Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 30.8 GB
Film Size: 21.7 GB
Film Rating: G
Region: A

Video
Tinkerbell comes back to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. It's no surprise the presentation looks stellar, especially since the quality of the animation itself is very strong. Colors are vivid, vibrant, and always leap off the screen.

Detail is also very strong, there was clearly a lot of work on textures and environments in the film. Take Tinkerbell for example, there is so much work put into her character and look that all become very clear in high-def. The detail and flow in her hair, the fairness of her skin, the textures of her leaf created clothing, it all just shines.

The visuals are easily demo material from beginning to end. The animation itself, the specific color palette and the amount of depth created make this an easy visual recommend. The visuals can't truly be appreciated with DVD, there is so much more to be seen visually that just doesn't make the cut on DVD. This Blu-ray presentation will definitely knock your socks off, and it's one of those titles that easily reminds you why you decided to go Blu. 10/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and is on the lighter side, but can definitely get active. Dialogue was crisp and clear like any decent animated release, with the film's music and effects expanding into the surround area. Surround use was light, but in this case it was actually fitting.

The major surround opportunites were few and far between. I think the effects were placed nicely, and the mix has a good sense of direction. I was far from disappointed as the audio track was very good overall, it just isn't up there with the best we have come to hear on the format. 8/10.

Extras

Magic Guide To Pixie Hollow (4:47) (HD)
A bonus short where Tinkerbell and Terence take you on a tour of the Autumn area of Pixie Hollow.

Scenes You Never Saw (4:03) (HD)
Alternate scenes that did not make it into the movie, but clearly were never intended for the actual movie to begin with. They are fun, but random and very quick scenes. Kids should enjoy these 'alternate' scenes very much.

Deleted Scenes (16:10) (HD)
Seven deleted scenes are included, with introduction by Director Klay Hall and Producer Sean Lurie.

Pixie Hollow Comes To Walt Disney World (8:21) (HD)
See how the filmmakers helped transform Epcot into Pixie Hollow.

Music Video: Demi Lovato - ''The Gift Of A Friend'' (HD)
Selena Gomez did the song for the last film, so it was only appropriate that Demi Lovato get a chance for this release.

DVD Copy of the film

BD-Live
Currently unavailable

There are not too many extras present, but to be honest I think this is about as good as it gets for this release. Perhaps they could have featured some behind-the-scenes with the pretty impressive cast of voices for the film, maybe an audio commentary, but that's truly all I can think of. The content is overall aimed at kids, featuring some very fun alternate scenes and a Demi Lovato music video. 7/10.

Blu-news Summary
The first Tinkerbell film was great in my honest opinion, I found the content to be high quality entertainment that families could all enjoy together. The characters were fun and the story had a good message, despite Tinkerbell being a totally different persona than the one featured in the film Peter Pan.

I actually like the reinvention of Tinkerbell, her origins and her innocence. In this film she definitely isn't as sweet as in the first film, she begins to get quite the attitude and begins to blame others for her mistakes and ignorance. The film ends with a great message and of course a happy ending, anyone who enjoyed the first Tinkerbell film will certainly enjoy this one as well. 8/10.

The Blu-ray release is strong, featuring a demo quality video presentation, and a very good audio mix. Extras are not extremely expansive, but they are good and I don't see how much more they could have added. I definitely don't see a 'double-dip' possibility on this release anytime soon, and I love that a DVD is included with this release, making the Blu-ray release easily 'Recommended' to those with children.

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