Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

MISSING LINK (2019)

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital  |  Elevation Pictures | 2019 | 94 min | Rated PG | July 23, 2019

Video

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Director:   Chris Butler (XII) 
Starring:   Zoe Saldana, Hugh Jackman, Timothy Olyphant

Audio

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

| Film Synopsis |

The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognize this. Sir Lionel's last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America's Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature. A living remnant of Man's primitive ancestry. The Missing Link.

| Video |

Missing Link is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Elevation Pictures with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.40:1. This is another stunning looking Laika production that benefits from a problem free presentation in high definition. Fine detail is typically excellent throughout the presentation.

| Audio |

Missing Link features an intermittently boisterous sounding Dolby Atmos track. Surround activity is consistent and typically extremely immersive, but perhaps surprisingly this didn't feature a ton of (literally) over the top Atmos effects.  Dialogue is rendered cleanly and clearly on this problem free track.

| Special Features |
  • Commentary by Chris Butler

  • Creating Mr. Link is a brief piece documenting the, um, evolution of the character design and the fabrication of the puppet.

  • Bringing the Final Battle on the Ice Bridge to Life is another brief piece, this one looking at some production elements of the climax of the film.

  • Animation Inspiration features what amount to storyboards as either backgrounds or picture in picture elements while snippets from the film play, and includes an optional commentary by Chris Butler.

  • VFX Breakdown Reel - Realizing the Potential of Stop Motion  features Steve Emerson, who is in charge of VFX at Laika, who discusses Laika's approach to so-called "hybrid" films which blend stop motion with other elements.

  • Oh What a Mystery - Pulling the Camera Back on Missing Link's Magic  is a fun time lapse look at the film being shot.

  • Making Faces  is a kind of silly short featuring some of the puppet faces.

  • Inside the Magic of Laika  features Travis Knight cheerleading his team.

  • Gallery features with a Manual Advance or an Auto Advance option. The timing is for the Auto Advance option.

  • Theatrical Trailer 

| Overall Reaction |

The story here could have used a bit of punching up, especially on the comedic side, which is sometimes forced, but the characters are wonderfully daffy and the entire production design impeccably impressive. Technical merits are first rate though.

Summary (out of 5)

Film:   3.0

Video:   5.0

Audio:   4.5

Extras:   3

Overall:   4.5