Looney Tunes: Back In Action DVD Review
PictureNo complaints here. The picture is pristine, as you would expect from a new film. The outrageous colour schemes are faithfully represented by this transfer, which shows the great scope cinematography to its best effect. Blacks are solid, grain and edge enhancement are negligible.
This is a first class visual presentation.
SoundYour system will get a great workout here. The movie is pretty frantic, with all sorts of set pieces which will envelope you. The sound is always natural, but whenever needed the surrounds open up, with lots of cool (if slightly distracting) split effects.
ExtrasAll of the extras are in 1.33:1 ratio.
Firstly, “Whizzard Of Ow” is a new short Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon, which lasts about 7 minutes. This is merely “O.K.”, and doesn't really stand up to the classic Road Runner cartoons of old.
Following this is “Behind The Tunes”, a 9 minute EPK piece of fluff and a poor excuse for a documentary. This is the usual behind the scenes clips mixed with sound bite sized interviews with the principals.
“Bang Crash Boom” is next. A 7 minute look at the special effects of the movie. Again, absolutely no depth here whatsoever. The only real moments of interest are seeing the rough animation (which may actually spoil the effect of the film for younger children).
The last main extra is “Looney Tunes Out Of Action”, which is a collection of deleted scenes lasting about 10 minutes. Although the selection of clips are uninspiring, they do show the animation in progress, and are interesting. Bugs and Daffy introduce and link the clips together in one large block.
The final two extras are the trailer, and a DVD-ROM web link to additional deleted scenes.
VerdictThe bottom line is that this is a great audio/visual presentation of the Looney Tunes Movie. Although the extras are mostly PR fluff, I suspect younger children will enjoy the slapstick antics of Bugs and Daffy. Who knows, perhaps you could educate them as to what the Darleks were.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £29.98