Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yogi Bear 3D Blu-ray Review

Release Date: March 22nd, 2011
3D Disc Size: 33.8 GB
2D Disc Size: 18.9 GB
Film Rating: PG
Region: ABC
The Video
Yogi Bear’ comes to Blu-ray 3D with a 1080p MVC video presentation and on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film was shot in 3D so I was certainly excited to check out the 3D release and how it compares to catalog and new release titles already on Blu-ray 3D.

Please note, the 3D disc is only compatible with 3D Blu-ray players and televisions. Warner Home Video has included an additional 2D Blu-ray disc in this package which features the regular 2D Blu-ray release of the film, for those who want to watch the film in 2D or those who have yet to upgrade their home theater.

We have had some great Blu-ray 3D releases and presentations only seem to be getting better with each release. Where does ‘Yogi Bear’ rank among all 3D releases? At the very top, ranking among the absolute best 3D releases yet.

The film is intended for family audiences so it does feature more pop-out effects than any other 3D film available on Blu-ray, it also has an incredible level of depth throughout the film. The pop-out effects are surprisingly well done; they aren’t as random as expected.

They used 3D to enhance the experience rather than have things come out of the screen just because. I am also very happy to report that my experience with ghosting in the film was some of the least we have seen yet, with only a few instances of light if noticeable ghosting. Depending on your display it may not even be a minimal issue.

Colors are fantastic, obviously pushed but fitting to the Yogi Bear universe. Detail is also fantastic, everything is sharp throughout. The 3D really brings you into the experience, it is an open window experience that doesn’t limit itself and brings you into the film and enters your living room at the same time.

‘Yogi Bear’ is simply one of the best Blu-ray 3D releases yet, and I have seen every U.S. Blu-ray 3D release so far. You may not love or like the film, but there is no denying the fantastic 3D experience that is to be had by ‘Yogi Bear.’ 10/10

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

When I watched the film originally I have to say I really didn’t pay much attention to the audio track specifically. Having revisited the film specifically for the audio track I have to say it is because the track got the job done nicely, but didn’t stand out compared to your average mix.

Dialogue is presented as crisp and clear as one could expect from a new release film. The film’s audio effects are generally front heavy, but the surround speakers are nicely put into use during some of the more intense moments of the film.

The track sounds good in all aspects, but it wasn’t a standout mix among most Blu-ray releases, nor did I ever think “Wow, this sounds incredible.” The mix gets the job done nicely and strongly, it just isn’t my choice for audio demo material. 8/10

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray 3D Disc):

Fun on the Yogi Bear Set (1:57) (HD 3D)
The cast talks about filming in 3D in 3D interviews.

Tour of Jellystone Park (1:53) (HD 3D)
See the many locations of Jellystone Park in 3D.

Jellystone Park Jewel: Yogi’s Secret Hiding Spot (2:06) (HD 3D)
This is a pretty dumb feature in 3D.

Jellystone Park Visitor Pic-A-Nic Demo (2:39) (HD 3D)
Watch the 3D test footage short created to present the idea of a Yogi Bear film.

Looney Tunes “Rabid Rider” (3:07) (HD 3D)
A new Looney Tunes short is included in 3D.

Disc 2 (Blu-ray Disc):

Spending a Day at Jellystone Park (Interactive) (HD)
This feature brings up a map of Jellystone Park which allows you visit specific areas and view many random high-def features when highlighting certain items on screen. There is plenty to be seen for those who want to take the time.

Yogi Bear Mash-Up (3:38) (HD)
See comparisons between the Yogi Bear series and film in high-definition.

Are You Smarter Than the Average Bear? (Game) (HD)
An interactive trivia game is included.

Looney Tunes “Rabid Rider” (3:07) (HD)
A new Looney Tunes short is included in 2D.

Disc 3 (DVD):

DVD copy of the film

Digital Copy of the film
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media.

The extras included on this release are enjoyable as a whole. I particularly enjoyed the Looney Tunes 3D cartoon included, which also features plenty of pop. The actual 3D features included are also welcomed with open arms and hopefully more studios begin to include 3D features as well. The additional DVD and Digital Copy versions of the film make this combo pack the obvious choice. 8/10

The 3D Movie
I remember first hearing about the film ‘Yogi Bear’ only hours before the exclusive teaser release on Yahoo, excited but nervous about the film potential. Once the trailer actually released, my expectations dropped severely, it looked stupid and cheesy.

Despite my disappointment I have kept an open mind to the film, avoiding film reviews to enter without bias. After watching the film I have to say it is certainly not going to win any awards, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated.

The film is definitely a family film, with many jokes targeted at younger audiences who rely on random one-liners and stupid comments for laughs. That being said, there was plenty of humor that I found very funny as well, even if you are not a fan of the original Yogi Bear series.
The movie is certainly more fun in 3D, it really added to my experience as I am not sure I would have enjoyed the film as much without the 3D effects. The film does have a decent story surprisingly, even if it is extremely predictable.

The film will delight younger audiences in particular; adult audiences may enjoy it as well if you leave your brain at the door like with most popcorn flicks. The film will certainly find some love from family audiences and even more fun if seen in 3D, which is why my score is a little higher than just the film itself. 8/10

The Blu-news Summary
Yogi Bear’ manages to capture the characters of the animated series nicely, but it is far from a great film. The Blu-ray 3D release features a fantastic 3D presentation and good audio mix.

The extras included are fun and the combo pack makes this one an obvious choice. Overall this Blu-ray 3D combo pack release is ‘Highly Recommended’ to those looking for 3D demo material and to fans of the film.

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