AdventureAnimationComedyHighest RatedMoviesReviewsCoco 4K

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
77/100
4K Disc Released
2018
HDR
Dolby Vision | HDR10
Sound Mix
Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X) | Auro 11.1 | Dolby Surround 7.1 | 12-Track Digital Sound | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1
Buy on 4K?
YES
IMDB Rating
8.4
Overall Score
Rating Overview
4K Picture
90%
Audio Quality
90%
Special Features
50%
Story
80%
Rating Summary
The 4k UHD Disc is surely an upgrade from the Blu-ray disc when it comes to video and audio. The 4k presentation with Dolby Atmos soundtrack will give the audience a theatrical feel. The movie is an emotionally-powerful movie with a beautiful and unique storyline, so the 4k disc will surely be a very good addition in the home-collections.

Coco was one of the most anticipated movies of 2017 and it matched the expectations the viewers had. The film was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The original idea was given by Lee Unkrich and he directed the movie alongside Adrian Molina. The original theme is inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. Coco is the first film with a nine-figure budget to feature an all-Latino principal cast, with a cost of $175 million. The film also did exceptionally well in the box office.

The heart-touching tale of a boy named Miguel was a wonderfully entertaining movie made by Pixar Studios.

The movie celebrated the lush, vibrant tapestry of life and hit the audience emotionally. Pixar turned their attention to the Mexican culture in the movie and did a fantastic job. Coco is an imaginative tale of a young aspiring musician’s journey through the Land of the Dead where he learns to love his dear ones. Pixar found the perfect line of making the movie deep and emotional without making it over-sentimental, cloying or depressingly heavy.  There are also some jokes and funny scenes in the movie and it lightens the mood of the viewers while watching the film. The movie was made in a way that it would attract the adults as well as the children and so that everyone in the family can watch the movie together while enjoying it. Although sometimes the story can get a little complex for the kids to understand but Pixar maintained the line quite well throughout the movie. The movie found a beautiful way to introduce the younger members of the family to understand the concept of ‘death’ while making it look colorful and less scary. One must give credit to Pixar Studios to how imaginative they were while making this movie as they showed us the Mexican Culture and added imagination along with it to make Coco funny and emotional at the same time.

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The film’s voice cast stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Edward James Olmos, everyone did their part very well in order to make the movie flawless.

Pixar has been making movies that crossed the boundaries of our imagination from the day of their origin. From visiting the world of toys, monsters, and superheroes to journeying the depths of the ocean, the mind of adolescence, the far reaches of outer space and alternate realities. Just when it seemed they had nothing left to turn to, the animation studio made Coco. Coco is a delightful story about family, culture, tradition, and memory. The movie takes the viewers to a tour of the traditions of Mexico and the Land of the Dead.

Miguel Rivera dreams of being a musician, even though his family strictly forbids it. His family wants him to join their shoemaking family business. His great-great-grandmother Imelda was married to a man who left her and their 3-year-old daughter Coco to pursue a career in music, and when he never came back, Imelda banished music from her family’s life. Miguel never cared about what happened in the past and only looked to the future as he took inspiration from his hero Ernesto de la Cruz, an iconic folk singer and actor that continues to be celebrated and beloved. But his family was stuck in the past specially Abuelita Elena who was strictly in favor of the ban. She even took the pleasure of using her chancla (leather slipper) as a weapon to keep the musicians away from her grandson Miguel.

The journey begins when Miguel intentionally steals the legendary guitar of de la Cruz on the Day of the Dead. When he strums it, he becomes invisible and no one in the village plaza could see him. But he was able to see and interact with people from Land of the Dead who came to visit during the holiday. Miguel is punished for his action by having to go to the Land of the Dead, which is more a tapestry of passionate, enthusiastic activity showered in a kaleidoscope of vividly flamboyant colors and energy than a gloomy world. The movie is introduced with many new characters in that part and the story develops more from then. The movie progresses in an entertaining way with a twist towards the end. It is a very well thought-out movie with a proper ending that makes the audience open their floodgates.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment brings Coco to Ultra HD Blu-ray as a three-disc combo pack. The copy is a dual-layered UHD66 disc that sits comfortably atop a BD25 disc with all the bonus material, and a Region Free, BD50 disc is on the opposing panel. All three discs are kept inside a black, eco-elite case with a lightly embossed, glossy slipcover. After inserting the disc, viewers are taken directly to the movie.

