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Brad Bird
Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson
Writing Credits:
Brad Bird

Mr. Incredible stays home to care for the kids while Elastigirl goes out to save the world.

Box Office:
Opening Weekend
$182,687,905 on 4410 screens.
Domestic Gross
$608,183,459. MPAA:
Rated PG

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
English Dolby Atmos
English Dolby Plus 7.1
English Dolby 5.1
English Descriptive Audio
English Dolby 2.0
Spanish Dolby Plus 7.1
French Dolby Plus 7.1
Supplements Subtitles:
Quebecois French

Runtime: 118 min.
Price: $29.99
Release Date: 11/6/2018

• Audio Commentary with Animation Supervisors Dave Mullins, Alan Barillaro, and Tony Fucile and Animation 2nd Unit/Crowd Supervisor Bret Parker
• “Bao” Animated Short
• “Auntie Edna” Animated Short
• “Strong Coffee” Featurette
• “Super Stuff” Featurette
• “Paths to Pixar” Featurette
• “Superbaby”
• “Ralph Eggleston: Production Designer” Featurette
• “Making Bao” Featurette
• “Heroes & Villains” Featurettes
• “Vintage Features”
• 10 Deleted Scenes
• Promos
• Sneak Peeks
• Blu-ray Copy


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Incredibles 2 [4K UHD] (2018)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (September 25, 2019)

Back in 2004, The Incredibles delivered yet another hit in a long string of Pixar successes. With a gross of $261 million, it became the fifth highest-grossing movie in the US that year, though it didn’t stand as the most popular animated flick, for Shrek 2 sucked up a then-astonishing $441 million.

14 long years later, we finally got a sequel with 2018’s Incredibles 2 - and apparently audiences wanted it, as it earned a stunning $608 million in the US. That figure currently makes it the top-grossing animated film of all-time, and by a lot, as the second-place entry – 2016’s Finding Dory - sits more than $120 million behind it.

Incredibles 2 picks up literally where the first film left off, as a supervillain called the Underminer (voiced by John Ratzenberger) threatens the city. A family of superheroes fights him.

The Parr clan includes father Bob (Craig T. Nelson), Helen (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huckleberry Milner) and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile), all of whom boast special powers. Though the Parrs stop the Underminer, it remains illegal for superheroes to ply their trade, and they encounter negative repercussions.

Initially the Parrs greet a bleak future, but zillionaire technology magnate Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) proposes to help rehabilitate the heroes’ poor image and put them on the right side of the law. To that end, he chooses Helen – aka Elastigirl – as the public face of this endeavor.

This means Helen goes out to perform her heroics while Bob stays home to care for the kids. As a result, we see some conflicts in the Parr household, and the heroes need to deal with the threat of a new villain called Screenslaver as well.

When I first saw Incredibles in 2004, I admit I wasn’t wild about it. Oh, I thought it was pretty good, but I didn’t quite get all the praise it earned until I viewed it a second time. At that point, I came to appreciate it more.

When I initially took in Incredibles 2 last summer, I encountered a bit of déjà vu. Like the original, I enjoyed my two hours with the sequel, but I didn’t think it offered a truly remarkable tale.

Did my Blu-ray screening alter that impression? Not really - Incredibles 2 provides a reasonably fun tale but not one that competes with Pixar’s best, or with the original film.

Whereas the first flick created a fairly fresh narrative, the sequel lacks the same story-related impact. Despite its status as a superhero movie, Incredibles 2 invests a lot of time on character/family dynamics, and I feel like I should be happy about that.

And I am – to a degree. However, the movie’s narrative threads just don’t seem all that interesting.

At the core comes the competition between Bob and Helen, as he becomes jealous that she takes the spotlight he thinks he deserves. “Man upset because woman steals his thunder” isn’t a new concept, and Incredibles 2 doesn’t add much to the premise.

Other family elements don’t feel creative either. Violet frets over a boy and Dash struggles in school – ie, nothing not found in other family stories.

Incredibles 2 manages to execute these areas in a positive manner, and it mixes in enough action along the way that the trite elements don’t cause harm. Still, I wish the script came up with something a bit more inventive.

Screenslaver turns into a wholly unremarkable villain. Some twists emerge along the way, and those work well enough, but our main baddie lacks much impact.

