The Bad Guys 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 263, September/October 2022

WSR Score4.5
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Pierre Perifel
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Never have there been five friend as infamous as "The Bad Guys"––Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula. After year of countless heists and being the world's most wanted villains, the gang is finally caught. Mr. Wolf brokers a deal to keep them out of prison, and the Bad Guys set out to fool the world into believing they've gone good. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Pierre Perifel, Producer Damon Ross, Head of Story Nelson Yokota, Head of Character Animation JP Sans and Production Designer Luc Desmarchelier; the short "Maraschino Ruby" (HD 03:50); five deleted scenes (HD 10:52); the featurettes "Devise The Plan: Making The Bad Guys" (HD 06:56), "Assemble The Crew" (HD 06:46), "It's Showtime: Cast Table Read" (HD 05:51), "Snake's Frozen Pop Shop (HD 6:56) and "From The Drawing Room" (HD 16:14) and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39.1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was animated digitally and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is sharp and clear. The color palette is beautiful with deeply warm and rich saturated hues, especially red, blue, green hues. At times, colors pop. Colors exhibit wonderful nuanced hue shadings. Numerous colors are pastel-hued. Its a beautiful affair. HDR contrast is excellent with a wide spectrum of black levels, shadows and brilliant while levels. Resolution is superb with fine textural detail exhibited in he wonderful animation. This is an exceptional animated feature that is compelling and fun to watch. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with a lot of energized sound effects coupled to the action sequences. At times, bass extension is deep and powerful extending to sub-25 Hz, such as when the meteorite explodes. The higher energy moments delivers the most excitement and fun. Aa well, the bass often sounds punchy during action scenes. The orchestral/vocal score is wide and deep across the soundstage with an aggressive extension to the surround field. Foley sound effects enhance the sonics and are in perfect sync with the picture. Dialogue is intelligible but forward sounding and could be better integrated spatially. Fidelity and clarity are excellent throughout.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of an extension to the height layer of the music, some audience responses, various sound sound effects, low level atmospheric din, a door bell, voice of Professor Marmalade, a cat meow the meteorite explosion, a helicopter and other minor and transient sound effects. While the element is spotty snd often brief, it provides decent spherical surround energy though the material is suited to far more effect.

This is a fun, dynamic and energized holosonic® soundtrack that will bring smiles. (Gary Reber)