Space Jam wasn’t a movie I cared all that much for upon my initial watch many years ago and revisiting today… it’s okay but nothing I’d revisit yet again.
Genre(s): Animation, Comedy, Adventure
Warner Bros. | PG – 87 min. – $24.99 | July 6, 2021
Date Published: 07/06/2021 | Author: The Movieman
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.
THE MOVIE — 2½/5
|Plot Synopsis: Swackhammer (DANNY DEVITO), an evil alien theme park owner, needs a new attraction at Moron Mountain. When his gang, the Nerdlucks, heads to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny (BILLY WEST) and the Looney Tunes, Bugs challenges them to a basketball game to determine their fate. The aliens agree, but they steal the powers of NBA basketball players, including Larry Bird and Charles Barkley – so Bugs gets some help from superstar Michael Jordan.
Quick Hit Review: Space Jam is a movie that I believe I saw with my parents, or maybe with friends, back in 1996 when I was 16 and I probably liked it though in subsequent viewings over the years, it’s objectively not a good movie though has its goofy moments. However, as someone who really isn’t into the NBA let alone Michael Jordan who can be commended for his athletic and intellectual talent, his talent as an actor… not so much. It’s pretty much a vanity project for Jordan and Warner benefits placing their animated stars with the NBA and its athletes (Charles Barkley, Larry Bird and others make appearances).
There’s not much to the movie and I suppose if you’re a massive fan of the NBA or the Looney Tunes crew, maybe it’s still entertaining 25 years later, myself seeing it again after many years, wasn’t especially entertained but found it passable and I would think kids today would probably find it fun.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2½/5
This release comes with a semi-glossy slip cover and inside a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. All of the features from the Blu-ray release have been ported over including an Audio Commentary with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Director Joe Pytka; Jammin’ with Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan (22:32) featurette, two Music Videos for “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Monstars Anthem Hit ‘Em High”; and lastly the Theatrical Trailer (1:15).
VIDEO – 4½/5, AUDIO – 4¾/5
Space Jam comes to 4K Ultra HD presented here in the original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio. While not the most brilliant looking 4K I’ve come across, it is a solid upgrade over the Blu-ray, which I compared with the one included in this release. Colors are generally bright and well balanced, as were black levels, and detail is relatively sharp albeit nothing I’d describe as stunning.
The disc comes with an upgraded Dolby Atmos track which does sound incredible, right from the opening credits with the “Space Jam” theme song and the sounds of the crowd during the game play scenes also shined nicely providing good depth.
OVERALL — 3½/5
Space Jam wasn’t a movie I cared all that much for upon my initial watch many years ago and revisiting today… it’s okay but nothing I’d revisit yet again, but any fans of either the NBA or Looney Tunes might find it entertaining.