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Meet the Robinsons 3D Blu-ray Review

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by Steve Withers Mar 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

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    Meet the Robinsons 3D Blu-ray Review
    SRP: £27.89

    Picture

    This new region free Blu-ray release of Meet the Robinsons comes with both the 2D and 3D versions of the film on separate discs. Whilst both versions share the same pristine digital transfer, the 2D version has been opened out slightly to an aspect ratio of 1.78 and is encoded in absolutely stunning 1080p/24 using the AVC codec. The 3D version however, retains the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and the 1080p/24 transfer uses an equally stunning MVC encode that was also taken directly from the digital source.

    The 2D version renders motion wonderfully and the disc perfectly captures all the detail of both the design of the film and the animation of the characters, from Lewis’s unusual hair to the scales on the dinosaur. The colour palette during the future sequences is bright and primary, which is very much in keeping with the optimistic nature of the film. The present day sequences have a more subdued colour palatte with a slightly golden overtone. The resolution always renders a sharp and clear image and the blacks are deep and nicely reproduced, with plenty of shadow detail.

    However the film was designed with 3D in mind and as such that remains the best way to watch it. The image is extremely dimensional, perfectly communicating the original 3D framing and design, which is excellent. The filmmakers expertly use the 3D format to both enhance and advance the story, always keeping the effects within a conservative depth budget. This means that the film is free of gimmicky 3D effects and the added dimensionality never draws attention to itself in an unnatural way. As with the 2D image, motion is handled well and the transfer is free of crosstalk. Overall this is an absolutely reference picture in both 2D and 3D, with images that are beautifully animated with bold colours and exceptional detail, all of which means that Meet the Robinsons provides for an outstanding visual experience regardless of which format you watch it in.


    Meet the Robinsons 3D Picture

    Sound

    The 2D version of the film uses a PCM 5.1-channel soundtrack, which has obviously been carried over from the previous 2D Blu-ray release, which in fact is what the second disc in this set actually is. The 3D version sports a spanking new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack but the reality is there is no difference between the 2D and the 3D versions of the film. Both offer a wonderfully spatial experience with active surrounds and a very dimensional sound field. The orchestral music score is well recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the side channels and back to the rear channels for an enveloping experience. Of course being an animated feature all the dialogue is ADR produced and is always intelligible but could be better integrated spatially because often there are no supporting atmospheric sound effects for the dialogue. However when sound effects are present they are very effective and atmospheric, especially thunder and rain and the roar of the dinosaur. Bass extension is deep and powerful right down to 25Hz in the LFE channel, which provides an effective low-frequency foundation for the overall sound design. The surrounds are used quite aggressively and when they are, the rear speakers direct sounds around the room, often in support of elements of the picture that are utilising the 3D very effectively, resulting in an incredibly immersive experience.


    Meet the Robinsons 3D Sound

    Extras

    All the special features appear on the 2D disc, which is in fact the same 2D disc that was originally released a few yars ago.

    • Audio Commentary - This is a solo track with director Stephen Anderson and he proves to be an engaging and interesting speaker. He talks about how he worked on the project for nearly five years years and how when he read the script he had an affinity with the material because he was also adopted. He discusses the changes made after John Lasseter’s arrival and talks about how the scenes differed in the original version. He seems to approve of the changes that Lasseter suggested and agrees that they made the film stronger. Since he provides the voice of ‘Bowler Hat Guy’ in the movie, there are moments where the 'Bowler Hat Guy' appears to interrupt the commentary, which are mildly amusing.
    • Inventing The Robinsons (17:59, HD) - This is an interesting ‘making of’ that discusses the original book by William Joyce, mentions how the film started as a live action feature and shows how as an experiment they storyboarded the whole film before presenting it to Disney executives. The changes enforced after Lasseter’s arrival are glossed over but they do talk about the voice cast and how, due to the time it took to make the film, the actor who originally played Lewis had his voice break, so parts of the film are voiced by another actor. Luckily for the filmmakers, the actor voicing Wilbur was able to record all his dialogue after his voice had broken.
    • Deleted Scenes (21:31, HD) - These deleted scenes are all introduced by the director, who explains why they were changed or removed entirely. Many of the scenes were changed to add action, more threat and a stronger villain. The scenes are presented through a combination of storyboards, black and white CG animation and fully rendered scenes, which gives you an idea of how near completion the film was before the changes were made. The deleted scenes are: ‘Arriving in the future’, ‘Meeting Carl’, ‘Wilbur’s Plan’, ‘Dinner with the Robinsons’, ‘Bowler Hat Guy Redemption’ and ‘Alternate Ending’.
    • Keep Moving Forward - Inventions That Shaped The World (06:25, SD) - This is a short documentary that discusses some of the key inventions that changed the world, inventions like the wheel, glass, the printing press etc.
    • Bowler Hat Barrage! - One of those pointless games that studios still insist on putting on Blu-rays.
    • Family Function 5000 - Another of those pointless games that studios still insist on putting on Blu-rays.
    • "Kids Of The Future" Music Video By Jonas Brothers (03:25, SD) - This is a standard music video that combines shots of the band with scenes from the movie. The song itself is a reworking of Kim Wilde’s "Kids in America".
    • "Little Wonders" Music Video By Rob Thomas (03:57, SD) - Another standard music video combining shots of the artist with scenes from the movie.

    Meet the Robinsons 3D Extras

    Verdict

    Meet the Robinsons is a fun animated feature that will appeal to children and adults of all ages. The characters are eccentric and likable, the time travel elements offer some nice if rather obvious twists and there are some genuinely funny jokes. The action scenes are exciting and the whole film has a positive message about moving forward and not looking back.

    This new region free Blu-ray release of Meet the Robinsons comes with both the 2D and 3D versions of the film on separate discs. Whilst both versions share the same pristine digital transfer, the 2D version has been opened out slightly to an aspect ratio of 1.78 and is encoded in absolutely stunning 1080p/24 using the AVC codec. The 3D version however, retains the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and the 1080p/24 transfer uses an equally stunning MVC encode that was also taken directly from the digital source. Overall this is an absolutely reference picture in both 2D and 3D, with images that are beautifully animated with bold colours and exceptional detail, all of which means that Meet the Robinsons provides for an outstanding visual experience regardless of which format you watch it in.

    The 2D version of the film uses a PCM 5.1-channel soundtrack, whilst the 3D version sports a spanking new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack but the reality is there is no difference between the two versins. Both offer a wonderfully spatial experience with clear dialogue and a very dimensional sound field. Bass extension is deep and powerful right down to 25Hz in the LFE channel, which provides an effective low-frequency foundation for the overall sound design.The surrounds are used quite aggressively, resulting in an incredibly immersive experience.

    The special features aren't exactly comprehensive but there is a interesting 'making of', some entertaining deleted scenes and the director's commentary is both amusing and candid. Overall this is a very nice package and the film itself makes for a loving tribute to Walt Disney, who no doubt would have enjoyed meeting the Robinsons.


    The Rundown

    Movie

    8

    Picture Quality

    8

    Sound Quality

    10

    Extras

    7

    Overall

    9

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