Frozen II (4K UHD)
It’s time to bring the latest Disney adventure home as Frozen II arrives on 4K Ultra HD and blu-ray this week. Is our return to Arendelle for its home entertainment release worth picking up? Find out my thoughts in our official review!
Funny enough, Frozen II is one of the few films I had the chance to see in theaters last year. It just so happened to be the first movie theater movie we took our toddler too (she’s a NUT for Frozen). As such, the film holds a special place in my heart. Now that it’s releasing on 4K, and I’ve already had to sit through it multiple times, I have a better grasp on how I really feel about the film overall...and it’s good.
The film picks up a little while after the events of the first film, where Elsa, no longer fearful of her powers, has really come into her role as Queen, while Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf are enjoying having an open kingdom. It’s pretty much the “happily ever after” ending the first film proposed.
Yet something strange is calling to Elsa and potentially threatens the inhabitants of the peaceful kingdom.
In order to help save her people, Elsa must follow the call to the Enchanted Forest, home of the Northuldra tribe, who’ve been cut off from the world. Anna and Elsa (along with Kristoff and Olaf) must embark into the forbidden area to uncover the mystery behind Elsa’s powers and unravel the truth behind their own kingdom’s past.
It’s a decidedly different story from the original and doesn’t seek to retread those former points. Instead it carves an all new path with new themes that I feel are really important for kids to hear. On top of that, I found it significantly funnier than the previous movie, bringing in humor that will easily appeal to older audiences as well as the kiddos. While I don’t think the musical numbers are as catchy this time around, they’re still fun and add poignancy to the scene they’re in.
In general, I thoroughly enjoyed the sequel. I had fun with it in theaters, and I still get a kick out of it no matter how many times my toddler makes me watch it. Considering it’s a home entertainment release the ability to enjoy it repeatedly seems like a pretty great selling point!
Sight and Sound
Far and away, the thing that stood out to me most with Frozen II, was how stunning the animation is. I mean, Disney always does a great job, but the sheer level of detail brought about in the sequel is impressive. The 4K transfer absolutely does it justice and looks incredible.
The image is crisp and clear, highlighting the various colors which evoke that fantastical vibe throughout. The fleshtones are sharp and the blacks are super deep without crushing. The sound design is equally impressive, boasting a solid surround sound transfer that fully immerses you in the middle of the action and musical sequences.
From a technical standpoint, it’s a damn great 4K transfer that highlights an already gorgeous film.
The Bonus Features
The 4K Ultra HD release of Frozen II includes the 4K disc, a digital code insert, and a blu-ray copy of the film which is where you’ll find all the special features:
Sing-Along Version of the Movie – Sing along with your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
Song Selection – Jump to your favorite musical moments, with on-screen lyrics. Songs include Oscar-nominated “Into The Unknown,” “All Is Found,” “Some Things Never Change,” “When I Am Older,” “Lost in the Woods,” “Show Yourself,” and “The Next Right Thing”
Outtakes – Laugh along with the cast of “Frozen 2” as they record their lines, sing their songs and have fun in the recording booth.
Deleted Scenes – Check out a few scenes that never made the final cut.
Intro – Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck offer a glimpse into their filmmaking process with scenes that didn’t make the final cut.
Prologue – A battle rages between Arendelle and the Northuldra while a mysterious figure challenges King Agnarr.
Secret Room – A secret room reveals even more of Anna and Elsa’s past, including a shocking revelation about their mother.
Elsa’s Dream – Anna’s playful glimpse into Elsa’s dream takes a dark turn.
Hard Nokks – Kristoff reveals his true feelings about life in Arendelle when the Nokk won’t take no for an answer.
A Place of Our Own – Elsa uses her magic to relieve Anna’s lingering doubts about their parents’ faith in her.
Deleted Songs – When it comes to “Frozen 2,” there can never be too much music. Hear some of the songs that got cut from the final film.
Intro – Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck revel in the chance to share a few songs that didn’t make it into the final film.
“Home” – Anna savors every moment as she wanders through this kingdom she calls home.
“I Wanna Get This Right” – Kristoff wants everything to be perfect before he proposes, leaving Anna to wonder, “Will it ever be just right?”
The Spirits of “Frozen 2” – Cast and crew explore the Scandinavian and Nordic mythology that inspired the spirits inhabiting the enchanted forest of “Frozen 2.”
Did You Know??? – Olaf asks us the question “Did You Know” as we discover “Frozen 2” fun facts, Easter eggs and tidbits about the making of the film.
Scoring a Sequel – Composer Christophe Beck combines a 91-piece orchestra with 30 choral voices to create the compelling score for “Frozen 2.”
Gale Tests – They say you can’t see the wind. Only its effects. Filmmakers give it a shot while creating the playful wind spirit, Gale.
Gale Test – A young girl and boy play tag in this fully animated effort to “give personality to something that’s invisible.”
Hand-Drawn Gale Test – A hand-drawn test to bring the precocious wind spirit to life.
“Into the Unknown” in 29 Languages – Hear Elsa’s soaring call to adventure in 29 different languages
Music Videos – Weezer and Panic! at the Disco lend their voices to a few of the soaring melodies from “Frozen 2.”
“Into the Unkown” (Panic! at the Disco version) – Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie stars in their version of “Into The Unknown” from “Frozen 2.”
“Lost in the Woods” (Weezer version) – Weezer puts their spin on Kristoff’s epic ballad, “Lost In the Woods.”
As always, Disney brings a hefty amount of bonus features to their latest release. For the most part, they’re all relatively short, offering quick looks at the behind the scenes process. The deleted songs and “Did You Know?” featurettes are particularly nice, as it offers something younger audiences are sure to enjoy. The inclusion of a sing-along version is great as well and is probably gonna get a lot of use for parents. While nothing here sticks out as “must watch” the amount included offers nice bang for your buck.