Sing (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
March 19, 2017 by Dennis Amith
“Sing” is very much an uplifting story with wonderful music, great voice acting and fantastic animation. And the film will no doubt entertain people of all ages. Recommended!d!
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YEAR OF FILM: 2016
DURATION: 1 hr., 48 minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080P High Definition 1:85:1, 1080p High Definition, English ATMOS Dolby True HD/DVS 2.0, Espanol Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, Francais Dolby Digital, Engish Dobly Digital 7.1/2.0, Subtitles: English SDH, Espanol and Francais
COMPANY: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
RATED: PG (Some Rude Humor and Mild Peril)
RELEASE DATE: March 21, 2017
Directed by Garth Jennings
Co-Director: Christophe Lourdelet
Written by Garth Jennings
Producer: Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri
Co-Producer: Igor Khait
Associate Producer: Brett Hoffman, Robert Taylor
Music by Joby Talbot
Edited by Gregory Perler
Casting by Allison Jones, Mickie McGowan
Production Design by Eric Guillon
Art Direction: Francois Moret
Featuring the Voices of:
Matthew McConaughey as Buster moon
Reese Witherspoon as Rosita
Seth MacFarlane as Mike
Scarlett Johansson as Ash
John C. Reilly as Eddie
Taron Egerton as Johnny
Tori Kelly as Meena
Jennifer Saunders as Nana
Jennifer Hudson as Young Nana
Garth Jennings as Miss Crawly
Peter Serafinowicz as Big Daddy
Nick Kroll as Gunter
Beck Bennett as Lance
Jay Pharoah as Meena’s Grandfather
Nick Offerman as Norman
Leslie Jones as Meena’s Mother
Rhea Perlman as Judith
From Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you The Secret Life of Pets comes an animated comedy about finding the music that lives inside all of us. Sing stars Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and underappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; and Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies. Sing is the musical comedy event of the year!
From writer/director Garth Jennings (director of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and “Son of Rambow”) and Christopher Lourdelet (storyboard artist of “Minions”, “The Lorax”, “A Monster in Paris”) comes the Illumination Entertainment animated film, “Sing”.
Featuring the voices from talents such as Matthew McConaugey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders, Jennifer Hudson, Garth Jennings, Peter Serafinowicz, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Nick Offerman, Rhea Perlman and many more.
The animated film would feature more than 60 classic songs and originally budgeted at $75 million, would go on to make $578 million worldwide. Ensuring a single slated for 2020.
And now “Sing” will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD in March 2017.
The film begins with a young koala named Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) owning a theater and being congratulated by his father who took him to his first music show as a child. Fastforward and Buster’s theater has been losing a lot of money due to unsuccessful programs and now many workers are demanding pay.
Meanwhile, we are introduced to various characters:
- Rosita (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) – A pig who gave up her teenage music dreams to become a wife to Norman and her 25 piglets. She can sing and is very crafty.
- Mike (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – An arrogant small mouse who loves to sing Sinatra classics as a street performer but also known to get into a lot of trouble.
- Ash (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) – A porcupine who is a punk rocker along with her boyfriend, Lance.
- Meena (voiced by Tori Kelly) – A teenage elephant with a great voice but is shy and has severe stage fright.
- Johnny (voiced by Taron Egerton) – A gorilla who wants to sing, but his father, Big Daddy (voiced by Peter Serafinowicz), a thief always wants him to be his lookout and follow his life into crime.
- Gunter (voiced by Nick Kroll) – A vibrant pig who loves to dance.
As the bank rep Judith is demanding payment or the theater will be closed within a month, Buster comes up with an idea to create a singing competition with a prize of $1,000 which he tells his buddy, Eddie Noodleman (voiced by John C. Reilly), the nephew of Miss Nana Noodleman (voiced by Jennifer Saundres), a popular singer that inspired Buster.
Buster’s assistant, Mrs. Crawley (voiced by Garth Jennings) accidentally puts two zeroes and makes the prize $100,000 and before he could see them, the wind blows the flyers out the window and they fly all over the city.
And everyone interested in singing auditions to be part of the singing competition.
Despite finding about Miss Crawley’s error, Buster, an optimist feels that his singing competition may be able to make the money back. But can he and his fellow singers pull off a successful production?
