The Lego Movie appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though attractive, the transfer wasn’t quite as strong as I’d anticipate.
Sharpness was usually positive, as most of the movie exhibited fine clarity and delineation. However, some shots looked a smidgen soft. These examples were far from being problematic, and I suspect they were intentional; I’d guess that the movie got rendered a little soft to make the inherently plastic look of the material seem more organic.
Whatever the case, the movie may not have been super-sharp, but it was more than adequate in that realm. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. Source defects also failed to materialize in this clean presentation.
Colors looked solid. With its wide variety of realms, the movie boasted a broad palette, and the hues consistently came across as vivid and dynamic. Blacks were dark and dense, while shadows seemed clear and full. I wish the transfer had been a little more precise – even if I do suspect the light softness was intentional – but it became a consistently good presentation.
I felt very pleased with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Lego. An action-comedy that didn’t skimp on the “action” side of things, all of the shenanigans ensured that the mix offered plenty of involving material. The chaos filled out the spectrum in an active, involving manner that created a lot of exciting audio.
All five channels featured many unique elements, and they fit together in a fine manner. Even quieter scenes used the soundscape in a satisfying way. Music featured nice stereo imaging, and we found some localized dialogue.
Audio quality also was very good. Speech seemed crisp and distinctive, as I noticed no flaws like edginess. Music seemed warm and full, while effects added a real bang to the proceedings. Those elements showed good clarity and accuracy, and they offered tight, deep bass as well. The track seemed vibrant and dynamic as it accentuated the movie in a satisfying manner.
This package includes both 2D and 3D versions of Lego. The picture quality comments above address the 2D edition, but I also want to touch on the 3D image. In terms of quality, the 3D version was a little softer and darker than the 2D edition, but it didn’t show a significant hit.
As for the 3D elements… everything was awesome! The movie used the extra dimensionality in a terrific manner, as it combined a basic sense of depth with a fine feeling of perspective. Though not gimmicky, the image made sure that components stood out in a clear manner; in particular, flying/floating elements created impressive moments. This was maybe the most dynamic 3D image I’ve seen at home.
Alongside the movie, we can check out an audio commentary with writers/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and actors Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Will Arnett, Charlie Day and Elizabeth Banks. Banks joins the chat via phone after about nine minutes – and leaves around 47 minutes - while the others sit together for this running, screen-specific piece. The track looks at cast and performances, visual effects and animation, story/characters, Lego influences, music, and other elements.
Don’t expect a ton of movie-making details here, as the conversation tends toward comedy. Lord and Miller occasionally try to ground it, but mostly the actors joke around and provide attempts at humor. These work to a degree, but I admit I’d like to learn more about the film. We get a smattering of good details but not enough to make this a particularly informative piece.
Three short films follow. We find “Batman’s a True Artist” (1:12), “Michelangelo and Lincoln: History Cops” (1:21), and “Enter the Ninjago” (2:13). “Artist” gives us a NIN-style music video, and “Cops” casts its leads in a bad 70s-influenced police movie. “Ninjjago” introduces a ninja character into Lego. None of these seem remarkable, but they offer some amusement.
For a behind the scenes featurette, we go to the 12-minute, 36-second Bringing Lego to Life. Along with narration from “Emmet’, it includes notes from Lord, Miller, Pratt, Arnett, Banks, production designer Grant Freckelton, additional editors Todd Hansen and Doug Nicholas, producer Dan Lin, Lego Group VP of Design Matthew Ashton, animation supervisor/co-editor/animation co-director Matthew McKay, CG supervisor Aidan Sarsfield, associate producer Amber Naismith, and actor Will Ferrell. We learn about character and production design, storyboarding and editing, cast and performances, research and animation, and promotion.
“Life” goes for too cutesy a tone, as it invests heavily in an “Emmet is real” concept. That gets old quickly and makes it a little tough to wade through the actual movie-making info. We do find some decent notes, though, so they make the show worth the effort.
The movie’s ubiquitous song “Everything Is Awesome” gets a Sing-Along. This goes for three minutes, 19 seconds and edits movie scenes into a music video with the lyrics on display as well. It’s a cute compilation but nothing great.
See It, Build It! delivers a collection of four featurettes. Bracketed by intros from senior designer Michael Fuller (0:49) and modeling artist Adam Ryan (0:41), the four segments fill a total of 10 minutes, 50 seconds. Fuller shows us how to use actual Lego bricks to build two movie props, while Ryan demonstrates how those items can be created in the computer with Lego Digital Designer. Both men give us reasonably enjoyable looks at the nuts and bolts of the props.
With the four-minute, two-second Stories from the Story Team, we hear from storyboard artists Theresa Cullen, Yori Mochizuki, David Tuber, Craig Paluszek and Craig Berry, and script supervisor Kelly Lafferty. They chat about storyboards, deleted sequences and a mix of story issues. The show takes on an anecdotal form and delivers a nice mix of tales.
Under Fan-Made Films, we get three minutes, 51 seconds of footage. Pratt introduces this domain and we find quick snippets of six shorts along with full-length versions of the top three winners. These offer clever stop-motion efforts.
Next we shift to Outtakes. This two-minute, 33-second reel takes improv moments from the actors and animates them for an entertaining reel. Additional Promotional Content occupies three minutes, 51 seconds with a mix of little character bits used to sell the flick. All prove to be amusing.
Alleyway Test lasts 55 seconds and shows the movie’s initial animation trial. That makes it worth a look.
Two Deleted Scenes take up a total of three minutes, 20 seconds. The first shows Emmet in a holding cell, while the second offers an interrogation scene with Wyldstyle. Both come in the form of storyreels, and both seem entertaining.
Finally, we get the 13-minute, 28-second Dream Job: Meet the Lego Builders. It includes comments from Pratt, Fuller, Ashton, Lin, Miller, Lord, Ferrell, executive producer Seanne Winslow, Lego Group master model builder Paul Chrzan, Lego Group senior designer Marcos Bessa and actor Jadon Sand. The program shows how Lego designers helped create the props and sets and characters from the film. This turns into a fairly informative piece.
An additional disc provides a DVD copy of Lego. It includes the audio commentary but none of the other extras. The package also throws in an exclusive Vitruvius mini-figure.
While it brings us a moderately enjoyable action-comedy, I don’t think The Lego Movie turns into anything special. It keeps us occupied but lacks the wit and spark I expected. The Blu-ray comes with pretty good picture and audio as well as a satisfactory allotment of bonus materials. I don’t dislike the film, but it remains a disappointment.