Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Cheetah Girls: One World Blu-ray Review

The Cheetah Girls: One World Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Video
The Cheetah Girls: One World comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The transfer is very good, although it does have a few flaws from the actual source. Colors are bright and vivid, as one would expect. Detail was very strong for the most part, although at times I felt it could have been a bit better. The transfer is almost always sharp, with a few scenes that were not as impressive. 8/10.

Audio
Disney has included a 5.1 Uncompressed PCM audio track. The track was a bit disappointing, with the film being a musical. There were a few things that definitely affected it, and all from the source. The voices are so edited they sound like robots at times, and it really sticks out, and not in a good way. The film's music is very pop-oriented, and very light, never making any impressive use of the surround speakers. Everything was a bit too front heavy for my liking, and while dialogue was clear the majority of the time, it did feel cheap and dull at times as well. The track isn't bad for what it is though, and certainly an upgrade from Dolby Digital. 7/10.

Extras
Bloopers (2:30) (HD)
Cheetah Spots (Pop-Up Trivia Track)
'One World' Music Video (4:02) (SD)
'Cheetah Love' Music Video (3:12) (SD)
'Dance Me If You Can' Music Video (4:02) (SD)
Rock Along With The Movie
BD-Live

DVD Comparison:
The film was actually released in it's original aspect ratio on DVD as well, which is very different from previous Disney Channel Original Movie DVD releases. The upgrade is instantly noticeable. Close-up shots tend to look similar to the Blu-ray release when upscaled, but wider shots had the biggest difference. Wide shots on the Blu-ray release were just as sharp as the close-up shots, making for a very consistent release. The DVD looked good when close-up, but wide shots simply looked terrible. The Cheetah Girls on DVD is also limited to regular 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, and the upgrade is also clear. Audio is never very impressive on either release, but the uncompressed PCM track was clearly stronger and felt a lot more clear than the Dolby Digital track found on the DVD. Thinking of upgrading? I would definitely recommend it, the difference is very pleasing.

Blu-news Summary
The Cheetah Girls: One World is an interesting film. It's one that the target audience definitely needs to be kept in mind, I doubt most adults will like it, or at least find any replay value in it. The film is different, in the sense that it's not exactly a film for adults, nor is it exactly a film that will appeal to all kids. The show fits more into the tween/teen crowd, and the film's music is definitely more mature from the previous two films (While still retaining a bit of the cheesiness). If you happen to be a fan though, or a parent of a fan, I would really recommend the Blu-ray version. The video and audio are both great upgrades from the DVD release, and the Blu-ray also includes all the features from the DVD, as well as BD-Live. To those who have never seen the film, I would recommend you 'Rent It First.'

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