Pixar gave us a sweet robotic love story surrounded by a whole lot of garbage in their fourth ‘Best Animated Feature’ Oscar-nabbing WALL·E. So, how does it clean up on 4K Ultra HD? Is it a thing of beauty or, well, a whole lot of garbage?
The story: The Earth of the future is crappy. It’s so crappy that Earthicans have headed off to space and a life of sluggardly orbital cruise corpulence, while a fleet of robots busily cleans up the incredible amount of mess that’s been left behind. Well, one Energizer Bunny-like automaton does, as all of his comrades appear to have fallen by the wayside. On he soldiers, grabbing the odd knick-knack for his home base along the way while he converts crud into compacted cubes. But one day, a sleek white robot arrives, and WALL·E’s mission changes. In fact, the fate of the Earth may just be on his boxy shoulders…
“This is called farming! You kids are gonna grow all kinds of plants! Vegetable plants, pizza plants…”
The 4K disc: All of the Pixar movies that we’ve seen on 4K Ultra HD so far have impressed, and we’re delighted to report that this one – a favourite of many – continues this pleasing trend. While the picture doesn’t receive a massive increase in resolution over the existing standard Blu-ray due to its vintage, the addition of HDR once again makes for a marked improvement visually. It’s been skilfully applied, too, adding vibrancy where it should without making what is often meant to be a rather dingy looking movie artificially bright.
Audio is bolstered, too, with the arrival of a Dolby Atmos mix. This offers a fun listening experience, as music fills the soundstage at times, surrounds burst with subtle atmospheric life as well as some deft specific sound placement, and the sub kicks in big time when appropriate – such as when WALL·E bursts into space.
This is a single 4K disc release, with no extra features.
Release date: March 4, 2020
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Sigourney Weaver
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