Toy Story 4 (2019) Blu-ray™ Disc | Main Menu | Menu Walkthrough
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD
Disney / Buena Vista | 2019 | 100 min | Rated G | Oct 08, 2019 (4 Days)
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
English: DTS-HD HR 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Three-disc set (2 BD-50, 1 DVD)
Slipcover in original pressing
Region A (B, C untested)
Video 4.5 of 5 4.5
Audio 3.5 of 5 3.5
Extras 3.0 of 5 3.0
When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Toy Story 4’s 1080p presentation delivers plenty of visual delights. There’s ample opportunity for the image to shine, from dusty antique store interiors to vividly colorful carnival lights at night. Character models are superb, showcasing not just the broad-stroke core details but allowing the viewer to explore the finer points of the digital handiwork — little scuffs and longstanding points of wear, intimate clothing textures, all of the shelf wear seen on the trinkets and odds and ends — with as much clarity as the 1080p resolution can muster. While it’s not as clear and precise as the counterpart UHD, the Blu-ray proves more than adequate for textural investigations and absorbing the digital artistry at play. Colors are likewise excellent, again lacking the depth that the UHD’s HDR color spectrum can deliver, but those watching on Blu-ray will never feel shortchanged. There’s an endlessly engaging level of color explosion, particularly in bright interiors or well-lit carnival exteriors at night where a barrage of colorfully brilliant hues shine brightly against the night sky backdrop. Characters and clothes are organically colorful, including some that define a few of the old favorites who are little more than tertiary characters in this film, such as Jessie’s red hair and Rex’s green body. The Blu-ray certainly doesn’t want for a greater color gamut. Blacks are strong, brights are intense, and contrast is perfectly dialed in for the duration. The image shows no obvious encode flaws, either. This is a terrific Blu-ray presentation from Disney.
Per normal studio practice, Disney releases Toy Story 4 to Blu-ray without the UHD’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack, replaced here with a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless presentation (note that the Blu-ray defaults to the DTS-HD HR 5.1 track rather than the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 offering, one of a total of three alternate English language tracks, discounting the audio descriptive track and the audio commentary; French and Spanish dubs are also included as well as English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles). Also per Disney norms, the track demonstrates more limited dynamic range and requires an upward volume adjustment to more fully appreciate. Once dialed up, the track proves capable if not a bit underwhelming. Surround engagement is not quite as robust as one might expect. Certainly there’s plenty of movement and discrete elements in the rear four speakers, but don’t expect a steady barrage of surround integration. What’s there, notably heard during various action scenes, finds good spacing and plenty of accuracy to movement and clarity alike. The fronts stretch plenty wide to fully envelop the listener in both action and music; the latter is delivered with good definition but lacking a more authoritative presence, the same of which can be said of the more would-be dominant effects in the movie. Atmospherics are nicely integrated through the busier locales, particularly the carnival. Backgrounds do give way to dialogue as necessary, which is always clear and well prioritized in delivery from a natural front-center location.
Director: Josh Cooley
Writers: Stephany Folsom, Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Lori Alan, Blake Clark, Estelle Harris
Producers: Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Pete Docter
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IMDB Rating: 8.0/10
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