Based on your review Ralph I bought this one sight unseen. I agree with your review with very few exceptions. Thanks for the time to write up your review.
Bought this one for the kids (and me of course)
, and boy am I glad we have this in our collection. I enjoyed this story far more than Toy Story 3 by the way.
The story is fantastic, with quite a few moments that give you a feeling that adrenaline is racing through your veins. I felt myself yelling for Hiccup in a few scenes, I must admit.
Fantastic stuff. There are VERY few "animated" films that I've enjoyed more than this. The kids absolutely loved it. I was only able to watch the first half during my first viewing, and the kids finished it up. They couldn't wait to watch the rest with my wife and I because they knew we would love it. We did. Granted, I happen to like stories with Vikings as well, so that plays a part.
It's funny Ralph, regarding the A/V ratings. I would flip them and give the video the 92 and the audio the 100. (of course there is no right answer). I would have LOVED to have given this film a 100 in the video department, because there were many scenes in this film that were THE BEST I HAVE EVER SEEN on my projector, bar none. The contrast, detail, sharpness, and color accuracy were awesome. The depth of field in many of the scenes was far better than what I'm used to. Almost 3d feeling. My ONLY gripe were the darker scenes, as already mentioned in the responses. I've adjusted the custom gamma on my projector very painstakingly, and I make sure that I am able to see good shadow detail when it is there. However, the APL of the darker scenes (some in the very beginning of the film, and some in the middle) was just way too low. These scenes could have used more lighting, casting shadows to add some contrast and life to the image. If these scenes weren't so dark, I would have rated this a 100 for sure. The dark scenes were tolerable, but could have been better.
The Dolby TrueHD audio is pure bliss. Not sure what else to say. Extremely clear dialogue. Huge dynamics, great bass, and excellent sound placement.
As you can tell, I loved this one.
PQ 4.5 out of 5, SQ 5 out of 5, Film 4.5 out of 5.