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Fantastic Mr. Fox Blu-Ray

Fantastic Mr. Fox Blu-Ray coverIt’s been a while since anyone has made a stop motion animated picture from start to finish (other than Wallace and Gomit) so this release is refreshing to watch.  Those of you who grew up with computer animated features will probably “not get” this film, as the method for moving the characters is not consistent (fur moves, jerky movements) but that is also part of the joy of this movie, as it allows a lot to be on the screen with vivid colors and textures, brought out further by the blu-ray disc’s high resolution. If you can get past the fact that this was done the “old fashioned way”, you will learn to appreciate the painstaking approach to this kind of animation and  will find a great story  for adults and kids.

George Clooney and Meryl Streep lend their voices to the main characters which involves a fox and his family life as he plots for one, last big heist against the farmers before settling down for good.  Things don’t go as planned and the animals find themselves in a major conflict with humans.  The satirical nature of the script will have adults laughing as hard as the kids but for different reasons.  I think adults may like this film even better than kids. Wes Anderson directs this film of a Roald Dahl story.  If you’ve seen or read any of Dahl’s works you can understand why this film has a lot of hidden meanings.  Add to this Wes Anderson’s quirky nature that he has in a lot of his films(Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums) and you have a great combination.

The disc set features a digital copy, a dvd and blu-ray discs, with additional features, such as a “making of special”, a look at the puppet makers, and a feature on characters created by Roald Dahl, making this an excellent value.  Please grab this disc set and prepare yourself for a great evening of entertainment.

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sherlock Holmes Blu-Ray

Sherlock Holmes cover imageAh, leave it to Hollywood to reinvent one of the most celebrated detectives in fiction, casting two of the most dynamic leading men for the roles, and have a major hit from it, which leads right into a sequel.  Robert Downey Jr., already red hot with his “Ironman” franchise, plays Holmes as an eccentric social misfit who is brilliant in flashes but is inept in some everyday situations, as shown when he meets Watson’s fiancee(Kelly Reilly).  Watson, played by Jude Law, helps to even out his chum, with unending patience and also with muscle, at times. This Holmes is as much the mental giant as portrayed by Basil Rathbone but with added action hero characteristics.  Add to the mix a past love (Rachel McAdams) who works for a shady “professor” for romantic intrigue and some additional humor.  Guy Ritchie directs the film with a lot of fast paced action throughout.

This Holmes is as fit as any action hero, and the film has many elements of an adventure/action thriller with elements of the supernatural thrown in.  The villain is less than memorable, a British Lord who has risen from the dead to create chaos for the English government.  Of course, Holmes, manages to explain everything logically in the end.

The blu-ray disc contains a typical amount of extras including a feature on the making of the film and by watching this you will see just how much CGI is relied on to make today’s films.  The CGI is very good at displaying late 19th century London.

If you like action/adventure, quick witted dialog and eccentric Robert Downey Jr. characters, this film will not disappoint.

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , | Leave a comment