BLU-RAY REVIEW

Secret Life Of Pets, The 2 4K Ultra HD

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(Studio/Distributor):
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
61200079
(MPAA Rating):
PG
(Rating Reason):
Action and some rude humor
(Retail Price):
$27.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-66)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
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(Running Time In Minutes):
86
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
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(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
8/27/2019
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(Director):
Chris Renaud & Jonathan Del Val
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1
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"The Secret Life Of Pets 2" explores the emotional lives of our pets—the deep bond between them, the families that love them, and answers the question: What are your pets doing when you're not at home? Terrier Max (Oswalt) is coping with major life changes after Katie's marriage and the arrival of a toddler, Liam. Meanwhile Gidget (Slate) tries to rescue Max's favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip. And Snowball (Hart) believes, despite the other pets' teasing, that he's a superhero after his owner starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Dais (Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball's help on a dangerous mission, he'll have to summon the courage to become the hero he's been pretending to be. (Gary Reber0

Special features include "The Future Advenures Of Captail Snowball (Interactive); "Pets With Jobs: A Documentary"; the mini movies "Minion Scouts" and "Super Gidget"; "The Making Of The Mini Movies"; four deleted scenes; 10 featurettes: "My Buddy And Me," "Relax The Cat: The Secret Life Of Pets Massage," "Production Pets," "A Tapestry Of A Tail," "How To Draw," "Frame By Frame: How To Make A Flip Book," "Character Pods," "A Party Fit For A Pet," "Pops' Puppy Training School With Kevin Hart," and "Pets Yule Log"; the lyric videos "Panda" and "It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day"; upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision/HDR10+ picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. The animated picture exhibits superb color fidelity with an incredibly wide color gamut comprised of vibrant and richly saturated hues and subtle hue shadings. Primaries are strong. Duke’s reddish hair is wonderfully colorful. And the white rabbit superbly contrasts with all the other dogs and cats. The cityscape is colorful as well as the circus scenes. Textural hues are striking in their display of color resolution. HDR contrast is superb, with bright whites and solid, deep blacks, as well as excellent shadow delineation and all manner of deviation in between. Resolution is incredible, with the finest detail exhibited throughout in animal shapes, textures, and in exterior and interior objects. Hue, the tiger, and all breeds of dogs and cats are finely resolved. Human figures also exhibit excellent resolution The outside world also is nicely delineated in urban building facades, and object textures are incredibly detailed. There is an excellent sense of natural dimensionality and depth. WOW! segments are numerous.

This is a wonderfully colorful and dynamic viewing experience with superb resolution, sharpness, and clarity. The imagery is mesmerizing throughout with very humorous imagery that will keep you smiling and in wonderment. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is very active and dynamic with a orchestral and pop music score that is virtually always present. The music extends wide and deep across the soundstage, with an aggressive extension to the four surrounds, which fully envelops the soundfield. The score is quite dynamic and intricate, often complemented with heavy rock and a solid low-frequency foundation. Clarity and instrumental delineation are excellent. Superb fidelity and dynamic power is heard throughout, with lots of atmospherics that are realistic and dimensional, and nicely define the various soundscapes. Sound effects also enhance the dynamic character of the soundtrack. Action scenes are frequent and quite exciting. It is during these scenes that the added two channels are particularly engaged. Foley sound effects keep in step with every dog and cat move and everyone else. Natural deep bass is present in the orchestral instrumentation and the sound effects, often enhanced with .1 LFE sub-25 frequencies. Directionalization across the soundstage is wonderful with an aggressive surround presence throughout. Dialogue is, of course, ADR, and a bit forward sounding, but the human voicings are funny and entertaining, with superb intelligibility and diction, and is effectively integrated with the other sound elements. The soundtrack delivers an engaging holosonic® presence.

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack delivers superb fidelity and dynamic power, with lots of atmospherics and sound effects that define the various soundscapes. Deep bass sounds natural throughout the channels, with effective enhancement provided by the .1 LFE. While the seven-channel foundation is not always activated, or for that matter the height channels, the 5.1-channel delivery is terrific, with an aggressive surround presence and engaging holosonic® impact. The orchestral score is quite dynamic and intricate, often complemented with heavy rock and a solid low-frequency foundation. Action scenes are frequent and quite exciting. It is during these scenes that the added two channels are particularly engaged. Voice dialogue is fantastic, with superb intelligibility and diction, and is effectively integrated with the other sound elements. The dialogue delivery is fun and is sure to bring joy to the entire family.

This is an incredibly humorous soundtrack that will entertain and bring joy to the entire family, with great music, exciting sound effects and fun dialogue. (Gary Reber)