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Blu-ray Review: Frozen II

February 25, 2020

By John Corrado

Disney’s Frozen II, which is arriving on Blu-ray this week, is a darker, more mature sequel that has aged with fans of the first one, and for my money it’s a follow up that is nearly if not just as good as its predecessor.

This is already one of the highest grossing animated films of all time, with over a billion dollars worldwide, which really isn’t surprising considering how much of a pop culture juggernaut the first film was in 2013. This sequel takes the characters in compelling new directions, backed by gorgeous animation and excellent new songs. For more on the film itself, my full review can be found right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a decent selection of bonus material, starting with a highlight reel of outtakes featuring footage of the actors in the recording studio flubbing their lines alongside clips from the film. This is followed by three featurettes. Did You Know??? presents bits of trivia about the film; The Spirits of Frozen 2 is the longest of the bunch and dives deep into how they animated the different “spirits” in the film – wind, fire, earth and water; and Scoring a Sequel is a short piece that features composer Christophe Beck talking about crafting his score and tying in elements of the original songs by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Next up are five deleted scenes (Prologue, Secret Room, Elsa’s Dream, Hard Nokk’s, and A Place of Our Own), which are presented in storyboard form and feature introductions by co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee explaining why they were cut and how they would have fit into the film. The scenes are interesting to watch, and are complimented by the two deleted songs “Home” and “I Wanna Get This Right,” which also feature similar intros by Buck and Lee.

Finally, the disc has two short animation tests for the character Gale, an invisible wind spirit that presented unique challenges to portray onscreen; the Oscar-nominated song “Into the Unknown” being sung in 29 different languages; and music videos for Panic! At the Disco’s end credits version of “Into the Unknown” and Weezer’s cover of “Lost in the Woods.” The disc also has a song selection feature, allowing viewers to jump right to the film’s musical numbers.

Frozen II is a Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release. It’s 103 minutes and rated G.

Street Date: February 25th, 2020

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