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Raya And The Last Dragon 4K (2021/Disney 4K UHD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)

4K Ultra HD Picture: A 1080p Picture: B+ Sound: A- Extras: B Film: B

Disney's animated feature that was made over the course of the pandemic, Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) is a beautifully animated piece that will appeal to both children and adults. The level of imagination is unhinged here in a fantasy world that was once home to many dragons and magic, but has since become mostly ruin when a mystic gym is broken and pieces scooped up by different persons in a South East Asian inspired world. A lone warrior named Raya befriends the Last Dragon and seeks to bring the pieces of the gem together again and reclaim the world for what it once was.

The animated film features the voice talents of Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Awkwafina, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, and Benedict Wong.

Raya and the Last Dragon is presented in 2160p on 4K UHD disc with HDR (high dynamic range) and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and audio mixes in lossless English Dolby Atmos and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) depending on your home theater capabilities. The upscaled transfer on 4K is simply mind blowing with a wide spectrum of colors and photo realistic environments and characters. The water looks real as do the many textures throughout the film, only the characters themselves have a cartoonish look to them.

Also included is a 1080p high definition Blu-ray edition with a widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio and the same audio mixes as the 4K UHD. What the Blu-ray lacks is the next level detail that can be seen with high dynamic range and the capability of 4K. Both transfers certainly best the streaming option on Disney+, which is another way to view the film.

Special Features:

An Introduction to "Us Again" - Director Zach Parrish takes you behind the scenes of the Walt Disney Animation Studios short.

"Us Again" - An elderly man and his young-at-heart wife rekindle their passion for life on one magical night.

Taste of Raya - Dine along with Kelly Marie Tran and the film's creative team 'virtually' over a Southeast Asian menu inspired by the countries that influenced the film as they discuss their experiences creating the world of Kumandra.

Raya: Bringing it Home - When the global pandemic of 2020 hit, production of "Raya and the Last Dragon" moved to the houses of over 450 people. We open a window into their lives and learn how they overcame massive obstacles to make an animated feature from home.

Martial Artists - Get a kick out of learning about the martial art forms and weapons used in the film as co-screenwriter Qui Nguyen and visual anthropologist Dr. S. Steve Arounsack share the inspiration behind the film's action-packed elements.

We are Kumandra - Meet members of the Southeast Asia Story Trust and discover the cultural influences that inspired the film... and how important this representation in a Disney animated film is to the people of the region.

Outtakes - Step into the homes and behind the mics of the cast of "Raya and the Last Dragon" as they experience voice-over sessions in closets and shaky internet connections, which made recording this film unlike any other.

Fun Facts & Easter Eggs - Take a look at some of the hidden surprises and behind-the-scenes secrets of "Raya and the Last Dragon."

The Story Behind the Storyboard with John Ripa - Co-Director John Ripa invites you to get an inside look at his thought process as he pitches a storyboard sequence from the film and talks about his amazing career with Disney Animation.

Deleted Scenes:

Introduction - Head of Story Fawn Veerasunthorn introduces deleted scenes from "Raya and the Last Dragon."

The Bridge - Raya confronts an early version of the Druun in this deleted storyboard sequence.

Escaping Namaari - See an early version sequence of an introduction to Namaari as an adult.

Dragon Blade - Discover an early version of Raya's sword, when it used to have magical


Meet Boun - Meet an early version of Boun before he was a chef and shrimp boat captain.

and The Heart of the Dragon - Co-Director John Ripa introduces a deleted scene which brought the theme of hope into the film.

Raya and the Last Dragon wasn't exactly what I was expecting and seems to take some inspiration from Mulan and maybe a little bit from the How To Train Your Dragon series, but they definitely are different types of films (though they may appeal to the same audience). The film's best asset is its stunning animation which is on full display here on 4K UHD.

- James Lockhart



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