Lego Batman UltraHD Blu-ray Review
By Chris Heinonen on
Summary: In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of the ensemble–Lego Batman–stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.Movie Review: Following up The Lego Movie with Lego Batman made a lot of sense, as Batman came in and stole the show in the first film. This time the ego-obsessed superhero is fighting the Joker, who wants nothing more than to be his main rival. Playing off of Batman’s vanity, Joker manages to get himself thrown into the Phantom Zone which enables his grand plan to happen. Really, though, the plot serves as a device to focus on the elements of Batman’s persona and how he interacts with Alfred, Robin, and other people. Perhaps not quite as spot-on perfect as the Lego Movie, it is a very good film that my kids and I loved and have watched multiple times.
Technical Review: Unfortunately we aren’t able to find if Lego Batman utilizes a 4K or 2K digital intermediate, but on-screen it appears to be very sharp. While the film is made up of Lego bricks, certain close-ups show textures with very fine details on them. The wide color palette pops off the screen and there is an abundant use of HDR throughout the film. On UltraHD Blu-ray, Lego Batman offers a superior image presentation to the version I saw in theaters.
The audio uses a Dolby Atmos soundtrack that is good, but not as dynamic in the height channels as you might expect. Overall the sound mix is very well done, with vocals well placed and the surrounds and heights used well for a large number of action sequences. Not fully utilizing the Atmos channels as much as some other films are all that keeps this from being a true reference soundtrack, but in no way does it disappoint.
Special Features: Animation shorts, six featurettes, deleted scenes, a Lego Ninjago Short, film trailers, and directors and crew commentary.
Bright, vivid HDR image, very good Atmos sountracks, and a very enjoyable movie.
Height channels could be utilized more than they are.
Lego Batman continues the fun from The Lego Movie and looks fantastic doing so. With bright, bold colors and abundant use of HDR, Lego Batman is a fantastic movie experience on UltraHD Blu-ray.