The Incredibles UHD Review

Wow! 5 Stars

Disney finally releases its first catalog title on 4K UHD Blu-ray with Brad Bird’s The Incredibles, likely to tie-in with the theatrical release of its sequel.

The Incredibles (2004)
Released: 05 Nov 2004
Rated: PG
Runtime: 115 min
Director: Brad Bird
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee
Writer(s): Brad Bird
Plot: A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.
IMDB rating: 8.0
MetaScore: 90

Disc Information
Studio: Disney
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 2.0 DD, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, English DVS 2.0, Spanish 5.1 DD, French 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1 Hr. 56 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: 2-spindle UHD keepcase with slipcover
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 06/05/2018
MSRP: $29.99

The Production: 5/5

It’s probably been over twelve years since I last viewed The Incredibles, not because I didn’t like it, I actually loved it, but it was one of those films that I purchased on DVD back in the day, watched a few times, but never really had the chance to go back to it. Viewing it again today as Marvel celebrates their ten-year anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one must surmise that Brad Bird’s story of a family of superheroes must have had a great deal of influence on what would become a highly successful genre four years after its theatrical release – the superhero movie. If nothing else, the premise that superheroes have been outlawed in response to the collateral damage caused from thwarting super-villains is something that the two have in common.

The film also set some firsts for Pixar –  it was their first to earn a PG rating, deals with some more mature themes such as Bob’s mid-life crisis and suspected infidelity, and upon release had the longest running time for the studio.

For a more comprehensive review of The Incredibles, check out Matt Hough’s review of the 2011 Blu-ray release.

Video: 4.5/5

3D Rating: NA

The Incredibles marks Disney’s first catalog release on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format. The computer animated feature was rendered and completed as a 2K master way back in 2004. The feature has been upscaled to 2160p with HDR10 high dynamic range. At first glance, the differences between the included Blu-ray (which I assume is the same transfer used on the 2011 release) and this new 4K UHD upscale are minimal, with very slight uptick in fine details and a very similar (but more stable) color scheme. On the Blu-ray, reds in particular would ever so slightly begin to bloom and bleed, and that is virtually non-existent on the UHD version. The UHD version does have some surprises. Check out Elastigirl’s gloves and boots starting at the 4:53 mark. There is a much more noticeable sparkle and shimmer to the texture that often appears lost in the blooming reds seen on the Blu-ray. The real benefit the UHD version receives is the vastly improved contrast, allowing for better shadow details, especially during the night-time sequences on the island. Unfortunately, with the increased resolution and better contrast, the limitations in CG animation, particularly that of the human form, are a bit more evident and is a great way to see how much the technology has evolved over 14 years.

Audio: 5/5

The Incredibles was originally mixed in Dolby Digital EX 6.1, which was a discrete 5.1 mix with a matrixed rear channel. That mix was carried over on the original DVD release and then re-purposed as DTS-HD MA 6.1 ES Matrix for the Blu-ray release. The UHD disc retains that DTS-HD MA mix, but also includes a new Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 mix which is Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible. I switched back and forth between the two multi-channel mixes during my screening (playing back in a 5.1.2 configuration), and found subtle differences between the two tracks, with the Atmos winning by a hair. While heights are used minimally, even during the many action sequences, they do help to provide a more immersive experience, helping to smooth out the panning of sounds around the listening area. Both tracks have approximately the same dynamic range and fidelity, and LFE is also pretty close between the two. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.

Special Features: 5/5

There are no extras to be found on the UHD version, but Disney has included a slightly updated version of the previous 2-disc Blu-ray release with all of the same special features. Slightly updated? Content is identical the to previous release, except that the feature disc also includes a teaser trailer for The Incredibles 2.

Feature Disc:

Audio Commentary with Director Brad Bird and Producer John Walker

Audio Commentary with the Animation Team

Boundin’ (1080p; 4:40): Viewable with or without commentary with director Bud Luckey.

