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Studio and Year: Universal - 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 97 minutes
Genre: Family/Animation

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Voices – Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Rob Riggle, Ed Helms, Jenny Slate
Directed by: Chris Renaud & Kyle Balda
Music by: John Powell
Written by: Ken Daurio
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 7, 2012







"Let it grow!"


Film Synopsis:

The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate and Betty White, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!


My Take:

Based on the 1971 children’s classic by Dr. Seuss, the story is an imaginative journey that begins in the town of Thneedville, where a boy searches for the one thing he knows will win the heart of his dream girl. But in order find it, he must seek out the Once-ler, discover the story of the Lorax, the often grumpy but loveable protector of Truffula Valley, restore what has been lost and find the meaning in the word “unless”.

This is a cute animated film from the same writing team that brought us Despicable me, Hop, and Horton hears a who. The story carries a strong environmental theme, especially regarding issues such as deforestation, and air/water pollution while taking a well aimed shot at commercialism. Producer Chris Meledandri and the filmmakers at Illumination Entertainment (who also did Despicable me) do a wonderful job capturing the visual essence of Dr. Seuss’ work.

I found the film enjoyable but from more of a nostalgic point of view. I think this adaptation conveys the story’s primary components just fine but doesn’t quite rise to the level of innate charm found in reading the book. The voiceovers by the cast do it justice and add an air of familiarity and fun that is complimented by the beautifully crafted animation. The Lorax is a fairly entertaining family film that brings Dr. Seuss’ characters and vision to life via a musical/contemporary screenplay that slightly misses the mark when compared to the book.


Parental Guide:

The rating is for brief mild language.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 88

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Video: 100

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The Lorax comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 30 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4 Mbps.

This is a reference quality video presentation that boasts vivacious colors that are rich in saturation and bold in depth. Detail is superlative as the video has definitive three dimensional quality with crisp texture and excellent fine articulation. Contrast is strong and well balanced so that whites are crisp and colors pop without distortion or loss of detail. Blacks are deep with excellent dynamic and enriching gradational highlights. This is a beautiful and pristine quality digital transfer that looks stunning.

The DTS-HD Master Audio encoding makes excellent use of the entire surround platform and offers detail rich sonic clarity and crystalline dialogue reproduction. This surround mix isn’t an aggressive one but effectively combines discretely placed directional cues with rear channel ambience that fills the listening area nicely. John Powell’s music is the centerpiece of the presentation and sounds superb as the front and rear sound field’s never collide but work in unison to render the soundtrack with precise imaging and acoustic presence that elevates the experience. The LFE channel is actively engaged throughout and offers bass response that is punchy and clean. This is a well rounded overall presentation that should satisfy even discerning enthusiasts.

Bonus Features:

  • Feature commentary with co-director’s Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda

  • (HD) Mini Movies
    1. Wagon-Ho – 3 minutes
    2. Forces of nature – 2 minutes
    3. Serenade – 3 minutes
  • (HD) Making the Mini Movies – 3 minute featurette

  • (HD) Deleted scene

  • (HD) Seuss to screen – 4 minute featurette

  • (HD) Truffula Run – Interactive challenge

  • (HD) Once-ler’s Wagon – Interactive game

  • (HD) Get out of town – Interactive challenge

  • (HD) O’Hare TV – In film experience with commercial interruptions courtesy of O’Hare TV

  • (HD) Expedition to Truffula Valley – Interactive exploration feature to learn more about the characters/creatures of Truffula Valley including artwork and bios.

  • (HD) “Let it grow” karaoke style sing-a-long

  • My scenes bookmark feature

  • D-Box Motion Code enabled

  • BD-Live

  • pocket BLU

  • Bonus DVD of The Lorax

  • Digital Copy

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy



Final Thoughts:



Based on the 1971 children’s classic by Dr. Seuss, this big screen adaptation lacks the innate charm of the book but makes for good wholesome family entertainment that little ones are sure to appreciate. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in a hearty offering that features reference quality video, excellent DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound and a host of bonus supplements that include Blu-ray exclusive content. If you’re a fan this Blu-ray combo pack is worth adding to your collection. Otherwise I would recommend a rental prior to purchase.





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Does that mean it will get added to the "Animated 10" list?
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I watched this with a dozen or so 9 and 10 year olds at the theater. Most didn't like it, at best they thought it was just 'ok'. My son told me not to bother getting it for the home library. I thought it looked lovely and had a few funny moments, but I simply got tired of getting beaten over the head with it's message. It's a rental when there's nothing left to rent.

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I am sure the audio and video on the BD are excellent but the actual content of the movie was IMHO horrible.

I am usually pretty good at knowing ahead of time that I will need to dumb myself down and ignore the political preaching in a given film. This film was so bad I couldn't dismiss the sickening preachy message. Even if I agree with some of the message I found the movies interpretation of the book to be insulting, boring and at times frightening.

The one musical scene in the middle was frightening and disturbing.

I may be alone in my opinion, I realize that, I also did not like Toy Story 3 and Avatar. However after this glowing review I must warn those with sensitive stomachs that this movie is not without risks. smile.gif

I do appreciate your reviews though and I thank you for them.
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I am sure the audio and video on the BD are excellent but the actual content of the movie was IMHO horrible.
I am usually pretty good at knowing ahead of time that I will need to dumb myself down and ignore the political preaching in a given film. This film was so bad I couldn't dismiss the sickening preachy message. Even if I agree with some of the message I found the movies interpretation of the book to be insulting, boring and at times frightening.
The one musical scene in the middle was frightening and disturbing.
I may be alone in my opinion, I realize that, I also did not like Toy Story 3 and Avatar. However after this glowing review I must warn those with sensitive stomachs that this movie is not without risks. smile.gif
I do appreciate your reviews though and I thank you for them.

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Thanks stickboy2k although this isn't what I would consider a glowing review..wink.gif


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With all animations this is the bottom of my list. My daughter did not like it nor did I.

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Will there be a 3D version Ralph?

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I requested the 3D version and it hasn't arrived as of yet. If/when it shows I will do a 3D review as well.


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My kids rented Lorax Blu-ray this evening.

I put it into our HTPC that is hooked up to a Dolby 5.1 sound system.

I could get video, but could not get audio.

I took the disk to another player that is hooked directly to a TV with no sound system. It played fine.

What is happening here?

Thanks for your help.

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The scenes in this movie are such beautiful and really worth to get an Blu-ray version. But the story is a bit old, and The Lorax is totally a utility man!
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I agree that this movie really wasnt all that much to write home about, however, this blu-ray was music to my ears. It really made my system "sing" and I really enjoyed the Audio mix on this as it just seemed really well done. I was actually surprised to see an Audio rating of 88. I came here looking to see (or hear) if others felt the same about the Audio track. To me, this was one of the best audio sounding blu-rays I have had the pleasure of hearing in my system.
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I agree that this movie really wasnt all that much to write home about, however, this blu-ray was music to my ears. It really made my system "sing" and I really enjoyed the Audio mix on this as it just seemed really well done. I was actually surprised to see an Audio rating of 88. I came here looking to see (or hear) if others felt the same about the Audio track. To me, this was one of the best audio sounding blu-rays I have had the pleasure of hearing in my system.

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kezug, glad you enjoyed this audio presentation. A rating of 88 shouldn't leave anyone with the impression of a less than excellent surround experience. This is confirmed by my comments as well. wink.gif


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