Originally Posted by AEguy
Big Question: Lossless?
Answer: Yes; Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Though, I know that might still disappoint those who were spoiled by New Line's DTS-HD MA 7.1 tracks, but it's an effort!
Well, I went ahead and watched this immediately.
Originally Posted by Kram Sacul
All I want to know is if Elf is DNRed. Most New Line films have been butchered so far.
I currently view films sitting 12' away from a 50'' 768p Sony Wega LCD rear projection television (4 1/2 years old now). So I am by no means fully qualified to judge the video quality.
What I can say as that I was surprised by the amount of depth and, in some cases, 'pop' there was to the image, especially during the interior North Pole shots. The fine wood grains and cracks seemed very sharp and had great texture. The picture does shine in quite a few places. You can actually read the green menu in the 'World's best cup of coffee' shop and discern all of the windows and building textures far off during the Central Park snowball scene.
On the downside, there were a few shots where I had to blink to make sure my contacts hadn't dryed (possible softness?). Overall, I thought the picture was very good, if not a revelation, on my size screen, and I hope those with larger home venues are so lucky.
Originally Posted by Another_Dude
Will Farrell's Elf burp in lossless sound?
Oh yeah, sign me up.
Originally Posted by General Kenobi
Zooey Deschanel singing in lossless... sweet mercy.
Very nice warmth to it. I suppose that was also aided by the running shower. You could almost feel the heat from the shower listening to this soundtrack.
The Dolby TrueHD really brought out subtle ambience that I honestly never noticed before. Every scene in the North Pole Interiors has an audible wind and heft on the walls from the snow storms outside, which also compares nicely to the same effect heard in New York interiors with constant traffic. During the Snowball fight, I actually could hear Buddy make his weaponry in the left channel like some sort of a machine gun. Any time the Kringle 3000 is juiced up, get ready for some bass!
So I'd say a very good video presentation with depth and texture (that has a few iffy shots, and possibly more when others with larger and more capable equipment dissect it) and a very solid TrueHD track which also has some good depth, nice pans to surrounds, a few scenes of hard hitting bass (mail room), and an airy ambience.
I'm not a professional, so, please, take this opinion to be just that.
Special Features (as read off of the actual in-movie menu):
-Commentary by Director Jon Favreau
-Commentary by Will Ferrel
1. Tag Along with Will Ferrel
2. Film School for Kids
3. Now They Made the North Pole
4. Lights, Camera, Puffin!
5. That's A Wrap
6. Kids on Christmas
7. Deck the Halls
8. Santa Mania
9. Christmas in Tinseltown
-Fact Track (in English, Dutch, or Spanish)
-> "Explore the making of ELF and the process of bringing the film to the screen"
-> Watch for the gold disc and press enter to explore behind-the-scenes exclusives and innovative features from the making of the movie
-> Focus Points can not be directly accessed in the menu
-Elf Karaoke (vocals on or off):
1. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
2. "Deck the Halls"
3. "Jingle Bells"
-8 Additional/Deleted Scenes (w/ optional commentary by Director Jon Favreau):
2. Buddy Talks with Papa
3. Walter and the Nun
4. Papa Tells Buddy the Truth
5. Buddy and Leon
6. Walter and Emily
7. Extended Tuck-in
8. Extended Miles Finch Fight
HUGE EDIT: I forgot to mention the DIGITAL COPY of the film. (I don't know how I could miss the whole second disc!)