How does the saying go? Something something when pigs sing? No, that doesn’t sound right. It does, however, sound a lot like the new animated family film Sing, brought to Blu-ray and 4K UHD by Universal. We will be looking at the 4K UHD release today, so let’s get into it.
The story to Sing is quite simple. Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is a koala who runs the local theater who is faced with a rough situation. Several recent theatrical flops leaves the theater almost out of cash and out of time to make it even with the bank. In a last ditch effort to save his business and dream, he decides to host a singing competition to drive patrons to his establishment. However, a snafu while making the fliers for said competition puts the prize at a whopping $100,000, incentivizing most of the critters around town to try out.
After a grueling day of auditions we finally meet our main characters, who are as follows:
- Rosita (voiced by Reese Witherspoon), a pig housewife who sings to herself as a means to maintain sanity while taking care of her 25 children. Rosita is paired with Gunter, a pig with incredible stage presence – and a glorious accent.
- Ash (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), a porcupine who’s always been second to her boyfriend, the lead singer who does all the writing.
- Mike (voiced by Seth McFarlane), a classically trained mouse who has an incredible voice, but makes poor decisions with his money.
- Johnny (voiced by Taron Egerton), a gorilla who is struggling between following his dreams of being a singer or pleasing his father and joining the gang.
- And finally Meena (voiced by Tori Kelly), an elephant with a wonderful voice, but little confidence and a healthy serving of stage fright.
While on the outside this is a straightforward tale of a singing competition that has more than it’s fair share of setbacks, Sing is actually many stories in one, as it follows each of these characters in a series of scenes that shows them preparing for the show as well as dealing with and overcoming their various demons. For the most part, it tells these stories fairly well, but don’t expect Disney or Pixar levels of character development. There is plenty of charm, and you’ll find yourself drawn in (if you enjoy family animation, that is), but none of these characters will move you like Disney is known to do. This is not a terrible thing, however. Sometimes it’s refreshing to have an animated film that doesn’t strike too close to home.
Most adults won’t find the humor all that great, but children will absolutely enjoy themselves. The songs that they have chosen are relevant to the time right now, but may not stand up several years from now. It’s quite likely that you’ll find yourself bobbing along to the tunes, regardless.
Since singing is the main beat of this movie, the sound quality is hugely important, and this release doesn’t disappoint. The surround is nicely utilized, and the music is all satisfying, with plenty of punchy bass lines and clear highs.
Similarly, the visual quality is fantastic. The regular Blu-ray is included in this set, so you can do a comparison, which I recommend. The major difference between 1080p and 4K here is in the HDR. Colors that already stand out in high definition display that much more brilliantly with the proper panel, and this movie does a good job of demonstrating that. If you don’t have a 4K setup or are wanting to save a few bucks, the Blu-ray version is also really good looking, so you can’t really lose either way.
Most of the special features are on the Blu-ray disc, and are the same as what you get on the regular Blu-ray release. It is worth noting that the extra minis are on the 4K disc as well.
- 3 new mini-movies – a couple more short stories with the characters from the film. These are pretty entertaining and definitely worth the watch.
- “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” Music video starring Tori Kelly
- The Best of Gunter
- Character Profiles
- UV Copy
The standard 4K release comes with a nice shiny slipcover, the standard UHD black amaray case with bright, colorful artwork, and two discs (one UHD and one Blu-ray). The UHD disc features Gunter on the disc in full color, while the Blu-ray disc is very generic looking with various logos and the film title in blue. Also included is a slip with the UV code.
Overall, you quite likely already know if you are interested in this film. Sing might not be a definite blind buy, because I don’t consider this a classic by any means. It is definitely worth watching and if you enjoy the film I can recommend picking up a copy, as these animated films are always fun to put on.
If you have children I would bump up the recommendation to a definite pickup, they will have a good time with this one.
You can purchase it here on Amazon.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process