Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 8.17 GB
Film Size: 7.65 GB
Film Rating: Not Rated
Region: ABC
The Video
Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. I didn’t really have set expectations when going in, so I was quite surprised by quality of the Blu-ray release. The film looks quite beautiful in high-definition.

Colors are visually striking and leap off the screen, the film’s animation style also lends itself well to high-definition and gives a surprising amount of depth. Black levels are extremely solid throughout as well.

The animation is quite decent for a straight-to-video film. There is some slight banding throughout, but this has been an issue that doesn’t bug me too much with the type of animation. We have seen it with practically every Warner Bros. DC Comics release and we see it here on occasion.

Comparing the Blu-ray release to the DVD was also nice. The quality difference is significant and viewers will notice that right from the start. Blu-ray is all about upgrade and this is one strong example of that. While the transfer isn’t perfect, there was nothing very disappointing to mention. 8/10.

The Audio
English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks are included. Optional subtitles include English (SDH), Castellan and Spanish (also available for the special feature).

I was disappointed to see the release only included Dolby Digital audio; this is Blu-ray not DVD. Regardless, I didn’t go in prejudging the track despite my disappointment, the result is fairly positive. The film isn’t one which demands for very much surround use; in fact it is fairly minimal.

Dialogue (when presented) is very clear and does have a nice oomph to it, likely because of the way it was recorded. The film’s audio effects take place mostly within the front left and right speakers, but they did sound pretty decent.

Animated titles perhaps aren’t as demanding as live action titles when it comes to audio, but it still would have been nice to have a DTS-HD Master Audio track included. Blu-news.com has a rule in which any lossy track cannot get more than a 5/10 simply because it is lossy, however this track isn’t half bad for a simple animated release. 5/10.

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc):

How to Draw Tom and Jerry (7:21) (SD)
Spike Brandt of Warner Bros. Animation shows us to draw Tom and Jerry. Exciting right?

Disc 2 (DVD):

DVD copy of the film

Digital Copy of the film
Compatible with Windows Media only.

The extras are incredibly lacking, but it is nice that a DVD copy is included for a children’s film. Aside from the ‘how to’ there really is nothing to be found. In this case though, a DVD copy was a smart addition as this is a new release, it will help those on the fence go with the Blu-ray edition. 1/10.

The Movie
Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes is a film I really had no idea about until it showed up at my doorstep. I didn’t recall a news announcement; cover art release or trailer for that matter. I quickly checked my Warner Bros. product release resource and found that the title was indeed announced.

I was always a mild fan of Tom and Jerry, sure they were entertaining when I was younger, but I always thought there were better cartoons out there. This film was totally unexpected (straight-to-video) and years since the original cartoon, needless to say I went in with fairly low expectations.

So did I like Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes? Sure, but there really isn’t anything special about it. The film is very short, with a runtime just under 50 minutes. The story is cute for younger audiences and will certainly keep them entertained….but don’t expect much substance.

I will say that the film could have been much worse; I also thought that the Sherlock Holmes take was a fairly fun idea for the movie, which includes some other familiar faces. Ultimately I think the movie is just a bit too short and would have benefited from a longer story and better character development.

The film is harmless fun for kids and I am sure most kids will enjoy the movie very much. The runtime is the biggest issue I have with the content really. This is something that will be great for those with shorter attention spans and disappointing for parents who hope it will give them even an hour of a break from their children. Cute movie, just wish it was longer. 7/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes is a cute film that is strictly intended for younger audiences. The Blu-ray release features a strong video presentation and satisfying audio mix. The extras are lacking, but the addition of a DVD copy is great for this type of content. Overall the Blu-ray release is ‘Worth a Look’ for those with children.

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