Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 35.4 GB
Film Size: 21.2 GB
Film Rating: G
Release Date: September 21st, 2010
Region: A
The Video
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The previous Tinker Bell films have also been released on Blu-ray so it is no surprise that the presentation is visually captivating. The product values appear to be very high with this one, and if they aren’t, they could have fooled me.

The Blu-ray presentation knocks the included DVD version out of the water with so many details and colors to be seen. The animation quality is strong, close attention is paid to the small textures of the environments, clothing, hair, etc.

I was also very impressed by the quality of the colors; everything just leaps off the screen. Colors are just so rich and vibrant; blacks are always inky as can be. I was completely impressed by the high-def presentation and I really couldn’t find anything to complain about.

The presentation is just as stunning as the first two films on Blu-ray; there is no way one could be disappointed. Everything about the video presentation shines and fans and high-def viewers in general will be very impressed. 10/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless option included. French 5.1 and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks are also included. Optional subtitles include English SDH, French and Spanish.

The audio track included is very good, especially considering the material. The film isn’t extremely heavy on surround use, but that is because the film itself doesn’t necessarily call for very much surround use.

Thankfully Disney did pay attention to the surround speakers, whenever possible with little details added to scenes to help create a more immersive experience. Dialogue is basically front and center with a nice level of clarity like only a high-def track can bring.

The film’s surround use moments do pick up during more intense scenes and are delivered nicely. It is hard to be disappointed when the mix does such a great job working with the material. Sure, we all would love a major surround use experience considering they can be quite investment, however the mix is accurate to the film and I am very pleased. 8.5/10.

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc):

Tangled: Exclusive Sneak Peek (3:39) (HD)
A promo for the upcoming animated Disney film Tangled.

Deleted Scenes (14:45) (HD)
Five deleted scenes are included and include optional intros from Director Brad Raymond and Producer Helen Kalafatic.

Bridgit Mendler - “How to Believe” Music Video (3:02) (HD)
Disney’s latest television star gets her turn on the latest song from the ‘Tinker Bell’ franchise.

Fairy Field Guide Builder (Game)
An interactive game that will get boring after a few minutes.

Design a Fairy House (1:53) (HD)
This is a feature about a ‘Design a Fairy House’ contest which was held, see the winning house created and displayed at Epcot’s Flower Garden.

BD-Live Portal
Download the latest Disney trailers in both high-def and standard-def viewing options.

Disc 2 (DVD):

DVD copy of the film.

There aren’t very many extras here, which is a bit disappointing. What I feel should have been included is behind-the-scenes with the voice cast for the film, perhaps showing some in-studio recording and interviews. An audio commentary would have been nice too, but perhaps we will see it on a future release years from now.

The DVD copy is greatly appreciated and something I am sure will get plenty of replay value from those with younger viewers. The DVD included just makes the Blu-ray that much easier of an option really. Overall I am satisfied by what is included, but I can’t deny that more should have and could have been included. 5/10.

The Movie
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is the latest film in the successful Tinker Bell franchise. I have had the opportunity of reviewing both the first film and second film from the series and if you read them, you would know that I think they are fantastic and well done, particularly when you think that they are direct-to-video productions.

Tinker Bell has been a very enjoyable and surprisingly well done series of Disney films which have brought Tinker Bell to a new generation as well as giving background story to those who loved her in Peter Pan.

In the past films we learned the origin of fairies as well as their own unique talents and exploration; however we have yet to see any of the fairies have human contact…until now. In this latest adventure, Tinker Bell finds herself a human friend named Lizzie who had been dreaming of seeing an actual fairy.

The adventure isn’t all fun and games when Lizzie’s father gets into the mix and the fairies must stage a rescue operation. The story is magical like only Disney can do. After seeing the first two films I was not surprised, I was expected it to be good and it does deliver.

Animated films are always cute, but I find that many rely on stupid gags and storylines to keep kids entertained. Disney does bring laughs with Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, but it also brings plenty of imagination and heart.

The world is getting more competitive by the day, kids are becoming far more stressed than ever before with issues relating to school, self-esteem and just growing up in general. I appreciate that Disney doesn’t forget that you are never too old or too busy to be a kid, and for 77 minutes we can put everything aside and go into a world where it’s all about faith, trust and a little pixie dust. I loved it and your kids will love it even more. 9/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is a fun film that the entire family can enjoy. The Blu-ray release is stunning, featuring an impressive video presentation and good audio mix. The extras are slightly lacking, but the DVD copy is a very welcome addition. Overall the Blu-ray release is ‘Highly Recommended.

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