Blu-ray Spotlight: The Lego Ninjago Movie

Ralph Potts puts the Spotlight on this entertaining family fun movie about a teenager that is shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, who then seeks to defeat his father, with the help of his fellow ninjas.

My Thoughts:

In the battle for Ninjago City, Lloyd (Dave Franco), high school student by day and Green Ninja by night, gets thrown into the ultimate adventure with his secret ninja warrior friends! Led by the wise and wisecracking Master Wu (Jackie Chan), they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. On their courageous journey, they learn to band together to unleash their inner power in an epic showdown to save the city

What a cute, fun, and highly entertaining film. The Lego Ninjago Movie is filled with cleverly integrated humor, and contemporary references. The story is both creative and chuckle inducing as it boasts themes that can be enjoyed by both kids and their parents. You’d have to pay strict attention to catch each of the references littered throughout, but if missed, the site gags are sure to keep you giggling. The cast is perfectly placed, adding an enriching and apropos element that elevates the experience. Speaking of elevating the experience the superbly crafted animation is amazing as the attention to detail is a thoughtful as it is technically marvelous.

Release Date: December 19, 2017

The Lego Ninjago Movie comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) sound.

UHD Presentation: 90
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 96
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I was unable to determine whether or not The Lego Ninjago Movie was rendered from a 2K or 4K DI for its presentation in Ultra HD, but my guess would be the former.

In terms of resolution the differences between this and the 1080p version are appreciable as there is a noticeably finer texture in the minutia especially in the characteristics/physical makeup of the characters. To a lesser degree this also applied to backgrounds which emphasized depth of field and fine detail. The image has lots of pop as the expanded color gamut and emboldened dynamic range draw out the warm chromatic palate and use of contrast. Whites are bright, and snappy, while the monochromatic grays, blues and black featured in the sequences with limited lighting are multi-staged and dimensional in appearance. As good as The Lego Ninjago Movie looks in 1080p, the Ultra HD rendering, while not heads and shoulders above it, enhances its attributes, making for a visually stimulating and pleasing video presentation.

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 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 effectively places effects/sounds within the soundstage which place you within the scene, in turn, adding an enriching element that heightens the intended feeling like something is falling from above, passing through the room from front to back, or side to side, or about to roll you over.

Blu-ray Video:

Video: 100
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Audio: 96
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This is a high-quality 1080p video presentation that boasts inviting colors that are rich in saturation and bold in depth. Detail is superlative as the video has excellent dimensionality with crisp texture and fine articulation. Contrast is strong and well balanced so that whites are crisp 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 lossless soundtrack (7.1 Dolby TrueHD Atmos core) makes excellent use of the entire surround platform and offers detail rich sonic clarity, crystalline dialog and solid dynamics. This is an active surround mix that combines discretely placed directional cues with rear channel ambience that fills the listening area nicely. The front and rear sound field work in unison to render the soundtrack with precise imaging and acoustic presence that elevates the experience. The LFE channel is actively engaged throughout and offers bass response that is the star of the show, offering depth that is punchy, room shaking, and the type of low frequency effects that puts a smile on the faces of bass lovers.

Bonus Features:

  • • Team Supreme: Building NINJAGO® – featurette
    • Rumble in the Bricks- featurette
    • Rebrick Contest Winners- featurette
    • Which Way to the Ocean – mini-movie
    • Zane’s Stand Up Promo – mini-movie
    • The Master: A LEGO® NINJAGO® Short – mini-movie
    • LEGO® NINJAGO® TV Series Sneak Peek
    • Oh, Hush! & Jeff Lewis Found My Place – Music Video
    • Everybody Have a Ninja Day – Music Video
    • Rocktagon – Music Video
    • Warlord Ballad – Music Video
    • Animation Bridge Test – Deleted Scene
    • Baby Fight– Deleted Scene
    • Dock Scene– Deleted Scene
    • Gimme Some Outtakes!
    • Commentary by Director Charlie Bean and Crew
    • 13 Promotional Videos
  • Digital HD Copy

Ralph Potts
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