Movie Review: POKEMON Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu was directed by Rob Letterman from a screenplay he co-wrote with Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit and Derek Connolly and is based on the “Detective Pikachu” video game developed by Creatures Inc. The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure stars Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu, Justice Smith as Tim and Kathryn Newton as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story. The supporting cast includes Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Rita Ora, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy.

When detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his son Tim (Justice Smith) and Harry’s former Pokémon partner Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) join forces to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together on an epic adventure through Ryme City, they uncover a shocking plot that could destroy the whole Pokémon universe.

Welcome to the imaginary world of Ryme City, where every human has a Pokémon partner, well almost every human. The story follows Tim, a 21-year-old insurance salesman who seems to be the only human who isn’t paired up with a Pokémon. What happens is after he learns of his father’s disappearance, Tim teams up with Pikachu, his father’s Pokémon, to see if they can find out what actually happened to him. Whatever happened it also left Pikachu with amnesia. Tim also meets Lucy Stevens (Kathryn Newton), an aspiring reporter who becomes a helpful ally in his search for answers.

First of all, there’s this R gas that’s turning select Pokémon into raging monsters. During their search for clues, Tim and Pikachu end up meeting Howard Clifford (Bill Nighy) who appears to be a helpful asset at first but he has a hidden agenda at play that ends up getting exposed. There’s also another Pokémon called Mewtwo that ended up escaping from his laboratory and gets the blame for the disappearance of Harry Goodman (Ryan Reynolds), Tim’s father, but the twisted truth is finally revealed and that’s not the case at all. Tim, Pikachu and their friends go up against the big bad villain and in the end they’re able to put a stop this sinister figure’s diabolical plan before it’s too late.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded (the Blu-ray is blue and the DVD is purple) and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. For a limited time only, the Blu-ray Combo Pack Special Edition will include a special Pokémon Trading Card Game card.

Bottom line is, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu was actually my introduction to the world of Pokémon and I have to admit that I really enjoyed this wild movie. Sure, I knew about this world-wide phenomenon but I’d always avoided it until now. The action-packed movie plays like a neo-noir mystery where the past meets the future and it includes some great camera work, colors and lighting. The grand set designs for this city were also extremely detailed. The story was interesting and I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters and interactions with all of these Pokémon that have been brought to life by some impressive visual effects. Justice Smith and Ryan Reynolds are definitely the two anchors for the movie that was directed by Rob Letterman who did a fantastic job bringing this fantasy world to life on screen. A little side note, Letterman also shot the movie on old school film and it looks amazing. POKÉMON Detective Pikachu will be available on a Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on August 6th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English, French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Special Features: The extras include Detective Mode (an alternate viewing experience), My Pokémon Adventure (Justice Smith talks his life-long love of Pokémon), four making of featurettes, an alternate opening scene, some hilarious audio commentary by one of the characters who doesn’t speak, a mock interview with Ryan Reynolds, a music video and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Detective Mode – Watch the movie in Detective Mode and discover a world of hidden clues, behind-the-scenes footage, pop-up trivia, Pokémon facts, fun featurettes, Easter eggs and more!
  • Alternate Opening (01:41)
  • My Pokémon Adventure (02:13)
  • Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Welcome to Ryme City (02:57)
  • Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Uncovering the Magic (04:04)
  • Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Action (04:07)
  • Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Colorful Characters (06:48)
  • Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Bringing Pokémon to Life (03:23)
  • Mr. Mime’s Audio Commentary (03:00)
  • Ryan Reynolds – Outside the Actor’s Studio (01:32)
  • “Carry On” music video by Rita Ora and Kygo (03:51)
  • Digital Copy

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