The LEGO Batman Movie 4K (Blu-ray)
The LEGO Batman Movie 3D (Blu-ray)
SRP $44.95 Dolby Atmos/DTS-HD MA 5.1 2.40:1 WARNER BROS

One of the best theatrical surprises of 2014 was “THE LEGO Movie.” Following up on that success, Warner Bros. has released “THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE,” now available on separate blu-ray, 4K UHD blu-ray and Blu-Ray 3D releases.  While the introduction of Batman was both an innovative and comic success in “THE LEGO MOVIE,” limitations of stretching such innovative laughs for a full-length feature film become apparent early on in “THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE.” The “winking at the audience” gag that begins during the opening credit sequence with a voice-over hints at the hit-miss humor to follow. Some of it just falls flat and seems tired way too fast.

The Joker(Zach Galifianakis) is hell-bent on achieving status as Batman’s biggest adversary by putting together his own team of villains and defeat the super-hero.

This forces Batman to rely on his own allies, Batgirl, Robin, etc., to overcome the Joker’s nefarious plan.

While there are some genuinely funny moments in “THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE,” the biggest problem is that offers less of the fresh fun of the original “LEGO MOVIE,” instead feeling too much like an attempt at a genuine “Batman” film that it can never fully satisfy.

 WARNER BROS has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for the 4K and Blu-ray 3D release. The 4K presentation is top-notch. Colors are brighter and more vivid as to be expected from the HDR format over the standard blu-ray presentation. There are plenty of darker toned moments in the film and in scene-to-scene comparisons with the standard blu-ray and blu-ray 3D, contrast is discernibly superior.

While the standard blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray offer bright, vivid colors, 4K wins hands-down in virtually every scene. The 3D blu-ray impresses with a surprising amount of detail and brightness, uncommon in many 3D presentations(See the new Disney Blu-ray 3D of the live action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to observe the common problems of darkness in 3D as an example) While there are a few scenes wherein colors are intentionally subdued, the wide spectrum found in the standard blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray is consistently impressive, only more-so in 4K! Numerous scenes offer a staggering amount of depth in 3D making “THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE” one of the best looking “3D” releases available!

A spectacular Dolby Atmos mix is offered on the standard blu-ray and 4K release but not on the 3D Blu-ray. A DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix is offered on the 3D blu-ray. In comparison to the DTS mix, the Dolby Atmos is consistently more engaging with a fuller spatial environment in numerous scenes. However, if one doesn’t have the extra surround set-up for ATMOS, the differences are not that distinguishable.

Plenty of extras for this release including a commentary that’s funny but a bit confusing as too many people are engaged along with Chris McKay making it hard to distinguish exactly who’s who.

A total of six featurettes offer deleted scenes and more. The best section is unquestionably the 4 animated shorts, hilarious and easy to re-watch!

Having not been a big fan of “THE LEGO BATMAN FILM,” it’s hard to find a compelling reason to purchase both the 3D(as good as it is) “and” the 4K. If having to choose, however, this is a case wherein the “3D” is really impressive enough to make it a slightly more worthwhile offer, as the limitations so often found in the 3D process are non-existent.

The 4K Blu-Ray includes a UHD code. This reviewer recommends redeeming it at Flixster so it will port via UV to UHD on Vudu. Don’t risk redeeming directly on VUDU.