Movie Review: CARS 3 (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

CARS 3 was directed by Brian Fee and is executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the franchise. The third installment features Owen Wilson as the voice of Lightning McQueen, Cristela Alonzo voices tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, who tries to help #95 return to greatness, and Armie Hammer lends his voice to next-gen racer Jackson Storm, whose high-tech speed leaves Lightning McQueen behind. Kerry Washington was called on to voice statistical analyst Natalie Certain, Nathan Fillion provides the voice of brilliant businesscar Sterling, Lea DeLaria lends her voice to formidable school bus Miss Fritter, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton helps bring voice command assistant Hamilton to life.

The third chapter of Lightning’s story pays homage to NASCAR with four characters based on real-life stock car racing legends. Chris Cooper voices Doc Hudson’s crew chief Smokey; team owner and NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson lends his voice to Junior “Midnight” Moon; Margo Martindale provides the voice of Louise “Barnstormer” Nash; and Isiah Whitlock Jr. is the voice of River Scott. The film also features NASCAR drivers and the voices behind the sport, as well as a host of returning characters from Radiator Springs and the “Cars” racing world. The film features a score by Randy Newman, instrumental cues composed by Brad Paisley, and original songs by ZZ Ward and Dan Auerbach.

Cars 3 is a fast-paced new tale of Lightning McQueen, his classic CARS friends and a new spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez! Lighting finds himself pushed out of racing by a new generation of faster and younger cars and goes on a journey to discover where he belongs in this new type of high-octane competition.

So, Lightning McQueen is getting a little age on him now and the technology for the sport of racing appears to have passed him by. What happens is, Lightning crashes and this accident leaves him in kind of a state of depression because he now realizes that his best days might just be behind him. Jackson Storm has entered the picture and he’s the latest model that uses all the new technology which helps him win his races and he sort of becomes Lightning’s new nemesis. Well, this is where Cruz Ramirez comes into the picture because she still thinks Lightning has it in him so she helps him with his confidence and strategy that puts him right back on the race track. Lightning lines up one more time to go up against Jackson and with a little help from his friends, Lightning McQueen goes out on top as well as passes the torch to the much younger and energetic Cruz Ramirez.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. 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. The UHD disc and the two Blu-ray discs all have matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Cars 3 is Disney•Pixar’s first in-home title released in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, the next-generation viewing format with four times the resolution of HD and exceptional high dynamic range (HDR), resulting in brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays than ever before. With 4K Ultra HD, viewers will feel like they’re at the center of the action—holding their breath during the dramatic crash that launches Lightning’s journey, feeling the pulse-pounding action at the Florida International Super Speedway, and getting down and dirty at the Crazy 8 demolition derby.

Bottom line is, Cars 3 is Disney•Pixar’s first animated feature to release on 4K Ultra-HD and while this high-octane franchise isn’t the best that the studio duo has to offer, it’s still a really fun watch, especially for the kiddos. Cars 3 features a really good plot that focuses on an aging Lightning McQueen and how he deals with the changes and adapts to what’s happening to his beloved sport of auto racing. We get all of our favorite characters back but this time around they take a back seat in more of supporing roles to a lineup of all-new characters that add even more to this fun franchise. The voice cast does a great job with these animated characters of theirs and the talented team of animators are the ones who bring this exciting and hilarious world to life. The animation really is amazing! Each vehicle (car, truck, bus, tractor, etc.) has its own unique attitude and personality and it’s just a lot of fun watching them do their thing. I’ve heard this third outing might be the final entry to this franchise and if it is they gave it a touching sendoff. Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 will be available on a 3-disc set, 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) Combo Pack on November 7th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Disney•Pixar

Run Time: 103 Minutes

Rated: G

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 / English Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0 / EDA 2.0

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / English DTS-HDHR 5.1 / English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0 / EDA 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras includes a theatrical short, a mini-movie, behind-the-scenes featurettes, five deleted scenes, five trailers, two promos, some commentary and a digital copy of the movie.

Blu-ray Disc 1

  • Commentary – Brian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director)
  • Theatrical Short: “Lou” –  When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box. (06:43)
  • Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool – (Exclusive new mini-movie) – Enjoy blindsided testimonials from the Crazy 8’s, touting the transformative impact Miss Fritter’s Racing School has had in reshaping the direction of their lives. (02:48)
  • Ready for the Race – Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers. (05:40)
  • Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could – Join Cristela Alonzo and the filmmakers on their journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer. (07:46)

Blu-ray Disc 2

  • Generations: The Story of “Cars 3” – For the story team, creating Lightning McQueen’s next chapter didn’t involve just a tune-up, but a complete overhaul. (11:20)
  • Let’s. Get. Crazy – Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria. (07:41)
  • Cars To Die(cast) For – Take a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the Cars universe. (05:21)
  • Legendary – a close, historical look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited. (11:22)
  • World’s Fastest Billboard – Blink and you will miss all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s Art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible. (05:30)
  • Fly Throughs – “Thomasville” (01:10), “Florida International Speedway” (00:37), and “Rust-Eze Racing Center.” (00:56)
  • My First Car –  A collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew. “A Green Car on the Red Carpet with Kerry Washington” (01:53), “Old Blue” (01:21), and “Still in the Family.” (02:16)
  • 5 Deleted Scenes – Each deleted scene is set up with an introduction as to why it was removed from the film. Deleted scenes include “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint.” (26:17)
  • Crash – North America Teaser (00:56)
  • Icon – North America Teaser (02:33)
  • Theatrical Payoff – Japan Trailer (02:02)
  • All New – International Trailer (00:31)
  • Rivalry – Global Trailer (02:10)
  • Cars D’oeuvres Promo (04:27)
  • Car Reveals Promo – “Lightning McQueen” (00:39), “Cruz Ramirez” (00:41), “Jackson Storm” (00:39), and “

 

  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

 

 

 

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