Ralph Breaks the Internet Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews the Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to 2012’s Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” that follows the besties Ralph and Vanellope as they risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush.

The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/UHD Video total rating:
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98

Details:

Studio and Year: Disney – 2018
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 112 minutes
Genre: Family

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos7.1.4/TrueHD 7.1, Spanish/French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill, Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot, Alfred Molina
Directed by: Phil Johnston and Rich Moore
Music by: Henry Jackman
Written by: Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: February 26, 2019

“Sometimes You Have to Let Go”

Synopsis:

“In the hilarious, highspeed sequel to 2012’s Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” the besties risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an action-packed attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush.” – Disney Home Entertainment

My Take:

Video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet “the Netizens” to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss, the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank, a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces – so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.

I don’t know how Disney does it. They continually push the envelope with refreshing takes on family themed animation that both parents and kids can enjoy. I watched Ralph Breaks the Internet with my wife and we loved it. Wreck it Ralph was so entertaining with its retro video game world and heartwarming story about a lovable sad sack. Here, we have a contemporary plot that is every bit as clever as it takes Ralph and Vanellope into the virtual world of the internet, initially in search of a part for the arcade game that features her character. Inevitably their quest exposes them to a whole new world that, for Vanellope, brings her face to face with something she has been longing for.

The storyline is conceptually and thematically entertaining and had us laughing out loud while quietly tugging at our heart strings. The plethora of references to today’s focus on social media, use of the world wide web and some of its pitfalls elevated the experience as we reveled in its integration with the characters and storyline. The script is clever, a little frantic and purposefully grandiose which I found worked extremely well. Many of the actors from the first film return to reprise their roles, along with a few new ones, with all imparting an endearing quality that solidifies them within the context of the narrative’s framework.

Ralph Breaks the Internet is every bit as good, if not a hair better, than as its predecessor and, makes for terrific family entertainment that has a little something for everyone.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for some rude humor and 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: 96
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 100
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Ralph Breaks the Internet comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Disney featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

I watched the Blu-ray version of Ralph Breaks the Internet first, so going into viewing the Ultra HD presentation the 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. Ralph Breaks the Internet is rendered from a 2K DI and up-converted to 4K.

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 which emphasized depth of field. The scenes that take place in the vast, open spaces of the internet’s city like world look nearly 3D at times. 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 that take place in “Slaughter Race”, JP Spamley’s office, or in dimly lit environs, look amazing, appearing multi-staged and dimensional.

The application of HDR added a complimentary and defining element that proved eye-catching. The chase where Shank pursues Ralph and Vanellope through the streets of Slaughter Race as well as the encounter with the giant “Ralph” computer virus, features flames and mini explosions that sparkle against the deep, shadowy backgrounds. As good as Ralph Breaks the Internet looks in 1080p, the Ultra HD rendering is superior, making for a visually engaging and pleasing video presentation.

Dolby Atmos:

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, 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 places a host of effects/sounds within the soundstage adding an enriching element that heightens the intended feeling like something is passing overhead, traveling through the room, or emanating from a specific location.

Some examples of this can be during the sequence when Ralph and Vanellope are transported to and arrive at internet city, the aforementioned chase through Slaughter Race, encounter with the giant “Ralph” computer virus and the crashing of “Yesss’ hovercraft. These are to name a few, as there are ample times where near field objects, and multi-staged atmospherics places you inside the scene as sounds rotate and revolve around the sound field from both above and at ear level.

This is among the more active Dolby Atmos mixes I have heard and I found that it elevated my enjoyment of an already entertaining film. Woo Hoo!

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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Blu-ray Video:

Video: 100
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Audio: 96
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Ralph Breaks the Internet comes to Blu-ray Disc from Disney featuring 1080p AVC encoded and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound.

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 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack makes for a rewarding home theater experience. As has been the case with recent Disney sound mixes on Blu-ray turning the volume up is a requirement. In this case I found that a 4db increase yielded the best results. After that, dynamics are solid, providing the elements contained within the recording with definitive energy and potent impact. Henry Jackman’s music score plays an integral role in this presentation and the entire surround platform is used to present the instrumental performance.

Dialog is crystalline with appreciable tonal inflection and non-sibilant vocal character. The auditory is rich in clarity and detail which allows the subtle environmental sounds in the recording to easily be heard. The mix creates an immersive surround sound experience that achieves excellent balance which correlates nicely with the events transpiring onscreen. Low frequency effects are solid and when called upon engage the room with palpable low-level bass. This is an involving surround sound mix that makes for an entertaining audio presentation.

Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1: Ralph Breaks the Internet Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Disc 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet Blu-ray
    • How We Broke the Internet –Go behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to get an in-depth look at how the filmmakers brought a world to life that billions of people visit every day but never actually see – the internet. Take a front-row seat as the team reveals the inspirations for the story and what it took to bring it to the screen. Discover all that went into developing the characters of the film including netizens like KnowsMore as well as characters like Double Dan. See the lengths the team took to create the car chase scenes in Slaughter Race and much, much more.
    • Surfing for Easter Eggs – Surf the web for the near-countless Easter Eggs, inside jokes and references hidden throughout the movie.
    • The Music of Ralph Breaks the Internet – Take a look at the music of Ralph Breaks the Internet with appearances by Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, Alan Menken, Sarah Silverman and more.
    • Deleted Scenes – Five deleted scenes with intros from directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. Scenes include Into the Internet, Opposites, Domestic Hell, Bubble of One & Recruiting “Grandma.”
    • BuzzzTube Cats – Many videos were created by the animators to fill the screens of the Internet world…and lots of them are of cats! Check out the BuzzzTube to watch this hilarious cat compilation.
    • Music Videos – “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels.
  • Digital Copy
    Digital Exclusive:
    • Baby Drivers – Slaughter Racing School – Take a spin behind the wheel with the artists behind Ralph Breaks the Internet as they go to race car driving school.

Final Thoughts:

As with its predecessor I found Ralph Breaks the Internet to be an entertaining and worthy genre entry that can be enjoyed by kids and their parents. It comes to Blu-ray in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack from Disney 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. Ralph Breaks the Internet is pitch perfect family entertainment that comes highly recommended on Blu-ray.

 

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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