(2017/Disney/Pixar 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray + Blu-ray w/DVD
Robin (2017/Fox Blu-ray
Arnold!: The Jungle Movie
(2018)/Paw Patrol: Sea
and Shine: Beyond The Rainbow Falls
(2018/all three Nickelodeon DVD)
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B+ & C+/B & C+/B/C+/B/C+
Sound: A & B+ & C+/B & C+/B/C+/B/C+ Extras:
B+/B/C/D/D/D Main Programs: C+/C+/C+/C+/B/C+
a new group of children and child-related releases, starting
with the new Oscar Winner for Best Animated Feature, Coco
from Disney/Pixar, here in both 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray and
it doesn't feature any heavy hitting Hollywood voice talents behind
it (i.e., the way it used to be back in the day), Disney's take on
the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, Coco
(2017), lands in beautiful 4K (2160p) on the new 4K UHD format.
While Guillermo Del Toro had a similar idea a few years ago with the
animation blows that film out of the water and has the similar Disney
animated narrative to help it along its way. While not as memorable
as some of the other Pixar films, Coco
stands out of Disney's library as being something different and
offbeat in its catering to Mexican culture.
features the voice talents of Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael
García Bernal, Ana Ofelia Murguia, and Renee Victor.
his family's generations-old ban on music due to a domestic dispute,
young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his
idol (and ancestor) Ernesto de la Cruz. His dreams are justified by
Miguel's incredible talent on a guitar despite his lack of exposure,
but when his family aims to put him in the shoe making business like
generations before him, Miguel decides to steal de la Cruz's guitar
and show his family what he's made of at a local talent show.
However, Miguel learns that you can't steal from the dead and soon
finds himself in the stunning and colorful alternate reality of the
Land of the Dead. After making a new friend named Hector and
encountering his ancestors with their own hidden agenda, the two new
friends aim to get Miguel back to the land of the living and Hector
the right to complete a spiritual passage.
is presented in a 2160p HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image presentation on the new
4K UHD format with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a great
sounding English Dolby Atmos 11.1 lossless track (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 on
older systems). The
1080p Blu-rays offer DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mixes on
is well mixed and presented, though still a mixdown from the 12-track
soundmaster. Theatrical sound presentations, for the record,
included Auro and DTS-X 11.1 sound.
for the 4K transfer, it certainly stands out over the other lesser
compressed versions and with a film as colorful as this one, makes
for a great demo disc. There's no limit to the color palette here
(or the imagination of the film itself) and there's plenty to soak up
in terms of presentation.
also a 1080p Blu-ray version of the film in both sets we are
covering, with similar specs and a digital copy in both. The Blu-ray
is fine for the format, showing off the color range as best it can,
but the 4K version is still superior in all aspects, including
stability and just the way it play more naturally in motion. I
anamorphically enhanced DVD image to suffer really badly in
comparison to the two and it does, yet it is one of the better DVD of
CGI of late from anyone, with someone at Disney/Pixar realizing they
had to push the format to hold and keep all the color consistent and
Features are vast and fill up an additional 1080p Blu-ray (some are
on the DVD) and includes...
Scenes with Introductions - Director Lee Unkrich and co-director
Adrian Molina talk about the deleted scenes and the part they played
in the development of "Coco."
de los Muertos - In this musical extravaganza, the colors and
excitement of Dia de los Muertos come to life as we meet superstar
Ernesto de la Cruz.
Way of the Riveras - A musical number in which Abuelita and
Miguel prepare their Dia de los Muertos celebration while she teaches
him Rivera family history and traditions.
Tour - Hector, a Land of the Dead tour bus guide, agrees
to help Miguel, revealed to be a living boy, on his quest to find de
Bus Escape - The Rivera family catches up to Miguel and Hector
and attempts to halt their mission to find de la Cruz.
Attack - Miguel and Héctor are interrupted on their journey to
find de la Cruz by a fierce alebrije.
Family Fix - After de la Cruz reveals his true colors, the Rivera
family puts their dismay aside and comes together to repair the
smashed guitar needed to send Miguel home.
the Bridge - As the Land of the Dead counts down to the end of
Dia de los Muertos, Miguel and de la Cruz come head-to-head on the
a feature-length Filmmaker Commentary - Presented by Lee Unkrich
(director), Adrian Molina (co-director) and Darla K. Anderson
Curtis' new drama, Goodbye
(2017) features Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson as the leads and
lifts the veil behind the children's author of Winnie Pooh, A.A.
