The Plot: The much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. Paddington's biggest adventure yet sees Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson joining the all-star returning cast of Hugh Boneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Ben Whishaw as the voice of the beloved bear (Disc sleeve).
An irresistibly charming and inclusive family adventure film, 2014's Paddington was one of the biggest and best cinematic suprises in a long time. This only makes it more amazing that this quick-witted follow-up not only matches the quality of its predecessor, but actually surpasses it in almost every way imaginable. It's the Godfather Part II of talking bear movies (HCC 283, March 2018).
The video: (1080p Blu-ray). Unfortunately most reviews focus on the accompanying 4K Ultra HD disc. The 1080p disc naturally has less impact, but is thought to be quite satisfactory by 1080p Blu-ray standards.
The audio: A step up from its predecessor's DTS-HD Master-Audio 5.1 track by also offering a Dolby Atmos mix, although it is not exactly the most dynamic object-based mix to be found. Use of the height channels is mainly limited to giving the overall mix a greater sense of space, though in chapters 3 and 9 discrete aural effects are heard in the height channels. Overall an excellent piece of sound design that makes convincing use of the surrounds, delivers dialogue flawlessly and and boasts incredible musicality (4.5) (HCC).