The sequel to "ROMANCING THE STONE," "THE JEWEL OF THE NILE," is being released alongside the original film on blu-ray. While it's great to see the same crew from the original back again, the story lacks any of the underlying sweetness that made "less-than-original" themes of its predecessor so endearing. To see Joan Wilder again being duped by a villain, under the premise of writing an Arab villain's biography, will possibly induce cringes for those who'd thought so highly of her character's growing independence in the first film. Jack and Ralph are the best aspect of this entry, and they just don't have enough scenes focusing on those two alone.
Still, fans of the first film should find "JEWEL OF THE NILE" to be a little less than two hours of generally fun, mindless adventure.
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are solid, as with the previous title's blu-ray release. Contrast is generally impressive, with deep blacks. Grain still pops up frequently, but it's a notably better transfer than the dvd counterpart. While there are still a number of scenes that appear flat, there are many more offering great detail.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. It's slightly more engaging with surround effects than the original film on blu-ray, however, this is far from an aggressive mix. Those wanting to demo their sub-woofer will be disappointed. Dialogue, music and ambient effects are better balanced, and offer improved dynamic range over the original film as well, here.