Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Horton Hears A Who! Blu-ray Review

Horton Hears A Who! Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Horton Hears A Who! comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. I was very impressed overall, with what seems to be a perfect representation of the source. Colors were solid and vibrant, and really leaped off the screen. Detail was also very good, on whatever they did include detail on. The actual animation though, does not compare to that of Wall-E, Kung Fu Panda, or many other recent computer animated titles. 9.5/10.

Audio
FOX has included a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track,. Dialogue was always nice and clear, while staying front and center. The surround speakers mostly came to life with the film's music, but also the sounds of birds chirping and other forms wildlife when in the jungle environments. When Horton stomped around, you could definitely feel it. The track wasn't 'WOW', but it was very good. 8.5/10.

Extras
Commentary with Directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino
Watch Horton Hears A Who! With A Who
Deleted Footage (SD) (Available with Director's Commentary)
Animation Screen Tests (SD)
Bringing The Characters To Life (5:29) (HD)
The Elephant In The Room: Jim Carrey (4:52) (HD)
That's One Big Elephant: Animating Horton (8:08) (HD)
Meet Katie (3:49) (HD)
Our Speck: Where Do We Fit In? (4:01) (HD)
Elephant Fun: The Facts (5:28) (HD)
A Person Is A Person - A Universal Message (3:42) (HD)
Bringing Seuss To Screen (8:14) (HD)
We Are Here! (BD-Java Game)
Fox on Blu-ray (Trailers for Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, and City Of Ember) (HD)
Surviving Sid - Ice Age Short (7:59) (HD)
Digital Copy (Compatible with PC and Mac)

Blu-news Summary
Horton Hears A Who! is a cute film that many families should enjoy. The children's book being very short, they definitely had to do a lot to stretch the story to last what did. There were a lot of random scenes, and while they were sometimes funny, it just made you ask what the point was. That said though, the movie is definitely not bad. The cast is great, and the message is very positive.
As for the Blu-ray release, it's quite impressive. The video presentation was very good, as was the audio track. I was also surprised about the amount of extras, and while many are aimed at children, it's still a great thing to see. The majority of extras were in high-definition, and very fun as well. I loved the Ice Age short that was included on the main menu, it was definitely a highlight for me. To round if off we also get a digital copy of the film, compatible with both PC and Mac. Overall Horton Hears A Who! on Blu-ray is 'Recommended.'

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