At least our view of Jack-Jack’s newly revealed powers offers fun. I love the short bit in which the baby battles a raccoon, and Jack-Jack becomes one of the movie’s highlights.

The movie’s third act fares best, mainly because it focuses on action, and also because it brings in a bunch of new heroes. Their presence contributes spark and life to the proceedings.

Otherwise, Incredibles 2 lands as a minor disappointment. I like the film and think it turns into a moderately entertaining experience, but it doesn’t live up to the highs brought by the original movie.

The Disc Grades: Picture A+/ Audio A/ Bonus B

Incredibles 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. As expected, the movie boasted a flawless presentation.

At all times, sharpness remained rock solid. Not the slightest hint of softness materialized, so this was a precise, accurate image.

The movie showed no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects, and it lacked edge haloes. Of course, it came with no print flaws or artifacts either.

Incredibles 2 largely went with the modern trend toward orange and teal, though it threw in more primary colors as well. These appeared vivid and full, with excellent delineation. The disc’s HDR added impact and power to the tones.

Blacks came across as deep and dense, while shadows were clear and smooth. I felt highly impressed by this terrific image.

Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the movie’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack worked very well. From the opening battle with Underminer to all the other action beats, the soundscape used the various channels well.

This meant information that popped up all around the room in logical spots, and the material blended smoothly, with strong panning and movement. Music showed fine stereo presence, and we even got some satisfying localized speech on occasion.

Audio quality seemed positive, with speech that came across as natural and distinctive. Music was bold and brassy, as the movie’s Bond-influenced score brought out lively material.

Effects added spark to the proceedings, as they seemed accurate and full, with deep low-end along for the ride. The film came with an impressive soundtrack.

How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? The Atmos audio added some involvement, and the visuals seemed tighter, with more dynamic hues and superior blacks/contrast. As great as the Blu-ray looked, the 4K UHD was better.

No extras appear on the 4K UHD itself, but expect a bunch of extras on the included two-Blu-ray set, and on the movie disc, we get an audio commentary with animation supervisors Dave Mullins, Alan Barillaro, and Tony Fucile and animation 2nd unit/crowd supervisor Bret Parker. All four sit together for this running, screen-specific look at design, characters and animation issues.

Writer/director Brad Bird introduces the track and claims we don’t need another director’s commentary, so he thinks we’ll learn more from an animators’ chat. He’s wrong.

I enjoyed prior Pixar commentaries because they offered a great mix of both technical and creative topics, whereas this one leans heavily toward the former. That’s not a fatal flaw, but it robs the track of potential richness.

This means we get a lot of notes about animation domains but not a ton related to the other domains. While we learn some useful information, the end result seems a bit stiff and technical.

I remain disappointed the always interesting Bird punted and skipped the commentary session. This becomes a decent piece but it doesn’t work as well as most Pixar tracks.

We do focus on Bird during the 18-minute, 50-second Strong Coffee. In this featurette, we hear from Bird, Barillaro, Mullins, Parker, producers Nicole Paradis Grindle and John Walker, animation technical coordinator Elizabeth Thorsen, crowds animator Nicole Ridgwell, executive assistant to the director Amy Ellenwood, production designer Ralph Eggleston, character art director Matt Nolte, and animators Frank Abney III, Lance Fite, Lindsay Andrus, and Adam Burke.

“Coffee” looks at Bird’s history in animation as well as his approach to filmmaking. A lot of this generates praise for the director but we get enough insights to make it a useful piece.

Two animated shorts follow. Bao played ahead of Incredibles 2 theatrically and runs seven minutes, 41 seconds.

A lonely, aging woman creates a child out of a dumpling. Yeah, that’s a weird concept, and one that flops pretty badly, as Bao seems way more creepy than charming.

New to the Blu-ray, Auntie Edna goes for five minutes, eight seconda and lets us see what happened during the evening Edna babysat Jack-Jack. It delivers a fun adventure.

Disc One concludes with Sneak Peeks. This domain includes ads for Ralph Breaks the Internet, the 4K UHD for Incredibles and Pixar Short Films Collection 3.

Over on Disc Two, we open with a featurette called Super Stuff. It runs six minutes, 36 seconds and provides comments from Fite, Bird, Eggleston, Walker, Grindle, set designer Paul Abadilla, previs lead Philip Metschan, character tailoring lead Fran Kalal, character and costume designer Deanna Marsigliese, story supervisor Ted Mathot, animator MontaQue Ruffin, and actor Sophia Bush.

