With a very impressive 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer and presented in 1080p at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, Up looks brilliant. The textures are awesome as a great amount of attention to detail was paid all around to items like clothing, the flooring and wallpaper in Carl’s house, facial stubble, paper in books, and the aging of photographs. The film is filled with many lush, vibrant colors from the balloons to Kevin’s plumage and Russell’s Wilderness badges. One great-looking scene features a deep red as the sun rises, although it’s the wrong color because the sun looks deep red as it sets. The film also looks very lifelike when the dogs are falling in the water as if it were actual video shot.
The audio comes in English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS-HD 2.0, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, and English Descriptive Video Service 2.0. The sound team holds their own with the DTS-HD 5.1 track by creating an immersive experience. Whether the subtle sounds of construction off in the distance in the surrounds to being smack dab in the middle of a thunderstorm, the viewer is placed within the story. Michael Giacchino’s triumphant soundtrack is very evocative and sounds great. The dialogue can always be clearly heard and has a great dynamic range, especially helpful when Alpha’s broken translator projects his voice at a high pitch.
Up is filled with high-def extras that will keep fans busy for quite a while. “Partly Cloudy” is the amusing short about where babies come from that has appeared with “Up” in theatres. “Dug’s Special Mission” is a new short showing what Dug was up to before his appearance in the film. “The Many Endings of Muntz” reveals different options the filmmakers consider for his fate. The creative team’s adventures to South America to research the landscape are documented in “Adventure Is Out There.” “Cine-Explore Commentary” presents a Picture-in-Picture of Docter and co-director Bob Peterson (also the voice of Dug and Alpha) offering an in-depth, informative look at the creation of Up.