Sing Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

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In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

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Audio/UHD Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

94

Details:

Studio and Year: Universal – 2016
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 108 minutes
Genre: Family

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1, Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly
Written & Directed by: Garth Jennings
Music by: Joby Talbot
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: March 21, 2017

“Let the Auditions Begin!”



My Take:

Sing stars Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and unappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; as well as Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, and Tori Kelly, as the immensely shy, but full voiced elephant, Meena.

Sing is, to put it plainly, lots of fun. Set to a musically inspired story, it brims with contemporary and classic 80’s music, that revolves around the lives of a group of characters, each with their own story to tell. When they all come together, there’s plenty of toe tapping, head bobbing rhythms, as well as a charming, family style plot, that easily makes the grade for kids, and their parents. I found its slapstick, topical humor and endearing sentiment to be delightful. I watched Sing with my wife, and my 24 year old daughter, and we had a good time with it. ‘Nuff said.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for some rude humor and mild peril.

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: 94
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 94
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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

Sing comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 5 Mbps.

Sing arrived on Blu-ray prior to the Ultra HD version and I watched that first. Going into viewing the Ultra HD presentation it’s 1080p video quality was still fresh in my mind. Digital animation tends to look quite good in high definition so I couldn’t help but have preconceived notions regarding a positive viewing experience of this film in Ultra HD. Sing in Ultra HD is rendered from a 2K DI and up-converted to 4K. 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 are apparent as there is a noticeably finer texture in the minutia especially in the characteristics/physical makeup of the characters. This also applied to backgrounds, the theater for instance, which emphasized depth of field. The image has lots of pop as the expanded color gamut and emboldened dynamic range draw out the broad chromatic palate, and use of contrast. Whites are gradational and bright and the monochromatic grays, blues and black featured in the sequences with limited lighting, such as those that take place backstage, or at night, are multi-staged and dimensional in appearance. As good as Sing looks in 1080p, the Ultra HD rendering, while not heads and shoulders above it, takes it to another level, entirely, making for a visually engaging and pleasing video presentation.

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the 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 very well and creates a tangible level of immersion that coincides with the onscreen events nicely. The mix effectively places effects/sounds within the soundstage which place you within the scene, in turn, adding an enriching element that heightens the intended feeling like something is falling from above, passing through the room, or emanating from a specific location, such as just over your left shoulder.

Some examples of this can be during the first act when a stack of flyers are inadvertently launched from Moon’s office window and rain down all over the city below, or in chapter 15 when Rosita and Gunther burst into costume, performing their big number on stage. During the water tank fiasco in Moon’s theater, near field objects, and multi-staged atmospherics places you inside the action as sounds rotate and revolve around the sound field from both above and at ear level. While this is not what I would regard as an aggressive Atmos mix, it is an active one, that complimented the source material and made for an entertaining listening experience.

Blu-ray Video:

Video: 100
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Audio: 90
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Sing comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 33 Mbps and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 5 Mbps.

This is an excellent video presentation that boasts vibrant colors that are rich in saturation and bold in depth. Detail rendering is terrific as the video has three-dimensional quality with crisp texture and excellent fine articulation. Contrast is boldly applied, whites are crisp, and colors pop 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 7.1 Dolby TrueHD (Atmos core) soundtrack makes effective use of the surround platform and offers detail rich sonic clarity, and crystalline dialog reproduction. This mix doesn’t bombard you with aggressive surround sound. It applies it when appropriate and combines discretely placed directional cues with supporting ambience that fills the listening area nicely. The front and rear sound field never collide but work in unison to render the soundtrack’s elements. Dynamic range and bass response is appropriate, adding thematic emphasis and resonating punch when called upon. This is a solid audio presentation that mates well with the source material.

Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1: Sing Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Disc 2: Sing Blu-ray
    • Mini-Movies
    o Gunter Babysits – Gunter offers to watch all of Rosita’s 25 piglets for the night, trying to prove he’s the best babysitter ever.
    o Love At First Sight – During a piano lesson with Johnny, Miss Crawly becomes nostalgic about the dancing and romancing of her youth. Johnny convinces her that it’s not too late to find someone and helps her setup a profile on a dating website.
    o Eddie’s Life Coach – Eddie’s mom signs her slacker son up for a digital training seminar to get his life back on track.
    • “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” Music Video – A cool and unique music video starring Tori Kelly.
    • Making a Music Video with Tori Kelly – A behind the scenes look at the making of Tori’s music video with exclusive insights provided by Tori herself.
    • “Faith” Music Video
    • “Faith” Lyric Video
    • “Set It All Free” Lyric Video
    • The Making of SING – We take you through the animation studios of Illumination with interviews from Chris Meledandri, producer Janet Healy, the various animation teams and the voice talent of SING.
    • Finding the Rhythm: Editing SING – Illumination editor Greg Perler, takes us inside the edit bay and reveals the secrets behind cutting an animated film. We’ll plunge into his world in this fun and eye-opening peek inside the room where the magic gets put together.
    • Character Profiles – Profiles on the incredible cast, all lending their voices to bring these animated characters to life.
    o Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon
    o Reese Witherspoon as Rosita
    o Tori Kelly as Meena
    o Taron Egerton as Johnny
    o Nick Kroll as Gunter
    o Garth Jennings as Miss Crawly
    • SING & Dance! – “Faith” – Celebrity choreographer Aakomon Jones takes us through a dance routine inspired by SING and the song, “Faith.”
    • The SING Network – The SING Network brings you the latest news and highlights the business endeavors of your favorite SING stars.
    o Gunter’s Dance Studio
    o The Moon Theater
    o Rosita’s Babysitting Gizmo
    o Miss Crawly’s Matchmaking Service
    o In The News – SING’S True Entertaining Stories highlights each of the Moon Theater’s newest stars.
     Buster Moon
     Gunter
     Rosita
     Johnny
     Meena
     Ash
     Mike
    • The Best Of Gunter – A rapid-fire, fun mash-up of all the best Gunter one-liners.
    • The Making Of The Mini-Movies – We’ll explore the themes of each of the mini-movies through the eyes of the artists who made them.
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Sing is a well-executed and fun family film that can be enjoyed both kids and their parents. It comes to Blu-ray in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent Ultra HD quality, sparkling high definition video, gratifying lossless surround sound, including a complimentary Dolby Atmos mix, and a fan friendly assortment of extras that are worth exploring if you enjoyed the film. Sing is pitch perfect family entertainment that comes recommended on Blu-ray.

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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JVC DLA-RS500 3D/4K Ready High Definition Front Projector
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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)
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