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Last Call, Pitches: 'Pitch Perfect 3' 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

April 15, 2018Ben MK

For film franchises like the Pitch Perfect series, formula is key. But with Pitch Perfect 3, director Trish Sie and returning screenwriter Kay Cannon bring the Bellas' story to a close with a sequel that celebrates the series, while also singing a slightly different tune than the first two movies.

Synopsis: After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time. [Universal Pictures]

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With its vibrant color palette and shots of the picturesque coastlines of Spain and the South of France, Pitch Perfect 3 makes a good case for the upgrade to 4K, delivering a sharp 2160p image bursting with some eye-popping hues. However, as with its predecessors, it's the pop music-inspired soundtrack that steals the show. Sure, this time around there's some added variety in the sound design, which takes the form of some fist fights and and explosions, but the main attraction of this DTS:X presentation remains the Bellas' musical sequences, from their spirited rendition of Britney Spears' "Toxic" to their soulful take on George Michael's "Freedom."

Universal's two-disc 4K Ultra HD release includes a Movies Anywhere digital copy and a Blu-ray copy. There are no special features on the 4K disc, but the following extras can be found on the Blu-ray:

  • New Musical Performances (4:24) - Two songs ("Fat Amy & Fergus Casino Duet" and "The Bellas: 'See You Smile' Lullaby").
  • Extended Musical Performances (8:50) - Three songs ("Evermoist: 'How a Heart Unbreaks'," "Young Sparrow / DJ Dragon Nutz: 'You Got It'" and "Saddle Up: 'Ex's and Oh's'").
  • Deleted Scene: Aubrey at Amy's Hotel Door (1:01)
  • Gag Reel (3:22)
  • Competition Crescendo (6:37) - A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Pitch Perfect 3's Riff Off sequence.
  • A Cappella Action (3:15) - A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the yacht action sequence.
  • The Women of Pitch Perfect 3 (4:21) - A look at the film's female cast and crew.
  • Don't Mess With Rebel (4:27) - Rebel Wilson's action-packed moves are put in the spotlight.
  • The Headliner: DJ Khaled (3:01) - The cast and crew talk about working with DJ Khaled on the movie.
  • The Final Note: John and Gail (2:22) - Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins talk about their characters.
  • Just Because He's a Bad Guy... (1:54) - A look at John Lithgow's role in the film.
  • The Final Performance (4:30) - A look at the making of the movie's musical finale.
  • "Freedom! '90s X Cups" Official Music Video (2:36)
  • Hollywood of the South (2:28) - A look at what Atlanta offers in terms of filmmaking facilities and locales that stand in for various European locales.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Trish Sie - Sie talks about the music, the performances, the visual effects, the tone of the film, shooting in Atlanta, the production design and more.
  • Feature Commentary with Producers Paul Brooks & Max Handelman - The pair talk about the way the movie differs from previous installments, the sets, the second-unit photography in Europe, increasing the scale and scope of the film, the other musical acts and more.

Pitch Perfect 3 is available from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment as of March 27, 2018. The Blu-ray features English DTS:X, Spanish DTS High Resolution 7.1, French DTS 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Descriptive Audio tracks. The film is presented with English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles. The total runtime is 1 hr. 33 min.

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