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DC League of Super-Pets

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

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  • Fun family film with great A/V, suits fans & newcomers; consider rental.

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  • Video
  • DC League of Super-Pets in 4K UHD showcases noticeable improvements over 1080p, with enhanced textures, richer colors, and superior dynamic range, providing a visually nuanced experience even as an upscaled version.

  • Audio
  • The Dolby Atmos mix offers a balanced and immersive audio experience, with effective use of overhead channels and discrete sound effects complementing the film's tone, alongside a potent DTS-HD option, providing clear dialogue and well-integrated music, enhancing the overall listening enjoyment.

  • Extra
  • Two-disc DC League of Super-Pets release with vibrant art and digital copy; extras include featurettes on Krypto art, voice cast insights, animation, world-building, Easter eggs, and deleted scenes.

  • Movie
  • In 'DC League of Super-Pets,' Krypto leads a newly-powered shelter gang to save kidnapped superheroes, blending heartfelt origins, camaraderie, and family-friendly humor amidst Metropolis' peril.

    Video: 87

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation of "DC League of Super-Pets" offers a discernibly upgraded viewing experience over its 1080p counterpart, thanks primarily to its upscale from a 2K DI to 4K. This enhancement is most noticeable in the refined textures and minute details present in the animated characters, imparting a richer visual experience that's more tactile and nuanced. The utilization of an expanded color gamut and dynamic range further complements this by vividly bringing to life the film's palette and contrast, ensuring a visually stimulating experience that showcases the animation's chromatic depth and intricacies with remarkable clarity.

    Warner Bros.' execution of the transfer to 4K UHD is praiseworthy, with an adept encoding process that takes full advantage of HDR10 capabilities to elevate the visual presentation. This is evident in the seamless detailing, where even with the inherently simplified style of the animation, there’s an appreciable smoothness around edges and an absence of compression artifacts or banding. This meticulous attention to detail extends to the nuanced contrast levels and shadow detail, enhancing visual depth and ensuring dark scenes are as engaging as brightly lit ones, thanks to superior color separation and minimal blooming. The enhanced clarity and vibrancy afforded by the HDR treatment make for an immersive experience where even subtle Easter eggs become more discernible.

    While both the 4K and 1080p versions offer commendable quality within their respective formats, it’s the 4K UHD's superiority in encoding, dynamic range, and color saturation that sets it apart, making it the definitive edition for enthusiasts seeking the pinnacle of home viewing. The leap in visual fidelity means that once viewers experience the movie in 4K, reverting to the Blu-ray version may feel like a step back due to the comparative lack of impact, underscoring the 4K version's capacity to deliver an unparalleled viewing experience that's both engrossing and visually exquisite.

    Audio: 86

    The audio presentation of the "DC League of Super-Pets" in 4K UHD Blu-ray showcases a commendable Dolby Atmos mix, supported by alternate audio tracks like Dolby TrueHD 7.1 or 5.1, and a secondary DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mix. This varied setup ensures compatibility across different home theater systems, presenting an immersive auditory experience that enhances the viewing pleasure immensely. The Atmos track, in particular, offers a moderately active sound field that makes ingenious use of overhead audio objects for atmospheric effects, music, and distinct sound effects which, combined with strong front separation and subtle yet effective use of the rear channels, creates a detailed soundstage that places the viewer right in the middle of the action without feeling overwhelming.

    Warner Bros. has thoughtfully included these audio options to cater to a broad audience, ensuring crisp dialogue, and a surround presence that’s tactfully powerful, highlighted by discrete effects that are balanced and not overemphasized. Music cues, especially the classic pop tracks reminiscent of "Guardians of the Galaxy," blend seamlessly with the action on screen, maintaining their vintage charm while contributing to the overall ambience. The Atmos height channels deserve a special mention for their role in adding an extra layer of immersion during dynamic scenes like superhero fly-bys and the tumultuous final battle, demonstrating an adeptly measured mix rather than one that merely relies on volume intensity.

    Inclusion of optional subtitles, extending to English (SDH) for both the main feature and extra content, provides accessibility to a broader audience, ensuring that Warner Bros.' presentation of "DC League of Super-Pets" on 4K UHD Blu-ray not only is a visual treat but also an auditory feast that surpasses even theatrical experiences. The balance between atmosphere and precise sound object placement complements the film’s tone perfectly, making it an engaging listen from start to finish.

