker, possibly best known for his Exotic Marigold Hotel films, moves the locale from India to Greece, for the second in the Mamma Mia! series.

    If you enjoyed the first film, the second is more of the same, with a few new faces, and more songs from the great Swiss band Sha-Na-Na, only now digging a bit deeper into their catalog of B titles, while a few of the top numbers are recycled.

    While I didn't love the film, I did find it a brief respite from the international news, and in that sense a pleasure, especially since the delightfully talented Amanda Seyfried once again graces the top spot.

    That said, and it could be just me (tired?) it took me awhile to fully understand the two story lines, and dual casts until I was well into the the film. This may have been partially based on quality casting of the younger and older roles.

    I found myself confusing Amanda Seyfried with Lily James, who have a not dissimilar look, although Ms James was not cast as a younger Seyfried, but rather a younger Meryl Streep.

    Likewise, we meet the younger alter egos of the other leads…

    Julie Walters and Alexa Davies, Christine Baranski and Jessica Keenan Wynn (there's a story here), Pierce Brosnan and Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth and High Skinner, and Stellan Skarsgard and Josh Dylan.

    The decidedly fun piece of entertainment, had different cast members popping up, especially in the finale, adding to, or confirming my earlier questionable state of mind.

    In the end, if you enjoy big boisterous musicals that exist simply for the fun of it, this one may be for you.

    Director of Photography, Robert Yeoman, who has previously performed similar miracles with the locales he has been afforded, makes the film appear to have been actually filmed in the Greek isles, instead of Croatia, and studio work in the UK.

    I make note of this, as Universal's new 4k UHD / HDR / Dolby Vision, makes full use his work, and delivers a magnificent 4k Blu-ray that appears more like actual 4k than a 2k uprez.

    Audio is theater-filling Dolby Atmos, which makes the film all the more entertaining.

    Image – 5 (HDR10)

    Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

    Pass / Fail – Pass

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    It helps to view this as a kinder, gentler Godfather Part II. 😉

  6. It's like a high school musical on a big budget with the talent level of the leads singing and dancing (they went for the acting), but the cinematography, sets, exterior locales, and creative camera transitions are excellent. And when Cher's the best singer aboard, well, it ain't Broadway, but your local presentation in years to come (and at high schools) may be better sung, but it can't look any better. (Or feel any happier). And Meryl even plays a great ghost!

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