Sausage Party UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: Sausage Party follows Frank, a hot dog in a grocery store. All of the food in the store yearns to be purchased by shoppers, who they refer to as gods. The gods will then take them to the Great Beyond (outside the store) where all of their dreams will come true. When a jar of honey mustard is purchased and then returned, it begins to tell them stories about what the Great Beyond is really like, shattering the image for Frank. He must now make a journey to find out what the truth actually is while working to save his girlfriend Brenda (a hot dog bun) at the same time.

UltraHD Specs
Studio: Sony
Title: Sausage Party
Audio: Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 Core)
Negative Formats: Animated
Digital Intermediate: 2K
MPAA Rating: R
Length: 89 Min.
Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Stars: Seth Rogan, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek
Review Date: November 8, 2016
Price: $23.97

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Movie Review: I knew nothing about Sausage Party going into the film, other than with the title and rating I expected something raunchy. Well lets just say it goes far beyond what I expected. At one point you have a sausage talking to an animated, used condom that’s laying on the ground, and that’s just a slice of what to expect. It’s not something I’d watch with my wife or with my kids if they were old enough, but it’s a movie I certainly enjoyed more than I expected. It’s a quick 90 minutes that doesn’t drag, and there are tons of subtle jokes buried in the background throughout the film as well.

Technical Review: Despite being animated, the digital intermediate for Sausage Party is only done at 2K resolution. I don’t know why they didn’t bother to render it at 4K instead, other than the fact that it takes much longer to do. The overall image quality is superb, with no banding or false contouring, and plenty of detail. The use of HDR is rather mild because of how bright the overall film is, but you can notice it and a bit of the expanded color gamut. Perhaps in the future we can get a true 4K version when computer power is cheaper.

That said, the soundtrack is absolutely fantastic. It offers some scenes with the most incredible Atmos immersion that I’ve heard in a home theater. The subwoofer gets a tremendous workout during the film, and the height channels are used over and over again to put you into the movie. The dialog during the opening song number could be a little clearer, but aside from that it’s amazingly one of the soundtracks I’ll break out to demo my room to people in the future. Absolutely first-rate.

Special Features: Gag reel, four featurettes, Animation Imaginatorium, and Line-O-Rama.

Review System: Vizio P65-C1 display, Samsung UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver.

Review Summary
Title: Sausage Party UltraHD Blu-ray
Reviewer:
Pros: Funny but very blue film, reference quality Atmos soundtrack, good visuals
Cons: 2K digital intermediate for an animated film
Summary: Surprisingly funny though very dirty, Sausage Party is a good time with a soundtrack that will push your home theater to its limits.
Video: 4/5
Audio: 5/5
Movie: 4.5/5

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