‘Puss in Boots’ comes to American Region free Blu-ray with an excellent 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 encode, framed in the widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
You’d expect nothing less than a pristine image from a CGI sourced animation and Dreamworks don’t falter here at all. Strong colours, great contrast, amazing detail – all good! You can even see dust caught in light rays in some scenes. Puss’s fur looks so real you want to stroke it.
Even though this is not the 3D version, the image has a wonderful 3D look. This really is demo image quality. Shame the script isn’t quite so good.
The audio on ‘Puss in Boots’ comes in the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround flavour and it’s just as demo worthy as the picture quality. It’s a very immersive mix, placing the audience right in the thick of the action. In the Saloon sequence, you hear the customers’ voices all around you. You hear fine detail like the clinking of coins, clear as a bell. As wagon wheels and horses hooves clatter on Jack & Jill’s wagon, you are there!
Dialogue is crisp and clear throughout. The subwoofer lends enough weight to make things sound real. The Spanish ‘flamenco’ style music brings the main stereo pair to life. This is a proper sound treat!
Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos (HD, 13 mins) - This short picks up right where the movie leaves off with our hero being hired to track down ‘The Whisperer’, who has stolen the valuable Heart of Fire ruby. He takes on three devil hench kittens (who look misleadingly cute) along the way. The animation isn’t quite up to main feature standards but it’s pretty good. It’s amusing but, like the movie, thin on belly laughs.
A Dreamworks Fairytale (HD) - A little novelty where you can choose from three nursery rhymes (Jack and Jill, Little Boy Blue and Humpty Dumpty), answer a few questions and then watch your custom rhyme play back. Mine didn’t rhyme! I got the feeling that this was the method used to produce the movie script.
Puss Paw Pouncing Challenge (HD) - Another game where you use the remote control to move the cursor over the dots of light.
The Animators’ Corner (HD) - This Picture in Picture track plays as the movie runs and contains commentary as well as animation demos.
Trivia Track (HD) - Yep, it’s the fascinating facts that we all live for – that pop up on screen as the movie plays. Watch out for the ‘meeow meter’ that counts every meeow in the film. Unbelievable!
Purr-fect Pairing: The voices behind the Legend (HD, 9 mins) - Here we see the cast recording the voices for the movie. Tony Bandyarse actually waves a sword around as he records his. Thankfully, the others do not - probably for Health & Safety reasons.
Deleted Scenes (HD, 7 mins) - Three scenes that didn’t make it past the storyboard are here for your delectation, introduced by a producer with an unpronounceable name.
Kitten to Cat (HD, 12 mins) - We learn some character development of the Puss in Boots, taking us back to his roots and we hear how Antonio Banderas contributed some of the ideas.
Glitter Box Dance Off (HD, 5 mins) - The choreographers take us through Puss and Kitty’s dance off routine step by step.
Klepto Kitty (HD, 4 mins) - This rather odd inclusion is a news item on a cat who steals things from its neighbourhood. Well, I guess it features a cat. What a link!
Kitty Keyboard (HD) - Included for those high on drugs, I think. This is a view of feline paws playing three nursery rhymes on a keyboard.
Fairytale Pop Up Book (HD) - An interactive feature whereby you can leaf through the pages of a pop up book showing some of the movie’s characters.
Kitty Strikes Again (HD) - A Spot the Difference game where you have to spot what Kitty has stolen from scenes from the movie.
World of Dreamworks Animation (HD) - Basically a novel way for Dreamworks to plug their product.
‘Puss in Boots’ buckles his swash on American Region free Blu-ray with an excellent 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 encode, framed in the widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Strong colours, great contrast and stunning detail make this a demo disc to be proud of.
The Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround audio is up there with the picture quality in terms of a truly immersive sonic experience. Crisp, clear dialogue, lively Spanish music and blockbuster surround sound make this a treat for the ears.
Shovel loads of mini featurettes and interactive games make up the Extras – but look out for ‘Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos’, a mini adventure that picks up where the movie leaves off.
The main feature itself consists of the beautiful animation we’ve come to expect from the studio, yet is very thin on really good gags. It’s mildly amusing as Puss goes in pursuit of the goose that laid the golden egg with many fairytale characters in attendance.
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