Ralph Breaks the Internet UHD Review

Fun sequel 4.5 Stars

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ first sequel in years, Ralph Breaks the Internet, is a fun return to the world of Wreck It Ralph, even though it more or less dispatches with some of the fun supporting characters of the first film.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Released: 21 Nov 2018
Rated: PG
Runtime: 112 min
Director: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson
Writer(s): Phil Johnston (screenplay by), Pamela Ribon (screenplay by), Rich Moore (story by), Phil Johnston (story by), Jim Reardon (story by), Pamela Ribon (story by), Josie Trinidad (story by), Kelly Younger (Additional Story Material by)
Plot: Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.
IMDB rating: 7.3
MetaScore: 71

Disc Information
Studio: Disney
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English DVS 2.0, Spanish 7.1 DD+:Spanish 7.1 DD+, French 7.1 DD+:French 7.1 DD+
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1 Hr. 53 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: 2-disc UHD keepcase with slipcover
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 02/26/2019
MSRP: $39.99

The Production: 4.5/5

Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) is getting bored with the mundane race tracks of Sugar Rush, even though her best friend, Ralph (John C. Reilly) is enjoying the status quo of Fix It Felix, knowing that when the arcade closes for the night, he can still hang out with Vanellope without having to be the bad guy. Attempting to change things up, Ralph builds a new track in Sugar Rush, much to Venellope’s delight but not to the player in the real world inside Litwak’s Arcade, who mistakenly breaks the steering wheel off the game. With the replacement part costing more than what Litwack makes off the game, Litwack decides to take Sugar Rush out of commission by unplugging it, forcing its characters out of the game and into the surge protector. Fearing the game to be shutdown forever, Ralph and Vanellope decide to go out to the internet, hoping to retrieve the replacement steering wheel from eBay, only to discover that they have no way of actually paying for it. In their quest to earn funds for the steering wheel, Vanellope discovers a new racing game, Slaughter Race, led by Shank (Gal Gadot). The two become good friends, with Shank becoming something of a role model for Vanellope, who must decide if she wants to return to Sugar Rush or stay in the world of Slaughter Race, and what could that mean to the rather insecure Ralph.

I really enjoyed Wreck It Ralph when it hit theaters back in 2012, with its many 1980s arcade game references and jokes. It was also a rather heartwarming story of a guy who was generally disliked for the villainous role he played in the game Fix It Felix rather than who he was or wanted to be when the game was not running, and eventually being accepted by the arcade game community. As Ralph Breaks the Internet opens, we see how his relationship with Vanellope has developed and as the film unfolds, how that relationship may become threatened by Ralph’s insecurities that could bring the entire internet crashing down. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman have a great rapport, lovingly insulting each other during their journey. Gal Gadot brings a maturity to the street-smart Shank, who imparts some much-needed wisdom to Vanellope in what could have been a very one-dimensional character (we find out in the special features that the character was changed and further developed with the casting of Gadot). There are some wonderful jokes about the internet (especially Vanellope’s run-in with the Disney Princesses) as expected, but for the true nerds and geeks out there, there are plenty of easter eggs of internet history to be found embedded in the production design (Dial-up Express, the original AOL logo, etc.). The movie gives us a fun subplot with Felix (Jack McBrayer) and Calhoun (Jane Lynch) adopting the racer girls and becoming parents, but that is really the only reference to the supporting characters from the first film other than a few cameos. There are a lot of interesting and well-performed new characters, including Taraji P. Henson as Yesss, the head of viral video site BuzzzTube; Alan Tudyk as search engine egghead KnowsMore; Alfred Molina as Double Dan, boss of the Dark Net and dealer of viruses; and Sean Giambrone as eBay messenger eBoy.

Video: 5/5

3D Rating: NA

It’s pretty safe to assume that Ralph Breaks the Internet was rendered as a 2K digital intermediate (as most animated films are) with Dolby Vision HDR at select theatres. Disney’s 2160p HEVC-encoded transfer includes HDR10 rather than Dolby Vision and retains the film’s theatrical aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The first thing one will obviously notice when comparing the UHD Blu-ray to the 1080p SDR Blu-ray is that the UHD is significantly darker overall while the Blu-ray sometimes appeared a little washed out at times. While the disc has a negligible increase in detail, it has a much more pronounced handle on contrast and color depth. Shadings of the characters in particular are much more refined. Blacks are deep and inky, retaining much more shadow detail as well. Colors are much better saturated here, too, with Shank’s car often glittering with its metallic paint job and the painted red flames more pronounced. Taffyta’s car in Sugar Rush also appears much more translucent on the UHD than it does on the Blu-ray.

