Dumbo appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. This became an excellent presentation.
Overall sharpness worked well. Virtually no softness materialized, so the movie appeared accurate and concise.
I noticed no signs of jaggies or edge enhancement, and shimmering was absent. The film lacked print flaws and seemed clean.
Many period pieces opt for subdued palettes, and that was definitely true here. The colors of Dumbo tended toward a laid-back mix of orange/amber and teal, without much to call vivid. Still, these were fine given the stylistic choices, and the 4K UHD’s HDR capabilities gave the hues greater vivacity and impact.
Blacks seemed dark and right, and shadows demonstrated good clarity. Across the board, this became a terrific image.
Despite the fantasy elements, the film’s Dolby Atmos mix stayed fairly subdued. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, this was a fairly low-key flick, though it occasionally displayed lively elements.
A few action-ish moments related to trains and Dumbo’s aerial adventures fared best, as those showed movement and range. These were pretty infrequent, though, so good stereo music and general ambience ruled the day. This meant we got a nice sense of place but rarely much more.
Audio quality satisfied. Music was full and rich, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy, with strong low-end during those occasional “action” moments.
Speech appeared concise and crisp. Nothing here soared, but it all seemed positive.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? The Atmos mix added a little involvement and kick, while visuals appeared a bit tighter and more vivid. The fact the film was finished in 2K restricted improvements, but the 4K UHD still became a more pleasing representation of the movie.
No extras appear on the 4K UHD disc itself, but the included Blu-ray copy provides a few components. Circus Spectaculars runs eight minutes, 20 seconds and provides comments from director Tim Burton, producer Derek Frey, circus choreographer Kristian Kristof, aerial trainer Katharine Arnold, and actors Colin Farrell, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Eva Green, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton.
“Spectaculars” discusses cast, characters and performances. Some insights emerge, but a lot of “Spectaculars” focuses on happy talk and praise.
With The Elephant In the Room, we get a five-minute, 50-second reel that features Burton, Green, Keaton, Farrell, DeVito, Frey, visual effects supervisor Richard Stammers and Dumbo performer Edd Osmond.
“Room” covers the design and execution of Dumbo in the film. Some good notes emerge, and I especially like the look at how they gave Dumbo life on the set.
Next comes Built to Amaze, a seven-minute, 40-second piece that includes Farrell, Keaton, Burton, Frey, DeVito, Green, Parker, producer Justin Springer, costume designer Colleen Atwood, production designer Rick Heinrichs, and art director Andrew Bennett.
We learn about production and costume design. Too much of the program praises Burton, but we still find some interesting details.
Easter Eggs on Parade goes for three minutes, 52 seconds and focuses on the 2019 movie’s references to the 1941 film. It’s a fun way to cover these.
Finally, Clowning Around lasts one minute, 57 seconds and shows bloopers. It’s pretty standard stuff.
Nine Deleted Scenes fill a total of seven minutes, 47 seconds. A few of these offer more of Max, while others offer minor exposition. The Max scenes tend to be amusing but the rest feel fairly superfluous.
The disc opens with ads for Frozen 2 and The Lion King (2019). No trailer for Dumbo appears here.
Despite a talented director and a good cast, Dumbo lacks the basic magic and charm it needs to succeed. Burdened with too many side elements and too little time with its lead, the end result feels bloated and sluggish. The 4K UHD brings excellent visuals as well as pretty good audio and a smattering of supplements. Dumbo offers a mediocre remake.
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