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post #1 of 7 Old 08-07-2012, 07:35 AM - Thread Starter
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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/3D Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

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

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: MVC
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

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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3D Presentation: 96

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3D comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios featuring 1080p MVC encoded 3D video and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4 Mbps.

I had high expectations for this 3D presentation and wasn’t disappointed. I must admit that being bombarded with gimmicky in your face effects is something that I find quickly wears off the novelty of 3D. That isn’t to suggest that I don’t occasionally enjoy the feeling of flinching when objects are hurled from the screen. I much prefer to view 3D that takes advantage of the depth and dimension that can bring images onscreen to life in a visually involving and natural way. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax incorporates its share of fun pop out of the screen 3D however its implementation isn’t excessively over the top. This is a stellar 3D presentation that features superlative onscreen dimensional correlation. Textures abound as the richness of the digitally created objects onscreen are incredibly nuanced and lifelike regardless of their placement within the frame. Detail is impeccable as the video retains a high level of clarity that is enhanced by the bolstered reproduction of color. There are many noteworthy sequences throughout the presentation (I think the car chase through the city was my favorite). This isn’t an effects laden spectacle however there are enough floating, flying and screen popping objects to keep 3D zealots interested. As for me, this is 3D entertainment that brought a smile to my face.

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.

2D Video Quality:

Video: 100

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 30 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.

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 3D Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in a hearty offering that features reference quality 3D video that adds an entertaining element to the film, excellent DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound and a host of bonus supplements that include Blu-ray exclusive content. If you’re a fan of the move this 3 disc Blu-ray combo pack is worth adding to your collection. If you aren’t familiar with it but are interested in checking out a great looking 3D Blu-ray add this one to your rental queue.


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Just picked this up on 3DBD and I'm very excited to watch it with my wife tonight in the HT. We really enjoyed it in theaters.

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Picked this up yesterday, we saw the 2D during the theater run, but prchased the 3D BD. I will have to say that this probably will and should become demo 3D material, this is a lot of depth, and as ralph says there are pop out scenes not to excessive, but i will say along with the depth there are plenty of scenes that break the plane if you will, where items will appearto leave the screen subtly, and not fly right at you. perfect exampe of how 3D should be done
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Thanks for the review, Ralph! cool.gif

I'm glad to hear that the video and 3D are really good, and I intend to add this one to my collection as soon as a good sale price comes along... smile.gif

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A little late to the scene, I'm aware, but just wanted to add that my 4-year-old can't get enough of this movie (albeit in 2D -- at his age he seems to prefer the freedom of every now and then turning away from the screen to play with some toy or bite on some snack while not worrying about his glasses getting in the way). Really, he's probably seen it every single day since I got it a couple of weeks ago! So, you're right, Mr. Potts, about it becoming a younger audience favorite which in turn does indeed make it a fun family event! wink.gif

I haven't sat down to see the whole thing though, but am now looking forward to doing so in 3D thanks to your review, Ralph! cool.gif

On a side note, my 4-year-old WILL be okay with his glasses if everyone else is wearing them, no real discomfort as he watches 3D (LG passive), and he actually enjoys his pair as they are kids' size (got 2 of these in the LG AG-F216 set -- they're great for maybe up to 7-year-olds). Although the 3D I've seen he is most comfortable with would have to be the IMAX Deep Sea and Under The Sea documentaries (he absolutely loves those!), he's okay with the occasional joining in on watching movies -- or parts of these -- in 3D. I'm sure he'll be sitting with me (and asking for his little glasses) once he sees me watching The Lorax in 3D...looking forward to that as well! smile.gif
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I found this to be a lackluster movie, the visuals are nice as is the case with almost all animated movies - especially the forest scenes. But for two adults, this movie was a bore.
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I agree, the visuals with this one are great!
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