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Smurfs: The Lost Village Blu-ray Review

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“Smurfs: The Lost Village” will appeal to “Smurfs” fans.

For those fearing another horrific live-action/animation blended Smurfs movie, relax. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is a fully animated reboot of the Smurfs movie franchise that harkens back to the original 80’s animated TV series. So as to not give away any spoilers, I will only say the story involves Smurfette, an evil plot by Gargamel, another Smurf village, and magic.

If you’re a longtime Smurf fan, this is likely the movie you have been waiting for. Not only does it entirely revolve around beloved characters like Brainy, Hefty, Smurfette, Papa Smurf, and Clumsy, but it also tackles certain aspects of the mythology of the series. Again, without spoiling anything, fans should be happen to see the universe explored more here.

If you aren’t into the Smurfs, however, there’s likely not much here that will appeal to you. Sadly, I put myself in that camp. While I appreciate that “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is not like the first 2 films and is more in line with old school Smurfs, the movie is still largely lazy and uninvolving. While parts of the story do bring something new to the Smurfs mythos as I previously mentioned, the humor is so poorly done that it makes it hard to care about what’s going on. The unnecessary use of pop songs and pop culture don’t help matters either.

On the plus side, the main voice cast is pretty impressive. Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf is particularly inspired casting. I don’t think anyone needed to hear Gordon Ramsay as Baker Smurf though.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? This bright and colorful animated movie looks gorgeous in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? There’s not a false note in this high quality DTS track.

Extras: * Sony trailers. * “Kids At Heart! The Making Of Smurfs: The Lost Village”- A dopey 9 minute featurette that contains cast and crew interviews, discussions about the project, and more. * A sneak peek at “The Emoji Movie.” Shudder. * 4 deleted scenes. * A music video for Meghan Trainor’s “I’m A Lady.” * The story of the making of the song “You Will Always Find Me In Your Heart.” * Trailers for 5 other “Smurf” titles. * “Draw Your Favorite Smurfs”- A 3 part tutorial on how to draw Smurfette, Brainy and Clumsy. * “The Sound of the Smurfs”- A featurette on the score. * “Baker Smurf’s Mini Kitchen”- A tiny cooking video. * “Lost Village Dance Along”- A dance video. * “Smurfify Your Nails”- A “how to” nail art video. * “Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette”- An interview between the 2. * “The Lost Auditions”- Cast members audition for other roles. * A solid commentary by Kelly Asbury, Alan Hawkins, and Brandon Jeffords. The three talk about creative choices, behind-the-scenes information, characters, and more. * Digital copy. * A booklet of coupons and ads.

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July 8, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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