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4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray + Digital  |  Universal  | 2001 |  90 mins |  Rated G  |  May 11, 2021

Director:  Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Starring:  Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

88 %

Video:

Codec: HEVC / H.265 (89.92 Mbps)
Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)
HDR: HDR10
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio

English: DTS:X
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: DTS 5.1
French (Canada): DTS 5.1

| Film Synopsis |

Winner of the first Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature (2002), Shrek sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world's imagination with…the Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told! Shrek (Mike Myers) goes on a 3D quest to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) with the help of his loveable Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and win back the deed to his swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad.

| Video |

Universal Studios Home Entertainment brings SHREK to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a three-disc package with a Digital Copy code. SHREK comes with a dazzling and vibrant 2160p transfer in 1.85:1.  The HDR10 presentation comes with a full array of colors, like the glossier green of Shrek, the more arctic shade of the blue sky and the Dragon’s shiny skin.  The shadows have a dark black.  Overall, this is still a good presentation despite the aged look of the animation.

| Audio |

Shrek's UHD disc includes a DTS:X Master Audio soundtrack. It’s a solid lossless track, with good depth, pop music and ambient noises.   Dialogue is clear and center positioned, rounding a first-class track into top form.

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| Special Features |

Ultra HD

  • Shrek's Interactive Journey

  • Spotlight on Donkey 

  • Secrets of Shrek 

  • Deleted Scenes 

  • Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party

  • Baha Men "Best Years of Our Lives" 

  • Smash Mouth "I'm a Believer"

  • Shrek The Musical: "What's Up, Duloc?" 

  • Audio Commentary: Directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson and Producer Aron Warner

Blu-ray Disc 1

  • Audio Commentary

  • The Animators' Corner 

  • Shrek's Interactive Journey 

  • Spotlight on Donkey 

  • Secrets of Shrek 

  • Shrek, Rattle & Roll 

  • Deleted Scenes 

Blu-ray Disc 2

  • Shrek's Short Films 

    • Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Party 

    • Far Far Away Idol 

    • Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos

  • Shrek's Halloween Favorites

    • Scared Shrekless

    • The Ghost of Lord Farquaad

    • The Pig Who Cried Werewolf

    • Thriller Night 

  • Shrek's Holiday Favorites (HD) 

    • Shrek's Yule Log (30 min)

    • Shrek the Halls (28 min)

    • Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular 

  • The Adventures of Puss In Boots TV Episodes 

    • Hidden 

    • Sphinx 

    • Brothers 

    • Dutchess 

    • Adventure 

| Overall Reaction |

The movie is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with this release. When you compare it to the higher-end CGI animation today, it's a little dated. Universal does offer a fine video and good audio upgrade from the Blu-ray. It also has a wealth of great bonus material on the discs, much of which appears on the 4K disc.

Summary (out of 5)

Film:  4.0   Video:  4.0    Audio:  4.5    Extras:  4.0    Overall:  4.0