The modestly-budgeted, Gregory Jacobs-directed sequel (Steven Soderbergh directed the first; he returns here as cinematographer and editor) raked in enough box office cash to justify its existence, but this thin plot has a harder time doing so. Ultimately, it's pretty much a shaggy dog story—a reason to get Mike, Tarzan, Ken (Matt Bomer), Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tito (Adam Rodriguez) back on a stage to make the women swoon. It's a road movie, with the guys all sorting through a collective bout of early-onset midlife crisis.
Magic Mike XXL is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (with a cool-looking metallic gold slipcover), standard DVD, and Digital HD via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The 1080p high definition transfer, as presented on Blu-ray, looks fantastic. Soderbergh's cinematography is crisp and detailed even in low lighting situations, such as an nighttime beach scene. The transfer offers rock solid black levels, and even in such dark scenes there's not compromise to fine detail.
The lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround mix is primarily a showcase for the nonstop pop, R&B, and hip hop tunes that populate the soundtrack. Jack Rayner is credited with "additional music," but the thumping, popping, percussive songs are basically what serves as the film's score. The crowd noise during the climactic convention dance sequence is suitably immersive. All told, fans should love how this Blu-ray sounds when cranked way up.
Unfortunately, and this is likely going to be quite disappointing for Magic Mike fans, XXL skimps on extra features in a big way. There's an eight-minute promotional featurette, "The Moves of Magic Mike XXL," that shines a spotlight on the dancing. There's an extended version of Malik's (Stephen "Twitch" Boss) dance routine (about four minutes), and a commercial for filming on-location in the state of Georgia. A pretty weak supplemental package, which actually felt fitting after screening what is ultimately a pretty weak sequel. I don't consider myself part of the very specific target demo this film appeals to, however. If you're in that demo, Magic Mike XXL might just be a great party.