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Trolls Ultra HD Blu-ray Review



After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.



The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/UHD Video total rating:
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88



Details:

Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2016
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 92 minutes
Genre: Family

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1, English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Christine Beranski, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese
Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Music by: Christophe Beck
Written by: Jonathan Abel, Glenn Berger
Region Code: A

Release Date: February 7, 2017


"Sing. Dance. Laugh. Repeat!"


My Take:

The colorful, richly textured Troll Village is full of optimistic Trolls, who are always ready to sing, dance and party. When the comically pessimistic Bergens invade, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on an epic journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Trolls features a solid cast, musically spun/contemporary themes, and an elementary plot aimed at younger viewers. It keeps things simple, and builds upon the already established connection we have with its characters, while adding a bit of adventure and pop music, designed to get the toes of adult viewers tapping. There are entertaining characters, excellent production elements and a few charming moments, but there is nothing here that we haven’t seen before, and quite frankly the laughs and too infrequent. Maybe my expectations were too high, but Trolls never really grabbed hold tight enough to keep me interested. I do think that little ones will get more out of it, so in that light, it may have something tangible to offer.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for some mild rude humor.


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
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Dolby Atmos Rating: 86
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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:

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Trolls comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 4 Mbps.

Trolls 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 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 stop-motion animated characters. This also applied to the hand-crafted sets/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 film’s bright 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 in Branches bunker, and at the Bergen’s village, are multi-staged and dimensional in appearance. As good as Trolls 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.

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, music 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 feeling of immersion. 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.



Blu-ray Video:


Video: 100
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Audio: 88
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Trolls comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 30 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4 Mbps.

This is a reference quality video presentation that boasts vivacious colors that are rich in saturation and bold in depth. Detail is superlative as the video has definitive three-dimensional quality with crisp texture and excellent fine articulation. Contrast is strong and well balanced so that 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 – UHD version) and the DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio soundtrack (on the Blu-ray) make effective use of the surround platform and offer detail rich sonic clarity, and crystalline dialog reproduction. The 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: Trolls Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Disc 2: Trolls Blu-ray
  • (HD) Party Mode – Interactive Sing-A-Long Feature
  • (HD) Travel Through Troll Village – Interactive Feature
  • (HD) The Potion for Stop-Motion – Tutorial
  • (HD) Creating Troll Magic – 5 minute featurette
  • (HD) Troll 2 Troll – 4 minute feature
  • (HD) Inside the Bunker – 3 minute feature
  • (HD) Deleted Scenes – 7 minutes
  • (HD) Theatrical Trailer



Final Thoughts:

Trolls is a mildly entertaining, formulaic, family adventure, that will appeal more to young viewers, while, aside from a decent selection of throw-back pop music, will leave their parents rather bored. It comes to Blu-ray in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring excellent Ultra HD quality, sparkling high definition video, rewarding lossless surround sound, including a solid Dolby Atmos mix, and a fan friendly assortment of extras. Trolls wasn't my cup of tea, but should make for an entertaining evening for the kids, especially on Blu-ray.












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Good review, as always. The movie is fully CG, not stop motion.

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Thanks for the review, Ralph! However, I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful movie! I even watched it again in Party Mode!
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We watched this one on bluray tonight and we (family) enjoyed it.

It looks 3D and the soundtrack was nice!
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Tnx for this review, Kids really enjoyed it. Waiting to get 3D BD version that is due to come out in a few weeks.
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Greetings,

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Thanks for the review, Ralph! However, I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful movie! I even watched it again in Party Mode!
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We watched this one on bluray tonight and we (family) enjoyed it.

It looks 3D and the soundtrack was nice!
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Tnx for this review, Kids really enjoyed it. Waiting to get 3D BD version that is due to come out in a few weeks.

Great to hear you guys enjoyed Trolls! Thanks for taking the time to post your impressions...


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I own the bluray disc, is the 4k disc worth getting over the bluray? I think the bluray looks great on my lg oled. But is the 4k that much better than the bluray?

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