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90






Studio and Year: Disney - 2010
MPAA Rating: G
Feature running time: 77 minutes
Genre: Family/Animation/Adventure

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Mae Whitman, Lauren Mote, Michael Sheen, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symone, Kristin Chenoweth, Pamela Adlon
Directed by: Bradley Raymond
Music by: Joel McNeely
Written by: Bob Hilgenberg, Rob Muir, Paul Germain, Joe Ansolabehere
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 21, 2010







"Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust!"



Film Synopsis:

What would you do if you met a fairy? Witness the historic moment when Tinker Bell first meets a human being...and it's not who you think. In this fun family adventure Tinker Bell meets Lizzy, a little girl with a big heart and steadfast belief in fairies. During the fairies' summer visit to the flowering meadows of England, two very different worlds unite for the first time and Tink develops a special bond with a curious child in need of a friend.



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Before she was ever introduced to Wendy and the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell met Lizzy, a lonely young girl who lives with her father in the English countryside. Ever since she was little, Lizzy has been fascinated by fairies and believed in their magical power. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue begins during the fairies’ summer visit to the flowering meadows of England. While exploring the countryside, Tink and Vidia happen across a small fairy sized house with a sign out front that reads “fairie’s welcome”. Despite Vidia’s protests Tinker Bell goes inside and accidentally gets locked in. Lizzy returns to play and finds Tinker Bell. She is captivated and takes the house with Tink inside back to her nearby cottage. Vidia rushes to the other fairies to tell of what has happened. They formulate a rescue plan and head back to the cottage to free Tink from the “humans”. Meanwhile Lizzy having gained Tink’s trust has begun asking many questions about fairies. An enchanting encounter unfolds as their different worlds unite while they learn about one another. Tink sees that Lizzy is lonely because her father’s work keeps him busy. As only Tinker Bell can she works all night and devises a system that frees up time for Lizzy to spend with her father. The outcome doesn’t go quite as planned though. As her fellow fairies attempt a daring rescue, Tinker Bell takes a huge risk, putting her own safety and the future of the fairies in jeopardy.

I have now seen all three of the Disney Fairies stories on Blu-ray and have enjoyed them all. The Great Fairy Rescue is special in that it brings together the world of fairies and humans for the first time. The wholesome story about a lonely young girl in need of a friend is heartwarming as it presents Tinker Bell with an unusual challenge unlike any she has faced before. The story is wonderfully balanced and Joel McNeely’s beautiful music score provides an excellent backdrop for the film. Voiced by a great cast it brings back the charming characters from the first two films and is positively reinforced family friendly entertainment that can be enjoyed by young viewers and their parents. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am sure that your family will as well.



Parental Guide:

This is a Disney film that the whole family can watch.





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.**


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Audio: 86



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Tinker Bell and the great fairy rescue comes to Blu-ray from Disney featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 31 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.4 Mbps.

The first two Tinker Bell films look beautiful on Blu-ray Disc and this presentation has similar attributes. Images are awash with lustrous and vibrant hues that are wonderfully diverse and make for visually engaging eye candy. Greens are particularly vivid with visible gradational stages that bring out subtle degrees of separation. Each of the characters has distinctive physical qualities that are attributable to the color of their clothing, hair, eyes, or skin. The video is immaculately resolved with pristine quality and fine minutia that shows strict attention to detail. Examples of this can be seen in the animated design of the interior of Lizzy’s room and intricacy of the engine’s components in Lizzy’s father’s car (while Tink and Vidia are hiding underneath it). The facial features of the various characters have 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 are deep, dynamic and exhibit appreciable delineation. This is a resplendent, polished, and beautifully rendered Blu-ray presentation that looks fabulous on my large front projection display.

