Monday, November 24, 2008

Space Chimps Blu-ray Review

Space Chimps Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Video
Space Chimps comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The presentation seems to be an accurate portrayal of the source. The film looks good, just not amazing. The production values on the film didn't seem to be the best, so little details and textures were not as great. With that being said, I was still impressed for the most part. Colors were vibrant, and black levels were solid. Detail (when it was there) had it's moments when it really shined, and the film was sharp from start to finish. My biggest complaint has to be the production values, as detail really tends to be missing from quite a bit of the film, giving a very generic look. The Blu-ray is an accurate portrayal of the source though, and overall still impressive. 8/10.

Audio
Fox has included a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, and it's pretty decent. Dialogue is the most important part of the film, and it's always nice and clear. The film's music makes a decent use of the surround speakers, but felt a bit lacking. Being a kid's film, I can't say the intended audience would have anything complain about. The audio sounds fine, just not impressive. 7/10.

Extras
FOX Movie Channel Presents Casting Session (8:55) (SD)
TV Spot Adventure (:16) (SD)
TV Spot Countdown (:32) (SD)
TV Spot Meet (:31) (SD)
TV Spot Right Stuff (:30) (SD)
TV Spot Spacier (:31) (SD)
Trailers (SD) - Nim's Island, Meet Dave, Elephant Tales
Still Gallery (HD)
Trivia Blast Off (Blu-ray Exclusive)

There are not many extras, but I found Trivia Blast Off the best extra on the disc, which is Blu-ray exclusive. The Trivia Blast Off Trivia track features facts about the film, the cast, space travel, and chimps in space. There are a few fun facts about the cast that I had no idea voiced a part in the film. The Casting Session was a decent feature, providing cast interviews and more. The extras are lacking though, and pretty much all in standard definition.

Blu-news Summary
Space Chimps is not a terrible film, kids should enjoy the film, being the film's target audience. Adults may find it to be quite weak when compared to other recent animated releases. The film features the voices of Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Daniels, Patrick Warburton, Kristen Chenoweth, and Kenan Thompson.
The film relies on a ton of random humor which kids should enjoy, but a lot doesn't work story-wise. It's a very simple film, with out much character development. I wouldn't say it was terrible, just a bit on the weak side. The Blu-ray presentation features good video, and decent audio. Extras are definitely lacking, and disappointing. Overall, Space Chimps is 'Worth A Look For The Kids.' Don't have kids? I suggest skipping.


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