Review: ‘Moana’ Blu-ray


Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana is now available on Blu-ray and Digital HD. I got to spend some time checking out all of the features on the Blu-ray Disc. My thoughts are after the jump.

First up, the film is as gorgeous on Blu-ray as it was in the theater. The transfer is perfect and the sound and visuals are top notch.

I watched the film with the audio commentary by directors Ron Clements and John Musker, which I highly recommend for any fan of the film and of Disney Animation in general. These two are truly legends and it was such a treat to hear their behind the scenes stories on the making of the film. Their commentary was also a reminder of what a collaborative and labor intensive process making an animated feature is.

Also highly recommended are the bonus feature documentaries “Voice of the Islands,” in which Ron and John and Moana producer Osnat Shurer talk about their extensive research for the film, and “They Know the Way: Making the Music of Moana,” in which musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, Marc Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda talk about their creative process in writing the movie’s soundtrack and songs.

Here’s a clip from the “Voice of the Islands” documentary:

And here’s the complete listing of bonus features:

  • Theatrical Short Film: Inner Workings – With introduction by the filmmakers, is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half. Created by a small team at Walt Disney Animation Studios in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, the short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.
  • Maui Mini-Movie: Gone Fishing – When Maui decides it’s time to take charge of the ocean and catch his next meal, Moana must show him the error of his ways … with a little help from her friends!
  • Voice of the Islands – An in-depth look at how Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the filmmakers to create the story of Moana.
  • Things You Didn’t Know About …-Meet the stars of “Moana” in this dynamic Q&A featuring Dwayne Johnson, newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, and famed animation directors Ron and John. Meet the musical team behind “Moana” in this fascinating Q&A featuring Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 
  • Island Fashion – Find out how costume designer Neysa Bové took on the unique challenge of creating costumes using materials and techniques native to the islands of Oceania.
  • They Know the Way: Making the Music of Moana – Musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, Marc Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda take us on a personal journey through their involvement in the movie and how it changed their lives.
  • Fishing for Easter Eggs – Dive deep into the ocean and fish for the Easter Eggs hidden by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  • The Elements of … – This series of four mini-docs explores the technical achievements behind some of the ground-breaking effects used in the film. Mini Maui – Meet “Mini Maui,” Maui’s tattoo sidekick. Animated by legendary hand-drawn animator Eric Goldberg, we explore how the 2D world collides with CG animation to bring the demigod’s tattoos to life. Water – In the movie, the ocean is a character. This piece explores how the water is given a personality, along with the technical feats of creating a believable ocean landscape farther than the eye can see. Lava – Te Kā is a creature made of lava, smoke and fire. This piece dives into the challenges of making an animated creature of massive scale brought to fiery life by character, technical and effects animators. Hair – One of the greatest technical achievements of the film was the animation of the beautiful, curly hair on Moana and Maui. Take a look at the hair-raising detail that goes into animating each strand, adding performance to the movie that has never been seen before.
  • Deleted Song: “Warrior Face” – With introduction by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Deleted Scenes – Ron and John introduce the following deleted scenes: Race the Wind/Ties that Bind; Discussing Moana’s Future; Under the Sea; Grandmother’s Warning/Legend of Maui; Education of Moana; Father, Daughter, Boat; and Canoe Race.
  • Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” – Performed by Alessia Cara.
  • “How Far I’ll Go Around the World” – Multi-language reel of the song “How Far I’ll Go.”
  • Audio Commentary – With directors Ron and John.

I loved the Moana Blu-ray Disc with its extensive, informative, and entertaining bonus features, outstanding audio commentary, and perfect transfer of the feature film. If you’re a fan of the film, I highly recommend you add this disc to your library.

Also now available is Moana on Blu-ray 3D (which I did not screen since I don’t own a 3D TV).

 

Technical Specifications

Product SKUs: Digital 3D/HD/SD, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy), Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand

Feature Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes

Rating: PG in U.S., PG in CE, and G in CF.

Bonus material not rated with exception of Inner Workings which is rated G.

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray 3D Feature Film = 2.40:1; Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.40:1 & DVD Feature Film = Widescreen 1.78:1

Audio: Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA & 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks; DVD = English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

Languages/Subtitles: Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French, DVD = English SDH and Spanish

All images © Disney

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