The sequel Universal released a few months ago is now available for home viewing in a technically sharp transfer. The studio has packed the disc with extras, which fulfill their modest ambitions more satisfactorily than the movie itself. Because of the visible aging of the actors — particularly Moretz, who went from 12 to 15 — the story is set roughly three years later. As in the first film, Hit-Girl steals the show from the title character (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who is like a watered-down Spider-Man. The result more than earns its R rating, with some icky gore amid the frequently inventive action scenes.
The extras include a three-minute alternate opening, 11 extended scenes totaling 14 minutes, and a story-boarded but unshot spectral embellishment featuring Hit-Girl's father, who was killed at the end of the original. All of these have optional commentaries by writer/director Jeff Wadlow. There is nearly an hour of “making of” stuff and a breezy wall-to-wall commentary track with Wadlow, Moretz, Taylor-Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (who plays the villain).
"Kick-Ass 2" (Universal Studios Home Video, Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, $34.98; DVD, $29.98)
--ANDY KLEIN is the film critic for Marquee. He can also be heard on "FilmWeek" on KPCC-FM (89.3).