Disney’s Frozen 2 Blu-ray & DVD REVIEW: It’s All About The Music

Disney has given me the opportunity to get a first look at their film Frozen 2, which is available now on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD on February 25th. This of course is the sequel to the Academy Award winning Best Animated feature Frozen that was released back in 2013. This was the film that had thousands and thousands of children and Disney fans singing “Let It Go” and it also had a feature Disney On Ice tour that was very popular across the States.

In Disney’s Frozen 2, we finally get the answer to why Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) was born with magical powers and now that is calling and threatening her kingdom. Now the group of Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff), Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) and Sven set off on a journey to discover the origins of the voice that keeps calling to Elsa. While in the previous film, Elsa’s powers were at times uncontrollable and too much to handle, in this film, they may not be enough to save her kingdom. Frozen 2 features the team of directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lope and Robert Lopez.

I decided to review this Blu-ray/DVD combo a little differently than I have in the past as I have a nine-year-old girl that would seem to be more of the target audience. Not to mention a small group of friends and family that live and breathe (yes a little dramatic) Disney films and cannot wait to get in the car to do some Disney karaoke. So I was very interested to take one or two of them as well as my daughter and go through the Blu-ray.

Here is a list of the Bonus Features that are included in the Blu-ray of Frozen 2:

Sing-Along Version of the Movie: Sing along with your favorite songs as you watch the movie.

Song Selection: Jump to your favorite musical moments, with on-screen lyrics. Songs include Oscar®-nominated “Into The Unknown,” “All Is Found,” “Some Things Never Change,” “When I Am Older,” “Lost in the Woods,” “Show Yourself,” and “The Next Right Thing”

Outtakes: Laugh along with the cast of “Frozen 2” as they record their lines, sing their songs and have fun in the recording booth.

Deleted Scenes: Check out a few scenes that never made the final cut. Intro- Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck offer a glimpse into their film making process with scenes that didn’t make the final cut. Prologue- A battle rages between Arendelle and the Northuldra while a mysterious figure challenges King Agnarr.
Secret Room- A secret room reveals even more of Anna and Elsa’s past, including a shocking revelation about their mother.
Elsa’s Dream- Anna’s playful glimpse into Elsa’s dream takes a dark turn.
Hard Nokks- Kristoff reveals his true feelings about life in Arendelle when the Nokk won’t take no for an answer.
A Place of Our Own- Elsa uses her magic to relieve Anna’s lingering doubts about their parents’ faith in her.

Deleted Songs: When it comes to “Frozen 2,” there can never be too much music. Hear some of the songs that got cut from the final film.
Intro- Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck revel in the chance to share a few songs that didn’t make it into the final film.
“Home”- Anna savors every moment as she wanders through this kingdom she calls home.
“I Wanna Get This Right”- Kristoff wants everything to be perfect before he proposes, leaving Anna to wonder, “Will it ever be just right?”

The Spirits of “Frozen 2”: Cast and crew explore the Scandinavian and Nordic mythology that inspired the spirits inhabiting the enchanted forest of “Frozen 2.”

Did You Know???: Olaf asks us the question “Did You Know” as we discover “Frozen 2” fun facts, Easter eggs and tidbits about the making of the film.

Scoring a Sequel: Composer Christophe Beck combines a 91-piece orchestra with 30 choral voices to create the compelling score for “Frozen 2.”

Gale Tests: They say you can’t see the wind. Only its effects. Filmmakers give it a shot while creating the playful wind spirit, Gale.
Gale Test- A young girl and boy play tag in this fully animated effort to “give personality to something that’s invisible.”
Hand-Drawn Gale Test- A hand-drawn test to bring the precocious wind spirit to life.

Multi-Language Reel: “Into the Unknown” in 29 Languages. Hear Elsa’s soaring call to adventure in 29 different languages

Music Videos: Weezer and Panic! at the Disco lend their voices to a few of the soaring melodies from “Frozen 2.”
“Into the Unknown” (Panic! at the Disco version)- Panic! at the Disco front man Brendon Urie stars in their version of “Into The Unknown” from “Frozen2.”
“Lost in the Woods”(Weezer version)- Weezer puts their spin on Kristoff’s epic ballad, “Lost In the Woods.”

Obviously the popularity of this franchise and parents needing to keep their kids entertained with the feature films is what is going to drive the sales of this feature film. It’s a decent film that follows the first film with a deeper story that dives deeper into the past of not only Ana and Elsa but their kingdom Arendelle. The strength of this film is in its soundtrack as is common with Disney films.

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The Frozen 2 soundtrack was certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. and is the only soundtrack from an Oscar-nominated film that went to #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart in 2019, this is the overall chart not just the soundtrack chart alone. The soundtrack has over 1.7 billion global streams with a combination of video and audio. The standout song “Into the Unknown” performed by Menzel featuring AURORA was certified Gold by the R.I.A.A..

With this said, it’s easy to see why the best features of the Blu-ray were the musical components. The most enjoyable was the Sing-Along Version of the film as it allowed us all to participate in the songs even if we all didn’t know the words, I was able to sing along with my daughter her favorite songs which in turn made it a better experience for her. This also made the Song Selection menu very helpful when she wanted to revisit some of the songs after the film. This Music Video portion of the special features built a bridge between the songs of the film some of the bands that I used to listen to. In this case the Panic! at the Disco version of “Into the Unknown” and the Weezer version of “Lost in the Woods”. These musical features I noticed were the best received by us in the room.

An impressive feature is the Multi-Language Reel, where “Into the Known” is cut together in 29 different languages. It was really cool to hear it switch from language to language without the pace changing. They did a really good job of making sure that even though the words and tone may be different, it still sounded like the same song. To wrap up the musical features it’s always interesting to hear the creative process on how the film was scored and the thoughts behind it, nothing special here just nifty information.

The Spirits of Frozen 2 selection was fun to watch as we got to see some of the real life Scandinavian and Nordic mythology that inspired the film. My daughter especially enjoyed seeing some real-life people that had similar attire to the characters in the film as well as how some of the representation of the spirits were selected. Also, we really enjoyed the Did You Know??? section as gave us a lot of trivia facts about the film as well as several Easter eggs that you could find throughout the film. Both of these selections mentioned above almost had us going back to the feature film to see if we could spot anything else as well as pay closer attention to their wardrobe.

There are a few selections in the Bonus Features that didn’t really take with anyone. For example the Outtakes with the cast of the film. We were all expecting something like they had done in Monsters Inc. where they created fun outtakes as if the characters were actually filming the movie. Instead, they were a few recording bloopers with the cast as they were recording in the booth. The Deleted Scenes and Songs sections for us really just re-affirmed that it was a good idea that they were left off.

Although I am not crazy about the film, my daughter is and that’s what matters right? Like I have mentioned above the strength of this film is in the music and the Blu-ray delivers enough music bonuses to keep my daughter coming back to it for the foreseeable future. Its feature film is good enough for me to also sit with her and watch it a few more times. My saving grace is the fact that the Blu-ray/DVD combo comes with a digital code so that I can put it in her IPad so that she can watch it whenever and where ever she wants.

Will you be picking up a copy of Disney’s Frozen 2?

Disney’s Frozen 2 is now available digitally and will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, February 25th.

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