Matthew McConaughey voices Buster Moon, a koala show producer who needs a big break to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a real success. So he decides to stage a singing contest at his crumbling theater. Talented animals of all species show up for the auditions (pigs, mice, gorillas, porcupines, etc.) This animated feature is voiced by a star-studded cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson to name but a few. The ensuing singing contest, along with the back stories of the singers collide in an event that may well change all their lives.
2016, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hrs 48 mins
Dolby Atmos, 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and John C. Reilly
Directed by: Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings
This is a feel-good movie with a slightly dark undertone. The production team, directorial staff and the writers struck just the right balance between these disparate emotions and the story benefits tremendously. I fell in love with pretty much all the characters and wanted it to work out for each and every one of them. The production values of the movie are first rate as well. The image pops and the music reproduction is first-rate in every way imaginable. I will be using this as a demo disc for sure, but I may watch it a few more times just because. Highly recommended!
This is another bright and colorful animated movie that has a picture that really pops on Blu-ray. I’m sure I could find something to complain about if I looked for issues very closely. But I didn’t. It looked totally excellent on my Epson 1080p projector and I didn’t see anything untoward at all. Instead, I just sat back and enjoyed the movie in all its splendor. This movie is also available on 4k and I am very interested to check it out in that format when I get the chance.
The audio quality was also of the highest order. The voices were clear as a bell. The music was powerful, fleshed out and very dynamic. The audio effects were of equal quality. Add that it is presented in Dolby Atmos and the spatial reality of the audio was splendid. I know some may rate it down because they didn’t exercise the height channels with impunity but I personally felt that the use of height channels was appropriately reserved.
This is a two-disc set with the Blu-ray, a DVD and a Digital Streaming Code included. On-disc extras are plentiful and quite entertaining:
Three mini-movies – Gunter Babysits, Love at First Sight and Eddie’s Life Coach.
The Making of the Mini-Movies
Two music vides – "Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing" and "Faith".
As well as seven more mini features and making-of shorts. This is a very strong line-up of special features.