Audio: 4.5/5

Disney has provided a Dolby Atmos track for the UHD version, while delegating the Blu-ray to a DTS-HD MA 7.1 track. As with most recent Disney releases, the track appears to have been mixed a few notches below reference and requires an extra boost of the volume knob. The track may seem a bit restrained at first, but once we enter the internet, all bets are off as we enter a very immersive environment. Sounds are placed with pinpoint accuracy as Net Users swoosh by to their ultimate destination; cars, X-Wings, TIE Fighters fly overhead; bees swarm around you; etc. LFE presence is tighter and more pronounced than the Blu-ray’s DTS-HD MA track, too. Dialogue is well prioritized overall.

Special Features: 3.5/5

All of the special features can be found on the included Blu-ray edition.

Surfing for Easter Eggs (1080p; 3:36): A way too brief look at some of the more hidden easter eggs to be found in the movie.

The Music of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (1080p; 10:18): A look at the orchestral/electronic score by Henry Jackman and the songs featured in the film.

BuzzzTube Cats (1080p; 1:47): A compilation of all of the cat videos created for the movie.

How We Broke the Internet (1080p; 32:57): A rather detailed look at the evolution of the sequel.

Deleted Scenes (1080p): Five scenes, mostly in storyboard form, all introduced by co-directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore – Into the Internet (4:54), Opposites (3:17), Domestic Hell (2:43), Bubble of One (5:56), and Recruiting Grandma (2:15).

Music Video – Zero Performed by Imagine Dragons (1080p; 3:51)

Music Video – In This Place Performed by Julia Michaels (1080p; 3:22)

Digital Copy: An insert contains a code to redeem a digital copy (in UHD where available) on Movies Anywhere. Redeeming your code on Movies Anywhere also unlocks an exclusive special feature: Baby Drivers – Slaughter Racing School.

Overall: 4.5/5

Ralph Breaks the Internet is a worthy sequel to Wreck It Ralph, and Disney’s 4K UHD presentation is a nice improvement over the pretty stellar Blu-ray.

https://www.amazon.com/RALPH-BREAKS-INTERNET-Blu-ray-Moore/dp/631757894X/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=Ralph+Breaks+the+Internet&qid=1550624612&s=gateway&sr=8-4

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Todd Erwin

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16 Comments

  1. Edwin-S

    It's too bad that I have to pass on a purchase.

    Why?

    JQuintana

    Just didn't have the same heart and emotion.

    I think the final third did. The first two-thirds were solidly entertaining, but the final act was brilliant and highly emotional to me. Obviously we disagree, which is fine.

  2. Jake Lipson

    Why?

    Disney's 4K product is over priced for what is in the package; although, every studio is guilty of that.

    My main reason is that I cannot support a company that will not provide a home release of the film that allows me to see it the way I did in the theatre.

    I have not bought any new Disney release since "Big Hero Six" when Disney did not make a domestic 3D release available.

    The only Disney animated releases I buy are 4K upgrades of older films that Disney already had 3D releases for.

    Disney is not the only one that do this for. The last Mission Impossible had a 3D theatrical release. The home version didn't so no purchase even though I liked the film very much.

    If they do not put out Alita in a 3D version then I will not buy it no matter how much I like the film.

    Film studios that will not give me what I want in a home release don't deserve my dollars post-theatrical release.

  3. It is my baby to throw out. The constant refrain now is that discs are becoming a niche for collectors. Of that is true, then these companies had better start providing what I as a collector want or the release can sit on the shelf and rot.

    It is not like I will not be able to stream a 2D viewing of a film. Owning it requires something different and that means providing a 3D copy in the package if it was released in the theatre that way.

  4. Edwin-S

    If they do not put out Alita in a 3D version then I will not buy it no matter how much I like the film.

    Disney doesn't care if you don't buy it. Obviously, they'd like you to buy it. But they're not going to lose enough money from your non-sale to even flinch. There are plenty of other people who will buy it. So you can boycott the release all you want, but the only person you're hurting by doing so is yourself, by not letting yourself own a movie that you like.

    Last fall, I bought The Seagull on DVD because there is no Region 1/A Blu-ray release. I want a Blu-ray to be released here. But I don't want to deny myself owning the movie on disc just because there's no Blu-ray. I think owning the movie in a lesser format is still better than not owning the movie.

