Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Featured In Issue 268, July/August

WSR Score5
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Derek Drymon & Jennifer Kluska
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In "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania," when Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray," goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy. (Gary Reber)

Special features include filmmaker commentary, the featurettes 'A Hotel Transylvania Mini-Movie: Monster Pets" (HD 05:51, "Monster Mash-Up: Making Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" (HD 06:08) and "Selena vs . Andy: A Hotel Transyl-Trivia Quiz" (HD 02:55), Monster Box Challenge! (HD 0.54), the lyric video "Love Is Hard To Find" by YENDRY (HD 02:37), upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was computer animated and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. As with the previous Hotel Transylvania 3, picture quality is amazing! Sony Pictures Imageworks' animation has created a fast-action comedic computer animated feature. The imagery is extremely active and wonderfully character driven. Color dynamics are exceptional with aggressively vivid hues that pop from deep blacks to the most brilliant white levels. Hues are spectacularly saturated, yet never overboard. The color palette is rich and warm with wildly diverse shadings and impressively rendered hues. Resolution is incredible, with flawless fine detail exhibited in every monster character, dress fabrics, and environmental textures, so much so that the eye-candy experience never stops to impress.Character detail is amazing, especially considering the virtually constant speed of the action. Character dress is fantastic and finely deTailed. Objects exhibit dynamic contrast and detail. This is an amazing animated feature with incredibly captivating colorful visuals. The imagination is wonderful, from the creation of living characters to the exceptional object textures and their vibrant color renderings. This is an absolutely fun and enjoyable animated feature for the whole family. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-Hd Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is wonderfully dynamic sounding and infused with constant sound effects that excite. Foley sound effects are perfectly realistic and nuanced. Deep bass extends to sub-25 Hz and provides roaring support for the action sequences. Mark Mothersbaugh's orchestral score is dynamic and sweepingly active. The score spans a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. The ADR dialogue is the fun throughout with excellent intelligibility, directionality and generally good spatial integration. This is a wonderfully fun holosonic® soundtrack whose flow is active throughout with superb fidelity and dynamics. This is a real treat that will thrill the whole family and home theatre enthusiasts. (Gary Reber)