My Life as a Zucchini Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews this heartwarming animated film that tells the story of a boy who, after losing his mother, is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

92

Details:

Studio and Year: Universal – 2016
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 68 minutes
Genre: Family

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

Audio Format(s): English/French DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, French
Starring: Will Forte, Ellen Page, Nick Offerman, Amy Sedaris
Directed by: Claude Barras
Music by: Sophie Hunger
Written by: Celine Sciamma
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: May 23, 2017

“Believe in Second Chances”



My Take:

After befriending a kind police officer, nine-year-old Zucchini is taken to a foster home filled with other orphans his age. Though he struggles to find his place at first, with the help of his new friends, Zucchini learns to trust and love again as he searches for a new family of his own. With a band of unforgettable characters, you’ll be cheering for, My Life as a Zucchini stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, My Life as a Zucchini is inspired by the novel by Giles Paris entitled “ Autobiographie d’une Courgette”. As seen through the eyes of an adolescent named Courgette, whose nickname is “Zucchini” this is touching tale that deals with universal themes that revolve around familial dysfunction, loss, overcoming adversity and the uplifting power of friendship. I watched it with my wife and adult daughter and we absolutely loved it. By the times the credits rolled there wasn’t a dry eye among us.

My Life as a Zucchini turned out to be much more than we anticipated and is one of those unknown “diamonds in the rough” that remind me why I enjoy my job as a reviewer.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for thematic elements and suggestive material.

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: 84
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

 

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Video: 100
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My Life as a Zucchini comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 34 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3 Mbps.

This film features beautifully crafted animation that looks superb in high definition. The color range mates perfectly with the source material and are reproduced naturally, revealing subtle degrees of delineation that sparkle. Each of the characters has distinctive physical qualities that are attributable to them and all are easily discernable. The video is immaculately resolved with pristine quality and fine minutia that shows strict attention to detail. The facial features of the various characters have a lifelike quality that allows them to display a varied range of emotions. Contrast and black levels strike a great balance as whites are bright, detailed and punchy while blacks exhibit discernible depth and dynamic range. This is a resplendent, polished, and beautifully rendered Blu-ray presentation that looks fabulous on my large front projection display.

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio presentation renders the source elements with excellent clarity and punchy dynamics. Dialog is delivered with appreciable tonal variation and refinement. The surrounds are active at times and used to good effect for front/rear channel pans and reproduction of music related ambience. The mix isn’t very aggressive but does create an enjoyable listening experience that matches the tone of the film.

Bonus Features:

  • The Making of My Life as a Zucchini – 18 minute featurette
  • The Genie in a Tin of Ravioli – 7 minute Animated Short
  • U.S. Trailer
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, My Life as a Zucchini is inspired by the novel by Giles Paris entitled “ Autobiographie d’une Courgette”, and is a touching, and entertaining family film that deals with universal themes that revolve around familial dysfunction, loss, overcoming adversity, and the uplifting power of friendship. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring sparkling high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound, and a light supplemental package that includes a worthwhile production featurette, and animated short. My Life as a Zucchini is truly a must-see film for genre fans and comes highly recommended on Blu-ray.

 

Ralph Potts
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