Just when we were getting used to 7.1 channel surround sound audio tracks on our movies, our friends at High Def Disc News have pointed out Lionsgate's announcement of The Expendables 2 on Blu-ray that cranks the audio up to 11 -- 11.1 to be exact. The extra channels come courtesy of the new DTS Neo:X codec which includes support for speakers in the front mounted both high and wide to create more of a 3D audio effect that can simulate planes flying overhead or a car driving past. While those who have upgraded their receivers and added extra speakers will mostly experience the effect thanks to upmixing, it does allow for an 11.1 audio track with the extra channel info matrixed into a standard 7.1 audio track.
Of course, with a supercharged action flick like TE2 there should be plenty of explosions to give any audio system a workout, and now we have one more reason to check it out when it's released November 20th (just beating the also Neo:X ready Step Up Revolution to the punch.) Beyond the audio there's also several making-of featurettes if you need more Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme in your life, plus UltraViolet and regular Digital Copy; all of which is currently available for pre-order on Amazon for $27.99. Check out a press release with all the specs plus a theatrical trailer for the movie and a video explaining DTS Neo:X audio after the break.
SYLVESTER STALLONE AND HIS TEAM ARE BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER WITH MORE EXPLOSIVE ACTION
The Expendables 2
Powerhouse Cast Of Action Heroes Headline This Action-Packed Sequel
On Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download, On Demand And Pay-Per-View November 20 From Lionsgate Home Entertainment
"A high octane adventure with non-stop action!"
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 8, 2012) – The Expendables are back and this time it is personal! The biggest action-adventure superstars from around the world reunite in the next chapter of The Expendables franchise, The Expendables 2, exploding into homes on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy plus UV), DVD (plus Digital Copy plus UV), Digital Download, On Demand and Pay-Per-View November 20 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. A sequel to the huge box office hit, co-screenwriter and star Sylvester Stallone, takes fans on another intense adventure with his rogue team of misfits. Reunited for what they think should be a quick, in-and-out mission, this tight-knit band of old-school mercenaries are about to find themselves at the brink of global disaster and are driven to make this mission personal.
In addition to Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables 2 features an all-star team of the most bad-ass classic action stars of all time including Jason Statham (Safe, The Transporter), Jet Li (Hero, Romeo Must Die), Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, Universal Soldier), Terry Crews (Terminator Salvation, Gamer), Randy Couture (Setup) with Bruce Willis (Die Hard) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator, Total Recall) and newest cast members Chuck Norris (TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger," The Delta Force), Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum) also Jean-Claude Van Damme (Double Impact, Timecop) and the first female Expendable Yu Nan (In Love We Trust). Based on characters created by David Callaham; story by Ken Kaufman & David Agosto and Richard Wenk; with a screenplay by Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone; directed by Simon West.
The action-packed Blu-ray Disc and DVD are filled with kick-ass bonus features including behind-the-scenes featurettes along with audio commentary with the director, a gag reel and deleted scenes. The Expendables 2 Blu-ray Disc and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
The Expendables are back in a sequel that Steve Weintraub of COLLIDER calls "bigger, badder and better than the first one!" The team signs on for a mission that looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But things go wrong fast and one of their own is killed by a psychotic terrorist for hire. Hell-bent on payback, they cut a swath of destruction through enemy territory and wreak havoc upon their opponents. In the midst of the mayhem, they must also shut down an unexpected threat in the nick of time - prevent five tons of weapons-grade plutonium from falling into the wrong hands.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
Audio commentary with director Simon West
"Gods of War: Assembling Earth's Mightiest Anti-Heroes" featurette
"Big Guns, Bigger Heroes: The 1980's and the Rise of the Action Film" featurette
"On the Assault: The Real-Life Weaponry of The Expendables" featurette
"Guns for Hire: The Real Expendables" featurette
*Subject to change
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Official Website: theexpendables2film.com
Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: Expendables 2 © 2012 Barney's Christmas, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2012 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout
Genre: Action, Adventure
Blu-ray Closed Captioned: English SDH
DVD Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Feature Running Time: 102 minutes
Blu-ray Audio Status: 11.1 NEO-X, 7.1 DTS HD-MA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English 2.0 Dolby Digital
DVD Audio Status: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital