Disney’s animated mega-musical Frozen has blasted onto the 4K Ultra HD format. So what to do? Don’t hold back, or turn away and slam the door?
The story: Pretty much every little princess’ favourite movie, Disney’s marketing juggernaut Frozen is the story of sisters Anna and Elsa. Despite her being the queen and all, when it’s discovered that Elsa has icy magical powers, she’s banished from her home of Arendelle and subsequently inadvertently thrusts them into a permanent winter. Her somewhat estranged sister Anna sets out, along with a rugged mountain bloke, a reindeer and a snowman, in order to find Elsa and, hopefully, convince her to apply a spot of antifreeze to Arendelle. Plus, they sing a lot.
“Some people are worth melting for.”
The 4K disc: All those whites and blues – how do they fare with HDR enhancement? We admit to being concerned that things may get a tad too blinding, but great news is that the HDR has been used judiciously here, boosting the broader range of blacks through to whites without ever being blinding. Elsa’s ice castle is a perfect example, where highlights shimmer and shine majestically. Despite this, the movie’s darker scenes don’t suffer at all, in fact they exhibit very good detail. Speaking of, the detail generally in this upscaled 2K transfer is a reasonable, but not massive, improvement over the standard Blu-ray, so the real winner here – and it makes a huge difference – is definitely the HDR.
A big musical requires a spellbindingly big audio mix, and Frozen delivers fairly well – once you bump the volume up a few notches. Heading back to Elsa’s ice castle, the big hit highlight in Elsa belting out Let it Go soars through the listening area, with height channels bolstering the orchestration, while surrounds contribute eagerly. Even in the less song-infested moments, all surround channels provide ambience, and occasionally more boisterous accompaniment in louder, more action-packed scenes. Bass, again with a volume bump, is decent, without ever being foundation threatening.
This is a standalone 4K disc, and there are no bonus features. Let it go…
Release date: November 13, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.