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Space Jam 4K (1996/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)

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

The concept of Space Jam (1996) is a pretty ingenious one. Combine (then) NBA star Michael Jordan (and other popular at the time sports stars and comedians), combine them with classic Looney Tunes characters, and craft an interesting narrative that crosses live action with animation ala by Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) into a surefire blockbuster. This original Space Jam film was a big success at the time, and I'm surprised that it has taken two decades for there to be a sequel: Space Jam Legacy (2021). Warner Bros. has reissued this first film here on the 4K format and it looks and sounds fantastic. Be ready to have flashbacks of your childhood if you grew up in the '90s as I did.

The film also stars Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, and the voice of Danny DeVito. Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing appear as themselves. Space Jam was produced by Ivan Reitman and directed by Joe Pytka.

Michael Jordan is kidnapped and sucked into the Looney Tunes universe in order to help Bugs Bunny and his friends win a basketball tournament to save them from nasty aliens.

Space Jam is presented in native 4K (2160p) with an HEVC / H.265 codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and audio mixes in lossless English Dolby Atmos 12-track and English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), and HDR (high dynamic range.) There is also a 1080p Blu-ray version of the film with lesser quality and all of the bonus features below. The soundtrack was a bit hit at the time, and certainly dates the film a bit, but it's corny enough to work.

Special Features:

Audio Commentary from director Joe Pytka, Bugs Bunny (voiced by Billy West) and Daffy Duck (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker)

Featurette: "Jammin" with Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan

Music videos including Seal's "Fly Like an Eagle" and Monstars' anthem "Hit 'Em High"

This is a nice release in conjunction with the new Space Jam sequel, and looks great on the 4K UHD format. This original film is a nice little film for the time and remains a fun family film that kids and adults can both enjoy. We certainly know that not every Looney Tunes project has been a success over the years, but this one certainly is.

- James Lockhart



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