(2019/4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray/*both Disney)/P.J.
Masks: Birthday Cake Rescue
Ultra HD Picture: B Picture: B & B-/B-/C+ Sound: B- &
C+/B & B-/C+ Extras: B+/C/C- Main Programs: B/C/C+
the latest children's and family releases...
is about to issue the recent live-action Cinderella
in 4K, so they have decided to reissue the original animated classic
as a Blu-ray/DVD set similar to one we reviewed years ago. This
time, it is called Cinderella:
(1951) and is from the exact same remastered materials and has almost
the same extras (deleted scenes and unused songs are the odd
omissions) plus an update of Digital Copy. You can read more about
don't know if it just has not aged as well or if the recycling of the
older masters just do not look as good here, but we do get a new
featurette in In
Walt's World: The Envisioning of Cinderella which
offers a new way to see the film, but the original theatrical cut is
already here. Why this is not arriving in 4K itself is odd, but
maybe they're taking their time to do it correctly and thoroughly so
it looks great. We'll see.
is not reissuing the original Dumbo
(it was not that long ago it finally arrived on Blu-ray), but here is
the new live action remake directed by Tim Burton. Dumbo
(2019) is set just after WWI, is much darker looking than the
animated classic and has Colin Farrell as a soldier who has survived
and wants to get his family back together. The circus has come to
town run by a flashy guy (Danny DeVito, in the film's best
performance) who is about to discover he has a new act born right
under him. The title character is an elephant who can fly.
the film tries to be dark and magical and the way it approaches the
two never meld and even contradict, with the former best saved for
Horror cinema and the latter formulaic at best. It never works,
there is not any fun, none of the humor works and even the digital
animation is a little lackluster. Michael Keaton, Eva Green and Alan
Arkin are part of the supporting cast, but they cannot lift this
above its flat script and dull directing.
his awful 2001 Planet
Of The Apes
remake (forget reimagining, I never bought that bit either), Burton
has been on auto pilot when he has directed anything and I have been
waiting to see if hew would come alive again as a filmmaker since.
He has talent and can actually achieve a distinct vision, but this is
one of his biggest missed opportunities yet. Disney certainly gave
him enough cash and there is some fine talent here, but it now stands
as the poorest of the live action remakes from Disney, even in 4K.
include Digital Copy and (per the press release) CIRCUS SPECTACULARS:
Dumbo's cast share their experience of making the film - and get to
the heart of a story about family and believing in yourself, THE
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: Explore how one of Disney's most lovable
characters went from an animated classic to a stunning live-action
retelling, BUILT TO AMAZE: Get a closer look at the film's production
and costume design, DELETED SCENES: A compelling collection of scenes
that almost made the final film:
Other Medici Brother
Star Is Born
Seat at the Show
EGGS ON PARADE: Discover the hidden and not-so-hidden nods to the
animated Dumbo in this narrated tribute to the Disney classic,
CLOWNING AROUND: Laugh along with the cast in a collection of big-top
bloopers and goofs from the set, ''BABY MINE'': Visual video
performed by Arcade Fire and a DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE: DREAMLAND - ANATOMY
OF A SCENE: From Final Script to Final Scene: The filmmakers and cast
talk a lot about the feeling of 'grand intimacy' in the film. Step
right up as they bring the Dreamland parade to life, accomplishing
the rare marriage of a massive spectacle combined with an emotional
the other hand, the original animated classic is still one of the
most important animated films Disney or anyone else ever made. You
can read more about it at this link...
we have P.J.
Masks: Birthday Cake Rescue
(2019) that last about an hour, has a tiny bit of extras for a change
and offers four episodes of the hit show that is superhero enough to
be part of the genre, albeit for young children. Its more of the
same, but at least it is consistent and fans should be happy. Nice
to see thew show is so successful that they keep issuing DVDs of it.
It has one of the better titles and covers too.
music videos are the only extra.
for the playback performance of the newer releases. The 2160p
HEVC/H.265, 1.85 X 1, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High
Definition image on Dumbo
is the best of the two presentations, but it has a softness beyond
any style Burton and company were going for, so this is the best way
to watch, but partly by default. Needless to say this is not a total
4K production and the 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image
transfer on the blu-ray is harder to watch and has more detail
issues. It all adds to the disappointment, though my expectations
were only so high to begin with.
least the 4K discs' Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for
older systems) plays well enough and is better than the image, but it
gets nearly gimmicky, which you can also here on the Blu-ray's DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mix. The music was not memorable
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Masks
is good for the format with the same decent color as the previous
DVDs in the series and the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 is also fine for
the old format. It makes me wonder if thew show will ever make
Blu-ray. Bet it would not be bad there.