Review: Ralph Breaks the Internet (4K)

Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, and produced by Clark Spencer, Ralph Breaks the Internet welcomes back favorite cast and characters introduced six years ago, including Reilly, who provides the voice of Ralph, and Silverman, who returns as the voice of Vanellope. Lending a virtual hand to Ralph and Vanellope is Shank, voiced by Gal Gadot, a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces — so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had. Yesss, voiced by Taraji P. Henson, the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site BuzzzTube, makes Ralph a viral sensation.

Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch return as the voices of Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sergeant Calhoun, respectively, and Disney Animation’s good luck charm, actor Alan Tudyk was called on to voice a search engine named KnowsMore — literally a know-it-all — who runs a search bar and helps Ralph and Vanellope on their quest. Lots of exciting cameos are also featured in the film including a scene that reunites all of the original (living) Disney Princess voice cast.Plot: Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, “Sugar Rush.” In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet — the netizens — to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.

Director:  Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Runtime: 111 min

Rating: Rotten Tomatoes 88% & IMDB 7.2/10

Unboxing (See below)

Review:

This movie is animated and appears as a 2K Digital Intermediate. As per the norm with the majority of UHD releases, it was given a HDR color grade for your viewing pleasure. Since it’s animated, there is no grain — so you will get a clean digital image from start to finish.

First thing to note is that the UHD disc is an upgrade from the Blu-ray, but it’s not by leaps and bounds. The disc does appear sharper with more clarity and you will see this in the details on textures and fabrics on clothes, little strands and shine on hair, wrinkles on faces + wear and tear on various surfaces seen in the arcade and on the internet. Where this disc holds the most benefit is with the use of HDR. You will see highlights of this when Ralph and Vanellope are getting introduced to the internet — both inside the router and the very first appearance of the world wide web. This continues during the full introduction of all the companies in and around the web — the visit to ‘Oh My Disney,’ the long scene inside princess room and again when Vanellope gets her song (princess moment) inside the Slaughterhouse game.

While the scenes I’ve mentioned (and more) are enhanced and a true benefit to owning the UHD disc, there could have been more. Yes, you will see more highlights, sharpness and clarity on the UHD — and HDR will add shape and depth, but there could have been more. In my mind something animated from Disney in 2018 should be, at the very least, a near reference disc. Maybe it’s my notion that animated movies should explode off the screen? Getting back to the point, this is a solid disc and presentation — but it falls more on the average side.

As you’ve known from my previous reviews, average isn’t bad — just a note that it’s not top tier.

I won’t spoil the movie if you’ve yet to see it, but the final climatic scene could have been something to see visually, but it took a softer tone to deepen the relationship between the two characters. Anyways… if you’re a fan of Disney you know that every single movie that’s animated by Disney is worth a pickup — and this follows suit.

Make sure you pick up a copy and add it to your collection.

Cheers,

Matt.