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Frozen [Blu-ray]


(Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, 2013)




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Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Walt Disney Studios

Video: Walt Disney Home Entertainment



Region: FREE! (unverified)

Runtime: 1:42:14.009

Disc Size: 43,115,033,551 bytes

Feature Size: 27,043,436,544 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.69 Mbps

Chapters: 16

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: March 18th, 2014



Aspect ratio: 2.23:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 4906 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4906 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

Descriptive Services:

Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround


English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none



Original Theatrical Short "Get a Horse" (6:00)

The Making of Frozen (3:18)

• D'Frosted: Disney's Journey from Hans Christian Andersen to Frozen (7:28)

• Deleted Scenes with introduction by directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (6:52)

• Music Videos (15:42)

Original Teaser Trailer (1:32)

Digital Copy





Description: Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.


After the kingdom of Arendelle cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), her sprightly sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee co-directed this Walt Disney Animation Studios production based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale The Snow Queen.



The Film:

If “Frozen” still has one foot planted in 19th-century children’s literature, good and evil are not so clear-cut. The title character of the original fairy tale was evil. Her 21st-century descendant is merely confused and scared. As always, love is the solution to everything. When nothing can thaw the icy heart of the frightened Elsa, love does the trick, but in this case it is sisterly loyalty and devotion rather than romantic attachment.

Frozen” has eight original songs by the married team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, musical theater veterans whose blend of playful wit and sentimentality here comes closer than any score for a Disney animated film to capturing the charm of the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman collaboration in its glory days. One song, “Fixer Upper,” sung by a bunch of trolls promoting the charms of an imperfect eligible bachelor to a picky princess, is genuinely amusing.

Excerpt from The NY Times located HERE

This movie is no guilty pleasure, but an entirely innocent one. Frozen is an animated fairytale musical in the classic Disney manner, a new twist on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.

It's a slap-up Christmas treat, a wide-eyed charmer of a film with terrific musical numbers from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (who worked on The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q); there are lovable characters and a robust, satisfying story with a big heart and a neat twist. Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, is the princess of an ancient kingdom, endowed with the magical power to create ice and snow. Having to conceal this dangerous talent causes her great loneliness; she is finally exiled on suspicion of witchcraft, but her devoted sister Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, goes on an epic search to find her – and perhaps to find love.

Excerpt from The Guardian located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Frozen is an incredibly visual movie experience and the Disney Blu-ray fully supports the film's dynamic eye candy in flawless animation transferred in HD. Despite being released in theatres in 3D, there will be no 3D Blu-ray disc for Frozen in the US - but some of the European 3D issues are listed as region FREE. Modern animation is different than live action in that it is already rendered digitally and should be a simple process to slap on Blu-ray, looking as near to theatrical perfection as possible for the 1080P format. Technically this is dual-layered with a supportive bitrate. On my system it looked pristine - as 'kinetic' as it did theatrically - just smaller (my screen). Colors are passive - motion is as smooth as silk. Contrast exhibits undeniably perfect layering. This Blu-ray provides a jaw-dropping image. I was as blown away as I was in the cinema by the magic of Elsa's ice-creation marvel.


NOTE: I believe the theatrical aspect ratio was 2.35:1 where this Blu-ray is about 2.23:1.


















Audio :

Audio is unreal - a mighty DTS-HD Master 7.1 at a floor shaking 4906 kbps. Icy effects are sharp and deep while separations are head-turning. But the appeal would be for the, Robert Lopez + Kristen Anderson-Lopez , award-winning songs - notably  “Fixer Upper”, “In Summer”, “For the First Time in Forever" and Idina Menzel belting out Elsa’s uplifting anthem of liberation "Let it Go". Without owning the CD - I can only posit what I have consistently felt that this lossless, uncompressed medium will blow all other digital forms out of the water. This pure audio is awesome - rich, crisp, intensely solid. Disney continue to offer the important Descriptive Services option and there are also optional subtitles. My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.


Extras :

In the theater we also saw the 6-minute short "Get a Horse" fusing old 'Steamboat Willie'-style black and white Mickey animation with modern color - and it is also found here on the Blu-ray. There is not a lot else - a short 'Making of' and feature entitled D'Frosted tracing the evolution of the story and its 'Hans Christian Andersen' roots. There are a handful of deleted scenes with individual introductions by the directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee seated side-by-side. Probably the best supplement are the consecutive Music Videos - over 15-minutes of the award-winning hits ala separate videos. Lastly, we have the original teaser trailer and the disc has a DVD and Digital copy for your portable devices.



I took my boys to see this and it was quite the spectacle on the big screen. The upshot is that it is great entertainment, if slightly leaning to a female movie (according to my two lads). The film is ambitious punishing into, marketable but, unnecessary areas. But as far as a visual enticement - this has demo-ready scenes for your home theater. Audio, too, is dynamically unreal and is worth picking up just for the sound. The Blu-ray is flawless and while the film may not have the replay value of a Toy Story - it is still incredibly impressive a/v.

Gary Tooze

March 4th, 2014



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About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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