Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil 3D Blu-ray Review

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Reviewed by Stephen Withers, 28th December 2011.
The Blu-ray release of Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil is a Region A four disc set that includes the 3D and 2D versions on separate discs, as well as a DVD and a digital copy. The film itself is something of a misguided venture that misses the mark and ultimately falls between two stools. The main problem is that the film is too childish for adults but many of the jokes are too adult for children. In addition, the animation is rather simplistic, especially when compared to most other computer animation, resulting in a decidedly cheap looking feature. The impressive voice cast tries hard but ultimately they can’t save the film from a weak script and a lack of imagination.

The 2D version is a 1080p Blu-ray that is encoded using the AVC codec and framed at 1.78:1. The transfer suffers from being surprisingly soft, especially considering it is a computer animated feature. The Blu-ray lacks the fine detail you would expect from computer animation but at least the colours are saturated and the blacks solid. Since the source is digital, the transfer is clean and free of banding, ringing or compression artefacts. The 3D version was converted in post production but the results are reasonably effective and whilst the conversion remains largely in positive parallax it does add to the story. There is occasional crosstalk but on the whole this is well transferred 3D presentation that is free of other artefacts.

Both the 2D and the 3D versions come with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack but unfortunately, the sound mix lacks the kind of dynamic punch we have come to expect from a modern feature. In fact the sound level of the entire sound mix is always reserved and below reference which is a disappointment and the lack of dynamic range or surround envelopment fails to engage in 2D or add to the immersive experience of 3D.

Along with the soft image and weak sound, the extras are also a disappointment, with a limited number of bonus features, including three music videos, a short featurette, some production artwork and some storyboards. Ultimately, it is difficult to recommend Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil because the animation is mediocre, the presentation is underwhelming and the film itself will struggle to find an audience.

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