The soundtrack for this film is not the type that contains powerful low frequency transients or extended dynamics. Its strengths lie in its attention to detail and beautifully crafted music and the lossless DTS-HD Master Audio handles it superbly. Joel McNeely’s music is the centerpiece of the surround mix and features well articulated instrumentation that doesn’t rely on the power of the bass drum or timpani. It relies on the subtle delicacy of strings and brass which is mixed with the variety of nature’s sound effects to create an involving surround experience. Dialogue is definitively authoritative with excellent clarity and room penetration through the center channel. Off camera directional cues and panning sequences are spot on which help create a believable and stable sound stage. The surrounds are actively engaged either in support of the music or to handle the films associated sound effects. Low frequency effects are not in your face but there is ample bass present where appropriate. I was impressed with the amount of subtle nuance that is clearly audible even during busier sequences. I found this to be a well balanced and pleasing surround mix that accented this wonderful animated family film.



Bonus Features:


  • (HD) Tangled: Exclusive sneak peek – 3 minutes

  • (HD) 4 deleted scenes with intros by director Brad Raymond and producer Helen Kalafatic

  • (HD) “How to believe” music video (presented in Dolby Digital 5.1) by Bridgit Mendler

  • (HD) Fairy field guide builder – interactive design/learning feature

  • (HD) Design a fairy house – Learn how at Epcot’s flower and garden festival – 2 minute featurette

  • Bonus DVD of Tinker Bell and the great fairy rescue
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Tinker Bell and the great fairy rescue is the third installment in Disney’s Fairy Series and is an endearing animated film that makes for wholesome family entertainment. Disney’s consistency in turning out strong high definition audio/video presentations on their animated Blu-ray Disc titles continues with this release as it offers exquisite visuals and excellent lossless sound. The bonus supplements are rather light and other than the interactive Fairy Guide builder offer little enticement for young viewers. Regardless this is worthwhile family film experience that looks and sounds terrific on Blu-ray Disc from Disney.









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Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews





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post #2 of 25
Thanks Ralph. I already promised my niece and nephew I'd have this one for them to watch when they visit at Christmas. They saw The Lost Treasure? (the 2nd Tinker Bell anyway) over the summer when they visited and adored it. I was especially surprised Lael, who's really into sports and even starting to get into hunting (at only age 7), was so taken by it; I think he enjoyed it more than Faith did.
post #3 of 25
I seen a trailer for this movie on another Disney title I watched recently and was wowed at the picture quality just from the trailer. Some of the trailer looked as if it were really in 3D. Its the closest thing I have seen to compare to Blu-ray 3D.
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Originally Posted by Chad Varnadore View Post

Thanks Ralph. I already promised my niece and nephew I'd have this one for them to watch when they visit at Christmas. They saw The Lost Treasure? (the 2nd Tinker Bell anyway) over the summer when they visited and adored it. I was especially surprised Lael, who's really into sports and even starting to get into hunting (at only age 7), was so taken by it; I think he enjoyed it more than Faith did.

Greetings,

Chad, if Lael and Faith liked The Lost Treasure they will enjoy this one as well.


Regards,
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,

Chad, if Lael and Faith liked The Lost Treasure they will enjoy this one as well.


Regards,

Great review Ralph. I initially thought the "Tinker Bell" franchise would be a dud given Disney's past direct-to-video productions, but I've been very impressed with the overall quality of the scripts, voice acting, and especially the presentations.
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Originally Posted by Dave Vaughn View Post

Great review Ralph. I initially thought the "Tinker Bell" franchise would be a dud given Disney's past direct-to-video productions, but I've been very impressed with the overall quality of the scripts, voice acting, and especially the presentations.

Greetings,

I agree. Thanks Dave.


Regards,
post #7 of 25
Already have the pre-order in, my daughter loves these.
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Already have the pre-order in, my daughter loves these.



Greetings,



Regards,
post #9 of 25
One more for the collection...
post #10 of 25
This is a must have for our family my daughter wants her collection complete.
post #11 of 25
Whew!..glad I'm not the only one who has enjoyed this series. The PQ/AQ have always been excellent and mixed with enjoyable stories keeps me coming back. Thanks for the review Ralph, I saw the previews and I'm just waiting for the release!.
post #12 of 25
Great, sounds like this one holds up to the first and second as well. My five year old loves these and is looking forward to this one. I enjoy the PQ and over all wholesomeness of these as well when watching with my young daughter.
post #13 of 25
Just finished watching it and we all loved it. Pq was fantastic and the aq was great.
post #14 of 25
I just noticed this while watching with my daugther tonight. Why did Disney force the DTS HD audio track down to PCM if you are using Toslink for the movie? The previews were all actually in 5.1.

