"Lightyear" is an animated sci-fi action-adventure — the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy. the story follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits, Izzy, Mo and Darby, and his robot companion Sox. As this motley crew embark on their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his dutiful robot army who are never far behind. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with director Angus MacLane, Writer Jason Headley, and Director of Photography Jeremy Lasky, seven deleted scenes (HD 26:49), the featurettes "Building the World of Lightyear" (HD 14:29), "The Zap Patrol " (HD 09:08) and "Toyetic" (HD 10:00) 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. The picture was produced in Stereoscopic 3D. Picture quality is excellent with a vividly saturated color palette that exhibits a a smooth textural appearance. Hues are warm throughout. Flesh tone representations are naturally hued. Contrast is excellent with natural black levels, revealing shadows and natural white levels. While there is an appearance of smoothness, resolution provide good detail for a sharp and clear visual experience. This is an uniquely animated and colorful feature that is surprisingly visually intriguing. (Gary Reber)
The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with realistic atmospherics and sound effects that enhance the action sequences such as the hyper speed scenes and the action segments with the robots. Foley sound effects are effective and enhance the soundfield. Deep bass is strong with extension at times to sub-25 Hz. Surround envelopment is excellent with aggressive directionality and panned effects. The orchestral/choral score is expansive and soundfield enveloping with good dynamics and dimensionality. Dialogue is a focus and the integration is effective.
The Immersive Sound element is exclusively comprised of an extension of the orchestral/choral score. The music is extremely active for an effective presentation. As well, there are the occasional sound effect. Still, so much more in the way of sound effects could have been effective height layer elements.
This is a terrific hlosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that is nicely crafted and entertaining. (Gary Reber