Disney Pixar’s “Coco” Blu-Ray Review

Coco (2017) - Weekend Box OfficeDisney Pixar’s “Coco” Blu-Ray Review

Disney and Pixar’s latest release Coco, the best animated film of 2017, comes to homes on blu-ray, 4K and digital on the Movies Anywhere app.

The Oscar-nominated feature, which shines a light on the rich Mexican culture and it’s Day of the Dead tradition, is set to hold a place in the hearts of audiences of all ages. It’s the story of young Miguel, who dreams of becoming a musician despite his family’s generations-old ban on music. Following the motto of his idol Ernesto de la Cruz to “seize your moment,” Miguel steals a guitar from the dead to compete in a music competition and ends up in the Land of the Dead. Seeking to go back he befriends a charming drifting skeleton named Hector, and together they set off on a journey to unlock the extraordinary story behind Miguel’s family history to help him find his way home.

Coco is an instant classic with deep emotional stakes, gorgeous songs, spellbinding animation and an incredible story. A beautiful interpretation of the Dia de Los Muertos holiday to show an underrepresented experience to a wider audience and unites them to celebrate the legacy of family.

The Blu-Ray Experience

The vibrant colors are crisp in the home entertainment experience. Best to see on a big home screen to best immerse yourself in the latest cutting-edge technology. HD download or 4K it if you don’t go for blu-ray.

To watch the film true to its character’s native tongue, turn on the Spanish audio and flip on the English subtitles after viewing it in English. It’s great to hear it completely in the language of the people in it for a new perspective and could deepen subtitles you may have missed in the English theatrical cut. And there are Spanish versions of the songs which are equally beautiful and emotion stirring and done by Mexico’s beloved talent.

The sound design is pretty solid but if you opt for the blu-ray disc, you’ll get the capability to play the audio track in Dolby Atmos to enrichen the listening experience of the film’s music and action.

Special Features

In the plethora of features, there’s something for all kinds of cinephiles. If you’re into scoring or composing for film, there’s “The music of Coco.” For filmmakers interested in the craft and research that goes into making the film watch “Paths to Pixar” to see how some of the storytellers made their way to the iconic studio and also the filmmaker commentary.

For more about the rich history of Mexico, its traditions and people be sure to watch “Mi Familia”, “A Thousand pictures a day” and “Land of our Ancestors” to get to know folks who may be from another place but share so much more with us than we thought.

And for families, there are great crafting how-to’s so you can learn how to make traditional Dia de Los Muertos decor and a whole featurette about Dante, the dog! And of course, there are deleted scenes including a whole new alternate opening.

Overall

Coco is a timeless addition to any film collection. It’s easily one of the studios’ greats with the memorable music, the stunning visuals, endearing characters and that Pixar emotional punch. And for many, a great new tradition to watch on Dia de Los Muertos.

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