Migration (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

A family of ducks try to convince their overprotective father to go on the vacation of a lifetime.

March 1, 2024 8 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

It’s hard for me to keep with “all the latest” films. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. So when movies like Migration come along, generally I miss them. That and, well, the computer-animated films aren’t really something I eagerly anticipate. I’m just not the target audience. But it’s also something that’s kept me doing this site for years and years – variety. Pixar, I think we can all agree, somewhat defined this genre with their earlier films. From there, studios like Dreamworks and Universal got in the mix (with others to follow) and now we’ve got so many of these movies I can’t even count. But, to the film in question we’ve got movie about mallards. All I know about ducks is that mallards can fly at an altitude of 20,000 feet and that I spent one of the worst days of my life in Stuttgart, Arkansas (aka “The Duck Hunting Capitol of the World”). Let’s fly.

We meet the Mallard family who’s in a bit of a rut. Mack (voiced by Kumail Nanjiani) is content to keep his family safe in their New England pond. However, Pam (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) wants to things up and show their kids: Dax and Gwen (both voiced by Caspar Jennings) the whole world. After a migrating family of ducks shows up and regales the family of their adventures, Pam manages to persuade Mack to go on a trip from New York City to Jamaica. As they head South for the winter, the plans go awry (don’t they always?), but it also opens them up to meet new friends and experience new adventures. This opens them up to things they’d never thought possible and experience life as it was meant to be (for a duck, anyway).

Video: How’s it look?

Ok, if it’s not evident by now that any computer-animated film is going to look amazing on your 4K TV then I don’t know what to tell you. Be it Pixar, Dreamworks or any of the other studios out there; it’ll look amazing. And so does this. I don’t necessarily see the need for a 4K version of something that looks nearly as good on Blu-ray (also included in this set), but to each their own. What can I say? Colors pop. Detail is razor sharp. Contrast is strong and just about every visible part of the color spectrum is represented here. The 2.39:1 HEVC 4K image simply looks so good you feel you can reach out and touch it. But don’t, though, you’ll just smudge your TV and then you’ll have to clean it. You’ve been warned.

Audio: How’s it sound?

Admittedly, there is a benefit to purchasing the 4K version when it comes to audio. This version features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack whereas the Blu-ray has a DTS HD Master Audio track. I don’t know why they do it like that, but it is what it is. Suffice it to say that no matter which one you choose, the sound is robust. All of the actors’ voices are clearly and faithfully represented, though I did catch a bit more “action” on the Atmos mix. It’s a busy and dizzying soundstage that’s sure to please and don’t forget to turn it up – there are a few pretty jazzy songs mixed in.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Fly Hard (Mini-Movie) – Chump sheds her tough-as-nails attitude, risking her life to fly through a blizzard and the harrowing streets of New York to return a prized possession to a kind woman from the park.
  • Mooned (Mini-Movie) – Following the events of Despicable Me, Vector and a lost Minion are stranded on the moon, and struggle to get back to Earth.
  • Midnight Mission (Mini-Movie) – The Minions will try anything to help Agnes overcome her fear of the dark, even if it involves going into outer space.
  • Microphone Madness – A fun look behind-the-scenes as the cast record some of their silliest lines.
  • Meet the Cast – In this series of behind-the-scenes pieces, we learn more about our favorite characters and the legendary comedic voices behind them.
    • Kumail Nanjiani: Mack
    • Elizabeth Banks: Pam
    • Keegan-Michael Key: Delroy
    • Awkwafina: Chump
    • Danny Devito: Uncle Dan
    • Carol Kane: Erin
    • Caspar Jennings: Dax & Tresi Gazal: Gwen
  • Taking Flight: The Making Of – From an original script so brand-new characters and locations had to be developed, designed, and animated from scratch! Here, filmmakers and crew break down their process to show us what gives this film an entirely new look and feel.
  • The Art of Flight – Using a series of production phases from storyboards to pre-viz, we peel back the feathers and reveal just what goes in to creating the avian heroes of the film.
  • The Sound of Flight – Take a closer look at the music as Composer John Powell walks us through his scoring journey.
  • How to Draw
    • Mack
    • Delroy
    • Chump
    • Gwen
  • Build Your Own Pop-Up Book – Daddy duck, Mack, likes to tell his two little ducklings some…overly imaginative bedtime stories. In this fun “How To” we’ll show you how to create a pop-up book so you can tell your very own bedtime stories!
  • Calling All Birds – They may not have cellphones, but you can call your web-footed friends anytime you want! In this fun How To, we’ll teach you how to create and customize your very own set of colorful bird whistles.
    • The Mack Quack
    • The Heron Honk
    • The Chump Chirp
  • Best Nests – You don’t have to fly south –or anywhere –to find a perfect paradise for your feathered friends. Here we’ll teach you how to make the best nest for your pet ducks, or anyone flying by, including a water feeder to keep them hydrated!
    • Nests
    • Water Feeder

The Bottom Line

Like most films of this genre, Migration does have some clever, witty moments that should keep both adults and the little ones entertained. It’s nothing mind-blowing, but it is good fun. Universal’s disc looks and sounds great and comes with enough supplements to certainly warrant a purchase.

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