The Smurfs 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
Every child of the 80’s has some sort of story with The Smurfs. For me, The Smurfs were a simple toy line before they were a cartoon and it seemed every time I went out somewhere with my parents, I’d end up with another Smurf figurine, probably as a cheap, easy way to get me to be quiet. I later came across the animated series and it never really connected with me. Ironically, the animated series didn’t connect with me as a kid for the same reason the live action adaptation didn’t connect with me as an adult; the world of The Smurfs just isn’t that interesting.
We pick up with some of the more famous Smurfs, including Papa (Jonathan Winters), Smurfette (Katy Perry), Grumpy (George Lopez), Brainy (Fred Armisen), Clumsy (Anton Yelchin) and Gutsy (Alan Cumming) as they’re escaping the evil Gargamel (Hank Azaria). They’re escape takes them to the human world in New York City, where they accidentally become friends with Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris), who agrees to help them get back to their home world. Of course, Gargamel and his trusty cat have followed the Smurfs to New York City and are determined to catch their prize.
When set up on a shelf in a kids room, the Smurfs figurines are fun to look at. They came in various poses and each had a distinct personality you could interpret from their outfits. That’s what made them fun for kids and that’s also what makes them fun in cartoon or CGI form. The simplicity of the Smurfs movie is where the film succeeds. But it fails when it tries to get too complicated. The magic and portals and other things from the Smurfs world is unnecessary in movie form and the film would have benefited from a simpler approach. Yes, I realize Smurfs traditionalists would have been upset that the film wasn’t holding true to the source material, but I think it would have made for a better film.
Aside from the unnecessary plot points, the rest of the film plays out about how you’d expect. NPH plays Patrick as your typical straight laced man trying to navigate a supernatural situation and Azaria seems to have a blast going overboard as the not-too-threatening villain Gargamel. Each Smurf has enough detail and moments to them that will remind you of the Saturday morning cartoon and they even throw a new Smurf in there (Gutsy) just in case the toy line takes off again. Overall, THE SMURFS is about as good a film as you can have given the source material.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: THE SMURFS 2 4K UHD was one of the first 4K titles we reviewed and it was also one of the clearest of the initial bunch. It didn’t get much attention because it wasn’t a very good film, but it still had a nice transfer. THE SMURFS comes to 4K almost a full year later and it features just as nice of a transfer. The detail on the CGI Smurfs is impressive and given how bright and beautiful the film is, the added detail with the nice HDR makes for a beautiful presentation.
Audio: To top it off, we also get a nice Dolby Atmos upgrade, which sounds incredible.
This title was reviewed using a Samsung UBD-K8500 with a Sony XBR75X850C TV.
The 4K UHD does not contain any exclusive features, but it does include a Blu-ray of the film and you can read our review by clicking THE SMURFS Blu-ray Review.