Frozen appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD disc. No issues developed in this satisfying presentation.
Sharpness looked solid. From start to finish, the movie demonstrated positive delineation, with a tight image on display.
No issues with jaggies or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes were absent. Of course, the image lacked any print flaws; it remained clean at all times.
Colors became a strong element. The movie went with a somewhat pastel palette that mixed with chilly blue due to all the snow/ice elements, and it displayed consistently vivid hues. The disc’s HDR added dimensionality and impact to the tones.
Blacks were dense and tight, and shadows were smooth, with nice clarity. The HDR gave us brighter whites and superior contrast. The transfer brought out the movie well.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack opened up the film in a satisfying manner. Though the mix didn’t give us wall-to-wall theatrics, it managed to use the spectrum well.
As expected, the film’s occasional action sequences boasted nice breadth and activity, and the spread of the ice across the kingdom created a fine sense of involvement; the frost engulfed us in a convincing manner. While the soundscape didn’t stun us on a constant basis, it provided more than enough to succeed.
Audio quality seemed consistently solid. Speech appeared natural and distinctive; no edginess or other issues marred the dialogue.
Music sounded warm and full, while effects showed good clarity and accuracy. When necessary, bass response came across as deep and tight. All of this lifted the track to “B+” status.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? The Atmos soundtrack added a bit of breadth and impact to the prior release’s affair.
As for the visuals, the 4K UHD showed superior definition as well as more dynamic colors. Blacks were darker as well, and this became a clear improvement over the Blu-ray.
Though the movie ran theatrically at the 2.39:1 ratio featured here, the Blu-ray came with an odd 2.24:1 frame. This cropped the original dimensions in a minor way and lopped off some information on the sides of the screen.
Why did Disney alter the original dimensions for the Blu-ray? I don’t know, but I feel pleased to finally see the theatrical 2.39:1 here.
Note that a 3D Blu-ray edition of Frozen also exists. While I definitely prefer the 4K UHD to the standard Blu-ray, the 3D complicates matters.
The 3D disc offered small visual decline compared to the 2D Blu-ray, so that meant it looked even less vivid than the 4K UHD. However, the 3D version came with excellent stereo effects.
As such, I find it tough to choose between the 4K and the 3D. While the latter came with great 3D effects, the former showed abundant visual improvements. The presence of the Atmos track and the original 2.39:1 ratio made the 4K UHD the winner, but you can’t go wrong either way.
No extras appear on the 4K UHD disc, but the included Blu-ray copy came with some materials. We open with Get a Horse!, an animated short that preceded theatrical showings of Frozen.
It runs six minutes and starts as a 1920s Mickey Mouse effort but eventually he and others bust out of the movie screen – and into the 21st century. This turns into a lively, delightful cartoon, though one that works best in 3D – another point in favor of that version!
Two featurettes follow. The Making of Frozen goes for three minutes, 18 seconds and includes an unusual take on that topic. Rather than the standard talking head piece, it offers a music video, as actors Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad croon their way through the Disney animation offices.
They sing “how did we make Frozen?” a million times but never actually tell us. It’s fun but will disappoint anyone who expects to learn about the movie’s creation.
D’frosted:: Disney’s Journey from Hans Christian Andersen to Frozen lasts seven minutes, 28 seconds and features directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and animator Marc Davis’s widow Alice.
We learn about earlier Disney attempts at the Snow Queen subject and its adaptation. Some good notes emerge here and I like the glimpse of Marc Davis’s old art, but we don’t get a meaty program.
Four Deleted Scenes appear. Including intros from Lee and Buck, these fill a total of six minutes, 51 seconds and show “Never Underestimate the Power of Elsa”, “The Dressing Room”, “Meet Kristoff #1” and “Meet Kristoff #2”.
All are enjoyable to see, though none of them contribute anything substantial to the story. The intros tell us a little about the sequences and let us know why they didn’t make the film, so Buck and Lee give us good information.
Under Music Videos, we get four versions of “Let It Go (End Credit Version)”. This means three different singers in four different languages: Demi Lovato (English), Martina Stoessel (Spanish), Martina Stoessel (Italian) and Marsha Milan (Malaysian).
All the videos follow a standard format in which they mix some lip-synch footage with movie clips; both Stoessel videos are identical except for the choice of language. None of them are terribly interesting, but I think it’s fun to hear these varying interpretations of the song.
The Blu-ray disc opens with an ad for Frozen II. We finish with the teaser trailer for Frozen.
Note that the inclusion of the Frozen II trailer demonstrates that the BD here isn’t identical to the one from 2014. However, I see no other differences – and the BD comes with the same 2.24:1 ratio from the old disc, so it doesn’t use the same transfer as the 4K UHD platter.
While Frozen offers a fairly enjoyable Disney fable, I don’t think it becomes anything above average. A throwback to the studio’s 1990s fare, the movie gives us a likable adventure but not one that matches up with the studio’s better efforts.
The 4K UHD boasts strong picture and audio but skimps on supplements. Frozen ends up as an entertaining production that I think lacks a certain special quality to make it great, though the 4K UHD version makes it look as good as possible.
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