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Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil Blu-ray Review

“Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil” is a truly lackluster sequel.

The plot: While Red is off training with the Sisters of the Hood, Granny and Hansel and Gretel are kidnapped by a wicked witch who is seeking an ancient recipe that allows its eaters to become invincible. Trying to stop the witch from carrying out her evil plan, the secret organization Happily Ever After agency (or HEA) sends Red, Twitchy, and Wolf off to save the day. Of course, their journey soon becomes more than a simple rescue operation thanks to a plot twist.

The first “Hoodwinked” film (which was nothing more than a cash-in on “Shrek”) turned out to be a surprise box office for whatever reason. Rather than striking while the iron is hot, The Weinstein Company decided to wait 6 years (for some odd reason) to release a sequel. Considering the first film was a forgettable animated feature, it’s not surprising that the sequel makes an even worse impression. In fact, there’s very little to admire here. Between the tired pop culture references and the lame fairytale character puns, you will be hard pressed to not check your watch (or the clock) every 10 minutes hoping the film will end soon. The exposition rants, a reference to the film’s title, the paper thin plot, the embarassingly bad humor, and even a blatant “Shrek” reference do not help the film’s quality either. Skip this one, folks.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality is undoubtedly the best transfer you will see for this movie, but the cheap looking CGI doesn’t exactly shine in hi-def as a Pixar film would.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track contains sharp sounding voice acting, action, and sound f/x which is all you can ask for.

Extras:
* DVD copy.
* Theatrical and DVD/Blu-ray trailers for The Weinstein Company films.
* Music videos for CeeJ’s “Perfect Two,” Lavay Cole’s “You Know It,” and Hayden Panettiere’s “I Can Do It Alone.” Yes, the Cheerleader from “Heroes” is now a pop singer.
* 2 storyboard sequences.
* Production artwork (character stills and so forth).

* “Hoodwinked Too! Video Game trailers.
* Voice cast members Hayden Panettiere, Patrick Warburton, Heidi Klum, Wayne Newton and David Ogden Stiers talk about their characters and voice acting. Behind-the-scenes footage of the voice actors and actresses is also included.

August 19, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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