The Lego Movie 2 4K Blu-ray Review
|Pros||Very enjoyable sequel with great image and audio quality|
|Cons||No Dolby Vision layer, subwoofer could be utilized more|
|Summary||Lego Movie 2 is a great sequel to the first film and it looks fantastic on disc. The lack of Dolby Vision is disappointing, but the image still pops on the screen with a wide array of colors and HDR used throughout.|
|Title||The Lego Movie 2|
|Stars||Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett|
|Review Date||May 3, 2019|
The Lego Movie 2 Summary
It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a galaxy filled with fantastic planets, strange characters and catchy new songs. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.
The Lego Movie 2 Movie Review
The first Lego Movie was a surprising success (and the first movie my son saw in a theater), as it wasn’t just a corporate tie-in but instead a movie with actual depth and a good story to tell that we could all relate to. It was also a huge success, so of course, there was going to be a sequel. Overall the sequel does a good job of returning to the original characters and having a good story that we can relate to from our own childhood.
We deal with trying to grow up and being more mature and giving up childhood things, much in the way that Toy Story films did. Also the issues of interacting with siblings and making choices that hurt both of you because you’re being a bit selfish. There’s a good amount of humor going around (a Radiohead joke!), jokes about stepping on Lego bricks, and Will Ferrell returns and is still funny. Overall it’s a very good movie that I enjoyed on disc.
The Lego Movie 2 Technical Review
Lego Movie 2 on 4K Blu-ray has an HDR transfer but no Dolby Vision layer. The original movie was almost certainly rendered at 2K, so I won’t punish the disc for having a 2K transfer. The image here is just spectacular. The filmmakers did a very good job of getting in lots of elements that show off HDR and wide color gamut. There are explosions, laser blasts, and all sorts of other elements that pop off the screen. Lots of the film also takes place in darker, shadow-filled areas that similarly look great here.
Textures also look great here. Emmet’s hair has a very fine texture that comes across in the transfer, while bricks often show just a bit more detail than being completely flat. It doesn’t have that ultra-fine detail that a 4K master would offer, but there also aren’t any animated films being done at 4K resolution right now. I found nothing to complain about when watching The Lego Movie 2.
The soundtrack is Dolby Atmos and overall does a very good job. The Atmos channels are used fairly often, and the dialogue is easy to understand. It will drift from the center channel when it needs to in order to match what is on screen but still stays anchored to the front. The bass isn’t as dynamic as it could be, but that’s the only complaint I’ll have here.
The Lego Movie 2 Special Features
- Everything is Awesome Sing-along – Sing-along, trivia, games and more!
- Commentary – Fun behind the scenes commentary by filmmakers?
- They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2? – Featurette highlighting A-list voice talent including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish
- Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short – Holiday themed animated short
- LEGO Sets in Action – Animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2
- LEGO Designers – LEGO toy designers highlight key play sets in TLM2 product line
- Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – Never before seen scenes
- Super Cool Music Video – Music video by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island
- Promotion Spots – Fun custom spots featured during the theatrical campaign
The Lego Movie 2 Review System
Sony A1E OLED, Panasonic UB820 UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver, Power Sound Audio Subwoofer.