The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a good but not great presentation.
Actually, my only complaints related to definition, as wide shots could seem somewhat soft. Since the three prior Lego films came with similar issues, I must believe the filmmakers did this intentionally to give the Lego materials a more organic feel, but it still seemed like a minor distraction.
I saw no jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. The image came free from defects.
With a broad, peppy palette, colors acted as a highlight. Part boasted a wide array of hues, and these looked lively and full. The 4K UHD’s HDR added range and impact to the colors as well.
Blacks came across as deep and firm, while shadows showed nice clarity and delineation. The disc’s HDR contributed depth and firmness to these elements as well. Outside of some potentially intentional softness, this turned into a pleasing presentation.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the film’s Dolby Atmos mix offered a rollicking affair. The movie came with plenty of action, and the audio made good use of those moments.
This meant a strong sonic barrage, as various elements such as rockets and planes and flying characters zoomed around the room. All this blended together well to create a lively and engulfing soundscape.
Audio quality also seemed solid, with concise, natural speech. Music showed brassy tones as well.
Effects became the most impressive part of the package, as those elements appeared accurate and tight, with firm low-end response. I felt happy with this dynamic soundtrack.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both discs sported the same Atmos mix.
Visuals benefited from the capabilities of 4K UHD, which mostly meant an upgrade related to HDR. That factor led to more dynamic colors and deeper blacks.
The 4K UHD looked s smidgen better defined than the Blu-ray, but that was the least significant step up. Between the intentional softness and the fact Part got finished 2K, there wasn’t much room for stronger sharpness. Still, the superior colors, blacks and contrast made this a decent step up in quality over the Blu-ray.
On the 4K UHD, we find an audio commentary with director Mike Mitchell, animation director Trisha Gum and writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. All four sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, art and animation, music, cast and performances, editing and connected domains.
Though a little off-topic at times, the commentary usually works pretty well. I like the way the participants differentiate between the movie’s kid-oriented perspectives, and we get a reasonable number of production notes. While never a great chat, this nonetheless turns into an engaging one.
The included Blu-ray copy offers additional extras, and we find a Sing-Along Version of the film. While this throws out the usual on-screen lyrics, it also includes trivia, other text and a variety of mini-tasks. These make it a more fun option than expected.
A featurette called They Come in Pieces goes for eight minutes, 49 seconds. It includes notes from Mitchell, Lord, Miller, Gum, producer Dan Lin, and actors Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Nick Offerman.
“Pieces” looks at the decision to make a sequel and story/characters, cast and performances, and animation. Much of “Pieces” feels promotional, but we still get a decent mix of notes.
10 Outtakes and Deleted Scenes span a total of 12 minutes, 22 seconds. These come to us in various stages of completion, with some closer to final animation than others.
Most offer very short clips, though we get a few longer bits that focus on Emmet/Rex. Called “Lucy Saves Mayhem”, the longest goes for five minutes, nine seconds and shows more of the Lucy/Sweet Mayhem interaction.
Do any of these add much? Not especially, as even the longer character moments seem fairly superfluous. The scenes can be enjoyable to check out but they got cut for a good reason.
A new short called Emmet’s Holiday Party runs two minutes, 43 seconds. As expected, it gives us Emmet’s take on Yuletide fun. It uses the original actors and offers a quick and fun reel.
Next comes a music video for “Super Cool”. The “Official Lyric Version”, it melds the song with movie shots and lyrics. It seems pretty forgettable.
Under Promotional Material, we get five clips. This area includes “In 2019 Be Whatever You Wanna Be” (0:43), “Me and My Minifig” (3:00), “Please Silence Your Cell Phones” (0:55), “Lego Sets in Action” (2:17) and “Lego Designers” (3:30).
As implied by the title, this domain presents a mix of advertising elements. All add some value, though “Action” feels semi-useless, as it consists of random action snippets without a lot of purpose.
The disc opens with ads for Detective Pikachu and Smallfoot. No trailer for Part shows up here.
As the fourth Lego movie since 2014 – and the third over two years - The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part lacks its predecessor’s ability to surprise. However, it comes with reasonable entertainment and matches up with the first flick pretty well. The 4K UHD brings good picture, excellent audio and a fairly engaging collection of supplements. Lego Movie 2 becomes a likable film, albeit one that seems a little less than fresh.
To rate this film visit the prior review of THE LEGO MOVIE 2