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98





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

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: MVC/AVC
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 7.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Jude Law
Directed by: Peter Ramsey
Music by: Alexandre Desplat
Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 12, 2013







"The Easter Bunny is more than a fable"


Film Synopsis:

DreamWorks’ newest animated adventure has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide with a fun-filled and magical story about the legendary guardians - Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Sandman – together for the first time. When the evil Pitch threatens to take over the world, it’s up to our beloved heroes to protect the hopes and dreams of children everywhere.

My Take:

I saw the trailer for Rise of the Guardians on a 3D Blu-ray that I had in for review last year and while the story looked okay I very impressed with the visuals (more on that later). The plot revolves around the Guardians, four fabled characters, Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and The Sandman who in addition to their regular duties help keep watch over those in the world that believe in them. Jack Frost hasn’t yet attained the rank of Guardian and is fairly new among the fabled legends kept alive by the dreams and playful spirits/hopes of children. When Pitch, better known as the Boogeyman, decides to turn children’s dreams to nightmares and spoil their beliefs in the Guardians they enlist Jack’s help in order to stop him.

Rise of the Guardians isn’t especially imaginative from a conceptual standpoint however it’s re-imagined take on the fabled characters in its story as well as combining them in a quasi superhero team fashion was fun. The story more or less focuses on Jack, his back story and his quest to be a validated in the eyes of children as well as an accepted Guardian. The first act moved a little slow for me but things picked up nicely from that point and I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. Rise of the Guardians isn’t as heartwarmingly engaging as other DreamWorks animated films but it’s spirited, apropos and perfectly suited for perennial entertainment for the kids. Did I mention that its an absolutely gorgeous film that looks amazing in high definition?? Read on…


Parental Guide:

The rating is for thematic elements and some mildly scary action.


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: 96

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3D Presentation: 100

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Rise of the Guardians 3D comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount featuring 1080p MVC encoded video and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 3.6 Mbps.

This film is a native 3D film that positively translates to Blu-ray. Detail is well preserved as the image retains its high level of clarity as objects within the frame are delineated and sharp. Depth of field is excellent as there is a natural sense dimension with regard to foreground/background spacing and movement. The cinematography utilizes near field camera perspectives that enhance proportional correlation. There are a plethora of sequences, usually associated with the elements of action/horror that provide a gimmicky/fun reach out and touch sense of dimension as things protrude, float or fly beyond the screen’s borders. A film like this has the potential to make definitive use of the 3D platform and I enjoyed its implementation here as it made the experience a bit more enjoyable. Contrast is spot on, blacks are inky and colors are vivid and deeply saturated. The blend creates a visually dynamic effect. I didn’t notice any overtly distracting signs of ghosting/crosstalk. This is among the better 3D presentations I have seen and is tailor made for fans of the format.

This is an engaging Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix that utilizes the entire system to create a theater like experience. Sound staging is excellent as both the front and rear channels are seamlessly integrated so that sound effects seem to traverse the room. Surround activity is frequent but not ostentatious as both directional and spatial information mixed to the rear channels weaves an enveloping pattern of sound. Dynamics are energetic and forceful which lends weight to the plethora of impact felt moments during the movie. This is a fairly aggressive LFE mix that makes regular use of the subwoofer to accentuate its already powerful dynamic range. The result is impressive bass response that has authoritative depth and palpably rich impact that can be room shaking. Dialogue is rendered with aplomb. Alexandre Desplats’ rousing music is an essential component to this soundtrack as it helps embolden the story with energetic instrumentation and high level detail that maintains a prominent but non dominating aural presence. This is a superlative audio presentation that mates perfectly with the video and source material. The combination makes for a terrific home theater experience that is best described as marvelous.

**I would like to add that I didn't experience a single audio problem with this Dolby TrueHD track.**


2D Video Quality:

Video: 100

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Rise of the Guardians comes to Blu-ray Disc from DreamWorks featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 30 Mbps.

