In both 2D and 3D the movie is well rendered and a good transfer. The usual Mpeg 4 AVC 24FPS transfer might cause issues to older TVs, but looks fantastic on compliant TVs. Very little stutter is evident, edges are clean and no messy animation was noted. As with any cartoon even an average TV will look good with nothing in the way of detail or low level information to be obscured.
3D TV owners are also well catered for with a 24P 16:9 picture. Annoyingly only one of the trailers is in 3D, so it’s a case of glasses on to set up the film and menu, off for the first trailers and back on for the last one and then into the film!
Using DTS-HD Master 5.1, the sound really is excellent. The music score is typically French, mainly symphonic and very atmospheric. The majority of the music and dialogue is across the front sound stage, but the rears are well used, with birdsong, symphonic lifts and the usual traffic, explosive and weather effects all evident. Really well balanced, mixed and mastered with care. A real plus point for the film.
Sometimes you have to ask yourself “Why Bother?” The extras are limited to a photo gallery, a rather lame game that kept the kids interested for fully 30 seconds and a “Meet the Characters” slide show, reminiscent of some of the earliest DVD releases. Really very poor indeed.
A average movie based on an OK story. If this is to be your first foray into 3D then fair enough, as a 3D cartoon it’s fine. As a watch again children’s classic it is way far of the mark. May be some Guardian reading parents will inflict this on their offspring as an introduction to Film Noire classic Phantom of the Opera, but this really is not a Monster of a film, just pleasant enough to pass some time.
Technically the picture is good and the sound excellent. Let down by poor navigation and a set of extras that are just not worth the space on the disc, the overall experience is poor by comparison to the majority of mainstream releases available today.
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