Adventure is out there, and it’s also now on 4K Ultra HD with the arrival of Pixar’s marvellous Up. Ah, but how does it fare on the format? Will it lift you skywards, or send you crashing to Earth?
The story: Carl and Ellie meet as adventure-loving kids, and go on to lead an adventurous life together, filled with highs and lows. After one particular low, Carl decides to make a long-held dream come true. To this end, he attaches innumerable helium-filled balloons to his house and sets the compass towards South America. It isn’t until he’s partway there, however, that he realises that he has an unintentional young stowaway…
The 4K disc: With all of those balloons and that gorgeous house, Up is a very colourful movie, so you’d hope for all the hues to burst into life on 4K Ultra HD. The great news is that they do, and with the addition of HDR enhancement they look stunning – as does everything else that graces the screen during the movie’s runtime. We thought that our old Blu-ray looked amazing, but a quick A-B comparison sees this new release usurp it in every possible way. Detail is as sharp as it gets, darker scenes come through without issues and in all we can’t imagine any fan ot the film finding fault with this presentation.
Popping over to the audio department, we’re given a brand new Dolby Atmos mix. As with the original, height-channel challenged audio, the surrounds are used to great effect throughout. However, the addition of the Atmos channels allows a wider soundscape to hit our ears, as appropriate objects flit overhead and the soundtrack finds room in which spread its wings. Whenever bass is called upon it delivers, our only quick tip would be to nudge the volume a little higher than your usual listening level to get more out of this sonic experience.
Up comes in a single 4K disc pack with no extra features.
Release date: March 4, 2020
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.