Smurfs: The Lost Village 4K UltraHD Blu-ray Review
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of THE biggest secret in Smurf history!
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Run time: 95 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 and Dolby Atmos mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
‘The Lost Village’ is a good film. However, director Kelly Asbury has made this movie only keeping in mind its target audience, children. There is nothing in the film, that the adults can take away. The animation is beautiful. The highlight of the movie is the 3D effects.
Based on the works of Belgian cartoonist Peyo, this film follows Smurfette as she struggles to discover her identity. Smurfette was a lump of clay created by the evil wizard, Gargamel, who is the Smurfs’ sworn foe. Whenever she tries to forget the terrible notion that she is not a true Smurf, something happens that reaffirms her of it. One day, while playing with a group of Smurfs, she sees something that may lead to the uncovering of a new faction of Smurfs. Smurfette, Hefty, Brainy and Clumsy set out on a journey together. With Gargamel on their heels, what they find could change the world around them forever.
The voice cast of this film includes a broad range of actors from Julia Roberts to Jack McBrayer. The film never really uses these actors to their full potential, sidelining many to bit cameos rather than real roles. Mandy Patinkin is a standout in this film as Papa Smurf, a wise guy who helps the Smurfs when they seek guidance. Patinkin is the perfect choice to play this role. His voice is both soothing and authoritative. Patinkin also has the right amount of charisma to voice this character.
Movie Content: 8/10
‘The Smurfs: The Lost Village’ looks rather fantastic on 4K Blu-ray which helps the image stand out considering now that this is a fully animated film and not a mixture of live action. It really helps with the colorful look of the film since there are so many bright looking scenes that whites and blues totally stand out. The way that the film was shot, with the bright scenes and strong colors it really made the world of ‘The Smurfs’ look very good in 4K. The color palette is so vibrant bringing out the original cartoon to life on film. Blacks are deep looking like the ink came right off the the world of the cartoon. The animation in this film is vibrant. The creatures in the forest surrounding the Lost Village are colorful and creative. The look and feel of the film overall pays homage to the original comics but also exploits the nuance and richness of modern computer animation techniques. Details are superb lookings. Colors are absolutely stunning as I mentioned earlier, it is the highlight of the film in terms of visual quality.
Video Quality: 9/10
Audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 and Dolby Atmos mix. The audio is excellent receiving receives demo worthy praise. The score here in ‘The Smurfs: The Lost Village’ is awesome when it comes to the sounds from the soundtrack listening to The Smurfs singing. The soundfield is engaging at all times pulling me in making this a very atmospheric experience when The Smurfs are traveling the city. The rears encompass nice directional movement from speaker to speaker. Dialogue is very clean and crisp through the center channel. This is a well balanced mix without having to adjust the volume to hear the dialogue.
Audio Quality: 9/10
- Emoji Sneak Peek [HD]
- Audio Commentary with Kelly Asbury, Alan Hawkins, and Brandon Jeffords
- Deleted Scenes [HD]
- Kids at Heart! The Making of Smurfs: The Lost Village [HD]
- The Lost Auditions [HD]
- Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette [HD]
- Lost Village Dance Along [HD]
- Smurfify Your Nails [HD]
- Baker Smurf’s Mini Kitchen [HD]
- Music Video [HD]
- Making the Song “You Will Always Find Me In Your Heart” [HD]
- The Sound of the Smurfs [HD]
- Draw Your Favorite Smurfs [HD]
- See More Smurfs! [HD]
- Previews [HD]
Special Features: 9/10
The Final Word
“Smurfs: The Lost Village” is aimed squarely at kids and is only mildly entertaining for those in their tween years and above. Going away from the live-action of the previous two Smurf films, this one keeps its characterizations, plot and script very simple for the younger audiences.
Overall Rating: 8/10