Frankenweenie (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)
From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life-with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous. A stop-motion animated film; Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. -- (C) Disney
Frankenweenie ascends to top-tier heaven with a stunning 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation that looks every bit as good as it should. Crisp, clean whites, gorgeous grays and rich, inky blacks lend the image a wonderful sense of depth and dimensionality, often to incredibly lifelike ends. Contrast is vibrant and unwavering as well, and detail is nothing short of flawless. Edges are clean and refined, perfectly resolved fine textures reveal every nuance of the clothes, models and sets that appear. As it stands, I'd be hard pressed not to give Frankenweenie a second chance, if only to marvel at its visual tricks and treats one more time. No matter your reaction to the film itself, this is one presentation you won't soon forget.
Disney's video presentation isn't the only thing that will pull you into New Holland. Frankenweenie boasts a terrific enveloping DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track sure to stir up a few oohs and aahs of its own. Dialogue is clear, nicely centered and impeccably prioritized, and voices are never lost or buried, even when chaos invades Victor's quiet town. Rear speaker activity is robust and aggressive, filling each environment and locale with natural ambience and engaging atmosphere. All the while, dynamics are excellent and cross-channel pans are frighteningly smooth. As animated AV presentations go, Frankenweenie delivers on all fronts.
Even though the movie presentation was flawless, as mentioned above, the movie itself was very lacking. Now before you read on, you should know that I’m not a huge Tim Burton fan. With that being said, I had a hard time not losing my focus and concentration during the film. It was slow and unexciting. The first 45 minutes to an hour seemed like an eternity. There were no edge of your seat moments or anything to suggest that it was worth the time spent watching it. Now the final 20 plus minutes were a lot more entertaining, as the action picked up and chaos ensued. My 8-year-old son came away from watching the movie saying, “that wasn’t a very good movie, Dad.” As much as I would like to give this movie a good review, outside of the presentation, I would be hard pressed to recommend it as a movie night must see.
Posted by Ryan Gibbs, February 4, 2013 7:08 AM