Luca – Blu-ray Review

Luca

When we originally reviewed Luca back in June, we said, “Luca expertly captures that magical childlike innocence, along with its worries in trying to figure out how one fits in this world.” As we watch Luca again, everything still rings true. Much of the movie’s replayability is due to the nostalgia we feel as we watch it. It’s similar to watching your favorite flick over and over again. Luca makes you reminiscence about all of the adventures you had as a kid. Much of the film’s heart and soul revolves around the friendship between Luca, Alberto, and Giulia. Their youthful misadventures in Portorosso are so wholesome that it makes Luca one of the most light-hearted films Pixar has ever made.

That’s not a knock on the film either. Sure, Luca is not a typical high-concept Pixar movie. However, it does follow the same tropes of taking their characters and turning them on their heads. With Ratatouille, Pixar took the idea of taking a street rat and making him a chef. Monsters Inc. had monsters making children laugh instead of scaring them. Cars featured race cars that looked to live life on the slow lane, and so on and so forth. Luca features sea monsters who yearn for a life on land. So while the film isn’t high-concept, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t fall in line with Pixar’s filmography. 

Overall, Luca is Pixar’s most youthful and gentlest film to date. The stakes aren’t very high, and the movie is highly predictable. Yet Luca shouldn’t be judged harshly over these nitpicky things. The look and feel of the film is a throwback to our childhood adventures and finding ourselves in the process. So as the credits roll on Luca, you’ll get that nostalgic rush of remembering the fond memories of your childhood.

Movie Rating: 4/5 atoms

Luca - Jacob Tremblay

Video

Luca hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The lighting and shadows of the animation are beautifully represented in this video transfer. Also, for a colorful film such as this, the colors come out in a very jazzy manner. The cool blue and teal hues of the sea monsters and water are vibrant, while the warm tones of Portorosso balance out the predominantly cool colors. Pixar prides itself on incredible details, and this Blu-ray release showcases all of it with great clarity. Not to mention, there is noticeable film grain that fits with the films of the era. Overall, this is a great-looking transfer.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Luca - Jack Dylan Grazer and Jacob Tremblay

Audio

Luca hits Blu-ray with a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The audio mix is accurate in its placement of sound effects. As a result, numerous entertaining moments in the mix fit with the childlike playfulness of the film. Dan Romer’s score fills up the entire soundstage and provides many dynamic sounds coming off the soundstage. The Italian pop songs are in stereo, but it does sound clear throughout. Despite all the things that happen in the mix, the dialogue is distinct. Overall, this is a nice-sounding mix.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Luca - Jacob Tremblay, Emma Berman, and Jack Dylan Grazer

Special Features

Luca‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on disc:

  • Our Italian Inspiration
  • Secretly a Sea Monster
  • Best Friends
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Introduction
    • Starfish Hunt — Alternate Opening
    • Isola del Mare — Alternate Opening
    • Festa del Mare
    • Here Comes Giulia
    • Gelato Trouble
    • Sea Monster Cannery
  • Trailers

Pixar’s known for its refined attention to detail, and Luca continues that tradition. “Our Italian Inspiration” is a making-of featurette that looks at director Enrico Casarosa’s past growing up in Italy and so much of the research that went into various details of the fictional town of Portorosso. “Secretly a Sea Monster” talks about the character design of the sea monsters, the animation of the transformation of sea monsters to humans, and Luca’s journey to acceptance.

“Best Friends” looks at the friendship between Luca, Alberto, and Giulia, plus the animators talking about putting their own personalities into these characters. As with all animated deleted scenes, they’re rough storyboard drawings of scenes concocted by the animators. Each deleted scene is paired with an introduction by Enrico Casarosa.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 atoms


Overall, Luca is a fantastic coming-of-age story that is Pixar’s most light-hearted film to date. Also, the video transfer and audio mix reflect the playful tone of the film. It’s just unfortunate that the bonus features in this release are not as expansive as Pixar’s other Blu-ray releases.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Luca hits Blu-ray on August 3rd.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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