    JQuintana

    Talk about throwing out the baby with the bath water.

    Funnily enough, we actually agree on this! 🙂

    Edwin-S

    It is my baby to throw out.

    You're absolutely right about that.

    But…

    Edwin-S

    It is not like I will not be able to stream a 2D viewing of a film.

    So you'll pay Disney money to stream a rental of the film in 2D, but you won't pay to buy it? At a certain point, if you keep renting it, the rental cost would exceed the cost to purchase a copy. If your goal here is not to give Disney any money, this seems contradictory.

    Edwin-S

    I never bought a copy of Nolan's Dark Knight film when they wouldn't release a 2.35:1 version on BD

    Christopher Nolan's films all appear on Blu-ray as he wants them to appear. The shifting ratios format which he prefers also reflects how the movies played in their IMAX theatrical runs. So I don't see the problem with this. I think the switching ratios is a little distracting, and I wouldn't say no if they did offer an all-2.35:1 version on Blu-ray. But they are Nolan's film and it's Nolan's choice of how he wants them to be presented.

  5. No. I won't pay Disney to stream their films. Once they start their streaming service, the only place I will see a Disney flick is in the theatre or when it is on network TV and I happen to be somewhere where I can see it.

    I have no intention of paying for six streaming services when there is already a perfectly serviceable one that studios can licence content to. Any Disney service will be overpriced anyway.

  6. Also, I really don't care what Nolan wanted. The film was released in the theatre at a 2.35:1 ratio and it should have been left the customer as to what version they wanted to watch in a home release.

  7. Edwin-S

    No. I won't pay Disney to stream their films.

    But you said:

    Edwin-S

    It is not like I will not be able to stream a 2D viewing of a film.

    So were you talking about any film there, or Ralph in particular?

    Netflix will get a window for Ralph Breaks the Internet because their deal with Disney covers theatrical films released through the end of 2018. It will be on there in a few months and it will probably stay for a year and a half or so, which has been standard, and then it will leave, at which point you will lose access to a film you admit you like. If you want to fall on your sword, that is your right. While you're doing that, I'll be enjoying the movie on Blu-ray.

    Also, I think that Disney intends to keep their pricing on the streaming service competitive with Netflix. We'll see.

    Edwin-S

    Also, I really don't care what Nolan wanted.

    That's a bit surprising.

    HTF's mission statement says "We the members of the forum are interested in the film product to be recorded and reproduced as closely as possible to the way the original creator(s) of that particular film intended."

    You're free to disagree with this, of course. But "the way the original creator(s) of that particular film intended," in the case of Nolan's films, is the switching aspect ratios.

  8. Nolan's "artistic intentions" lost credibility when he decided that doing a 2.35:1 ratio for standard movie theatres was fine by him. Trying to stand on claims that 1.78:1 was "the way the film was intended to be seen" for a home release was nothing but trash on his part. He had no objection to two aspect ratios for theatrical release so his claim of "artistic intention" was just so much hypocrisy as far as I am concerned.

  9. Interesting discussion that I might disagree with somewhat, but I won't because if that's how a person feels then that's fine with me. Frankly, If they're not going to support 3-D on home video, I wish the studios would just stop 3-D all-together including 3-D showings in movie theaters. Concentrate on more Dolby Cinema with Dolby Atmos showings.

  10. I do wonder why they bother to animate movies like this in 3D and then make it hard to actually see it that way. I loved the first movie (bought it on release date) and was really looking forward to this one, but won’t downgrade to a 2D presentation. I regard every purchase as voting with my dollars- I’d buy a 3D disc to show my approval, not buying this 2D release shows my disapproval. Plenty of other stuff I can watch in the meantime.

  11. Interestingly, there will be a 3D disc available in the Japanese 4K release, out on April 24th, 2019:

    Here is the "standard" 4K/3D/2D release that will drop in price:
    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07NWVZLY7

    Other versions with initial benefits (which probably will not drop in price):

    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07P8KQKKK (Early purchase benefit: A calendar)

    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07P8KQRFG (Amazon.co.jp Exclusive with the calendar and something translated as a "clear file", which looks like stickers or post cards)

    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07P9P7PGD (Amazon.co.jp Exclusive with the calendar and a t-shirt)

    Obviously, Disney Japan has placed 3D discs inside 4K editions for some time now, but Ralph Breaks the Internet is probably the first Disney property to have its entire 3D release be exclusive to Japan (although the live-action The Finest Hours was exclusive to Japan in 3D with full lossless audio).

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