Disney’s 2016 animated tale Moana comes ashore on 4K Ultra HD. So, how does it shape up on the format? Should you say “Heihei”, or is it all a bit Pua?
The story: Moana is the daughter of Polynesian Chief Tui. Inspiringly strong-willed, her father insists that she should never wish to leave the island, for bad things await beyond the reef. However, when a blight reaches their home that threatens all of the villagers’ lives, Moana, having been chosen by the ocean as a child, must journey far to find demigod Maui, in hopes of returning the relic heart of the goddess Te Fiti and restoring good fortune to her village. It won’t be easy, as Maui is a bit of a… erm, the incredibly self-possessed big guy is quite a handful.
With musical numbers from the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda dotted throughout, this is a Disney musical that doesn’t veer too far into saccharine waters, and is all the better for it.
“If you start singing, I’m gonna throw up.”
The 4K disc: The 4K Ultra HD format does animation proud once again with this release. While it hails from a 2K master and has subsequently been upscaled, a quick comparison with the Blu-ray shows a marked increase in detail. Then there’s the HDR treatment. The boost in dynamic range brings the beautiful blues of the Pacific waters to glorious life, while darker scenes also benefit from improved black levels. Ultimately, this is one snappy-looking presentation.
Sound comes to us via a Dolby Atmos mix. A very quiet Dolby Atmos mix. Ramp it a fair way past your normal listening level, however, and all things that should be clear and present are, indeed, clear and present. Bass kicks in pleasingly when it should, and surrounds are used to good effect, especially with water effects. The score in particular benefits from the height channels.
This is a single disc release with no extra features.
Release date: November 13, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Auli’i Cravalho , Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.