This is a beautifully crafted digital film that looks amazing in high definition. From start to finish this presentation is nothing short of mesmerizing in its depiction of the film’s animated images. The video is exquisitely detailed, incredibly three dimensional and never left me wanting for fine degrees of subtle delineation and texture. The attention to detail in the construction of the animated characters physical features as well as objects within each frame is superb. The chromatic palette is rich with succulent primaries and vibrant secondary colors that exhibit subtle degrees of separation and eye pleasing depth. Contrast is exemplary and blacks are inky with extended dynamic range and deep gradational highlights. Those with high contrast displays will fully appreciate how superlative this high definition rendering looks. The film’s low level sequences (there are many) look stunning as the dark and shadow filled backgrounds exhibit a near infinite level of dimension, with superb contrast and visible shading that draws out lots of detail. I was blown away by this flawless video presentation from DreamWorks who continue to prove that Pixar isn’t the only pristine animation game in town.


Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1:


  • Rise of the Guardians 3D Blu-ray

  • Disc 2:


  • Rise of the Guardians 2D Blu-ray (plus bonus features)

  • Blu-ray Exclusives:

  • Jack Frost Snowball Showdown – Interactive challenge

  • Rock paper scissors with Sandy – Interactive game

  • Legendary Features:

  • Filmmakers commentary

  • (HD) Behind the magic (5 featurettes):
    1. Dreaming up the look
    2. Naughty and nice
    3. Character design
    4. Enchanting effects
    5. Creating an epic score
  • (HD) The man behind the Guardians – 6 minute featurette

  • Sandy's Dream Guide - Interactive feature

  • Bonus DVD

  • Digital Copy

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy




Final Thoughts:

Rise of the Guardians isn’t as heartwarmingly engaging as some of the better animated films from DreamWorks but it’s spirited, apropos and perfectly suited perennial entertainment that I rather enjoyed. Speaking of enjoyable Rise of the Guardians looks absolutely beautiful in high definition. Both the 3D and 2D presentations offer breathtaking visuals that are perfect for showing off the capabilities of your high definition display. In addition to that the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel soundtrack is top notch and compliments the video in rousing style. Rounding out this three disc offering from Paramount Home Entertainment is a fan friendly assortment of bonus supplements that offer exclusive content, interactive games and insights from the filmmakers. Perfect film or not Rise of the Guardians on Blu-ray deserves serious consideration for inclusion in your video collection.






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Ralph Potts
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post #2 of 23
FIRS...

I mean, another great review Ralph! smile.gif Looking forward to the 3D version.
post #3 of 23
Oh great! Might be another "Ralph buy" for me. biggrin.gif I think I saw the preview for this while watching Madagascar 3 3D and I remember being impressed with just the preview! Thanks for the review.
post #4 of 23
Awesome! Another blind buy, but anything Dreamworks is a sure bet when it comes to 3d since IMO they are THE 3d studio to beat overall. Cant wait to check this out!
post #5 of 23
Hi Ralph,

My niece just turned 7 a few days ago. Do you think this movie would be a safe blind buy considering her age? She loves animated movies as much as me.

I can hardly wait to get my 3D copy Tuesday.

Thanks,
Tom
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Originally Posted by Tom Monahan View Post

Hi Ralph,

My niece just turned 7 a few days ago. Do you think this movie would be a safe blind buy considering her age? She loves animated movies as much as me.

I can hardly wait to get my 3D copy Tuesday.

Thanks,
Tom

Greetings,

I don't see a problem Tom. Some of the thematic elements surrounding the "Pitch" character might be a tad dark for real little ones but at 7 she'll be fine.

Enjoy! smile.gif


Regards,
post #7 of 23
Thanks for the review Ralph the kids and myself will be looking forward in watching this next week. smile.gif
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,

I don't see a problem Tom. Some of the thematic elements surrounding the "Pitch" character might be a tad dark for real little ones but at 7 she'll be fine.

