Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3D Blu-ray Review
The disc presents a theatrically correct widescreen 1.85:1 1080p transfer and is Region free. Another film that has had 3D added in post production, as such I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by the visuals, but, surprisingly, it is actually quite good. Separation between layers is reasonably distinct and there are times when it looks excellent, these tend to be, but are not limited to, the CG elements, such as when the animals are ‘flying’. Other terrific scenes are fleeting, such as over head shots of the characters with a good depth of frame, or establishing shots giving, again, decent depth. There are few ‘point at the screen’ moments, the picture relying, as it does, on frame depth, and whilst it works out ok for some shots, most are distinctly lacking in the depth needed to separate out the layers. Add to this the distinctly flat nature of each layer and we are far from reference territory. The characters have little depth or solidity, the print tries valiantly though, such as the animal’s faces, particularly the dogs, whose snout is meant to point out from his head with a nice 3D image, sadly it’s barely there, excepting when they are talking as the CG enhancement adds to the effect. As a 3D image it is below that of Alice in Wonderland, good, but had it been filmed that way, would have been so much better.
Detail, on the other hand, is still very good, the animal’s fur coming off particularly well, even if it does not display much in the way of 3D effects, it is still well defined. At times, it’s almost too good as it shows up animatronics and CG effects without mercy! The image did suffer a little from softness and is not as sharp as one expects with reference. Colours too are extremely well defined without wash or bleed and grade well without any posterization or banding. Brightness and contrast are set to give some deep blacks, for the most part, there were times when noise tended to muddy them a little, but these were establishing shots rather than the ‘action’. Shadow detail was ok and helped add to the 3D effect some.
Digitally there were no compression problems or edge enhancement, there was a nice filmic sheen of grain and, despite the few instances of noise in the blacks, the picture was clean and clear. Crosstalk was somewhat prominent throughout though, noticeable on nearly all of the onscreen writing and bleeding into some of the action becoming a distraction on more than one occasion.
The 2D version of the film remains excellent, in terms of detail, colour, brightness and contrast – much the same as I have explain above but without the 3D errors, it too remains as excellent.
Three sound tracks to choose from, I concentrate on the English DTS-HD MA 5.1. With a pretty aggressive sound mix and plenty of surround action this track is a very good listen, and helps to add to the immersion provided by the visuals. Stereo separation is wide and expansive, though front/rear separation is a little limited. Ambience is well provided by the surrounds, particularly in the animal’s respective HQ’s, though several of the action sequences benefitted. Dialogue is well centred and natural sounding with bass keeping everything well grounded. LF effects are well catered for with numerous explosions that although not as deep as one associates with the best, are still satisfyingly intense. The score comes through very well, using all the available channels providing plenty of dynamics along the way. All told this is a decent aural offering.
- Looney Tunes: Coyote Falls – HD, 03.00
Included on the 3D disc is this wonderful animation that previewed before the film in the theatres. It’s an all new ‘Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote’ short in the traditional sense. Fabulous to hear that Looney Tunes music again, brought back many memories! The story has been seen a million times before, Wile E. tries in vain to capture the Road runner and is thwarted every time by his own ineptitude, daft ideas, of the Runners cunning. Having been filmed for 3D and is purely digital this looks spectacular, with terrific effects, both depth and out of the screen, in a picture that is pristine and puts the main feature to shame. I can see this short being used as demo material for early adopters to wow naysayers, it really is that good!
- Dogs Dishing: Tails from the Bark side of Hollywood – HD, 08.59
A spoof making of that has cast and crew talking about the fictitious better treatment of the humans on this animal staring film. Cleaver idea, but the joke wears very thing very quickly.
- Best of the Best Cat Vs. Dogs Animated Showdowns – HD, 04.33
A montage of animation cats fighting dogs, in the style of Tom and Jerry (which feature a lot, unsurprisingly) with clips from the film itself.
- Meow-Takes: Outtakes and Gag Reel – HD, 03.32
Awful faux outtakes that was painful to sit through, even its short run time is too long.
- Sneak Peak : Yogi Bear – HD, 03.16
Ad for the new film, looks terrible ...
2D version of the film.
- DVD and Digital Copy
Legacy copies for that that want them.
And that’s your lot! All the 2D extras features are only available on the 2D Blu-ray disc, which also includes a 2D rendition of the Looney Tunes animation, but you’d only ever what to watch that in its 3D guise on the 3D disc.
Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is an extremely child friendly film, so much so that is fails to engage anyone over its target audience unless you happen to be a fan of the Bond franchise, in which case you might, like me, get off on the terrific spoofs on show. With plenty of voice acting talent and some mad ideas, but excellent effects, there is some dumb fun to be had and it’s all over and done with very quickly; but that’s where it ends, as there is little scope for a second play.
As a 3D Blu-ray Warner proved a fully future proof package, with 3D film, 2D Blu-ray and DVD with digital copy; the picture and sound are both excellent though the extras package is a little lacking, but the Looney Tunes cartoon is almost worth the price of admission alone.
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