4K (2020/Disney/PIXAR 4K
Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Picture: A Picture: B+ Sound: A Extras: B Film: B+
has a pretty solid resume and is always trying to push the limits of
digital animation technology to new and exciting heights. While they
have plenty of in studio franchises now including Toy
and others, it is often times their solo original films that stand
out the most.
latest animated film, Soul
(2020) is an intellectual and spiritual journey that embodies unique
forms of animation in an attempt to explain what happens to us after
we die. Can our souls be transferred to other living beings, like a
cat perhaps? These ideas fused with a score by Trent Reznor and
Atticus Ross that is equal parts jazz and electronic, and you have a
surreal and quite interesting combination. In 2020, a terrible year
full of limited and mostly terrible movie releases thanks to the
terrible global pandemic, this film was certainly refreshing to watch
and stood out to me.
centers around a passionate musician and teacher Joe Gardner (voice
of Jamie Foxx, who is also the first black leading character in an
animated film). Joe gets the chance to perform at the music venue of
his dreams, but takes a spill along the way and ends up deceased. As
his soul enters The Great Before - an afterlife where souls interact
with one another, he meets a soul named 22 (voice of Tina Fey,) who
doesn't understand the appeal of humanity. As Joel attempts to
explain to her what makes human life so great, he ends up discovering
things about himself, and others in his previous and after life.
film also features the voice talents of Rachel House, Richard Ayoade,
David Diggs, Alice Braga, Angela Bassett, Questlove, Graham Norton
and John Ratzenberger with direction by Pete Docter, who is a
seasoned Pixar director.
is presented on 4K UHD disc with an HEVC / H.265 codec in native
2160p 4K and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 that's paired with
audio mixes in lossless Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown),
English Dolby Digital Plus, and traditional 5.1 and 2.0 tracks.
That's a LOT of audio options for one disc! The image is sharper and
more detailed with HDR10 and triumphs over the transfer seen in
streaming on Disney+. Also included on the disc is a Blu-ray disc of
all of the supplemental material and a separate Blu-ray with a 1080p
transfer of the film that is subpar to the 4K, but looks fine for the
aging HD format.
Your Average Joe Featurette
Deep for a Cartoon Featurette
the Zone: The Music and Sound of Soul Featurette
Jazz Greats Featurette.
is a great Pixar movie and is every bit as good as other classics
that the studio has put out over the years. It will appeal to just
about anybody with a soul of their own!