Check out our review of this charming family film based on the beloved children's books by Michael Bond. A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company - 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 95 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw
Directed by: Paul King
Music by: Nick Urata
Written by:Hamish McColl, Paul King – Based on the character created by Michael Bond
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 28, 2015
"The adventure begins…"
Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined until he meets the kindly Brown family who take him home after reading the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you”. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rare talking bear catches the eye of Millicent a museum taxidermist with an axe to grind.
Paddington Bear was first introduced to children in Michael Bond’s 1958 book, A Bear Called Paddington and the subsequent Paddington Bear series has sold over 35 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. For the first time, author Michael Bond has given his blessing for his beloved characters to be brought to the big screen.
Paddington is a film adaptation based on the beloved children’s books by Michael Bond. The film combines a mix of live-action, and computer-generated special effects to create the characters/world featured in the story. I remember Paddington Bear, not so much for me growing up but from when my kids were little. I believe there was a TV series they used to watch. To be honest seeing the trailer for this film didn’t leave me hankering to see it.
After sitting down with it I was pleasantly surprised. It remains faithful to the character while adding a sort of contemporary flavor that rarely feels campy. The fish out of water plot works quite well and the storyline is spirited and appropriately deferent. I found it had just the right amount of heartwarming charm while adding the type of adventure and humor that makes for pitch perfect family entertainment. I rather enjoyed the cast, including the voice performances of Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton and Ben Whishaw. I wouldn’t say that Paddington is destined to be the next animated film classic but it’s wonderful family fun that fans of the books can share with their children.
The rating is for mild action and 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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- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
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Paddington comes to Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps.
This is a great looking video presentation from Anchor Bay on Blu-ray. High level detail is present throughout so that images are rendered with pristine quality. Colors are bright and visually pleasing and fleshtones are naturally rendered with discernible complexional delineation among the various members of the cast. Contrast and black levels are stable with ample depth and perceptible delineation. I didn’t observe any signs of video related anomalies or artifacts. All in all this one shines on Blu-ray.
The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio presentation renders the source elements with excellent clarity and punchy dynamics. Dialogue is delivered with appreciable tonal variation and refinement. The surrounds are active at times and used to good effect for front/rear channel pans and reproduction of music related ambience. The mix isn’t very aggressive but does create an enjoyable listening experience that matches the tone of the film.
- (HD) Meet the characters – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) When bears come to stay – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) From page to screen – 3 minute featurette
- (HD) “Shine” – lyric music video
- (HD) The making of “Shine” with Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams – 4 minutes
- Digital HD Copy
- Bonus DVD
Paddington is a film adaptation based on the beloved children’s books by Michael Bond and is a charming and deferent family adventure that can be shared by generations of fans. It comes to Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, crystal clear lossless surround sound and a disappointingly light supplemental offering. Paddington makes for pitch perfect family entertainment while looking terrific on Blu-ray. If you’re a fan feel free to add it to your collection.
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