Blu-Ray Review: ‘Shrek 20th Anniversary’ 4K Ultra HD

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This may be hard to believe, but the movie Shrek was released 20 years ago! I really can’t believe it. I remember seeing it in the theaters (I worked at a movie theater at the time), but it just doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. Time flies when you’re having fun. The part that might be hard to believe is I don’t think I have watched Shrek in nearly as long. I remember liking it but just never got around to buying it or anything.

Jumping into the movie, some things came back to me, and it was overall a very fun experience. The movie is just a lot of fun. It feels fresh. A lot of films have tried to replicate what was done with Shrek but just can’t get that same outcome and quality. The first thing I have to say is that the movie is fast-paced. I mean, seriously. We jump right into meeting Shrek. Within 5 minutes or so, we meet Donkey. Within 15 minutes or so, we meet Fiona. The story is simple, with them making a journey to save the princess and return her to the castle. There are, of course, lessons to be learned, a slew of other characters, and a ton of jokes. The story and jokes alike appeal to adults and children alike. There are some pop references and adult-ish jokes, but nothing I think would be over the line or go too far for children to hear.

The casting is great as well. Mike Meyers doing his often-seen Scottish accent, does a solid job as Shrek. He is paired with a high-energy Eddie Murphy in the role of Donkey. Cameron Diaz (Princess Fiona), John Lithgow (Lord Farquaad), and Vincent Cassel as Monsieur Hood round out the cast. Everybody brings their A-game to the production.

For this release, Universal has done an amazing job converting to 4K. My wife actually said, “I can see Shrek’s pores,” while my mother-in-law (a longtime Shrek fan) said it looks like it is in 3D (it’s not on a 3D television). The CGI has aged well, especially for a production that among the first of its kind. The color balance is nicely improved from previous versions (my mother-in-law had the DVD), and the depth of the shades is strong. The DTS:X Master Audio soundtrack is perhaps stronger as well. The music, dialogue, and sound effects (especially the sound effects) really pop and blend while maintaining their independent qualities.

Over the years, Shrek has spawned several sequels as well as television shorts, music videos, and other peripheral offerings. These all (except the sequels) can be found on the two Blu-rays discs in the set. Unfortunately, no new content is produced for the anniversary edition, just collecting previously released material. The upgrade in the feature presentation is the primary reason for buying this release.

On the 4K Ultra HD disc, you can find these original Blu-ray features:

  • Shrek’s Interactive Journey: 1
  • Spotlight on Donkey (11:37).
  • Secrets of Shrek (3:50):
  • Deleted Scenes (8:01).
  • Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party (2:51).
  • Baha Men “Best Years of Our Lives” (3:08).
  • Smash Mouth “I’m a Believer” (1080p, 3:15).
  • Shrek The Musical: “What’s Up, Duloc?” (3:56).
  • Audio Commentary: Directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson and Producer Aron Warner.

On Blu-ray Disc 1:

  • The Animators’ Corner
  • Shrek’s Interactive Journey
  • Spotlight on Donkey (11:38)
  • Secrets of Shrek (3:52)
  • Deleted Scenes (8:01).
  • Audio Commentary: Directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson and Producer Aron Warner.
  • Shrek, Rattle & Roll:
  • Swamp Karaoke Dance Party (2:53),
  • Baha Men “Best Years of Our Lives” (3:08)
  • Smash Mouth “I’m a Believer” (3:15)
  • Shrek The Musical: “What’s Up, Duloc?” (3:57)
  • DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox (1080p)

On Blu-ray Disc 2:

  • Swamp Karaoke Party (2:51)
  • Far Far Away Idol (9:00)
  • Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos (13:06)
  • Shrek’s Halloween Favorites:
  • The Ghost of Lord Farquaad (12:34)
  • Scared Shrekless (25:30)
  • Thriller Night (6:08)
  • The Pig Who Cried Werewolf (6:49)
  • Shrek’s Holiday Favorites:
  • Shrek the Halls (28:02)
  • Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular (6:39)
  • Shrek’s Yule Log (30:19)
  • The Adventures of Puss In Boots:
  • Hidden (23:04)
  • Sphinx (23:04)
  • Brothers (23:04)
  • Dutchess (23:04)
  • Adventure (23:02):

Overall, Shrek is a ton of fun. I had not seen it in years and really enjoyed it. I had forgotten how much I like it. If you have kids, they will no doubt love it too. If you are going 4K and want a quality addition to your library, this is a wonderful fil for that. This set comes with a Blu-ray copy as well as the 4K version, so if you are looking to get a Blu-Ray version, I would still recommend this one as you can have the 4K version for a future date when you decide to upgrade. Either way, I think you will be thrilled with the release.

Shrek 20th Anniversary Edition in 4K is currently available from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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  1. Great review of a unique and one of a kind film for all ages! That is what I love about it. ‘Shrek’ is definitely going to be around for another 20 years (and I, like you, can’t believe it has been 20 years already)!

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