Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mars Needs Moms 3D Blu-ray Review

Release Date: August 9th, 2011
Film Rating: PG
Region: ABC
The Video
Mars Needs Moms’ debuts on Blu-ray 3D with a 1080p MVC video presentation and Blu-ray 2D with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. As expected, the film looks quite fantastic in both viewing modes.

Viewing the film in high-definition is the obvious choice. The upgrade is huge, with a notable improvement in details and textures. Colors are definitely more vivid and pop off the screen. Those without a 3D setup will still find quite a bit of natural pop.

Those with a 3D setup are in for an even better viewing experience. This film does keep pop-out 3D effects to a minimum, although they are there. What I found especially cool about the 3D presentation is the depth, which was particularly impressive for a film like this.

When Milo is tumbling down a pile of garbage or jumping his way across a long hallway, it literally looks like you can jump in the television and go all the way down the hall with him. Those looking for pop-out effects will find some light use; one of the most common uses is for the weapons, which definitely appear to be outside the television screen.

Regardless of viewing preference, Mars Needs Moms looks fantastic in high-definition. This film may not have used the 3D effect as aggressively as other films, but it certainly added to my viewing experience. There is some slight banding, but I really don’t have any major complaints about the video presentation. 9/10.

The Audio
Disney has included an English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track for both the 3D and 2D discs. An English 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Video Service track is included, as well as French, Spanish and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks. Optional subtitles include English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Disney really knows how to deliver with their 7.1 mixes and this one is no different. The mix manages to make excellent use of your entire home theater setup, creating an immersive experience like only Disney can.

The film’s dialogue comes through as clear as can be at all times. The audio effects are well placed and feature excellent direction. The film’s score also comes through clearly and beautifully. The audio definitely enhances the experience, it’s just very impressive. 10/10.

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray 3D Disc):

Deleted Scene (HD)
This deleted scene is included exclusively on the Blu-ray 3D disc, and I actually really enjoyed it. I think it should have been included in the actual film.

Disc 2 (Blu-ray Disc):

Easter Egg (0:51) (HD)
Click ‘bonus features’ and before you scroll down to the actual features, scroll up and click enter. This is an animated scene which has no connection to the film. Why was it included? I have no idea.

Fun With Seth (2:28) (HD)
Seth Green stars as Milo, go behind-the-scenes with the actor.

Martian 101 (2:51) (HD)
Learn about the special language in the film.

Deleted Scenes (28:32) (HD)
With introductions by Director Simon Wells.

Discover Blu-ray 3D with Timon & Pumbaa (4:24) (HD)
For those who want to learn more about Blu-ray 3D, watch this animated short.

Disc 3 (DVD):

DVD copy of the film
Perfect for the kids.

Disc 4 (DVD):

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

The extras included are fun, although quite simple. The exclusive deleted scene on the 3D release is a nice addition, and the behind-the-scenes features are also very cool. The DVD/Digital Copy additions make this the obvious choice. 7/10.

The 3D Movie
‘Mars Needs Moms’ is considered the big Disney flop from this year. I have to admit, I kind of had a feeling it wouldn’t be a hit. After seeing the first trailer, it definitely looked quite mediocre and bland. Certainly not something I would expect from Disney, obviously many people felt the same way and passed on the theatrical experience.

Watching the Blu-ray 3D release was my first time viewing the film and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. No, this is not an animated masterpiece by any means, but it’s certainly a harmless family film that many might enjoy.The film tells the story of a boy named Milo, who doesn’t exactly get along with his mother. He tells her some awful things before he goes to bed, but feels guilty and gets up to apologize. As he looks for his mother, he realizes something isn’t right. Aliens have abducted his mother, and the adventure begins there.

The film has a lot of heart, with a lot of touching moments. However, some of the characters are quite forgettable and I do think the story as a whole could have been a little stronger. That being said, it is a cute film, just not the best from Disney.

Overall I think younger audiences will find the most entertainment from this film, but it definitely has whole family appeal. There are definitely better films, but I don’t recommend you cross this film off your viewing list as you may be pleasantly surprised. 7/10

The Blu-news Summary
Mars Needs Moms’ is a cute film with an excellent Blu-ray 3D release. The video and audio presentations are both impressive, and the extras included are also quite satisfying. Overall this Blu-ray 3D release is ‘Recommended.

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