The Lego Batman Movie Ultra HD Review

A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.

The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/UHD Video total rating:
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90

Details:

Studio and Year: Warner – 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 104 minutes
Genre: Family/Action/Comedy

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera
Directed by: Chris McKay
Music by: Lorne Balfe
Written by: Seth Graham-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington
Region Code: A

Release Date: June 13, 2017

“Always Be Yourself…Unless You Can Be Batman”



My Take:

There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two.

In the spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie so entertaining, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, Lego Batman, stars in his own big-screen adventure. I had high hopes for this one as I really enjoyed The Lego Movie. I am pleased to report that much like that film this one is a hoot.

What a cute, fun, and highly entertaining film. The Lego Batman Movie is filled with cleverly integrated humor, throwback references, and a plethora of characters borrowed from a variety of sources. The story is both creative and chuckle inducing as it boasts themes that can be enjoyed by both kids and their parents. You’d have to pay strict attention to catch each of the references littered throughout, but if missed, the site gags are sure to keep you giggling. The cast is perfectly placed, and from end to end add an enriching element that elevates the experience. Speaking of elevating the experience the superbly crafted animation is amazing as the attention to detail is a thoughtful as it is technically marvelous.

Will Arnett’s Batman was my favorite character from The Lego Movie, and once again he has delivered an entertaining take on everyone’s favorite caped crusader. The Lego Batman Movie is simply lots of fun and a great way to spend an evening with the whole family.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for rude humor and some action.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

UHD Presentation: 90
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 90
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Ultra HD Blu-ray has finally been released and eager enthusiasts are ready and willing to see what it has to offer. For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

Ultra HD Blu-ray Has Come to AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

The Lego Batman Movie comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 41 Mbps and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps, and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.2 Mbps.

I was unable to determine whether or not The Lego Batman Movie was rendered from a 2K or 4K DI for its presentation in Ultra HD. With the limited exposure to Ultra HD either sourced from 2K or 4K Digital Intermediates we are left to judge based upon what we have seen thus far.

In terms of resolution the differences between this and the 1080p version are appreciable as there is a noticeably finer texture in the minutia especially in the characteristics/physical makeup of the characters. To a lesser degree this also applied to backgrounds which emphasized depth of field and fine detail. The image has lots of pop as the expanded color gamut and emboldened dynamic range draw out the warm chromatic palate and use of contrast. Whites are bright, and slightly overcooked, while the monochromatic grays, blues and black featured in the sequences with limited lighting are multi-staged and dimensional in appearance. As good as The Lego Batman Movie looks in 1080p, the Ultra HD rendering, while not heads and shoulders above it, enhances its attributes, making for a visually stimulating and pleasing video presentation.

* It should be noted that this Ultra HD rendering was authored with a peak brightness of 4000 nits.*

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the moderately active variety that makes steady use of the platform. Its use of audio objects placed above is a mix of atmospherics, and discrete sound effects. This is done well and creates a tangible level of immersion that augments the sound objects mixed at ear level. I really enjoyed the blend of music and effects during the large set pieces. Speaking of which, everything really comes together during the first encounter with The Joker’s newly formed monster army, as near field objects, and multi-dimensional ambience places you inside the scene, with sounds that rotate and revolve around the soundstage from both above and at ear level.

While this isn’t what I would regard as an aggressive Atmos mix, I enjoyed the balance of atmosphere combined with discrete object placement. I think that it complimented the source material and made for an entertaining listening experience.

** It should be noted that the DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio soundtrack is the default audio option. Listening to the Dolby Atmos mix requires entering the audio set up menu and manually selecting it.**

Blu-ray Video:

Video: 100
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Audio: 96
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The Lego Batman Movie comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 23 Mbps lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps, and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.2 Mbps.

This is a high-quality video presentation that boasts inviting colors that are rich in saturation and bold in depth. Detail is superlative as the video has excellent dimensionality with crisp texture and fine articulation. Contrast is strong and well balanced so that whites are crisp without distortion or loss of detail. Blacks are deep with excellent dynamic and enriching gradational highlights. This is a beautiful and pristine quality digital transfer that sparkles on Blu-ray.

The lossless soundtrack makes excellent use of the entire surround platform and offers detail rich sonic clarity, crystalline dialog and solid dynamics. This is an active surround mix that combines discretely placed directional cues with rear channel ambience that fills the listening area nicely. The front and rear sound field work in unison to render the soundtrack with precise imaging and acoustic presence that elevates the experience. The LFE channel is actively engaged throughout and offers bass response that is punchy and on occasion, room shaking.

Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1: The Legot Batman Movie Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Disc 2: The Lego Batman Movie Blu-ray
    • Original Animation Shorts
    o Dark Hoser
    o Batman is Just Not That Into You
    o Cooking with Alfred
    o Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
    • The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Featurettes
    o One Brick at a Time: Making the Lego Batman Movie
    o Inside Wayne Manor
    o Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman
    o Behind the Brick
    o Me and My Mini Fig
    o Comic Con Panel
    • Rebrick Contest Winners
    • Film Trailers
    • Lego Life Trailer
    • Social Promos
    o Follow Me Online
    o Don’t Skip
    o Happy Holidays Jingle
    o Batsby New Year’s
    o Team Cutdown
    • Director and Crew Commentary
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

The Lego Batman Movie is pitch perfect family entertainment featuring lots of wonderfully integrated references and humor that is sure to keep everyone chuckling along to its thematic beat. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack featuring excellent Ultra HD quality, sparkling high definition video, engaging lossless surround sound, and a fan friendly supplemental package. The Lego Batman Movie deserves a place on your shelf alongside The Lego Movie, in the highest format that your home theater system allows. Enjoy!

 

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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JVC DLA-RS500 3D/4K Ready High Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Calman 5 & C6-HDR Meter from Spectracal)
Stewart Filmscreen – Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16×9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Electronic Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV8802A 13.2 Channel Audio/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies – 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 Series 2 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray disc Player
System Controller: Apple iPad/iRule Pro HD Universal Remote Control
Canton “Ergo” and Canton In-Ceiling Series Speakers
SVS Ultra Surrounds (Gloss Finish in Bipolar Configuration)
SVS PB-13 Ultra (Rosenut finish)
SVS SB-13 Ultra (Piano Gloss finish)
Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) – Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
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