Missing Link Blu-ray Review

Mr. Link enlists explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend. Check out Ralph Potts’ Blu-ray review of Missing Link from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The Review at a Glance:
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96

Details:

Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox – 2019
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 94 minutes
Genre: Family

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: High Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Amrita Acharia, David Walliams, Ching Valdies-Aran
Written & Directed by: Chris Butler
Music by: Carter Burwell
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 23, 2019

“Things Are About to Get Hairy”

Synopsis:

“Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr Link, who is 8 feet tall and covered in fur, recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, the trio encounters their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world. “ – 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

My Take:

Hugh Jackman is Sir Lionel Frost, a brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is no one else seems to agree. Zach Galifianakis is Mr. Link. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s possibly the last of his kind, he’s lonely, and he believes that Sir Lionel is the one man alive who can help him. Along with the independent and resourceful Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a riotous rollercoaster ride of a journey to seek out Link’s distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

Written and directed by Chris Butler Missing Link is spirited and refreshingly fun family entertainment. Its world is wonderfully creative and the story has a light moral essence that never rises to preachy levels. There is an infectious charm to its delightfully crafted characters and time period which nestle quite naturally into the whimsy of its eccentric text. The thematic tone is underscored by wit, heartwarming underpinnings, mildly engaging action and superb production elements that bring it all to life beautifully. Missing Link probably isn’t destined for classic family movie status however there is no denying its appeal to audiences young and adult. I watched it with my wife and we both had a good time with it.

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Parental Guide: 

The rating is for action/peril and 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.**

Audio: 92
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Video: 100
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 80
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Missing Link comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atoms/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

This film features beautifully crafted stop motion animation that looks superb in high definition. The color range mates perfectly with the source material and are reproduced naturally, revealing subtle degrees of delineation that sparkle. Each of the characters has distinctive physical qualities that are attributable to them and all are easily discernable. The video is immaculately resolved with pristine quality and fine minutia that shows strict attention to detail. The facial features of the various characters have a lifelike quality that allows them to display a varied range of emotions. Contrast and black levels strike a great balance as whites are bright, detailed and punchy while blacks exhibit discernible depth and dynamic range. This is a resplendent, polished, and beautifully rendered Blu-ray presentation that looks fabulous on my large front projection display.

The Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel (Atmos core) surround mix compliments the film’s recorded elements quite nicely. This is a well-balanced presentation that features high level detail in a resplendent blend of dialog, sound effects, bass and music with discretely placed effects and atmospherics that utilize the entire soundstage. This isn’t a dynamically substantive mix but it contains sneaky good levels of deep bass that on occasion energized my room with its tactility. The sequence that takes place once they reach and are attempting to leave Shangri La is great example of the track’s propensity for room trembling low frequency detail. Overall the audio is crystal clear, free of the edginess and has a polished appeal that enriches the listening experience.

Dolby Atmos:

In listening to the Dolby Atmos mix I found it to be of the laid-back variety, which considering the source material, wasn’t a complete surprise. More isn’t always better and this soundtrack doesn’t contain an overabundance of elements that would allow for a busier object-based mix with respect to the overhead channels. In general, its use of audio objects placed above is limited to atmospherics and occasional panning fills. I would say that where applied (the storm at sea sequence) it’s done to good effect, coinciding with the onscreen events nicely.

As an enthusiast I appreciate a well-crafted sound mix that draws me into the onscreen elements, regardless of where the sounds are emanating from. This Atmos mix is fair, broadening the soundstage and incorporating point by point cues, both on and off camera. While it may have benefitted slightly from more active use of audio objects, I didn’t feel let down by it and ultimately enjoyed the presentation as a whole.

Bonus Features:

  • • Commentary by Chris Butler
    • Creating Mr. Link
    • Bringing the Final Battle on the Ice Bridge to Life
    • Animation Inspiration w/optional Commentary by Chris Butler
    • VFX Breakdown Reel – Realizing the Potential of Stop Motion
    • Oh What a Mystery: Pulling the Camera Back on Missing Link’s Magic
    • Making Faces
    • Inside the Magic of Laika
    • Gallery x 24 Images
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Written and directed by Chris Butler Missing Link is spirited and refreshingly fun family entertainment that is sure to strike a chord with audiences young and old. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in this Blu-ray Combo pack featuring terrific high definition video, solid lossless surround sound which includes Dolby Atmos audio and, a bland supplemental package. Missing Link is an entertaining family film that is made all the better on Blu-ray. Give it a spin and enjoy.

 

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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