4K Ultra HD Edition
Review by Gordon Justesen
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly
Hunter, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Bird
Director: Brad Bird
Audio: Dolby Atmos, DTS HD 7.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.39:1
Features: See Review
Length: 118 Minutes
Release Date: November 6, 2018
“I thought you renounced superheroes.”
“Well, I renounce my renouncement!”
Pixar had always been pushing the limits of computer animation since the inception of the first Toy Story in 1995. In 2004, the studio put out what was their most limit-pushing release with The Incredibles. It was literally the most action-infused animated movie to ever surface, and gave lovers of both animated film and superhero lore something to eternally adore.
It was also the first of the Pixar movies to end with the promise of a follow up, and audiences were all too eager for another adventure with the indestructible Parr family. However, even as later Pixar sequels such as Cars 2, Cars 3 Toy Story 3 and Monsters University materialized, many were left wondering if we were, in fact, ever going to get the sequel that was seemingly promised. Fourteen years later, we were granted the ever so long awaited Incredibles 2.
In picking up right where the first movie left off, superheroes remain illegal in spite of the recent heroic efforts of Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), his wife Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and their children Violet (voiced by Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voiced by Huckleberry Milner). Hoping to put an end to the public’s fear of those with superpowers are tycoons Winston Deavor (voiced by Bob Odenkirk) and his sister, Evelyn (voiced by Catherine Keener). They are advocates for superheroes and want to help in restoring a positive image for folks like the Parr family.
Their plan involves suiting up Elastigirl with a suit equipped with a camera so the public can see first-hand the positive effect of her crime-fighting skills. This leaves Mr. Incredible, whose property-destructive tendencies seem to get the better of him (hence why he wasn’t chosen for the job), stuck with the domestic duties of the house. This includes having to deal with Violet’s frustrations over a potential boyfriend at school, helping Dash out with his complicated homework and, most of all, discovering that infant son Jack-Jack possesses some truly unique super powers of his own.
So the big question is: does this heavily-anticipated sequel justify the long wait that we were given? Well, to be sure, the movie does deliver in all the same areas that its predecessor did in terms of groundbreaking animation and riveting action sequences. It certainly does help that writer/director Brad Bird is back at the helm, which plays a big part in how both the action and the animation behind it are perceived and delivered.
However, unlike the first movie, it really doesn’t break any new ground. A lot of that may have to do with the fact that when the first movie was released, superhero movies were still somewhat few and far between. Now, we are so completely over-saturated with comic book movies, and rarely does one ever distinct itself from another.
So, in the end, this is simply a good and acceptable sequel to what was a marvelously game-changing movie. There are plenty of thrills and immense fun to be had in Incredibles 2. As far as Pixar movies go, it’s definitely more than a step up from the Cars movies, but nowhere near the impact of their recent fare like Coco and Inside Out.
Something occurred to me while watching this…which is that up until now, I had yet to view an animated movie in 4K Ultra HD. All I can say is that I was given a great first viewing experience of such a film with this release from Disney. UHD really brings to life all of the glorious detail associated with computer animation, as well as amazing color display. The colors of the super suits themselves are riveting to gaze at. Dark levels are also a lot richer in this presentation (though the standard Blu-ray is just as visually lush). It’s safe to say if you want the most pitch-perfect presentation of an animated movie, this release is going to give you just that!
The Dolby Atmos mix delivers heavily in a movie that has so much going on within it, sound-wise. The action bits are heard in absolute knockout quality, and the dialogue delivery and music playback of the thrilling score by Michael Giacchino are also of pure A+ quality. It might just be the single best audio mix to ever be supplied for an animated feature!
Much like the release of the first movie, Disney has loaded up the release for the sequel. All of the extras are included across two standard Blu-ray discs. On Disc One, we get a terrific commentary with writer/director Brad Bird, as well as animation supervisors Dave Mullins, Alan Barillaro, Tony Fucile and Animation Second Unit and Crowd Supervisor Bret Parker. We also get a featurette titled “Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird”, as well as a new animated short titled “Auntie Edna” and a Pixar animated short titled “Bao”, which played with the movie in its theatrical run.
On Disc Two, we get more featurettes including a five-part feature, which is comprised of “Super Stuff”, “Paths to Pixar: Everyday Heroes”, “Superbaby”, “Ralph Eggleston: Production Designer” and “Making Bao”. There’s also an additional featurette tiled “Heroes and Villains”, Vintage Features comprising of toy commercials for numerous characters, as well as character theme songs, up to 40 minutes of Deleted Scenes and Trailers and Promos.
While not quite at the level of its remarkable predecessor, Incredibles 2 still delivers a terrific amount of fun, thrills and laughs, thus justifying its existence. The 4K Ultra HD release from Disney is one of the best all-around releases you’ll see this year, boasting a magnificent presentation and many extras to enjoy!