Is “Ralph Breaks the Internet” DVD-worthy?

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Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet was one of those rare cases where the sequel actually outdid the original. We thought so anyway, and Jaz testifies here with her review. But is it good enough to own your own copy?

First, let me ask you a few questions:
1) Does the blue Magic Kingdom opener to every Disney movie make your heart skip a beat?
2) Do you even slightly squeal at each newly-released Disney trailer?
3) Would you consider yourself a video game geek like us?

Does this picture make you squee?

If you answered “yes” to all these questions, then you probably should add Ralph Breaks the Internet to your collection of Mickey hats and Princess onesies. But, I hear you asking, what bonus material is there?

The understated DVD cover will tell you very little, and I’m surprised because there really are a bunch of gems in here. For one, “Surfing for Easter Eggs” made me realize why you’d want to watch Ralph Breaks the Internet over and over (aside from the fact that it’s just that good). The movie is littered with references to past Disney movies. You would have spotted the obvious few the first time around: Grumpy sitting backstage, running into Nick from Zootopia, maybe even the Mickey sorcerer on top of one of the buildings. But if you’re into pixel-hunting, Ralph becomes a treasure trove for things you may not have noticed before. I’ll give you one clue: the next time you’re watching, check out Vanellope’s hair ornaments…

PAYING THEIR DUES – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz venture into the expansive and thrilling world of the internet. In an effort to find a replacement part for Vanellope’s arcade game, Sugar Rush, Ralph and Vanellope successfully bid at eBay, only to learn they’ll actually have to pay for their purchase. 

There’s of course the obligatory “Deleted Scenes”, which to me should be re-labelled “Scenes Not Worth Watching” (this is for pretty much every DVD). I mean, there’s a reason they didn’t make the cut, right? But aside from that, a lot of the bonus material had me riveted.

Worth mentioning is “The Music of Ralph Breaks the Internet“. Composer Henry Jackman takes us through the thought process of creating scores that would represent the internet without (thankfully) resorting to pure synth sounds. But what makes this segment truly memorable are the brief glimpses of Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot singing. Seriously, is there anything these ladies can’t do?

VIRUS ALERT –Massive, slimy and decidedly creepy with a second head called Little Dan tucked into his neck folds, Double Dan is probably one of the grossest villains in history.

You’ll also want to check out “How We Broke the Internet”, a fairly deep dive into how the story team came up with various concepts. This includes the Old Internet, Shank and Double Dan (A.K.A. one of the grossest villains ever). Oh! And you get to see Alan Tudyk being Knowsmore! This guy is simply genius and if his voice talent follows its current trajectory, I’m looking forward to hearing him as Iago in Disney’s live-action Aladdin.

After you’ve combed through “How We Broke the Internet”, there’s some quick-viewing content including “BuzzzTube Cats”. If you thought watching cat videos was weird, watching videos made by people who watch cat videos is probably the next level. There are also two music videos, featuring Imagine Dragons running around as Minecraft-like characters and Julia Michaels personifying a live-action version of Shank.

Ralph Breaks the Internet is available on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD on March 27th, 2019.

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