Monday, May 23, 2011

Gnomeo & Juliet 3D Blu-ray Review

Release Date: May 24th, 2011
Film Rating: G
Region: ABC
The Video
'Gnomeo & Juliet' comes to Blu-ray 3D with a 1080p MVC video presentation, and Blu-ray 2D with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. Both high-def versions of the film are included on separate discs in this 3-disc combo pack.

The Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D releases feature a sharp video presentation that makes for some pretty nice demo material. The film certainly doesn’t look like a Pixar film, but I was still quite impressed by the high quality of the presentation.

Colors are very appealing, rich and vibrant at all times. Black levels are solid and inky throughout. The improvement from DVD is obvious, at least compared to the DVD copy included in the combo pack. Overall clarity is a huge improvement.

The Blu-ray 3D release takes things up a notch, the visually eye popping film manages to make good use of the 3D effects throughout. The film’s depth looks incredible at times. I was especially impressed by the little details and pop that comes from the environments, such as blades of grass which pop like never before in 3D.

There are a decent amount of pop-out effects for those who enjoy them, but everything is quite subtle as a whole. Ghosting was never an issue in my experience, but I have seen a few reviewer friends say there was some light use; I didn’t have an issue however. I do find the film far more enjoyable in 3D, it certainly benefits nicely and anyone with a 3D setup looking for more material will definitely enjoy this one. 10/10

The Audio
An English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is the lossless option included on both the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray discs. Also included is Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. Optional subtitles include English, English SDH and Spanish.

The audio mix included isn’t the most impressive 7.1 mix we have heard, but it certainly makes use of the additional speakers nicely. The effect when a lawnmower goes spinning in the air is quite neat, as the sound travels throughout your home theater with perfect direction.

Clarity is always clear as can be, bringing the audio clarity that comes best with studio-recorded dialogue. The film’s music comes through clearly as well, featuring a soundtrack by Sir Elton John, and special guests Lady Gaga and Nelly Furtado on new/updated songs.

Overall the 7.1 mix is very good, but we have heard better before. I think viewers will be very pleased, if not impressed. The soundtrack certainly adds to the experience, and I think the mix handles the content as well as it can. 9/10

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray 3D):


No features are included on the Blu-ray 3D disc.

Disc 2 (Blu-ray Disc):

Elton Builds A Garden (5:47) (HD)
Go behind-the-scenes with Elton John; you get a quick look at different levels of production of the film. This feature is short, but quite fun and informative for the run-time.

Alternate Endings (4:06) (HD)
With Filmmaker introductions.

Deleted and Alternate Scenes (42:26) (HD)
With Filmmaker introductions.

Frog Talk With Ashley Jensen (1:46) (HD)
Ashley Jensen plays the frog, go behind-the-scenes with her crazy recording.

The Fawn of Darkness (1:29) (HD)
Go behind-the-scenes with Ozzy Osbourne recording dialogue for his character in the film.

Crocodile Rock Music Video (1:32) (HD)
Nelly Furtado (Featuring Elton John)

Disc 3 (DVD):

DVD copy of the film

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

There are not too many extras included on this release, but I did enjoy what was included. I was hoping some 3D features would be included, but unfortunately that is not the case. The DVD and Digital Copy are nice additions, making this the obvious choice for anyone on the fence as to which format to pick up, you get them all! 7/10

The 3D Movie
Gnomeo & Juliet’ is a cute, but average film. Released under the Touchstone brand, it was obvious Disney didn’t want to be remembered for this film. Despite that, I went into the film with no real expectations, good or bad.

I was certainly excited to view the film in 3D, as I did not see it theatrically. Right from the beginning I was impressed by the 3D effects in the film, it was certainly a nice balance between impressive depth and the occasional pop-out effect for those who enjoy that more.

The film is certainly not geared to be a classic anytime soon, but I found it to be quite funny. The humor is certainly dumb at times, but it surprisingly works. The story pays nice tribute to William Shakespeare, despite taking quite a different turn from the Romeo & Juliet we all know.

Overall I found the film to be average, but it isn’t too bad, I actually enjoyed it much more in 3D. There is a bit of adult humor which will fly over kids’ heads, so I think adults will find it a bit more tolerable if you don’t typically enjoy animated films. Overall I liked it, but the 3D use plays a big part in my enjoyment of the film. 8/10

The Blu-news Summary
Gnomeo & Juliet’ is a cute film, which is better in 3D. The Blu-ray release features an impressive video and audio presentation. The extras included are also very enjoyable. Overall this Blu-ray release is easily ‘Recommended.

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