Lyle, Lyle Crocodile appears in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. While not the greatest transfer I’ve seen, the image appeared solid.
Only a wee smidgen of softness occurred. A few wide shots were a tad iffy, but those were minor complaints. The vast majority of the flick seemed tight and well-defined.
No issues with jaggies or shimmering occurred, and I saw no signs of edge haloes. Source flaws remained totally absent as well.
Colors learned toward the usual mix of teal and amber. The tones felt well-represented by the disc.
Blacks were dark and deep, and I thought shadows seemed smooth and clear. I felt consistently pleased with the transfer.
Though also not killer, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack worked fine, as much of the movie demonstrated good range and activity. The forward channels did the most damage, as they showed nice movement and integration.
The surrounds offered a reasonably solid level of involvement as well. This wasn’t an action spectacular, but it contributed an engaging sense of place and movement, with most of the usage related to musical numbers.
Audio quality was positive. Speech was consistently natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.
Music appeared bubbly and bright, while effects showed good power. Those elements offered positive accuracy and heft throughout the movie. Nothing here dazzled, but the track suited the film.
A handful of extras fill out the set, and four Sing-Alongs occupy a total of eight minutes, seven seconds. These simply show scenes from the movie and add lyrics. Yawn.
Bloopers runs two minutes, eight seconds and provides the usual goofs and giggles. Nothing compelling occurs.
Some featurettes follow, and Croc and Roll goes for two minutes, 32 seconds. It brings notes from costume designer Kym Barrett, songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, screenwriter Will Davies, and actors Javier Bardem, Constance Wu, Shawn Mendes, Scoot McNairy, Winslow Fegley and Brett Gelman,
All involved pretend Lyle is a real crocodile/actor. It offers mild amusement at best.
Take a Look at Us Now spans seven minutes, 28 seconds and involves Bardem, Wu, Mendes, McNairy, Fegley, and directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon.
“Now” looks at characters, cast and performances. It gives us minor informational value.
Next comes Story Time, a nine-minute, 21-second piece in which Bardem, Mendes, Gordon and Speck read Lyle tales. Actually, an uncredited female narrator covers a lot of the text. This becomes a likable look at the source.
Two music videos from Mendes ensue: “Top of the World” and “Carried Away”. Both simply mix movie shots with basic lip-synch footage, so neither becomes interesting.
Finally, we get a Deleted Scene called “Josh Learns About Lyle’s Stage Fright” (2:06). It delivers a little exposition but nothing important.
The disc opens with ads for Vivo, Cinderella (2022) and Peter Rabbit 2. No trailer for Crocodile appears here.
If you seek out innocuous family entertainment, you can do worse than Lyle, Lyle Crocodile - but you can also do much better. Mildly entertaining but generic, the movie keeps the viewer with it but it never soars. The Blu-ray comes with fine picture and audio but presents insubstantial bonus materials. Expect passable enjoyment at most.