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Kung Fu Panda [Blu-ray]
(Mark Osborne + John Stevenson, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Paramount / Dreamworks
Feature Runtime: 1:32:09
Feature film disc size: 21.7 Gig
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 4th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Inside Kung Fu Panda
Dreamworks Animation Video Jukebox
Product Description: Kung Fu Panda features Po the Panda, a lowly waiter in a noodle restaurant, who is a kung fu fanatic but whose shape doesn't exactly lend itself to kung fu fighting. That's a problem because powerful enemies are at the gates, and all hopes have been pinned on a prophesy naming Po as the "Chosen One" to save the day. A group of martial arts masters are going to need a black belt in patience if they are going to turn this slacker panda into a kung fu fighter before it's too late....
Kung Fu Panda adopts a different, less zany tone than one might expect from a movie with that title, especially considering that Jack Black has been brought on board to provide the lead voice. While it would be unfair to say that the movie doesn't present its share of comedic moments, the animated production as a whole jettisons non-stop jokiness in favor of something a little more serious. Thus, Kung Fu Panda ends up presenting a message about believing in oneself that might not have come across as successfully had it tended toward outright fatuousness.
Excerpt from James Berardinelli at ReelViews.net located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
I don't know that there is a lot to say about this transfer. It probably looks exactly as it was intended to. Digital animation, especially onBlu-ray is usually quite flawless. Any haziness is purposeful for the realism of motion. Colors look very good and overall the image is impressive - sometimes a bit glossy. Darker scenes, of which there are a few, are particularly well rendered. I'm not overwhelmed by this animation style - it's cute and all - but have to admit there are so very strong moments in this film where detail, contrast and colors appear in a pristine marriage. Technically it is dual-layered with the feature size being a reasonable 21.7 Gig. There is no DNR, grain or edge enhancements - this is straight digital to digital. I can't really critique it and hopefully, the screen captures below will give you an idea of what it will look like on your system. It can look quite awesome at time if lacking some depth you more aptly find on live-action.
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November 1st, 2008
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze