DC’s League of Super-Pets appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. As I expected, the transfer looked terrific.
Sharpness was fine across the board. Virtually no softness appeared, as the movie delivered satisfying definition.
No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge haloes were absent. Of course, print flaws never manifested themselves.
The film’s palette offered a general pastel tone, with a minor emphasis on orange and teal. The colors showed a good sense of vividness and worked well. HDR added range and punch to the tones.
Blacks were dark and deep, while low-light shots offered nice clarity and smoothness. Whites and contrast got added power from the disc's HDR. This became an appealing visual presentation.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, we got a Dolby Atmos soundtrack that offered a reasonably lively soundscape, especially during the many action sequences. Those fleshed out the spectrum in an involving way and gave us good involvement for these spectacles.
These traits kicked into higher gear as the movie progressed. While the film came with plenty of sonic action from its start, the climax got even crazier, and the various speakers added real kick to the proceedings.
Audio quality seemed pleasing. Speech always sounded distinctive and concise, while music was peppy and rich.
Effects offered solid reproduction, with clean highs and deep lows. I liked this mix and thought it gave the movie life.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Both came with identical Atmos soundtracks.
As for the 4K’s visuals, they boasted the usual format-related improvements, mainly in terms of the way HDR accentuated blacks and colors. The 4K didn’t blow away the Blu-ray but it became the more satisfying rendition of the film.
No extras appear on the 4K disc itself, but we find some on the includd Blu-ray copy, where we open with How to Draw Krypto. It runs six minutes, 48 seconds and brings a lesson from animation supervisor David Burgess.
Unsurprisingly, Burgess teaches us the techniques required to depict the movie’s version of Krypto. Though aimed at kids, we get some decent insights.
Behind the Super Voices spans 14 minutes, 39 seconds and involves Burgess, writer/director Jared Stern, writer/co-director Sam J. Levine, producer Patricia Hicks, layout supervisor Regis Schuller and actors Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Natasha Lyonne, Kate McKinnon, Diego Luna, and Vanessa Bayer.
As one might anticipate, “Voices” looks at characters, cast and performances. Though we get the usual happy talk, I like the glimpses of the actors at work, and a few added facts add value.
Next comes Animation 101, an eight-minute, 18-second reel with Hicks, Levine, Burgess, and Schuller.
“101” discusses character design and aspects of how the flick brought the roles to life. It offers an appealing overview, especially when it gets into deleted sequences and characters.
The World of Super-Pets spans seven minutes, 41 seconds and brings notes from Hicks, Levine, Burgess, Stern, art director Kristen Anderson and production designer Kim Taylor.
Via “World”, we hear about various design choices and influences. This becomes another pretty good little reel.
After this comes Find the Easter Eggs, a three-minute, 39-second clip that features remarks from Levine and Stern as they run through hidden elements across the movie. We get a fun list.
12 Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 20 minutes, 48 seconds. Presented almost entirely as storyreels, we get some of the unused characters we hear about during “Animation 101”, and we see the backstories for the rescue animals also mentioned there.
Other segments expand on the various animal characters and their relationships. Expect a lot of good content in this compilation.
An animated tale packed with comedy and action, DC League of Super-Pets fares much better than anticipated. Blessed with an excellent cast and a slew of clever bits, the movie turns into a consistent delight. The 4K UHD brings terrific picture and audio along with a decent set of supplements. League delivers a fine adventure.
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