The Lego Batman Movie Blu-ray Disc June 13th, 2017

Posted in Action, Adventure, Animation, Atmos, Blu-ray, Comedy, Commentary, Family, Fantasy, Warner on June 18th, 2017 by Dave

The Lego Batman Movie Blu-ray

June 13th, 2017 marked the arrival of the Warner Home Video Blu-ray release for The Lego Batman Movie.

Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and John Whittington again teamed up for this computer-animated superhero comedy.

The film is of course a spin-off installment of The Lego Movie.

It is the third feature film to be produced by Warner Animation Group, and the second to be based on Lego properties.

The Lego Batman Movie the Movie

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Back in the Lego Universe, Batman single handedly fights crime and protects Gotham City from the usual suspects and criminals.

When he once again prevents the Joker from destroying the city, he hurts the Joker’s feelings by telling him he is not important to Batman.

This results in Joker to seeking the ultimate revenge on Batman.

Meanwhile Commissioner Gordon retires, leaving his daughter Barbara as the city’s new police commissioner.

Barbara then announces her plans to restructure the police to function without the need of Batman.

Joker, along the city’s other villains, crashes the party for a mass surrender, leaving Gotham essentially crime-free.

Both Batman and Barbara Gordon suspect the Joker is up to something, but their lack of agreement as to how to proceed may just give the Joker the chance to exact his revenge!

The Lego Batman Movie – My Thoughts

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The Lego Batman Movie is a fun followup to the hugely popular Lego Movie, and for the most part delivers on its promise.

As one of the key characters in The Lego Movie, it comes as no surprise that Batman gets to be at the center of the new film.

While it didn’t quite match the magic of the original film, the Batman sequel does have many of the elements that made the first one so much fun.

The movie is very dense with jokes and humour, and movie references are everywhere, especially to the previous incarnations of Batman.

It is great to see significant reverence to the sixties version with Adam West, who sadly recently passed away.

With so many elements for both grown ups and the younger members, The Lego Batman Movie is a great choice for family movie night.

The Lego Batman Movie Cast, Crew and Performance

The voice cast includes Will Arnett in the lead role, along with Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zoe Kravitz, Doug Benson and Jason Mantzoukas.

The Lego Batman Movie was directed by Chris McKay, the man behind a number of Robot Chicken episodes, including Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III.

The movie has a very strong critical reception, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 90% and an IMDb score of 7.5/10.

The Lego Batman Movie was a big winner in the cinema, taking in $175.8M at the US box office, and almost as much again in international markets.

The Lego Batman Movie on Blu-ray Disc

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The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 22 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1.

The movie looks great throughout, with the sharpness and saturated colours you might expect from a computer animated film.

The high saturation is mentioned in the commentary, where they highlight how great the Dolby Vision version of the film looks.

While it can’t live up to the High Dynamic Range and wide colour palette of Dolby Vision, the Blu-ray transfer still looks great.

Find full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc at the details page for The Lego Batman Movie.

The main audio Dolby Atmos object based audio, allowing for an immersive audio mix.

The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 35.7 GB used and is coded for All Regions.

The Lego Batman Movie Blu-ray – The Bonus Features

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The LEGO Batman Movie comes with a surprisingly wide range of supplemental features for a family friendly Blu-ray release.

Animated Shorts

There is a selection of new animated shorts that run around two minutes each.

Dark Hoser – 2:08

Batman applies to join the Justice League, but they suspect he is Canadian.

Batman is Just Not That Into You – 2:10

Harley Quinn weighs in on the relationship between the Joker and Batman.

Cooking with Alfred – 2:02

Learn to cook with Alfred, and the secret of the Bat Monkey.

Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That? – 1:24

Recording sound effects for The LEGO Batman Movie.

The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short – 5:23

A short from LEGO tells the story of The Master and his trouble with a chicken.

Justin Theroux narrates the story and Jackie Chan voices The Master.

This short has been seen previously on the Blu-ray release for Storks.

Deleted Scenes – 7:00

A selection of four deleted scenes with some finished segments and others in storyboard format.

In one scene Batman destroys countless property in the pursuit of a ‘criminal’ dog.

One Brick at a Time: Making The LEGO Batman Movie – 16:10

The film makers talk about the drive to make the movie and their approach to making the film.

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We also get to see the voice actors plying their craft in the recording booth.

Since it is a LEGO movie, all of the structures in the film are based on real constructs from actual LEGO bricks, with roughly 4000 pieces to choose from.

Almost every aspect of the production is covered in this segment.

Rebrick Contest Winners – 2:47

A look into the stop motion short LEGO Batman movies from the Rebrick contest.

Inside Wayne Manor – 2:36

I tour of the Wayne Manor ‘set’ from the LEGO movie with Batman and his room-mate Bruce Wayne.

Brick by Brick: Making of The LEGO Batman Movie – 3:50

This shorter making of segment introduces the voice cast for the movie.

Each actor talks about their character and the characters they interact with.

Behind the Brick – 4:13

The characters discuss the movie and their roles in the film, with each imagining themselves as the central player.

Me and My Minifig – 0:56

Each of the actors are introduced to their characters’ Minifigs.

There is also a huge collection of trailers and promos for the movie, and a director and crew commentary.

Chris McKay leads the discussion, along with dozens of contributors to the film.

The mood is definitely light and fanciful, though insights are also shared about the artistic choices and techniques.

They also talk about a number of the Easter Eggs and references to previous incarnations of Batman.

With a feature length commentary and around an hour of supplemental features, The LEGO Batman Movie comes packed with extras for a family film.

This release includes a DVD Copy for legacy players and an UltraViolet Digital Copy code.

The Lego Batman Movie Blu-ray – Final Thoughts

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The Lego Batman Movie is a fun family movie that follows in the footsteps of the original with a comical take on the Batman character.

Warner Home Video has put together a technically excellent release, complete with Dolby Atmos audio and a great range of supplemental features.

The retail price is $35.99, though you can get it at Amazon for $24.99, saving 31%!

The Lego Batman Movie Blu-ray Extras:

  • Animated Shorts – Dark Hoser, Batman is Just Not That Into You, Cooking with Alfred, Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
  • The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
  • Deleted Scenes
  • One Brick at a Time: Making The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Rebrick Contest Winners
  • Inside Wayne Manor
  • Brick by Brick: Making of The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Behind the Brick
  • Me and My Minifig
  • Promotional Material
  • Commentary

The Lego Batman Movie Blu-ray Synopsis:

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made. The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone-vigilante thing, try to wok with other and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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