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TinkerBell and the Legend of the Neverbeast (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review



Check out our review of this new animated adventure from Disneytoon Studios that stars the fairies of Pixie Hollow. Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover, or an animal by its fangs, so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tinkerbell and her friends aren't so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the NeverBeast.



The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

95



Details:

Studio and Year: Disney - 2015
MPAA Rating: G
Feature running time:76 minutes
Genre: Family

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

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Mae Whitman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Rosario Dawson, Angelica Huston, Megan Hilty, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symone
Directed by: Steve Loter
Music by: Joel McNeely
Written by: Tom Rogers, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorckle, Kate Kondell
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 3, 2015


"You can’t judge a book by its cover"


My Take:

The heartwarming story explores the ancient myth of a mysterious creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell's friend Fawn, an animal fairy who's not afraid to break the rules to rescue the NeverBeast before time runs out. The fairies meet Gruff who is a massive creature and the subject of an ancient Pixie Hollow myth. Hidden in a dark lair on the fringes of the fairies' beloved home, Gruff is discovered by curious and empathetic animal fairy Fawn, who sees something special in his glowing green eyes. His penchant for stacking rocks mystifies Fawn and her friends—but Gruff's true purpose is the real surprise.

I have seen all of the Disney Fairies stories on Blu-ray and have enjoyed each of them. TinkerBell and the Legend of the Neverbeast is special in that it focuses on the new character of Fawn, introduces the new elite squad of Scout Fairies (led by Nyx, voiced by Rosario Dawson) whose job is to protect the realms of Pixie Hollow and incorporates a little light action. The whimsical story combined with the magic of the fairies made for a wholesome and heartwarming experience. 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 previous films, while adding a few new ones. TinkerBell and the Legend of the Neverbeast is positively reinforced family friendly entertainment that can be enjoyed by young viewers and their parents.


Parental Guide:

This film is appropriate for all audiences.


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: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
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Video: 100
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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TinkerBell and the Legend of the Neverbeast comes to Blu-ray Disc from Disney featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 33 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 5.5 Mbps.

Each of the Disney Fairies films look beautiful on Blu-ray Disc and this presentation is no exception. 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. 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 DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio presentation makes excellent use of the surround platform and offers detail rich clarity, crystalline dialogue and ample low frequency support. This mix doesn’t bombard you with consistently active surround sound however it applies it when appropriate and combines discretely placed directional cues with rear channel ambience that fills the listening area nicely. The front and rear sound field’s never collide but work in unison to render the soundtrack with precise imaging and acoustic placement that elevates the experience. Dynamic’s are excellent and the LFE channel is actively engaged offering bass response that is punchy and clean. This is a well rounded overall presentation that compliments the source material.


Bonus Features:
  • (HD) 5 essential ingredients to getting Gruff – 5 minute featurette
  • (HD) My Dad’s movie: The true story of the Neverbeast – 5 minute featurette
  • (HD) Jeff Corwin’s guide to real world Neverbeasts – 3 minutes
  • (HD) 4 deleted scenes with director introduction
  • (HD) Tink’n about animals
  • (HD) Gruff love - Teaser
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy





Final Thoughts:

TinkerBell and the Legend of the Neverbeast is the sixth installment in Disney’s Fairy Series and is a heartwarming animated adventure that makes for wholesome family entertainment. Disney’s penchant for top notch audio/video presentations on their animated Blu-ray Disc continues with this Blu-ray Combo Pack that features superb high definition video quality and excellent lossless DTS-HD Master Audio sound. The light supplemental offering includes insights from co-writer/director and is worth checking out for fans. TinkerBell and the Legend of the Neverbeast deserves a place in the Blu-ray collections of Disney Fairy Series fans.





Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews



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JVC DLA-RS4910 3D Ready 1080p High Definition Front Projector
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Carada Masquerade Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV7702 11.2 Channel Audio/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies - 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 Series 2 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo BDP-103D Universal Disc/3D capable Blu-ray Player (With Darbee video processing)
Panasonic DMP-BDT310 3D capable Blu-ray Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
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Disney’s Fairy Series (films & tv special):
1) Tinker Bell (September 18, 2008)
2) Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (October 27, 2009)
3) Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (September 21, 2010)
4) Pixie Hollow Games (November 19, 2011, half-hour television special)
5) Secret of the Wings (October 23, 2012)
6) The Pirate Fairy (April 1, 2014)
7) Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (December 12, 2014)

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