The story: What if that mighty asteroid that wiped out dino-kind had missed the Earth? That’s the kicking off point for this Pixar adventure involving a young dinosaur and his pet human, Spot. With no extinction, dinosaurs and humans co-exist, and the former have evolved to the point of working the land. One day farmer’s son Arlo, a shy young Apatosaurus, gets lost. Scared and far from home, his quest to find his family again begins, and he faces all matter of adversity on his journey – but he also finds a new friend, in the aforementioned Spot.
“The storm provides!”
The 4K disc: A more recent Pixar animated feast, The Good Dinosaur looks fabulous. Admittedly, it looked as much on standard Blu-ray, although there are some noticeable improvements in detail to be had in this upscaled 2K presentation. As should be expected, HDR makes a huge difference in how dynamic the flick looks, offering a range of improvements in visual depth and colour “pop” in almost every scene.
A new Dolby Atmos sound mix has been created for this release, and while it’s scarcely prehistoric, it isn’t the greatest advertisement for the format that you’ll clap ears upon. While surround and height channels offer some playful activity, even with the requisite bump in volume that Disney’s Atmos discs require the bass isn’t quite what we’d expected. For example, with massive dino stomps we expect accompanying massive dino thuds, and while the subwoofer does kick in, it just doesn’t seem quite as prodigious as it should. Still, everything is clear and in its right place otherwise, including the film’s minimal dialogue when appropriate.
This is a single 4K disc release, and features no bonus goodies.
Release date: October 2, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Raymond Ochoa
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