The LEGO Movie arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. Primary colours are bold and vivid. Blacks are deep and inky. Contrast is consistently filmic and strong. Details are exceptional, like the chips along the edges of the plastic characters, the fingerprints when the light hits Benny or Lord Business just right, the wear and tear of a fading decal and the imperfections of a brick. Edges are clean and natural. To watch this video filling up my entire 12 foot wide screen (using anamorphic lens) is a sight to behold. This is simply a perfect picture. (5/5)
The LEGO Movie 3D arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. While there aren't any in-your-face 3D gags, overall image depth is stunning. Watching this blu-ray 3D is like seeing the LEGO universe come to life. With the combination of excellent depth and dimensionality, brace yourselves for some of the most immersive and engaging 3D images, since Gravity 3D last year. All the good qualities from the 2D version are not only present, but greatly enhanced. This is a truly immersive 3D experience. (5+/5)
Matching The LEGO Movie's video presentation high-point for high-point is Warner's wonderfully enveloping DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. It is truly dynamic and surround channels are aggressive. Low-end output is big and boisterous, throwing weight and power behind every blast, explosion, crash and collision. Directionality is precise and involving, pans are smooth, and dynamics never falter. Dialogue is clear. The music is masterfully prioritized. If you have children, be warned that the song Everything Is Awesome in this movie has a similar hypnotic effect on children, like Let It Go from Frozen. This is a very immersive soundtrack. My only minor complaint is that it should have been 7.1 instead of 5.1. (5/5)
Writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller brought their magic touch from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009) and 21 Jump Street (2012) to The LEGO Movie, sharing a common theme of earnestly embracing material while poking fun at inherent commercial requirements. The LEGO Movie is an absolute joy, with endless verbal and visual gags. The LEGO Movie is impossibly creative on all levels. It is produced mostly as CGI animation, with a wee bit of live action stop motion. The film uses real LEGO pieces for everything, even little things like water droplets, which not only sets up many jokes, but is also wonderfully engrossing. You'd swear this was an impeccable stop-motion production. It looks like photo-realistic toys have come to life in a way where you could create these environments in your home. This is truly a fun movie to watch.
In LEGO Movie, the animation is entirely CGI. The creators deliberately tried to make the movie feel like stop-motion, and avoided making the computer-generated effects look too obvious. This was done to make the movie look like real Lego. Everything in the movie was designed to look as if built out of LEGO pieces. This even includes effects like water, fire, laser bolts, explosions and smoke. For instance, the lasers are actually transparent LEGO rods (commonly known as Lightsaber blades), while smaller puffs of smoke are LEGO ice cream pieces. This is in contrast with the direct-to-video LEGO movies and cartoon series, in which parts of the sceneries and most of the effects were made to look realistic. (Movie: 4.5/5)
The LEGO movie has an estimated budget of $60 million, but has a worldwide gross of $467 million (so far).
Did you notice that the word LEGO is never used in the body of the movie itself?
The LEGO Movie 3D debuts on blu-ray as part of an Everything is Awesome Edition. It includes the blu-ray 3D version of the movie as a bonus, a regular 2D Blu-ray with the film and bonus features, and a DVD. This edition also includes an "exclusive Vitruvius LEGO Minifigure and a large 3D Emmet Photo. It is so cute that I am displaying that box next to my Cinderella box set, Gone With The Wind, Ten Commandments, etc, box sets outside my Lee Theatre HD. My only complaint is that the 3D blu-ray disc is stacked on top of the 2D blu-ray disc. Come on Paramount, you can do better with the packaging in such a major release.
The LEGO Movie is fantastic on all levels. It's hilarious, exciting, clever, heart-warming, and pokes fun at modern story conventions. Lord and Miller are a top-rated filmmaking team capable of pulling off the impossible. They can take reboots and synergistic consumer tie-ins, turning them into tightly script stories that work really, really well. This is a film for moviegoers of all ages. The 3D version is truly “Everything Is Awesome” and my preferred choice. This set is a MUST-OWN!!