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That about sums it up! No really, this "Blu" just "blew" me away! The COLORS are positively, absolutely GORGEOUS and they don't really ever let up. SHARPNESS & CLARITY are OFF THE CHARTS! Wait until you see what the producers of this animated marvel came up with to showcase these amazing virtues...a case in point would be Gabi, a small poison dart frog which literally pops off the screen in every scene she's in with insane clarity and dazzling colors!
DETAILS and TEXTURE are MESMERIZING...you simply have to see this to appreciate what I'm trying to describe. Whether it's bird feathers (and beaks), animal fur, jungle foliage including bark on trees, hair and facial texture on a few of the humans, etc., etc, this one really can't be beat for the volume of objects, animals, and humans that were created with stellar details and texture.
DEPTH is perhaps the best I've seen in animation, especially when the various jungle birds are in flight soaring through the trees (but it's most definitely not limited to those scenes).
There isn't much in the way of BLACK LEVELS but there are a couple of night scenes with amazing SHADOW DETAILS.
Well, you get the picture (hopefully!)....this is without a doubt a contender for one of the Top Five in Tier Blu, perhaps even a contender for the "King of the Hill." I looked up my review on Rio and I was pushing for the number 6 spot (right below Avatar), along with fellow-member GRG. It ended up being assigned a much lower spot, which was a travesty, IMHO. This one has the first installment beat, so my thinking right now is this should be somewhere in the Top Three. Until I'm able to really compare this with Monster University and The Smurfs 2, I'll opt for number 3....
Tier Recomendation: Tier 0* (right below The Smurfs 2)
Viewed from 7.5' using the equipment listed below....
Pioneer Kuro Elite PRO-151FD....Pioneer Elite BDP-05....Onkyo TX-NR717
Cambridge Soundworks MC305 Fronts & Center...Cambridge Soundworks Ambiance Surrounds....SVS PC12-NSD
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