Turning Red – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Turning Red

When I reviewed Turning Red back in March, I said that the film was “a thoughtful movie about growing up that is also super funny and endearingly eccentric in the most entertaining way possible.” As I watched the film again, my thoughts on the film remain the same. Although males might not relate to most of the film (and that’s okay), I still immensely enjoyed the movie because Turning Red has other relatable themes that doesn’t involve the pains of being a woman. After all, growing up weird is something that a lot of people can relate to, and that’s what stuck with me the most.

Movie Rating: 4/5 atoms

Turning Red - Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh

Video

Turning Red hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR10 transfer and a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The lighting and shadows of the animation are beautifully rendered in this video transfer. Turning Red is a colorful picture with a vibrant palette of pastel, neon, and every color in between. The HDR brightens these colors, and the color representation is consistent throughout. It’s especially true for (duh) the color red. As you can imagine, there are so many shades of red in the film, and each shade of red looks bold and distinguishable from one another. Like a Pixar film, the details will always look exceptional. The hair and fur are sharp, well-defined, and easily seen.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Turning Red - Rosalie Chiang

Audio

Turning Red hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Turning Red‘s Dolby Atmos track. The Dolby Atmos mix is more of a laid-back type of track. Now, considering the source material, that’s not that surprising. The film doesn’t require a lot of dynamic sounds, but the audio mix does feature a lot of immersive sounds when appropriate. So, obviously, scenes like the 4-Town concert and the red panda ritual completely envelop the soundstage. At the same time, the screaming girls during the 4-Town performance and the various city sounds of Toronto are distinct as well. Music plays a massive part in the film, so it makes sense that music (and Ludwig Göransson’s score) dynamically play across all channels. Of course, since this is a dialogue-heavy flick, the audio mix emphasizes making the vocals audible.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

Turning Red - Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Rosalie Chiang, Ava Morse, and Hyein Park

Special Features

Turning Red‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the bonus features AND the Blu-ray feature discs:

  • Feature Disc
    • Audio Commentary featuring Director/Co-Writer Domee Shi, Producer Lindsey Collins, and Director of Photography Mahyar Abousaeedi
    • Life of a Shot
    • Build Your Own Boy Band
  • Bonus features disc
    • Ani-Mei-Tion
    • Deleted Scenes
      • Introduction
      • Intro Meilin
      • Taming the Panda
      • The Debate
      • Fei and Christina Hang
      • 4*Town Dilemma
      • Roping in Leo
Features Assessment

The audio commentary with Domee Shi, Lindsey Collins, and Mahyar Abousaeedi is both informative and entertaining. “Life of a Shot” is a fascinating look at the multi-layered work done to bring seven shots in the film to life. From its conceptual stage to its final form in the movie, the filmmakers break down the animation process within this 14-minute featurette. “Boy Band” examines the methodology of creating the fictional boy band, 4*Town. “Ani-Mei-Tion” looks at the “snappy” animation style that you typically find in Eastern animation like anime. Finally, the deleted scenes are all nice, but none of them would’ve added anything of value to the theatrical cut.

Special Features Rating: 3.5/5 atoms


Overall, Turning Red is a thoughtful movie that is also super funny and endearingly eccentric in the most entertaining way possible. The video presentation is spectacular, but the Dolby Atmos presentation doesn’t showcase the power of the format. Then again, louder doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better with this kind of film. The special features are limited, but what’s provided is still informative and entertaining.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

Turning Red is now available stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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

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