Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei
Director: Travis Knight
Language: English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), French: DTS 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), Spanish: DTS 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
of Discs: 2
Release Date: 2016
Time: 101 Min.
- Booklet (ten pages) contains review blurbs and an essay by Charles Solomon.
- Commentary features director/producer Travis Knight.
- "Inside Laika: Confronting the Epic Challenges of 'Kubo and the Two Strings'" (13:38, HD) takes a look at some of the more significant technical challenges found in the movie, featuring interviews with producer/director Travis Knight, animation supervisor Brad Schiff, costume designer Deborah Cook, rigging supervisor Oliver Jones, production designer Nelson Lowry, animator Charles Greenfield, lighting/camera lead Dean Holmes, and director of rapid prototyping Brian McLean.
- "Inside Laika: Revisiting the Puppets with Laika's Animation Team" (HD) is broken up into "Little Hanzo" (1:54), "Monkey" (2:02), "The Sisters" (1:45), "Beetle" (1:46), "Moon King" (2:05), "Mother" (2:13), and "Kubo" (2:00). The featurettes can be viewed with a Play All function.
- Feature-Length Storyboards (92:19, HD) present an early version of "Kubo and the Two Strings," using a mix of drawings and CG-animation.
- Kubo's Journey (1080p): A six-part feature.
- Introduction by Director/Producer Travis Knight (0:56): Knight touches on the challenges inherent to making the film and the quality
picture that resulted.
- Japanese Inspiration (6:04): A discussion of idea origins, influences of Japanese culture, research for the project, a few character
specifics and design details, the role of origami in the movie, prop and set construction, and core story elements.
- Mythological Monsters (9:25): A closer look at three of the movie's most impressive -- and dangerous -- creatures. It focuses primarily
on the build and animation process.
- Braving the Elements (4:35): A discussion of the challenges of crafting a stop-motion film on and under water.
- The Redemptive and Healing Power of Music (5:55): A discussion of music's importance to the film, the merging of traditional
Japanese and modern Western score elements, additional influences, and more.
- Epilogue by Director/Producer Travis Knight (2:11): Knight recaps the movie's themes and qualities.
- Corners of the Earth (1080p, 3:12): A look at the movie's adventure/"road trip" style, the diverse and large number of locations
necessary to make it, and the people and work, including some digital support, required to bring it all together.
- The Myth of Kubo (1080p, 2:33): A look at the deeper themes beyond the adventure.
- Audio Commentary: Director/Producer Travis Knight offers an
insightful journey through the film, including story basics, broader
themes, imagery, influences, historic detailing, animation, film
structure and technique, and more.
- Still Galleries offer "Character Art" (2:06), "Concept Art" (2:06), and "Behind the Scenes" (2:06).
- Theatrical Trailer #4 (1:00, HD)
Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a
spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an
age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters
chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor
once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.