The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Disney - 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 88 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Bill Nighy, Zach Galifianakis, Sam Rockwell, Will Arnett, Jon Favreau, William H. Macey, Nicholas Cage, Penélope Cruz
Directed by: Hoyt Yeatman
Music by: Trevor Rabin
Written by: Story- Hoyt Yeatman, Screenplay- Cormac & Marianne Wibberley
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 15, 2009
"I would've hit you so hard you would have shed yourself"
A specially trained squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world.
From Disney and Über-Producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes this tale of a team of genetically altered guinea pigs. The furry animals have 48 hours to stop a global extermination plan by an electronics giant. The plan involves activating a secret chip implanted in all of its devices, and of course the FBI doesn't believe the rodents and their creator played by Zach Galifianakis (the tightly whitey wearing brother from The Hangover). Now If I were to review this with a serious bent I would say stay away...stay very far away! But since it’s for your 10 year old I’ll admit it is pretty decent for what it is. Yes, it is chock full o' cliché, hit or miss one liner’s, and big chase scenes. And Guess what? Kids will dig it. Remember folks, it’s not a cliché to them (yet)! Voiced by Sam Rockwell (Darwin), Penélope Cruz (Juarez), and Tracey Morgan (Blaster), the CGI guinea pigs looked great and had personality. I had a few smiles with their interplay on male/female relations as Juarez, the female guinea pig is playing hard to get with Darwin and Blaster fighting for her attention. "Yippee-ki-yay, coffee-maker!" There are definitely some moments for the adults as well as some familiar faces to help us through. The always great Bill Nighy plays the lead heavy while Will Arnett and Zach Galifianakis lend a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor playing their roles with a serious face on. So what if we have seen it before and seen it better? So what if you already have a favorite government animal espionage thriller. If you need to escape High School Musical 7 and want a break from completely animated/CGI tales, you won’t go wrong with G-FORCE on a rainy Saturday or Friday popcorn night.
Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor.
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.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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G-FORCE comes to Bluray Disc from Disney featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 24 mbps and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 4 mbps.
G-FORCE is not as pristine a transfer as I would hope from 2009 CGI ridden Disney film. But again, I feel I am splitting hairs as this sure is a good looking Bluray. Maybe it’s because it was originally released in 3D but the colors looked a bit warm and on the reddish side making the skin-tones and color saturation suffer. It was not the sharpest transfer I have seen lately but I think most viewers will not find a thing wrong. The blacks were slightly crushed, especially noticeable at times when Bill Nighy's black blazer had no definition. Still, it’s an above average Bluray experience and most of the time these issues were not jumping off the screen. The good news is there really was no video noise or artifact's to be found and to some, the over saturated colors might just give it a bit of extra pop. The Audio is a definite step up. I loved its use of the surrounds; I almost wanted to swat the secret agent Fly buzzing around! The LFE was deep and quick adding a nice depth of dynamics. When things got hectic, which happened quite often, I would lose a very important and witty word or two. Besides that it was a very nice surround mix!
* CIH users should note that the subtitles appear within the picture area *
- (HD) Cine-Explore With Darwin, Blaster & Their Creator (PIP)
- (HD) Access Granted: Inside The Animation Lab
- (HD) Deleted Scenes
- (HD) Blaster's Boot Camp
- (HD) G-Farce- Bloopers And Flubs
- (HD) G-Force Mastermind
- (HD) Bruckheimer Animated: A Look Back At His CG Work
- (HD) Music Videos
- BD Live Enabled
- Digital Copy
- DVD Copy
- D-Box Motion Code
Out of my last 3 Children's reviews, Alien's in the Attic and Shorts, I would plop G-FORCE in the middle behind Aliens. A fun action spoof with enough meat for us parents to sink our teeth into, a generous portion of extras and a enough whiz and bang to enjoy your system. I would say its an easy rental and possible purchase, especially if it seems up you little one's alley.
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