“Stuff” approaches various design choices and the depiction of super powers. It’s an informative overview.

A continuation of a series from earlier releases, Paths to Pixar: Everyday Heroes lasts 11 minutes, 40 seconds and features Bird, Grindle, Kalal, Mullins, Ellenwood, international production director Cynthia Lusk, story artist Dean Kelly, animators Becki Tower, Jessica and Dave Torres and Lindsay and Kevin Andrus, production management coordinator Emily Davis, home entertainment supervisor Eric Pearson, animator Sequoia Blankenship, character supervisor Bill Wise, executive assistant to the director Morgan Karadi, production manager Sabine Koch O’Sullivan, 2nd film editor Anthony J. Greenberg, lighting artist Charu Clark, effects artist Keith Klohn, simulation supervisor Tiffany Erickson Klohn, associate editor Katie Schaefer Bishop, technical directors Kim and Patrick James, sets shading artist Colin Thompson, executive assistant Victoria Manley Thompson, and actors Samuel L. Jackson and Craig T. Nelson.

We learn about how real-life experiences impacted the work by the Incredibles 2 crew. It occasionally feels a bit self-serving but it provides some good insights.

Entitled Superbaby, a four-minute, 57-second piece includes musicians Paige and Frankie from “Bizaardvark”. They chat with Fucile, shading art director/costume designer Bryn Imagire, effects supervisor Bill Watral and directing animator Evan Bonifacio.

“Superbaby” looks at topics related to Jack-Jack, but it does so in the most annoying way possible. “Bizaardvark” rap their way through much of the show, and the Pixar folks spout prescripted lines that rhyme. We do get a few decent notes, but the obnoxiousness of the presentation makes it tough to watch.

With Ralph Eggleston: Production Designer, we get a two-minute, seven-second clip with Eggleston. He delivers a very brief view of his job. It’s a brief but enjoyable reel.

Up next comes Making Bao, a six-minute, two-second program with writer/director Domee Shi. She brings us some basics about the short. Shi offers a decent synopsis of a few topics.

Under the banner of Heroes & Villains, we information about eight character domains. With a total running time of 25 minutes, 35 seconds, these cover Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash, Jack-Jack, Frozone, Edna, Winston Deaver, Evelyn Deaver, Screenslaver and the “Wannabes”.

Across these, we hear from Nelson, Barillaro, Abney, Grindle, Bird, Mathot, Fucile, Nolte, Jackson, Walker, Imagire, Marsigliese, Eggleston, Bush, Bird’s wife Liz, and actors Sarah Vowell, Holly Hunter, Bob Odenkirk, and Catherine Keener.

We get a variety of notes on the various roles, with info about design and performance choices. These become useful and engaging overviews.

Under Vintage Features, two domains arrive. “Vintage Toy Commercials” shows “ads” for Mr. Incredible (0:32), Elastigirl (0:32) and Frozone (0:32), while “Character Theme Songs” covers tunes for the same three characters. Each “Song” runs 32 seconds as well.

That’s because the “Songs” simply offer modified versions of the “Commercials”. All of these seem mildly fun but not great.

10 Deleted Scenes come next, and including a one-minute, six-second intro from Brad Bird, these take up a total of 39 minutes, 44 seconds. Note that each sequence also comes with more introductory remarks from Bird.

As for the scenes themselves, they offer some interesting material. We see the immediate aftermath of the Parr house’s destruction as well as a follow-up with babysitter Kari.

We also see alternate ideas for other heroes as well as various character beats like Frozone’s wife and general exposition for our leads. A lot of these seem pretty good; they may not have improved the film, but they’re quality snippets nonetheless.

Finally, the package provides more ads. We get three trailers - two “global”, one Japanese – as well as a four-minute, three-second collection of Super Moments. These are short interstitials that feature various characters to promote the film. They’re enjoyable.

On its own, Incredibles 2 brings us a fairly entertaining superhero tale. However, it doesn’t match up with the first film, and it seems a little stale too much of the time. The 4K UHD boasts excellent picture and audio along with a fairly good compilation of bonus materials. I recommend Incredibles 2 despite some complaints, but it’s not as good as I’d hoped it’d be.

To rate this film, visit the prior review of INCREDIBLES 2

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