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Space Jam: A New Legacy [4K Ultra HD]
(LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, et al / 2-Disc Blu-ray+Digital / PG / 2021 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids.

When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before.

It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself.

The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.

Blu-ray Verdict: Warner Bros. is expanding their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings this month with the release of the brilliantly cute Space Jam: A New Legacy in the expansive 4K Ultra HD video format this October 5th, 2021.

For my money, this Space Jam: A New legacy [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital] combo pack sharpness takes a fairly large step forward from others in their 4K Ultra HD catalog and even comes with HDR (High Dynamic Range) for the complete 4K Ultra HD experience, of course.

So, what we have is Space Jam: A New Legacy presented to us as a two-disc combo pack with a sheet for a Digital HD Copy. Other stand out points you should know are: Codec: HEVC / H.265, Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p), HDR: HDR10, Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 and Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1.

Featuring Dolby Vision and HDR10 for brighter, deeper, and way more lifelike colors, as with most all 4K UHDs, everything that we watch features these qualities - but somehow, this film gloriously shines within them all.

Noticeably crisper with the overall clarity receiving an obvious boost here on this release, what is more is that it is enjoyably noticeable.

For as well as some new nuances to the somewhat drab palette courtesy of Dolby Vision we also get to witness sudden bright pops of color; such as the moment shortly after James is first sucked into what is referred to as the “Server-verse,” he and Bugs take a joyride through several other Warner Bros. properties!

The idea of the sequence is ostensibly corporate synergy, reminding viewers how much they love the movies and TV shows that Warner Bros. has been responsible for up to this point, but it has a rather different effect.

Watching characters like Road Runner and Granny drop into movies like Mad Max: Fury Road only makes viewers — or me, at least — wish they would actually make these scenes into actual movies, especially when we get to the parody of Trinity’s introduction in The Matrix!

Indeed, the picture enjoys the fruits of the added resolution in terms of bringing out the aforementioned extremely fine facial and some of the yellow graded material - notably the fine detail to the faces of one of the solo humans in the film, Don Cheadle.

I mean, somehow he manages to sell every single line he’s given. Even though he’s stranded in a greenscreen void, and even after he’s turned into a giant CGI monster toward the end of the film, he’s somehow still fun to watch. Don Cheadle has never given a bad performance, and he never will, in my humble opinion!

As for the audio, well we have a veritable smorgasbord of choice here: English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1a nd Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1.

Overall, this is a very strong 4K HDR Blu-ray presentation, and, for the most part, the audio track remains fairly similar to its DTS-HD counterpart; with much of the action occupying the surrounds with outstanding directionality and placement where effects flawlessly pan between the sides and rears.

OK, well, as for the actual movie, well, in truth, and of which I honestly think we can all unanimously agree, there wouldn’t be many proclaiming from the rooftops that 1996’s Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes starring Space Jam is a cinematic masterpiece, but there was an undeniable and energetic charm to that real life/animated hybrid that ensured it became not only a box office hit, but a beloved childhood favorite for many children of the 90’s.

Operating at the peak of his world dominating powers, Jordan made for a fun leading man in the chaotic toon filled basketball filled escapade and established his legacy as a once in a lifetime athlete and pop culture phenomenon.

But wanting to prove his metal as a claim to the throne of the true GOAT of the NBA world, Lakers superstar LeBron James spearheads this modern day take on the Space Jam brand with A New Legacy, a likely box office beast that sadly lacks any of the charm or spark of the original, as you can’t help but feel as though Malcolm D. Lee’s film is nothing but a James love-fest molded with a dream Warner Brothers marketing department idea that is going to make some serious money for the company over the upcoming years.

To be fair, A New Legacy isn’t a complete write-off, upon initially hearing about another Space Jam taking shape under the guidance of James and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler’s hand as a producer, one would’ve been rightly worried in thinking things could only turn out very badly for all involved.

But Lee’s film isn’t bereft of decent ideas and fun moments that come and go through its close to two hour run-time and there’s definitely a nostalgic joy getting to once more see the Looney Tunes gang get a moment in the spotlight.

But thanks to James’s atrocious acting skills, a big collection of flat jokes and an incessant push from the film to cram in as pop culture references as it can allow, A New Legacy is more often than not somewhat laborish to sit through (although I’m also sure that its oh-so much younger audience with have their collective imaginations blown!)

Seemingly taking inspiration from Ready Player One’s rulebook, once James gets sucked into a computer-verse run by Don Cheadle’s delusional A.I. Al G. Rhythm and forced to compete in a world changing Basketball match against his own son whilst reuniting a disbanded group of Loony Tunes members, there’s an obsession with A New Legacy to throw everything at us soon thereafter!

From a cameo point of view we get everyone from the Joker, Mad Max and Harry Potter being rolled out - even Austin Powers and, weirdly for a kids film, scenes from A Clockwork Orange! - and when the film resorts to scenes such as Porky Pig in a rap battle or James and Bugs Bunny going into the Matrix, you really do start to wonder what the film is trying to do or who it’s trying to do it for?

Thankfully for us and for James’s reputation, he ends up spending half of the film in animated form, saving us from more high school level of acting talents that would’ve further dampened A New Legacy’s struggle to find itself and stand on its own two legs.

As it is, it solely ends up feeling like nothing more than a reminder to us all that James is the greatest athlete on the planet (did you know?) and that you should probably buy some of his (or due to all the free-flowing commercials throughout) Warner Brothers’ merchandise, if you haven’t already, of course!

Saved by a few imaginative scenes and a welcome return from the Looney Tunes gang, Space Jam: A New Legacy suffers badly from James’ poor screen presence/acting ability, sure, but also an inability to find its own identity amongst its endless procession of nods and winks to other properties and brand names.

However, and with that all said, I watched it with my wife and our 7 year-old son and everyone, at one point or another, enjoyed the silly jokes and callbacks that we, as adults who grew up with the OG movie, got. Along with the accompanying music, the characters (old and new) are great, and thus _ as nothing more than a new animated movie - it was a good, entertaining watch for all the family! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:

• First Quarter: Game On
• Second Quarter: Teamwork
• Third Quarter: Out of This World
• Fourth Quarter: The Looniest
• Deleted Scenes

Witness the epic adventure of NBA champion and global icon LeBron James alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny when Space Jam: A New Legacy arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on Sept 3rd, 2021.

The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and (“Girls Trip,” “Night School”) from a screenplay by Juel Taylor & Tony Rettenmaier & Keenan Coogler & Terence Nance and stars LeBron James and Oscar nominee Don Cheadle (the “Avengers” films, “Hotel Rwanda”).

The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on Oct 5th, 2021.

The film was produced by Ryan Coogler, LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Duncan Henderson, with Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Allison Abbate, Jesse Ehrman, Jamal Henderson, Spencer Beighley, Justin Lin, Terence Nance and Ivan Reitman executive producing.

The film also stars Khris Davis (“Judas and the Black Messiah,” TV’s “Atlanta”), Sonequa Martin-Green (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” “Star Trek: Discovery”), newcomer Cedric Joe, Jeff Bergman (“Looney Tunes Cartoons”) and Eric Bauza (“Looney Tunes Cartoons”).

• On Sept 3rd, 2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $29.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $24.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

• On Oct 5th, 2021, Space Jam: A New Legacy will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “Space Jam: A New Legacy” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

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