Milne, who started out as a playwright in London after WW1 and was
later inspired by his son (who becomes known as Christopher Robin) to
write the stories. Definitely not a kids movie in itself, but
instead a beautifully photographed period piece with exquisite detail
in costumes and production design.
film also features Will Tilston, Kelly Macdonald, Phoebe
Waller-Bridge, and Alex Lawther.
his wife Daphne (Robbie) takes a vacation to London and the Nanny
(Macdonald) ends up gone for a few days due to a family emergency,
Milne overcomes his WW1 flashbacks and connects with his son, whose
toys inspire the characters of Winnie the Pooh. Caught within his
son's vivid imagination, the author not only connects with his child
but writes the story of his career as well and overcomes his writer's
block. Soon the Winnie the Pooh series becomes very popular and the
simple family life that the Milnes once had soon has a lot of stress
on it. Christopher Robin becomes a huge celebrity and the child has
some mixed feelings about it, still the story becomes something of
legend and an icon. I will warn you that you will want a box of
tissues handy for the ending.
film reminds me a bit of Finding
in that it utilizes imagination with family and classic literature.
Gleeson plays his part fine, and has been in tons of films lately,
and Robbie continues to show her range as an actress with this role
being both dramatic and comedic. The film has some cool animated
segments that tie in with the artwork and some of the original
imagery from the original books is present.
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and
a great sounding English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track,
the film looks and sounds stunning on
disc and far better than the included, anamorphically enhanced DVD,
which shows the film in a compressed standard definition and a lossy
5.1 Dolby Digital track. A digital UV copy is also included.
Commentary by Simon Curtis and Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Walk in the Woods
Robin & His Nanny Olive
a Theatrical Trailer.
the Hedgehog finds himself in the city with amnesia on his biggest
adventure ever. As he learns to survive in the city he finds meets
and find other animals in hiding and he learns that humans are
blaming animals for a virus outbreak and are hunting them down. He
is joined by a feather brain pigeon named Hubert and together they
must find a way to unite the animals to fight back against the humans
who are trying to exterminate them in Hedgehogs (2017).
is also a hot shot, arrogant, smart aleck hedgehog who find himself
suddenly in the city with amnesia and he is found by Hubert the
Pigeon, who tries to convince him that he is a bird too. As he
slowly recovers his memories, he learns that the animals in the city
have given up and have gone into hiding. Bobby and Hubert then
reminds the animals in the animal kingdom that they are animals and
have natural defenses and can and should fight back.
was no Sonic the Hedgehog (but might as well be), but this was a very
cute film with 3-D animation and animals. It is filled with
adventure and comedy as cute characters fight against the 'evil'
humans, so you know what you're getting here. Extras include Bring
the Characters to Life and trailers.
Arnold!: The Jungle Movie
(2018) is an attempt to revive the characters from the hit TV series,
though it only runs 80 minutes, so 'movie' is pushing it, but Arnold
wins a vacation only for his parents to disappear. Then, it turns
out to be even more problematic and the adventure begins to find them
and bring things back to normal.
bad in itself, but the energy, smoothness and joy that characterized
the original show is missing here a bit and things do not meld as
hoped for. However, fans might like it, but their characters could
be utilized better next time. There are no extras.
Paw Patrol as they share their seaside adventures as they follow
their Captain/Master Ryder to patrol Adventure Bay. Because no job
is too big and no pup is too small for the Paw Patrol in the new DVD
compilation set, Paw
Patrol: Sea Patrol
you may know, The Paw Patrol is a group of cute puppies with high
tech gadgets and vehicles in which they use to learn and rescues
people from danger. They faithfully follow their
leader/captain/master Ryan, a 10-year-old boy as he trains them as a
first response team. They travel in a transforming base/boat.
was a cute puppies series set in beautiful and fun sea side setting.
Each episode has daily safety tips and advice with fun fact of about
the sea. No extras.
Save a Baby Octopus
- The pups must help a mother octopus find her baby.
Save a Shark
- The pups investigates when a shark starts scaring people from the
Save a Pier
- The pups must save they pier when one of it's post collapses.
Pups to the Rescue
- The pups go after buried pirate treasure.
Save a Frozen Flounder
- The pups save the boat Flounder when it gets stuck on ice.
Save a Narwhal
- A Narwhal gets stuck in the bay, the pups must reunite it with it's
we have Shimmer
and Shine: Beyond The Rainbow Falls
(2018) is the latest compilation DVD, this time a 93-minutes,
seven-episode release from Nickelodeon that offers nothing really new
here, but at least the quality has not dropped off. I can still see
the appeal, but I think they need to start adding more of something
before this gets too formulaic.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on all the remaining DVDs look
as good as they can in the format, with the Nickelodeon releases
performing as expected, and Hedgehogs doing a bit better as it was
intended for theatrical release. Flaws like banding, cross color and
aliasing are rare. The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 is also good for that
old format in all cases, but lacking versus the lossless audio we've
become more than accustomed to by now.
Nicholas Sheffo, Ricky Chiang (Hedgehogs,