4K October 2019 - RatatouilleRatatouille, Pixar’s tale of a rat in a kitchen, scuttles onto 4K Ultra HD. So, how does it fare on the format? Is it très bien, or just très bin?

The story: In a perfect world, rats and kitchens just don’t go together. Thankfully, however, the star of this show in Remy isn’t any old rat, as he has highly-developed senses of taste and smell, along with the obvious advantages of being able to speak and read (yes, we know, suspension of disbelief). Believing food to be more than fuel, fate brings him to Paris, and the home of his culinary hero Gusteau. A green kitchen hand soon takes Remy under his hat, and serves as a puppet for the rodent’s feted culinary creations. But one particular critic quite literally smells a rat…

“If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.”

The 4K disc: Ratatouille is now 12 years old, which is quite some time as far as computer technology goes. Regardless, the movie’s trip onto the 4K Ultra HD format sees it looking better than it ever has in our homes before, with noticeable increases in detail. Sourced from the original 2K master and subsequently upscaled, the results really are pleasing – and then there’s the HDR treatment. The movie is often quite dark, however the HDR literally highlights the brighter moments, while keeping black levels suitably inky, making for a real visual treat.

Disney have cooked up a new Dolby Atmos audio mix for Ratatouille, and it tastes good. Give the volume a bump over your usual listening levels and right from the opening, when a rainstorm hits, height channels burst into life. A larger storm a little later then really sets all channels firing, including a booming burst of bass as thunder strikes. Dialogue, FX and soundtrack are all perfectly blended for what is a truly fine sonic experience.

This is a single disc release, with no extra features at all.

Release date: October 2, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
The voices of Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Brad Garrett

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