When Frozen released back in 2013, it soon became an instant hit to become the #1 animated film of all-time grossing more than $1.28 billion in its theatrical run. Fast forward to 2019, when Disney releases Frozen 2 and the film surpasses the first’s box office gross with an estimated $1.447 billion to date.
Here’s what Disney says Frozen 2 is about:
Set three years after the events of the first film, the story follows Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, who embark on a journey beyond their kingdom of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their kingdom after a mysterious voice calls out to Elsa.
I reviewed Frozen 2 on 4K Blu-ray and the film was actually upscaled to 4K resolution instead of native 4K like Toy Story 4. The 4K Blu-ray disc has support for HDR10 and Dolby Atmos for sound.
Just like Toy Story 4, from a visual standpoint, Frozen 2 looks absolutely stunning, especially in 4K. I remember when seeing the film in theatres, I was blown away by the details in the film.
In the six years between films, Disney spent a lot of time developing tools for some of the effects in Frozen 2. The water effects are especially impressive, so much so that it looks real. You can see all the freckles and skin details in Anna, Elsa and the other characters. Even the environments and character clothing have impeccable details.
This video from Insider gives a bit of detail into that:
Disney will also be releasing documentary series about the making of the film called Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2, set to launch this year on Disney+ but no official release has been announced.
Since Frozen 2 is a musical, the sound is an important element of the film. Frozen 2’s songs are just as catchy as the first film’s and that’s thanks to the songwriting duo of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
In addition to the songs, composer Christophe Beck returned for the sequel and he did an excellent job to give the film a Nordic feel to it.
The 4K Blu-ray disc of Frozen 2 only includes the film only and the sing-along version of the film. The rest of the bonus features are on the 1080p disc. There’s also a digital code included with the Blu-ray.
Bonus Features include:
- Sing-Along Version of the Movie
- Song Selection – Jump to your favourite musical moments, with on-screen lyrics
- Outtakes – Laugh along with the cast of “Frozen 2” as they record their lines, sing their songs and have fun in the recording booth.
- Deleted Scenes – Check out a few scenes that never made the final cut.
- Intro – Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck offer a glimpse into their filmmaking process with scenes that didn’t make the final cut.
- Prologue – A battle rages between Arendelle and the Northuldra while a mysterious figure challenges King Agnarr.
- Secret Room – A secret room reveals even more of Anna and Elsa’s past, including a shocking revelation about their mother.
- Elsa’s Dream – Anna’s playful glimpse into Elsa’s dream takes a dark turn. o
- Hard Nokks – Kristoff reveals his true feelings about life in Arendelle when the Nokk won’t take no for an answer.
- A Place of Our Own – Elsa uses her magic to relieve Anna’s lingering doubts about their parents’ faith in her
- Deleted Songs – When it comes to “Frozen 2,” there can never be too much music. Hear some of the songs that got cut from the final film.
- Intro – Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck revel in the chance to share a few songs that didn’t make it into the final film.
- “Home” – Anna savours every moment as she wanders through this kingdom she calls home. o
- “I Wanna Get This Right” – Kristoff wants everything to be perfect before he proposes, leaving Anna to wonder, “Will it ever be just right?”
- The Spirits of “Frozen 2” – Cast and crew explore the Scandinavian and Nordic mythology that inspired the spirits inhabiting the enchanted forest of “Frozen 2.”
- Did You Know??? – Olaf asks us the question “Did You Know” as we discover “Frozen 2” fun facts, Easter eggs and tidbits about the making of the film.
- Scoring a Sequel – Composer Christophe Beck combines a 91-piece orchestra with 30 choral voices to create the compelling score for “Frozen 2.”
- Gale Tests – They say you can’t see the wind. Only its effects. Filmmakers give it a shot while creating the playful wind spirit, Gale.
- Gale Test – A young girl and boy play tag in this fully animated effort to “give personality to something that’s invisible.” o
- Hand-Drawn Gale Test – A hand-drawn test to bring the precocious wind spirit to life.
- Multi-Language Reel
- “Into the Unknown” in 29 Languages – Hear Elsa’s soaring call to adventure in 29 different languages
- Music Videos – Weezer and Panic! at the Disco lend their voices to a few of the soaring melodies from “Frozen 2.”
- “Into the Unkown” (Panic! at the Disco version) – Panic! at the Disco frontman, Brendon Urie stars in their version of “Into The Unknown” from “Frozen 2.”
- “Lost in the Woods” (Weezer version) – Weezer puts their spin on Kristoff’s epic ballad, “Lost In the Woods.”
- Digital Exclusives:
- Meet the Lopezes – Meet the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind the incredible songs from “Frozen” and “Frozen 2.” •
- Deleted Song “Unmeltable Me” – An animatic version of Olaf’s celebratory song about his newfound freedom.
Frozen 2 was directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck and produced by Peter Del Vecho. The film was written by Jennifer Lee with a story by Lee, Buck, Marc E. Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
The film features the voice talents of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff.
Frozen 2 is a great film that lives up to the original, thanks to the upgrade in visuals and the new catchy songs.
Frozen 2 is available now on Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
- 4K version of the film looks great
- Dolby Atmos and HDR10 support
- Good amount of bonus features
- 4K Blu-ray disc only includes the film