Picture Quality: 4 out of 5 stars

Coco brings us the most vibrant vision of The Day of the Dead one could ever imagine on this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray presented in 3840 x 2160p with a widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio, using 10-bit video depth, a Wider Color Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range(HDR), encoded using the HEVC (H.265) codec.

There are times in the movie especially in the Land of the Dead when Coco’s 4K Blu-ray picture quality just stops you in your tracks. The sense of space and depth created by the extended color and brightness here is also extraordinary and that resulted in that classic three-dimensional feel associated with the very premium 4K HDR images. The clarity and details of the picture are clearly visible in the threads of the traditional dresses worn by women and the wooden houses that are in the Land of the Dead. Also, the hairlines and the wigs worn by the dead are clearly noticeable.

The only problem in the 4k picture quality is that it is not much different from the unbelievable quality of the 1080p/AVC-encoded Blu-ray. There is a difference in the quality for sure, but it is not as visible as one would expect in a 4k UHD picture quality. The ‘tattoos’ of the dead, Hector’s straw hat, Miguel’s red jumper, Hector’s hair and many of the interiors look better and more visible in the 4k Blu-ray. The extra resolutions do make the movie seem more real and lively.

A very few scenes in the 4k Blu-ray could’ve been improved. Some of the exterior sequences in the Land of the Living look just a touch faded under the influence of the HDR grade that worked so well for the more contrast-rich Land Of The Dead sections.

Overall, the picture quality is an upgrade and the 4k Blu-ray disc surely provides a better movie experience even though it only improves the experience very slightly.

The audio quality in the 4k UHD disc is a fine upgrade from the Blu-ray disc as the 4k disc provides a fantastic Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Dolby TrueHD 7.1 core. However, it is notable that the default sound system in the movie is DTS-HD MA 5.1 but it can be changed into DTS-HD 7.1 track. The Blu-ray disc does not carry the Atmos mix which is why the 4k disc provides a way better audio quality.

The roaring crowds, the festivals, the background actions on the sides of the screen and the occasional splatter of noises can be heard very clearly which takes the audience into the universe they created. The surrounds are very energetic and continuously engaged with the chatter of the marketplace or the dead walking the streets of the afterlife. When the room is filled in the cheers, applause and eventually boos of the crowd, the displaying was excellent while fully plunging the viewer in the middle of the mass. The action sequences also come with marvelous panning effects.

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Music and songs are a vital portion in every Pixar films. While the guitar solos and concerts were praised highly in the theatres, Disney came up short in this regard. They failed to match the cinematic experience in this part. The front soundstage felt strangely small by the standards of Dolby Atmos. It had no great width to it, and height effects are, like the rear channel effects, subtle to a fault. The music and action were sometimes delivered as punchy, ample bass and did not seem aggressive enough to bring attention from the viewers.

Overall, the audio quality in the 4k disc is surely an upgrade from the Blu-ray disc but there were some parts in the movie that could’ve been improved to deliver Coco’s beautiful world to life audio.

Special Features: 4 out of 5 stars

The Coco special features are actually so generous that they have to be split across the HD Blu-ray and a dedicated Bonus disc. Both the disc is available in the Coco 4k package. The leading feature on the Region free HD Blu-ray is a commentary track by director Lee Unkrich, co-director Adrian Molina, and producer Darla K Anderson. It showed the background on the process of making the film. The commentary is a 10-minute Featurette that takes a looks at the unconventionality of the crew’s own families, whilst the shorter Featurettes focus on Dante the dog and shows a quick tutorial on skeleton drawing.

The bonus feature has a fantastic collection, there are no less than eight featurettes there. Showing everything from the research the film-makers did while they were in Mexico to the creation of the film’s key musical themes, the cultural references of the Land of the Dead, the characters’ costumes and finally Ernesto’s guitar. It is even showed how the guitar was made in real. There’s also an adorable clip of child actor Anthony Gonzalez being prepared for his role as Miguel. There is also a half-hour of deleted and extended scenes alongside promos and trailers.

Final Verdict:

The 4k UHD Disc is surely an upgrade from the Blu-ray disc when it comes to video and audio. The 4k presentation with Dolby Atmos soundtrack will give the audience a theatrical feel. The disc also consists of a very good collection of extras for the viewers which they will surely enjoy after finishing the movie. The movie is an emotionally-powerful movie with a beautiful and unique storyline, so the 4k disc will surely be a very good addition in the home-collections.