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Barbie

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    87
    from 6 reviewers
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  • Barbie dazzles as a smart, funny satire with stunning 4K quality, proving it's more than its pink logo.

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  • Video
    97
  • Barbie's 4K UK Blu-ray dazzles with vibrant, detailed visuals and a pink-hued palette, maintaining stunning clarity and dynamic HDR across both fantasy and real-world settings.

  • Audio
    96
  • Barbie's 4K Blu-ray features a dynamic, detailed Dolby Atmos soundtrack rich in bass and clarity, bringing vibrant and immersive audio to every scene, supported by a wide range of audio formats and subtitles.

  • Extra
    77
  • Warner's Barbie release features a simplistic set of six EPK featurettes, despite its box office success and vibrant production, hinting at a more extensive future edition.

  • Movie
    88
  • Barbie's 2023 release dominated the box office with witty satire and a feminist twist, while challenging social norms and entertaining with its visually innovative and meta humor.

    Video: 97

    Warner Bros.' release of "Barbie" on 4K UHD Blu-ray is a visual feast that showcases an incredibly vibrant, candy-colored world, staying true to its fantasy roots while providing a level of detail that's staggering in its clarity. The 3840x2160/24p BT.2020 image rendered from a 6.5K source and finished on a 4K DI bursts with a pink-dominated palette underpinned by a wide color gamut (WCG) and high dynamic range (HDR), brought to life using the HEVC (H.265) codec on a BD-100 disc. Despite the absence of Dolby Vision, found in digital versions, the HDR10 format still manages to offer a stunning home viewing experience, showcasing rich primaries, deep blacks, and punchy whites across the theatrical widescreen aspect ratio of 2.00:1. Visuals are crisp, displaying an impressive depth that gives the film a three-dimensional feel, ensuring movements within the frame are smooth and natural.

    Throughout, the fidelity of the image is remarkable, with every outfit, hair strand, and inch of Barbie's plastic paradise exuding sharpness and detail that attest to the high-quality transfer. Textures in clothing, facial features, and even the artificial environments of Barberland are delineated with extraordinary precision, demonstrating the capability of the HDR10 grade to manage vibrant hues and subtle gradients effectively. The real-world sequences benefit from this treatment as well, transitioning to more saturated tones that maintain their luster without compromising skin tones or other primary colors.

    The UHD presentation flourishes in its execution of color reproduction and black levels, where the luminosity of Barbie's world contrasts significantly against darker, more natural shades, enhancing the overall depth and detail. Scenes are free from noise and artifacts, preserving the integrity of this visually striking film. Despite some enthusiasts' preference for Dolby Vision, this HDR10 transfer does not disappoint, offering a bright, bold, and detail-rich viewing experience that's as glossy and pristine as it is technically accomplished.

    Audio: 96

    Barbie's" 4K UHD Blu-ray release elevates auditory experience to a remarkable level, anchoring its audio prowess in a Dolby Atmos track that's as vivid and dynamic as its visual counterpart. Viewers are immediately greeted with a sonic boom that's both intricate and layered, starting from the homage to the iconic 2001 opening sequence. The balance between clarity and depth is impeccably maintained, ensuring dialogue remains clear and prioritized against the backdrop of a rich, booming soundscape. This track excels in delivering a wide range of frequencies with palpable LFE and bass that adds weight to every scene, complemented by the subtle yet significant effects like the whoosh of doors or the surreal sparkle of magic, enriching Barbie's fantastical world with auditory verve.

    Deftly mixed, the soundstage is filled with nuanced directional cues, immersive ambient sounds, and height channel effects that, while subtle, add to the overall three-dimensional experience. The Dolby Atmos presentation ventures beyond traditional channel mixing, offering height-exclusive sonic touches that, even when downmixed to a 7.1 track, lose little of their impact. The majority of audio weight is carried through the front channels with well-represented mids, leaving ample space for deeper lows that complement the visuals' vibrant palette. Occasional LFE punches lend a tactile feel to key scenes, from the lively parties in Barbie Land to more grounded moments in the real world, all without overshadowing dialogue or crucial sound effects.

    In terms of audio formats and subtitles, the release is comprehensive, catering to a wide audience with options including English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio (US and UK), Italian Dolby Atmos, and various Dolby Digital versions, alongside an extensive list of subtitles ensuring accessibility. Dynamics are robust across scenes both fantastical and realistic, with special attention to detail that brings even the most whimsical elements to life. Low frequency extension is utilized effectively, enhancing everything from music scores to environmental sounds, while surround sound presentation skillfully builds ambiance and immerses viewers in Barbie's world. Dialogue reproduction remains crisp and clear, making "Barbie" not just a visual but an auditory feast best enjoyed loudly.