“Sing” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 aspect ratio) and features vibrant animation and wonderful detail. The hair effects and textures can be seen on the surface of the animals and also the clothing which are animated wonderfully.
Overall picture quality is fantastic and if you want the best version, an 4K Ultra HD version of the film is available.
“Sing” is presented in English ATMOS Dolby True HD/DVS plus a Espanol Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. The film features crystal clear dialogue and musical score.
Because the film’s many songs featured, the music plays a big part of the soundtrack. But also the sound effects and overall ambiance can be heard through the surround channels.
Subtitles are presented in English SDH, Espanol and Francais.
“Sing” comes with the following special features:
- The Making of Sing – (4:40) Director/writer Garth Jennings discuss how the movie came to be and behind-the-scenes on the making of “Sing”.
- Finding the Rhythm: Editing Sing – (2:43) Editor Greg Perler discusses the challenge of editing “Sing”.
- Character Profiles – (12:25) Featuring the various talents/voice actors for each character discussing voice work and being in the studio to record their characters. And their thoughts about their character.
- Things You Didn’t Know About – (3:52) The directors, cast and crew are given rapid-fire questions.
- “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” Music Video – Featuring a music video from Tori Kelly.
- Making a Music Video with Tori Kelly – (2:52) The making of “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”.
- Faith Music Video – (2:43) Featuring a music video from Stevie Wonder.
- Faith Lyric Video
- Set It All Free Lyric Video
- “Sing & Dance – Faith” – (6:27) Learn the dance moves for “Faith”.
- The Sing Network – Featuring short featurettes showcasing “Gunter’s Dance Studio”, “The Moon Theater”, “Rosita’s Babysitting Gizmo”, “Miss Crawley’s Matchmaking Service” and “In the News”.
- The Best of Gunter – (1:03) Scenes featuring Gunter.
- Mini-Movies: Gunter Babysits – (3:40) Gunter has to babysit Rosita’s 25 piglets.
- Mini-Movies: Love at First Sight – (4:15) Johnny introduces Miss Crawley to online dating.
- Mini-Movies: Eddie’s Life Coach – (4:15) A featurette about Eddie watching an informercial.
- The Making of the Mini-Movies – (5:49) A featurette on the making of the short films.
“Gunter” comes with a slipcover, a DVD version of the film and an UltraViolet Digital HD code.
Films about an unsuccessful attraction or production have been featured in past films before, but not with anthropomorphic animals.
As Illumination Entertainment animated films such as the “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” films and “The Secret Life of Pets” have done amazingly well in the box office, the company’s latest film focuses on singing animals.
And while singing animals are nothing new to animated films, what “Sing” does differently is incorporate today’s top 40 songs or classics and integrate that to a storyline of singing hopefuls that want a chance to make it in the spotlight.
In today’s world of singing reality TV shows it’s a concept that people know much to well, “Sing” takes those hopefuls, which happen to be animals, trying out for a chance of stardom. Not knowing that the intention of the singing competition is to save a fledgling theater and also for big money which is an error made by a lizard who’s eye ball pops out and bounces on the zero key on the keyboard twice.
The most important factor of the film is the character development. “Sing” is a film that makes you care for its characters.
Buster Moon is a koala with good intentions but so far, his business sense has led to failed productions and now he may lose his theater.
Rosita is a pig who can sing but chose to be a mother and wife and wonders if she pursued a career singing. Mike is an arrogant Sinatra-singing mouse who is a street performer that gets into a lot of trouble. Ash is a punk rock singer, always in the shadow of her boyfriend and has a troubled relationship. And Johnny is a gorilla who wants to be a singer but his father, a thief, wants his son to follow his life in crime.
We watch as these individuals go through their own personal struggles, self-doubt but together, they learn to unite and try to put on the greatest show they can.
And as far as its voice acting is concerned, the film features a star-filled talent showcase with Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly and many more. Also, to hear the music from powerful voices of Tori Kelly and Jennifer Hudson was a major plus as well.
On Blu-ray, the film shows amazing detail, colors are vibrant and the lossless soundtrack whether it be dialogue or the large amount of music featured in the film are all crystal clear. And there are a good number of special features included as well.
And when you’re done, there are also three entertaining mini movies included featuring the characters from “Sing”!
Overall, “Sing” is very much an uplifting story with wonderful music, great voice acting and fantastic animation. And the film will no doubt entertain people of all ages.
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