    Extra: 79

    The DC League of Super-Pets 4K UHD Blu-ray offers a delightful array of extra content, primarily housed on its companion Blu-ray disc. The extras provide a substantial behind-the-scenes look, including detailed featurettes on character design, voice acting insights from the star-studded cast, and a deep dive into animation processes. Particularly engaging are the tutorials on drawing Krypto, revealing the blend of high-tech and traditional techniques, and the sections uncovering hidden Easter Eggs which offer treats for dedicated DC fans. The inclusion of numerous deleted scenes in both storyboard and animatic form adds value, giving viewers insight into the creative decisions made during the film's development. This release combines technical prowess with accessibility, appealing to a broad audience range from animation aficionados to casual viewers, ensuring a comprehensive experience beyond the main feature.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • How to Draw Krypto: An art tutorial provided by animation supervisor Dave Burgess.
    • Behind the Super Voices: Insights on the casting and character development process from the voice actors and production team.
    • Super-Pets Animation 101: Discussion on the pitch, development, and animation design by key production team members.
    • The World of Super-Pets: Exploration into the world-building and use of DC lore.
    • Find the Easter Eggs: A guided tour of background details for DC fans.
    • Deleted Scenes: Twelve clips providing additional story elements and character development.

    Movie: 76

    DC League of Super-Pets" presents the heartwarming tale of Krypto the Super-Dog and his journey from Superman's loyal companion to the leader of a motley crew of super-powered shelter animals. Set in familiar territory, this animated adventure toes the line between a kid-friendly narrative and the introduction of less-explored characters in the DC universe. Helmed by Krypto, voiced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the film navigates through its lightweight origin story with ease, avoiding the pitfall of becoming overly complex while maintaining a draw for DC aficionados and newcomers alike. The plot thickens when Superman, voiced by John Krasinski, is sidelined, leaving Krypto to band together with shelter animals endowed with unexpected powers following an encounter with villainous guinea pig Lulu (Kate McKinnon). This motley crew's dynamic, comprising Ace (Kevin Hart), PB (Vanessa Bayer), Merton (Natasha Lyonne), and Chip (Diego Luna), brings both humor and heart to their mission, albeit through a somewhat predictable storyline.

    Despite its reliance on well-worn tropes and the odd cliché, "League of Super-Pets" shines through its visual storytelling and character evolution. The animation quality sparkles in 4K UHD, capturing every detail of Metropolis’ expansive landscape and its dynamic new defenders. The film's humor, primarily carried by physical comedy and witty one-liners, particularly from Merton McSnurtle, appeals across ages, while the emotional undertones resonate well without feeling contrived. The voice cast delivers performances that elevate the narrative, making even the typical training montages and the expected climactic battle scenes feel fresh and engaging.

    Technical aspects aside, where "League of Super-Pets" genuinely excels is in its sincere attempt at world-building within the DC universe, albeit through a more family-oriented lens. The balance between action and emotional depth is commendably maintained, ensuring that the superhero genre remains accessible and enjoyable for all ages. While it may not break new ground in terms of plot originality, it succeeds in crafting a compelling narrative around secondary characters, granting them center stage to showcase their heroics. As a detailed presentation in 4K UHD Blu-ray format, it simultaneously caters to technological expectations and narrative engagement, making it a solid addition to both children's entertainment shelves and the libraries of superhero movie collectors.

    Total: 73

    DC League of Super-Pets" combines the appeal of a family-friendly adventure with the excitement of superhero action, delivering a viewing experience that caters to both young audiences and their parents. This well-crafted Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray/Digital package from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment showcases the film's vibrant visuals and dynamic sound design, making for an immersive at-home cinema experience. Despite its engaging screen presence and commendable voice acting performances leading the charge, the film would benefit from additional script enhancements and a more consistent tone to elevate itself beyond just an amusing watch. Nevertheless, its ability to entertain without demanding too much makes it suitable for repeated viewings, a quality that families will undoubtedly appreciate.

    The 4K UHD presentation does not disappoint, offering spectacular image quality that brings out the animation's colorful flair and intricacies, while the audio presentation enriches the viewing experience with clear, lively sound. While the supplemental materials provided may not be as comprehensive as some might hope, they do add a layer of enjoyment, providing insight into the making of this unique addition to the DC Universe. The simplicity and effectiveness of the supplements may appeal more to newcomers and dedicated fans looking for a further glimpse into the world of their favorite animated superheroes.

    In conclusion, "DC League of Super-Pets" on 4K UHD Blu-ray is a worthwhile addition for any home entertainment collection, balancing its appeal across ages with high-quality A/V performance. It stands out as a commendable release that warrants consideration for purchase, particularly for those who are already fans or families in search of enjoyable content that crosses generational lines. While it may not completely win over every viewer, its charm, technical merits, and replay value make it a recommended choice for an entertaining family movie night.