All the other Disney Blu-ray's that we own including the previous Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure all have DTS HD audio track and they output fine to 5.1 channels of sound via Toslink that I've tried.

I'm hoping this was just a glitch on the Blu-ray.
post #15 of 25
Our family sat down and watched this last night. By far the best of the three so far, and I'm hard pressed to think that the fourth will match up to this one. We all liked it very much; the other two were good but this one was excellent!

In a way it's a pity this one came out as part of a series and direct to DVD/Blu. I think it will get overlooked because of those things. This is a fantastic, adventurous, touching movie that is perfect for family movie night. The length was just right, the animation is stellar, and the voice acting was great. I would emphasize that you do NOT need to have seen the other two movies to view and enjoy this, the best of the three.
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Our family sat down and watched this last night. By far the best of the three so far, and I'm hard pressed to think that the fourth will match up to this one. We all liked it very much; the other two were good but this one was excellent!

In a way it's a pity this one came out as part of a series and direct to DVD/Blu. I think it will get overlooked because of those things. This is a fantastic, adventurous, touching movie that is perfect for family movie night. The length was just right, the animation is stellar, and the voice acting was great. I would emphasize that you do NOT need to have seen the other two movies to view and enjoy this, the best of the three.

Greetings,

Dromio, thanks for sharing your thoughts/impressions. Glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed it.

Regards,
post #17 of 25
Ralph, I have to say that I was surprised by a score of 4 out of 5 for this one... that is, until I saw it. Our family has seen the first two installments, and while both were visually stunning, the story never would have received better than a 3 to 3.5 rating. The first two were good, but not great.

As others in this thread have mentioned, this is far and away the best of the three. There is no reason to see the other two films before this one. It's almost like they did a reset. This is a very touching story that had my young ones completely pulled in. This film could have done VERY well at the box office, in my opinion. Who doesn't love Tinkerbell? One of the most endearing Disney character IMO. I am surprised by the quality of this third direct to DVD/Blu-Ray release!

The visuals are absolute reference quality. Fantastic contrast, full use of the color pallet, exquisite detail, and beautiful skin tones. A very fine example of the capability of Blu-ray.

Sound quality is excellent. Very clear dialogue, great dynamics and crystal clear well placed effects.

So yes, this one is a keeper. I got a great deal on the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack with a $10 coupon, and I'm sure my kids will watch this one a few more times at least.

PQ: 5 out of 5, SQ 4 out of 5, Film 4 out of 5

Thanks for the great review Ralph.

Regards,
Dan
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Originally Posted by stereomandan View Post

Ralph, I have to say that I was surprised by a score of 4 out of 5 for this one... that is, until I saw it. Our family has seen the first two installments, and while both were visually stunning, the story never would have received better than a 3 to 3.5 rating. The first two were good, but not great.

As others in this thread have mentioned, this is far and away the best of the three. There is no reason to see the other two films before this one. It's almost like they did a reset. This is a very touching story that had my young ones completely pulled in. This film could have done VERY well at the box office, in my opinion. Who doesn't love Tinkerbell? One of the most endearing Disney character IMO. I am surprised by the quality of this third direct to DVD/Blu-Ray release!

The visuals are absolute reference quality. Fantastic contrast, full use of the color pallet, exquisite detail, and beautiful skin tones. A very fine example of the capability of Blu-ray.

Sound quality is excellent. Very clear dialogue, great dynamics and crystal clear well placed effects.

So yes, this one is a keeper. I got a great deal on the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack with a $10 coupon, and I'm sure my kids will watch this one a few more times at least.

PQ: 5 out of 5, SQ 4 out of 5, Film 4 out of 5

Thanks for the great review Ralph.

Regards,
Dan

Greetings,

You're more than welcome Dan and thanks for sharing your thoughts.


Regards,
post #19 of 25
Thanks Ralph,
This was indeed a pleasure to watch. I surprised my 5 year old girl with this the other day and after dinner we cranked up the plasma and sat back.