    Extra: 77

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Barbie" provides a concise but visually engaging assortment of extras that, while might not deeply explore the film's rich thematic layers and exceptional production design, do offer an appreciable glimpse behind the scenes. These featurettes, available on both the 4K and standard Blu-ray discs, manage to capture the film's vibrant aesthetic and the collaborative spirit of its cast and crew, with highlights including a look at Margot Robbie's transformation into Barbie, the extensive and colorful costume design, the uniquely whimsical set of Barbie Land, and the dynamics of an all-star cast creating a lively on-set atmosphere. Despite the collection's brevity and its lean towards more general Electronic Press Kit (EPK) material, it represents a satisfactory initial offering, hinting at the potential for a more in-depth exploration in future releases, possibly tailored for the holiday season shopping.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Welcome to Barbie Land: Exploration of the film's production design.
    • Becoming Barbie: Margot Robbie's transformation into the titular character.
    • Playing Dress-Up: Focus on the film's extensive costume design.
    • Musical Make-Believe: Behind-the-scenes of a key dance sequence.
    • All-Star Barbie Party: Discussion on casting and on-set dynamics.
    • It’s A Weird World: Insights into Kate McKinnon’s character in Barbie Land.

    Movie: 88

    Greta Gerwig's "Barbie," co-written with Noah Baumbach, explodes onto the 4K UHD Blu-ray scene as not just a visually stunning rendition of the iconic doll's world but as a monumental entry in Warner Bros.' history, being its highest-grossing theatrical release to date. Featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles, the duo dazzles in their portrayals of Barbie and Ken, respectively, with notable performances from Will Ferrell and a host of celebrity cameos. The film is celebrated for pushing boundaries through its clever blend of satire, social commentary, and vibrant production design, despite some narrative meanderings. It ambitiously navigates societal norms, offering both a critique and a homage to its titular character's legacy within a meticulously crafted pink, plastic utopia that manages to be both whimsical and subversive.

    "Barbie" deftly carries its audience into a metafictional journey that balances humor, existential queries, and the absurdities of Barbie Land’s societal structure and its collision with the real world. Gerwig's direction ensures that while the spectacle is on full display, the film's heart isn't overshadowed, as Robbie's Barbie grapples with relatable human concerns in her otherwise perfect existence. The narrative cleverly mirrors real-world dynamics and gender discussions, utilizing an array of Barbies and Kens to explore themes of identity, autonomy, and the pressures of conforming to societal expectations. This is all achieved without alienating viewers, instead inviting a broad audience to reflect on these issues through a brightly colored lens.

    Although occasionally bogged down by its ambition to include an overabundance of gags and cultural references, "Barbie" succeeds in offering a fresh perspective on familiar themes, piercing through the veneer of consumer culture with wit and visual flair. The film thrives on its ability to offer layered observations on femininity, masculinity, and everything in between, proving itself to be more than just a toy story. It is a vibrant, thought-provoking comedy that transcends its plastic origins to deliver a message of empowerment and inclusivity, wrapped in an aesthetically pleasing package that shines especially bright in its 4K UHD presentation.

    Total: 87

    Barbie" has unequivocally shattered expectations, becoming a cultural phenomenon not just at the box office but also in its reception among critics and audiences alike. The arrival of this film on 4K UHD Blu-ray by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment only amplifies its success, delivering a product that rivals the film's ingenious storytelling with its technical excellence. The native 4K HDR-enhanced video quality is nothing short of remarkable, presenting razor-sharp detail and vibrant colors that bring the iconic world of Barbie to life like never before. Accompanied by a robust Dolby Atmos audio track, the film's satirical humor and lively soundtrack are given the depth and clarity they deserve, creating an immersive viewing experience.

    The release includes a satisfying array of featurettes directly on the 4K disc, providing fans with an insider look into the making of this surprisingly multifaceted satire. While the bonus content may seem somewhat sparse for some, reflecting a trend noticed in other Gerwig Blu-ray releases, what is offered enhances the appreciation for the film's ambitious storytelling and stellar production design. The film itself proves to be an ambitious narrative that skillfully balances its satirical edge with an inclusivity that ensures almost Everyone finds something to enjoy. This balancing act, combined with standout performances and breathtaking visuals, makes the 4K UHD release a definitive must-own for enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

    In conclusion, "Barbie" on 4k UHD Blu-ray is an exemplary release that mirrors the film's unexpected critical acclaim and commercial success. Despite longing for more in-depth bonus features, the superior video and audio quality makes this release a compelling addition to any collection and a highly recommended purchase. Whether you're a longtime fan or a curious newcomer, "Barbie" in its highest fidelity form is a testament to the film's enduring charm and wit, ensuring it shines as a memorable home entertainment experience.