Jack-Jack Attack (1080p; 4:42)

Jack-Jack Attack Exploded (1080p; 4:42): A visual commentary of the short subject.

The Incredibles Revisited (1080p; 22:06)

Special Features Disc:
Paths to Pixar: Story Artists (1080p; 5:53)

Studio Stories: Gary’s Birthday (1080p; 1:25)

Ending with a Bang: Making the End Credits (1080p; 1:35)

The New Nomanisan: A Top Secret Redevelopment Plan (1080p; 3:30)

Deleted Scenes (1080p; 34:20)

The Incredibles Teaser Trailer (1080p; 2:01)

Making of “The Incredibles” (480i; 27:30)

Story (480i; 7:15)

Character Design (480i; 5:30)

E Volution (480i; 2:45)

Building Humans (480i; 6:17)

Building Extras (480i; 2:00)

Set Design (480i; 2:00)

Sound (480i; 3:13)

Music (480i; 5:15)

Lighting (480i; 3:00)

Tools (480i; 2:39)

Mr. Incredible and Pals (480i; 4:00)

Mr. Incredible and Pals with Commentary by Mr. Incredible and Frozone (480i; 4:00)

NSA Files (480i; 7:00)

Who is Bud Luckey? (480i; 3:55)

Vowelett – An Essay by Sarah Vowell (480i; 10:13)

Art Gallery (1080p)

Digital Copy: An insert contains a code to redeem a digital copy on Movies Anywhere. My code provided UHD on Vudu and FandangoNow, HD on Google Play Movies and Amazon Prime Video.

Overall: 5/5

The Incredibles is still a fun, entertaining ride, and Disney’s new 4K UHD Blu-ray release has an exceptional upscaled transfer and retains all of the bon us features from prior releases.

Published by

Todd Erwin

editor,member

18 Comments

  1. dpippel

    True, but to be honest I don't know how much computer animation that's 14 years old would benefit from a true 4K render. It looks REALLY great here IMO.

    Yeah, I'm going to watch my 4K disc tomorrow because I plan on seeing the sequel tomorrow evening.

  2. dpippel

    True, but to be honest I don't know how much computer animation that's 14 years old would benefit from a true 4K render. It looks REALLY great here IMO.

    They couldn't do Coco in 4k and that was from last year!

  3. Sam Posten

    But HDR made all the difference.

    Yeah and that's likely all you're gonna get from a UHD of an animated film. These films are intentionally stylized. Demanding a full blown rerender of something that never existed in the first place is a fool's errand.

  4. Robert Crawford

    No, there was talk about them converting it to 3-D like Ratatouille and releasing a 3-D Blu-ray, but nothing came of it.

    Wow. When Pixar stops producing 3D for their theatrical releases, that really does put a large dent in the format. So far, Marvel and the Star Wars titles so far are still 3D theatrically and overseas on 3D Blu-ray.

  5. Regarding those who have slagged the IQ of this 4k disk: I saw I1 on 4k last night. I disagree with those who have argued about the video quality entirely. Asking for it to have boosted colors in all scenes would have devastated the very particular 60s Bond palette they were going for. There ARE scenes where boosted colors and HDR are employed, particularly lava, explosions and sparks. It looked great -given- the very intentional look.

    I think @Todd Erwin was right on in his write up!

  6. I watched about 30m the other night. Yes it’s not a huge difference in resolution. To be honest, HDR difference didn’t blow me away either (probably a testament to how good the original BD was). But what was improved? I noticed zero color banding in the 30m I did see. That made it worth the upgrade alone (assuming no banding appears in the rest of the movie).

  7. Dick

    Wow. When Pixar stops producing 3D for their theatrical releases, that really does put a large dent in the format. So far, Marvel and the Star Wars titles so far are still 3D theatrically and overseas on 3D Blu-ray.

    Pixar does continue to produce 3D for theatrical – "Incredibles 2" is 3D.

    The first film predates the modern-day 3D revival – it was an "after the fact" rejiggering of it that didn't see the light of day…

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