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The Lego Movie Blu-ray Review
Bright, colourful and fun for all ages – not just Lego, but The Lego Movie.In the greatest traditions of fun packed adventure animations, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who brought us the equally irreverent and colourful Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) engage all your senses in the Lego based story about a man embracing his inner child. The story is straight out of any Disney or Dreamworks factory: lowly worker finds himself and changes the world, but where it succeeds so well is in its delivery. Full to the brim with one liners, sight gags, movie references and the kind of off-the-wall humour that simply tickles your ribs, plus all the adventure, action and stunts that would make the Expendables 3 blush.It also has tender moments and a strong message all packed into a brisk 100 minutes, what more could you ask? It took the box office by storm and is likely to do the same in the home; everyone loves Lego and everyone knows Lego and whilst there are plenty of web based adventures (as well as plenty of ‘official’ tie ins) this full length feature trounces them all with its wit, charm and sass. It has plenty to say and does so with great humour. There is so much happening on screen that you need multiple viewings to take it all in, and on each successive viewing there is more to enjoy and that is what this film has in spades: enjoyment.
What is The Lego Movie Blu-ray Picture QualityThe disc presents a theatrically correct 2.40:1 1080p transfer using the AVC codec and is Region free.
Another high gloss CG animated feature that shows off the format to a tee. Detail is astonishing, the digital art includes faded bricks, finger marks, scratches and other blemishes that add such a sense of realism to the animation that not only does it look like stop motion it feels like it too. Edges are held well into the background, along with all the identifiable shapes (the sea, or smoke for example) while the foreground takes care of individual brick shapes, logos and facial expressions. The detail on the “1980-something space guy” with his cracked helmet, faded and worn chest art are out of this world.
Colours are bright, bold and beam out of the screen
Colours are bright, bold and beam out of the screen, never more so than in Cloud Cuckoo Land where the pinks, rainbows, sky-blue-pinks, lilacs and clear brick pieces are positively radiant. Primaries are very well taken care of and none have any issues with wash or bleed. Indeed the colours are suited to the environment, in that in the Old West World even show sun fading and are dusty; such attention to detail really adds to the volume of the picture.
Brightness and contrast are set to give some really deep blacks that add tremendous depth to the picture. Indeed even this 2D version shows plenty of signs of 3D pop. The animators have paid close attention to light and shade, even showing some shadow detail in places, which, again, adds such a huge amount to the realism of the image.
Digitally there are no compression problems or edge enhancement and whilst I did spot some very slight banding there is not enough to warrant reducing what is a reference picture through and through.
How does The Lego Movie Blu-ray SoundWe'll concentrate on the English dts-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. Just like the picture, the sound design has been meticulously crafted to give the very best to the surround environment. Effects are myriad and come at your from all corners of the room, be it bricks building, laser shots, explosions, or even dialogue! There is pinpoint accuracy given to the various fly by effects, of which there are many from the chases, sea battle, construction work etc.; seems there is always something for the surround speakers to do.
Everything is well presented in the layered mix, even when turned up to 11
Dialogue is clear and precise, sounds very natural and given plenty of directionality when called for. The score too comes across with gusto, the theme of “Everything is Awesome” being particularly chest thumping. Bass is well realised helping to fill out the score, ground everything in reality and push plenty of air to enforce the low end – LF effects are plentiful and rock the foundations to their core. In all the mayhem nothing is lost though, everything is well presented in the layered mix, even when turned up to 11! Top notch sound, all around.
The Lego Movie Blu-ray ExtrasAudio Commentary – Sitting around to discuss the film are, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller along with actors Alison Brie, Will Arnett, Chris Pratt, Charlie Day and joining them slightly later on the phone Elizabeth Banks. Basically this bunch sit around and watch the film with little or no structure to the talk, so it comes across a little unorganised, irreverent with plenty of in-jokes, in chat and pauses – a little information about recording, casting, design and story development is covered but is mostly inane chat.
Batman’s A True Artist – A (stop motion) ‘video’ of Batman’s self-recorded song featured in the film (and end credits).
Michelangelo & Lincoln: History Cops – Brief trailer (stop motion) for an unmade film.
Enter the Nijago – Brief extract showing scenes from the film now with added ninjas and ninjas on skateboards.
Behind the Scenes: Bringing Lego to Life – Twelve minutes of making of footage introduced and narrated by Emmet. Does go a little into the making of when it’s not trying to be funny, few interviews with cast and crew – highlight, the trip to Legoland Denmark.
Everything is Awesome Singalong – Sing along to this annoyingly addictive song.
Behind the Scenes: See it Build it – Actually split into six different sections; Introduction with Senior Designer Michael Fuller, Build the Double Decker Couch, Build Emmet’s Car and Introduction with Modelling Artist Adam Ryan, Digital Double Decker Couch, Digital Emmet’s Car all of which are no more than two minutes at their longest. Basically the former shows you how to build with Lego, the latter how to use Legos free to download software Lego Digital Designer.
Behind the Scenes: Stories from the Story Team – A couple of the storyboard artists talk us through some early scenes accompanied by the animated storyboard itself.
Fan Made Films: Top Secret Submissions – The full versions of the mini films featured in the film sent in to the production team when they asked for ideas.
Outtakes – A take on the Pixar made up ‘outtakes’, quite fun actually.
Additional Promotional Material – Teaser trailers basically.
Alleyway Test – First use of the software used to animate the film, surprisingly good actually, see the different designs used and how the programme developed to the finished product.
Deleted Scenes – Two in total, presented in storyboard animation with different actors playing the voices.
Is The Lego Movie Blu-ray Worth buyingWho doesn’t love Lego? It has been around for over fifty five years and is the most played with toy in the world. And taking that simple premise, a toy that everyone knows and wants to play with, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller weave a story that encompasses the simplest but relatable elements and deliver it with a bazooka of irreverent humour. Filling the frame with every Lego piece that exists in wild and wonderful concoctions (just how Lego should be played with) and delivering a strong message with plenty of humour is a winning combination. A host of acting heavyweights add their voices but it all comes second place to the fun packed enjoyment of the piece.
delivering a strong message with plenty of humour is a winning combination
The Blu-ray set from Warner is also a winner, the picture is bright detailed and reference all the way, and the sound mix pays dividends in its bombastic but pinpoint delivery. Whilst the extras package looks to have plenty of material, it is all of the lightweight variety, but it does round off what is a terrific set of a terrific film.
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