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Frozen 2 4K UHD Review

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“Frozen 2” left me cold.

To describe the plot of “Frozen 2” without diving into spoilers is tricky business so instead I will just say viewers and “Frozen” fans can expect storylines involving Elsa hearing a voice, elemental spirits, Anna and Elsa’s parents, the Kingdom of Arendelle, the Enchanted Forest, the Northuldra tribe, and a quest to make things right. How does that all play together? You’ll have to venture on the journey to see for yourself.

When “Frozen” was released back in 2013  it was a breath of fresh air. Between the now iconic soundtrack and the story that playfully poked fun at storytelling tropes, “Frozen” was easily one of Disney’s finest animated films. Even the shorts “Frozen Fever” and “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” were joyous. Unfortunately, “Frozen 2” is the exact opposite. From the start, the tone of this sequel feels off. It’s too self-serious and lacking the heartwarming humor of its predecessor. The sloppy script penned by Jennifer Lee (who also co-directs alongside Chris Buck) doesn’t fare much better here as it’s all over the place. Parts of the story feel like an “Avatar: The Last Airbender” knock-off, the story lacks a real villain or foil, Kristoff is sidelined and has little to do other than attempt to say one thing for a majority of the runtime, and there’s one key scene involving a flood that completely rubbed me the wrong way. I’m sure there are plenty of viewers out there who do or will feel different and found the sequel to be more complex and mature, but to me, it was lacking the magic of the other “Frozen” content.

With all of that said, there are highlights here to be sure. The exploration of Elsa’s abilities and her trying to find her place was easily the most engaging aspect of the script. The animation itself is simply top of the line (the movie LOOKS incredible). Finally, the soundtrack here is solid as it contains the Academy Award nominated “Into The Unknown” and even a cover of “Lost In The Woods” by one of my favorite bands Weezer. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? You can’t ask for a better transfer. The level of noticeable details and the richness of the colors is astonishing.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? Now you (or your children) can listen to the soundtrack in the highest possible quality home video wise.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* Disney trailers
* Song selection option
* Music videos for Panic! At The Disco’s “Into The Unknown” and Weezer’s “Lost In The Woods.”
* A version of “Into The Unknown” sung via 29 languages.
* A gale test and a hand drawn gale test (AKA creating the wind).
* 2 ½ minutes of outtakes.
* 2 deleted songs titled “Home” and “I Wanna Get This Right.” I’m sure fans will happy to hear additional music.
* 5 deleted scenes
* A featurette on the film score appropriately titled “Scoring A Sequel.”
* “Did You Know???”- Factoids about the movie and its production
* “The Spirits Of Frozen 2”- A featurette on the spirits of this sequel

February 21, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , , ,

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