BLU-RAY REVIEW

Wish 4K Ultra HD

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Sound5
Immersive4
WSR Score5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
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(MPAA Rating):
PG
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(Retail Price):
$39.98
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-66)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
(Running Time In Minutes):
95
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
ABC
(Theatrical Year):
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
3/12/2024
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(Director):
Chris Buck & Fawn Veerasunthorn
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1
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"Wish" is an animated musical-comedy in which Asha, a sharp-witted idealist in the kingdom of Rosas, makes a powerful wish that’s answered by Star, a ball of boundless energy. Soon, Asha and Star must face a formidable foe—the ruler of Rosas—to save her community and prove that when one brave human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things happen. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a Sing Along With The Movie feature plus 11 featurettes "What Makes Disney, Diney" (HD 06:38"Once Upon A Studio" (HD 08:48), "The Wish Equation" (HD 09:27). "Looking Backward To Go Forward" (HD 08:41), "Where Dreams And Reality Collide" (HD 02:20), "Asha Means Wish" (HD 07:57), "The Return Of The Disney Villain" (HD 07:43), "Star Is Born" (HD 08:17), "Those Who Stand Beside Me" (HD 04:45), "When Wishes Come True" (HD 08:24) and "WISH D-Classified" (HD 06:27); outtakes (HD 02:44); five deleted scenes (HD 22:02); deleted song 'A Wish Worth Making' (HD 02:54); outtakes (HD 02:44) six song selections and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.55:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was animated digitally and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) Digital Intermediate. Picture quality is superb and nicely dimensional. The color palette exhibits nuanced shading of rich and warm hues, often that project vibrancy. The palette exhibits natural color representative of forested land and the kingdom of Rosas, The bright yellow of the wishing star and the "evil green" flows of the king's spear floats throughout the screen. The animated flesh tones are satisfying. HDR contrast is excellent with natural blacks, excellent shadow delineation and depth, and brightly illuminated colors. Resolution is superb, especially evident in costumes, surroundings and backgrounds. This is a beautiful, colorfully warm animated feature with quick character and magic movements that are eye-catching. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is driven by a very active orchestral/choral score along with singing and dancing, which at times is quite dynamic and rhythmic. The music is quite immersive as it aggressively extends to the side and back surrounds from the wide front soundstage. As a result, the sense of dimensionality is excellent. Atmospherics are supportive with sound effects delivering effective transient response. Foley sound effect are in sync with picture. Bass sounds natural and provides a solid foundation, especially to the music. ADR dialogue is perfectly clear but could be better integrated spatially.

The Immersive Sound element is limited to an extension of the orchestral/choral score and the singing. In this regards, the height layer is nicely aggressive for an effective enhancement of spatial dimensionality. There is also at times some nuanced dialogue and loud dialogue, crowd cheers, some nuanced singing and sound effects.

This is a fine holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that delivers excellent fidelity and dimensionality. (Gary Reber)