Jungle Cruise – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Jungle Cruise

When I reviewed the movie back in July, I said, “Every minute of Jungle Cruise is a love letter to the adventure genre, and in many ways, it’s also a love letter to the Walt Disney live-action adventure films of old.” After watching Jungle Cruise multiple times already, my thoughts remain the same. Jungle Cruise wants so bad to be this generation’s Raiders of the Lost Ark and Stephen Sommer’s The Mummy. It takes a lot of the ideas from these flicks, throws them in a blender, and what comes out is Jungle Book. As you can imagine, much like the corny jokes on the ride, the film isn’t high art. Nevertheless, it’s still an enjoyable nonstop ride. For my original thoughts on the film, click here.

Movie Rating: 4/5 atoms

Jungle Cruise - Jesse Plemons


Jungle Cruise hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR10 transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The whites are stunningly bright, but you can still see so much detail in these luminous areas. You can especially see it in the cloudy sky, where most cloud details are still as clear as day. At the same time, the blacks are deep, and no details are lost even in the darkest of Amazonian nights. Jungle Cruise has such a wonderful and vibrant color palette, and this Ultra HD Blu-ray release has the entire color spectrum leap off the screen. Similar to the colors, Jungle Cruise is a very tactile film, and the details just come off beautifully. All the finer particulars of the picture are crisp and distinct all over. Overall, this is a stunning video transfer by Disney.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Jungle Cruise - Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson, and Jack Whitehall


Jungle Cruise hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Jungle Cruise‘s Dolby Atmos track. The soundstage is always alive because there’s always something going on in the film. For one thing, the growl from Proxima permeates through the whole soundstage. At the same time, the atmospheric effects are still very much an integral part of the audio mix. Whether it’s the Amazon jungle or the roar of La Quila’s engine, there’s sound always coming out of the various channels. Equally, James Newton Howard’s score floods the soundstage when the atmospheric effects are “taking a break.” The instruments are separated and have such a full, enriching sound in the audio mix. When it comes to the dialogue, they’re distinctly heard in the center channel.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Jungle Cruise - Edgar Ramirez

Special Features

Jungle Cruise‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the 1080p Blu-ray disc:

  • It’s a Jungle Out There: Making Jungle Cruise
  • Dwayne and Emily: Undoubtedly Funny
  • Creating the Amazon
  • Once a Skip, Always a Skip
  • Deleted Scenes
    • MacGregor Drives the Boat
    • MacGregor Water Skis
    • Joachim and Nilo on the Dock
    • Frank Talks to Proxima & Lily’s Nightmares
    • Sub Gets Stuck
    • Proxima Surprises MacGregor
    • Frank Gets the Cold Shoulder
    • Trader Sam and Lily Walk in the Jungle
    • MacGregor and Trader Sam Say Goodbye
    • Frank Makes Tea for Lily
    • The Backside of Water
  • Outtakes
Features Assessment

It’s a Jungle Out There is surprisingly a breezy but thorough featurette that covers a lot of subjects about the film’s production. The documentary highlights the history of the ride, the cast, the production design, and its director, Jaume Collet-Serra. As you can imagine, Dwayne and Emily are about… Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Although the feature is a love fest style feature about Dwayne and Emily, it’s still a charming doc since you get to see all of the outtakes and fun they had while on set. Creating the Amazon is a comprehensive featurette about the production design of the film. It covers topics such as the design of the La Quila steamboat, the practical sets built, and the CGI work done by WETA and ILM.

Once a Skip is a part promotional piece for the Jungle Cruise ride and part retrospective about those who worked on the ride. If you’ve seen Behind the Attraction or any documentary about the ride, then you know how much being a Jungle Cruise skipper means. There’s a lot of deleted scenes in this release. Many of them involve Jack Whitehall’s MacGregor and Proxima, but these scenes are skippable. On the other hand, the outtakes are fun to watch and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 atoms

Overall, Jungle Cruise may not be as good as Pirates of the Caribbean, but it’s still an enjoyable ride rooted in the charm of its likable leads. Both the video transfer and audio mix are absolutely stellar, and the bonus features are entertaining too.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Jungle Cruise hits stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on November 16th.

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

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