Space Jam: A New Legacy is a shameless sequel, a movie that is more of a feature-length commercial than its predecessor.
The Production: 1.5/5
Sixteen minutes into Space Jam: A New Legacy, LeBron James (playing himself) says to Warner Executives (played by Sarah Silverman and Steven Yeun) after being pitched on their new Warner 3000 algorithm that can place him in nearly any Warner Bros property, “Listen guys, I’m a ballplayer. You know, and athletes acting, that never goes well… With all due respect, this idea is just straight up bad… It’s among the worst ideas I’ve ever heard.” King James should have taken his character’s own advice. As much as I generally disliked the original Space Jam from 1996, I pretty much loathed this new film. LeBron James lacks the screen charisma of Michael Jordan, and the movie’s villain, Al G. Rhythm, is played by Don Cheadle who is doing nothing here but cashing a paycheck.
Essentially, after that ill-fated pitch session, Rhythm kidnaps LeBron’s son Dom (Cedric Joe) into the Warner Serververse, challenging the basketball legend to a basketball tournament against the Goon Squad, allowing him to choose players from the Tune World, with plenty of product placement thrown at the audiences faces during the journey. Space Jam: A New Legacy is an overstuffed, soulless bore of a film, and further proof that the powers that be at Warner Bros still do not understand how to properly utilize their Looney Tunes IP. We deserved a sequel to Looney Tunes: Back in Action more than this mess.
3D Rating: NA
On the technical side, Space Jam: A New Legacy sure looks and sounds great. Colors are bold and vivid with only a few minor instances of bleeding or blooming. Details are excellent, even in the world of 2D animation, often bringing out fabric textures or simulating comic book dot printing. The 2160p HEVC-encoded transfer retains the film’s main aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and utilized HDR10 high dynamic range.
Even better is the disc’s default Dolby Atmos audio. LFE is robust and will definitely rattle your floorboards. Sonically, this is a very immersive track, with sounds travelling around the room seamlessly with precision placement. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.
Special Features: 2/5
As usual, the UHD disc is movie-only, with all of the special features available on the included Blu-ray edition. Interestingly, the making of featurettes have a different title than what appears on the menu.
First Quarter: Game On (1080p; 7:36): aka What’s Up with the Story, Doc?, taking a look at the cast and plot of the film.
Second Quarter: Teamwork (1080p; 7:49): aka Making It Up, taking a look at the make=up effects created for the film.
Third Quarter: Out of this World (1080p; 8:09): aka The Sights of Space Jam, taking a look at the visual effects.
Fourth Quarter: The Looniest (1080p; 7:08): aka The Sounds of Space Jam, taking a look at the music for the film.
Deleted Scenes (1080p; 7:38): Five scenes are included – Next Level, In Cleveland, Timeout, Are You With Us? and No More Secrets.
Digital Copy: An insert contains a code to redeem a UHD digital copy on Movies Anywhere.
Space Jam: A New Legacy will hopefully be the last and final chapter in this series, a nearly 2-hour commercial for Warner Bros properties that is an overstuffed, soulless bore. At least it looks and sounds great on UHD.
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