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Kung Fu Panda 3 Blu-ray Review

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The third time is a charm for “Kung Fu Panda 3.”

In “Kung Fu Panda 3,” Po (Jack Black) finds his life being turned upside down. Not only does his real father find him, but he also discovers a secret panda village where he can apparently learn to master chi. On top of that, Po and his allies face a new threat in the form of a spirit warrior named Kai (J.K. Simmons) who is taking chi from powerful masters

The first two “Kung Fu Panda” films were enjoyable albeit safe animated family films. It wasn’t too surprising then that the third film is also enjoyable albeit safe. The only difference here is that “Kung Fu Panda 3” might actually be the best of the trilogy.

Rather than relying on goofy antics, action set pieces, or an overabundance of characters as some sequels tend to do, the third film wisely digs into the mythology more and further develops the core group of characters (and a couple of key new ones like Po’s dad Li expertly voiced by Bryan Cranston). I appreciated the fact that it was a focused sequel as it allowed the audience to grow closer to the characters. Under different hands, this film could have easily become an overcrowded overstuffed mess, but directors Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni juggle everything with ease.

What really works about part 3, however, is that it has real heart. The themes about living up to your potential, home, and family really hit home here and give the film more depth.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? It should come as no surprise that the CGI animation looks dazzling on Blu-ray.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 7.1 track kicks butt.

Extras:
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* Fox and Dreamworks trailers and a “Kung Fu Panda 3” trailer.
* Art gallery and a Po poster art gallery of sorts.
* “The Origins Of Skadoosh”- Po narrates this sort of recap special that shows where the Skadoosh catch phrase came from.
* “Everybody Loves A Panda Party- Karaoke With Po”- A karaoke music video. You can also play this without the karaoke subtitles.
* “Panda Paws”- A short about Mei Mei
* “Make A Panda Party Paper Pal”- An art project guide.
* “Play Like A Panda”- The directors chat about real pandas they saw.
* Nearly 8 minutes of deleted scenes.

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June 25, 2016 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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