Kubo and the Two Strings
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Kubo and the Two Strings Blu-ray
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD + UltraViolet
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: DTS 5.1
English SDH, French, Spanish
Kubo and the Two Strings Blu-ray, Video Quality
Kubo and the Two Strings arrives on Blu-ray with a real looker of a 1080p transfer. The stop-motion elements shine and the care and attention to detail that the filmmakers have put on every piece -- characters but also garments and environments -- are beautifully reproduced on Blu-ray. Fabric details are the unequivocal highlight. Fine material textures, small edge frays, wear and light grime, every bit of every piece is a treasure trove of high definition goodness. Beetle's weathered and porous armor is another fine example of the transfer's readily evident clarity and the filmmakers' keen attention to detail. Broader character models and environments are stunning, too, in both complexity and consistency. Colors are terrific. The movie travels through many different environments and lighting conditions, but the palette is steadfast in its ability to perfectly recreate and accentuate finer nuanced shades as well as more broad-stoke, monochromatic elements. Whether light or dark, inside or out, abundantly colorful or more reserved, the palette always appears spot-on. Black levels are handsomely deep. Minor noise intrudes in a few shots, but this is, overall, a gorgeous presentation that does the material proud.
Kubo and the Two Strings Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Kubo and the Two Strings features a rich, precise, big, and nuanced DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. In the era of added channels, Kubo demonstrates the power of 5+1 in creating an engaging and seamlessly enveloping listen. The track proves its worth right out of the gate in a scene featuring heavy crashing ocean waves, booming thunder, driving rain, a magical burst that parts the waters, essentially a symphony of sonic aggression that surrounds the viewer and spills into the stage with precision clarity and depth along the entire range. Big bass and aggressive action scenes are commonplace; the track is certainly not shy about letting loose and creating a plethora of highlight reel action moments that make perfectly balanced use of every speaker in the configuration and, again even lacking the added channels of the highest end tracks, shows no gaps in coverage. Movement is very fluid in more aggressive and calmer scenes alike. The track is expert at maneuvering sounds to match the action, again whether heavy action or lighter background ambience. Dialogue is clear and focused with consistent prioritization and clarity.
From the acclaimed animation studio LAIKA (Coraline) comes an epic original action adventure featuring the voice talents of Academy Award winners Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey. Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo is forced to go on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father and his mystical weaponry, as well as discover his own magical powers. Kubo and the Two Strings is "a wildly imaginative, magical adventure." – Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood
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At the beginning of the film Kubo was consumed with questions of why, as in why was he stuck with such personal sadness; by the end, he found the strength and courage to transition himself to questions of how, as in how to move on from his loss (e.g., his surprising actions and those of the villagers at the end of the film simply reflected how many Asian cultures try to deal positively with personal loss). That really struck a chord with our family, especially with our kids who greatly admired Kubo for his kindness, strength, and dedication to appreciating all that human life has to offer, even if that includes a life of emotional hardship.
With that said I would advise parents to screen the film first before showing it to their kids, in case their kids are not yet mentally and/or emotionally ready to handle such topics. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful film that will surely resonate with its viewers for many years to come.