Blu-ray Review “Moana”

Actors: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams
Rated: PG
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Run Time: 107 minutes

Film: 5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 5 out of 5 stars

“Moana” is one of my favorite movies of 2016. I love the story, the music, the characters. Everything about it is perfect. I have not stopped listening to the soundtrack since before the film came out. This is one strong female character film as well. With having a nearly five year old daughter, this is very important. My daughter as well hasn’t stopped dancing around the house to the songs from this film and even has a full Moana costume that she frequently dresses up in. We need more films like this!

“Moana” stars Auli’i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Maui, Temuera Morrison (“Once Were Warriors”) as Moana’s father, Chief Tui; Rachel House (“Hunt for Wilderpeople”) as Moana’s Gramma Tala; and Nicole Scherzinger (Grammy®-nominated singer) as Moana’s mother, Sina; Jemaine Clement (“What We Do in the Shadows,” Flight of the Conchords) voices the crab, Tamatoa; and Alan Tudyk (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Big Hero 6”) voices the rooster Heihei.

Official Premise: From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana”, an epic adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), and together they cross the ocean on a fun-filled, action-packed voyage. Bring home the movie full of heart, humor and oceans of bonus extras!

Disney is releasing this film as a combo pack with a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD copy. The 1080p transfer is gorgeous. I love the use of colors in this film. It is so bright and vibrant. The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 also works perfectly with the film’s beautiful songs and score. The special features are amazing like the film itself. There are two shorts included. The first was the theatrical short film “Inner Workings” that premiered before the film. There is also an all-new Maui mini-movie called “Gone Fishing”, which is a blast to watch.

The rest of the special features are just incredible. “Voice of the Islands” looks into how the Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the story. There are features about the cast/stars, the musical team Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda and the making of the music also. There is a fun hidden images throughout the film in “Fishing for Easter Eggs”. “The Elements of” is a series of short behind-the-scenes in the production.

There is a deleted song called with “Warrior Face” with introduction by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. There are a bunch of deleted scenes with intros from the directors. There is a music video for “How Far I’ll Go” – Performed by Alessia Cara as well as a Multi-language collection of the song. Lastly there is a must-listen audio commentary track again with directors with great insight view into the production from all aspects.

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