I was very plesently surprised that I actually enjoyed the story and my girl was riveted.

The visuals are at times spectacular and are over all very appealing.

My girl wont stop talking about wanting to be a fairy, I don't have the heart to tell her that most fairies are indeed evil and seek to ruin men with their evil kiss.
post #20 of 25
We watched Saturday night (after upgrading the ps3 firmware) All the kiddies loved it and it is my favorite Tink for AV. The thunder was very nice.
post #21 of 25
Funny, I am in the minority that I liked the 2nd one better than this one. The series on a whole though is terrific and I feel lucky I can share them with my little girls. Of the three BRs we own, Tinkerbell movies are two of them, Princess and the Frog being the other.

The Lost Treasure is my go-to for showing off BR HD and DTS-MA sound on my home theater. The song and the video detail at the beginning of Lost Treasure cannot be beat. It leaves everyone stunned.

I can't believe it came with an ad for the next one -- in Fall of 2012!!!
post #22 of 25
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Funny, I am in the minority that I liked the 2nd one better than this one. The series on a whole though is terrific and I feel lucky I can share them with my little girls. Of the three BRs we own, Tinkerbell movies are two of them, Princess and the Frog being the other.

The Lost Treasure is my go-to for showing off BR HD and DTS-MA sound on my home theater. The song and the video detail at the beginning of Lost Treasure cannot be beat. It leaves everyone stunned.

I can't believe it came with an ad for the next one -- in Fall of 2012!!!

My family liked the second one better as well.
post #23 of 25
I purchased this without hesitation based on the quality of the first two in this series.

It was a huge letdown for the following reasons:

The background is out of focus. My eyes do a never satisfying "focus hunt".
Obviously this new technique was done to cut animation costs. At least Disney got a good deal

The fairies look fine as usual, but young British girl looks unnatural, even a bit grotesque as her head and neck proportions never occur in real life. A repeat of Polar Express? Tink, and the other fairies, on the other hand, look very American.

The first obvious (rug being pulled out from under the fans) clue was the rain hat, which looks like a British soldiers helmet, when Britain ruled India long ago.

The weak male trend reinforces itself with the introduction of a greedy, self-centered father. The established male fairies are depicted as gluttons or insect bug eyes, with a token one left normal to serve as an upcoming love interest.

What we have is a studio that went overseas to save on animation costs. As a result the Disney name is tarnished.

At a higher level, Disney management inserts itself into the current outsourcing controversy, hoping that no one will notice the inferior and repulsive animation.

Yeah the sound quality is good, as if that even matters..
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by GoCaboNow View Post

We watched Saturday night (after upgrading the ps3 firmware) All the kiddies loved it and it is my favorite Tink for AV. The thunder was very nice.

I'm looking forward to watch the 4th if it's as good as the third we will be in for a real treat.
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Originally Posted by HiFiFun View Post

I purchased this without hesitation based on the quality of the first two in this series.

It was a huge letdown for the following reasons:

The background is out of focus. My eyes do a never satisfying "focus hunt".
Obviously this new technique was done to cut animation costs. At least Disney got a good deal

The fairies look fine as usual, but young British girl looks unnatural, even a bit grotesque as her head and neck proportions never occur in real life. A repeat of Polar Express? Tink, and the other fairies, on the other hand, look very American.

The first obvious (rug being pulled out from under the fans) clue was the rain hat, which looks like a British soldiers helmet, when Britain ruled India long ago.

The weak male trend reinforces itself with the introduction of a greedy, self-centered father. The established male fairies are depicted as gluttons or insect bug eyes, with a token one left normal to serve as an upcoming love interest.

What we have is a studio that went overseas to save on animation costs. As a result the Disney name is tarnished.

At a higher level, Disney management inserts itself into the current outsourcing controversy, hoping that no one will notice the inferior and repulsive animation.

Yeah the sound quality is good, as if that even matters..

This is, of course, a direct to dvd/bd production.
Hell, even Bullwinkle was outsourced.
Yes, the animation was not as good as the major animated movies.
Expectations are everything.

It was a cheap cute movie.

That being said, Disney is the devil.
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