MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL  (2019)

4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital |  Disney | 2019 |  118 min |  Rated PG  |  January 14, 2020

Video:

Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)
HDR: HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio

English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1

Director:    Joachim Rønning

Starring:    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Michelle Pfeiffer

| Film Synopsis |

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

| Video |

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil with a 2160p Ultra-HD presentation in HDR10. The picture is stout and visually rewarding, offering a quality viewing experience that does indeed find greater textural intricacies compared to the 1080p Blu-ray.  Black levels are inkier without covering up any detail and the skin tones are natural and less anemic than the 1080p transfer.

| Audio |

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil arrives on the UHD format with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Like other Disney releases, you might have to adjust your volume a few notches higher to get the normal desired level. Dialogue is clear and centered.  Bigger effects such as the war itself with elements flying overhead give way to the height speakers, all transitioning from speaker to speaker smoothly.

| Special Features |
  • Origins of the Fey: A brief look at how the movie explores Maleficent's origins and her species.

  • Aurora's Wedding: An all-too-quick exploration of the movie's marriage ceremony sequence: guests, the dress, music, etc. It even includes some 1980s-style camcorder well wishes.

  • If You Had Wings: An interesting exploration of how Dark Fey's wings define and support the character both emotionally and in flight. It also looks at the visual effects that allow the Fey to fly.

  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil VFX Reel: Juxtaposing pre- and post-visual effect shots with sporadic interview commentary.

  • Extended Scenes: Included are The Queen Comforts Aurora & Philip and Aurora Dance.

  • Outtakes: Humorous moments from the shoot.

  • Music Video: "You Can't Stop the Girl" performed by Bebe Rexha.

| Overall Reaction |

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil looks terrific on UHD and represents a clear step forward from the 1080p Blu-ray. The Dolby Atmos audio track sounds phenomenal. Unfortunately, the special features don’t quite live up to the level of quality as other Disney releases.

Summary (out of 5)

Film:  3.5    Video:  4.5    Audio:  4.5    Extras:  2.5    Overall:  4.0