Enjoy! smile.gif


Regards,

Thanks Ralph smile.gif

Tom
post #9 of 23
Thanks Ralph! Incredible score! Must buy for me!
post #10 of 23
looks like a PC videogame, and aside from particles and more textures, animation movement looks like its from 10 years ago

tried to watch this... not captivating enough, good thing i had free ticket, otoh Hotel Transylvania was good overall and im gonna get, WreckitRalph was ok
post #11 of 23
Well, it looks like I just went from a 2D purchase to a 3D purchase courtesy of Ralph. Thanks, Ralph!
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Originally Posted by Rach View Post

Well, it looks like I just went from a 2D purchase to a 3D purchase courtesy of Ralph. Thanks, Ralph!

Greetings,

Glad I could help Rach..! wink.gif


Regards,
post #13 of 23
Absolutely freakin' gorgeous!!! with great sound AND I like the story too..again, way more than I thought...one more for the liberry! biggrin.gif..Life of Pi tonight!. Thanks again Ralph! we agree on yet another.
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Absolutely freakin' gorgeous!!! with great sound AND I like the story too..again, way more than I thought...one more for the liberry! biggrin.gif..Life of Pi tonight!. Thanks again Ralph! we agree on yet another.

Greetings,

Great! Glad you enjoyed this one Warren... smile.gif


Regards,
post #15 of 23
I finished watching this with the kids today, I was suprised with this film. It was actually very enjoyable. Definite keeper in my collection the PQ was top notch and the Aq wasnt far off it. Tonight I will finally get to the Life Of Pi. smile.gif
post #16 of 23
Saw this at the theater (4DX--meaning 3D plus motion/wind/spray/fog/lightning/odor/you-name-it effects eek.gif ) and it was a definite blu-ray 3D buy for me--the 3D WILL blow you away!

BTW, also saw Life of Pi in 4DX...definitive BR 3D buy here as well!

Great as always, Ralph! cool.gif
post #17 of 23
I rented this for the kids tonight and while some scenes I felt pushed the limits a bit for my 5yr old it was a well crafted and beautiful visual creation. We just streamed it on amazon but I will be buying the 3D version for sure after seeing the movie and reading this review. I was thinking "I bet this would be kickass in 3D" while watching cool.gif
post #18 of 23
Just watched this last night with my son. I thought it was a very well made film. I thought the audio was very good.
post #19 of 23
Thanks for the great review, Ralph! cool.gif

I had been sitting on the fence with this one, but your review and a nice price drop have sealed the deal and my copy is now on the way. Will report back after seeing it in 2D, and then in 3D...
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Originally Posted by ozar View Post

Thanks for the great review, Ralph! cool.gif

I had been sitting on the fence with this one, but your review and a nice price drop have sealed the deal and my copy is now on the way. Will report back after seeing it in 2D, and then in 3D...

Greetings,

Sounds good oz. Looking forward to your thoughts...smile.gif


Regards,
post #21 of 23
Greetings Ralph. I initially was thinking of passing on this movie, buy your review made me decide to give it a shot. I found the movie and storyline entertaining enough, but I have to say, this is another stellar 3D presentation that evoked a similar impression to what I commented on about Madagascar 3 3D. Another good example of attempting to erase the screen plane.


Max
post #22 of 23
Ralph, or anyone I guess. Sorry to necro this thread but I can't find my answer anywhere.

I bought RotG on eBay. Said it had the digital copy. I can't find the code. I don't even know what I'm looking for. Can anyone help please. Is it a leaflet?
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Originally Posted by Ohiojosh78 View Post

Ralph, or anyone I guess. Sorry to necro this thread but I can't find my answer anywhere.

I bought RotG on eBay. Said it had the digital copy. I can't find the code. I don't even know what I'm looking for. Can anyone help please. Is it a leaflet?

Greetings,

If you got it used it's possible that the Digital Copy code was used/taken already. It should be in the case and visibly marked.

Regards,
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