Take a little James Bond and a lot of superhero action, give it to Pixar and what do you get? The Incredibles. It’s now the first Disney back catalogue title to hit on 4K Ultra HD in Australia, but how does it fare on the format? Is it incred-ible or incred-bile?
The story: Superheroes are awesome – until those lowly litigious types start suing them for saving them. Ingrates! So, they’re driven underground, adopting their alter egos full time and getting jobs in such exciting fields as insurance assessing. Just like Bob Parr. He was once Mr Incredible, now he’s slumped in a cube doing paperwork… until he receives an offer that he can’t refuse that allows him to be his true self. But was not telling his wife and mother of two kids, the artist formerly known as Elastigirl, a wise idea? Oh, and who’s this ‘Syndrome’ bloke anyway?
“I never look back, darling! It distracts from the now.”
The 4K disc: Our research tells us that The Incredibles – released back in 2004 – was rendered at 2K, even way back then (well, it was eons ago in computer years). As such, there was no way we’d get genuine 4K here as such a master just doesn’t exist. What does exist, however, looks pretty good to us, even if it isn’t a massive super-jump detail-wise over the Blu-ray. Where it does propel itself leaps and bounds above all previous formats though is via the HDR enhancement. While black levels are basically perfect, bright and shiny things – and there are many in this movie – are bright and shiny like we’ve never seen them before. For another good example, just check out any of the wondrously lush jungle scenes.
On the sonic front, a new Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 mix does what it needs to do, but probably isn’t as in-your-face as you’d hope/expect. We had to ramp the volume more than usual to get it to kick more, and some scenes do fling objects all around the soundstage like Warnie in a blender, but we can’t help feeling that it could pack more “Wow!” wallop.
While no extra features are found on the 4K disc, two included Blu-rays house all manner of bonus content, for what is billed as the “Ultimate Collector’s Edition”. Commentaries, docos, deleted scenes, those wonderful Pixar shorts (including Jack Jack Attack) and more are all present and offer hours of extra Incredibles immersion.
Release date: June 18, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L Jackson
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.