A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape From Paradise: THE HTF ADDICT 3D REVIEW

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    What can I say? I love 3D! From the moment I began watching 3D content in my home I quickly discovered that I needed more content. I suspect that those of you just purchasing your first 3D hardware will acquire the same ferocious appetite. That's why I became the HTF 3D ADDICT. I personally love images that pop off the screen and come inches away from your face without becoming overly gimmicky. However, I certainly appreciate the nature documentaries that offer beautiful depth and separation. These are not necessarily reviews of the film themselves. I am not going to concentrate on story or supplements -- you can find the 2D reviews elsewhere on this forum. My job is to let you know exactly what kind of 3D experience to expect from the titles that are being released. As I will be receiving a handful of new product from the studios expect to see more title coverage.





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    A Turtle's Tale 2:
    Sammy's Escape From Paradise

    Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
    Product Release: January 9, 2013
    Ratio: 1.78:1
    Audio: English & Spanish DTS HD-MA
    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Rating: NR

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    On A Scale 0-5

    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 5
    3D Separation: 5
    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 5


    "We're going to get out of here. All of us."

    To this date, the original A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures, stands as one of the
    finest and most impressive 3D presentations that you can find anywhere. Unfortunately,
    for those of us here in the United States, it can only be obtained as an import and will only
    play on a region-free 3D Blu-ray player.

    I had known for quite some time that a sequel, A Turtle's Tale 2, had been released a
    few months ago and was available domestically. I had held off considering a purchase
    because I wasn't certain it would live up to the original. Several HTF members recently
    assured me it would, so I made effort to get a copy rushed to my home so I could preview
    it on my newly purchased 3D display.

    Does it live up to the original? It nearly does, and I'll talk all about that in just a few
    moments....

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    A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape From Paradise picks up several years after the
    original. As the story begins, Sammy and Rae are attempting to protect a group of
    young hatchlings from bothersome, hungry, seagulls. However, the bigger predators
    turn out to be a group of fishermen who net and capture our group of turtle friends,
    transporting them to a large aquarium/restaurant known as, "The Tank." It is a place
    where humans collect a wide assortment of other fish for the amusement of patrons
    who come to wine and dine in the underwater facility.

    Now inside this huge, concealed tank, Sammy and Rae are trying to find a means of
    escape so that they may be reunited with their grandchildren. However, in doing so,
    they have to contend with "Big-D," a mob boss seahorse who is not particularly in a
    hurry to see himself or the other assorted fish freed.

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    Whereas the original film's merits were 3D over substance, the exact opposite can
    be said about the sequel. Here, the story is far more thrilling, better paced, and has
    an assortment of engaging (but highly clichéd) characters. The film is also totally void
    of the preachy conservative issues of the original.

    I am proud to say that A Turtle's Tale 2 stands as one of the better animated 3D titles
    available. The film's animation is beautiful and the 3D does a perfect job of opening up
    your display as if it were a living aquarium. This is in thanks to a razor sharp transfer that
    provides the most minute levels of detail within the animation. Colors are quite intense and
    well defined, never becoming over-saturated. Depth goes deep here, opening up the undersea
    world with an intensified level of spaciousness. What is very common throughout the
    presentation is the sense of size between the different species of fish -- especially in many
    of the wider shots. My favorite character is "Big-D," a seahorse with a big ego, but so
    small in size, that he stands out on his own among the larger eels that surround and
    protect him.

    Anyone expecting the level of pop-out that elevated the original film to best pop-out 3D
    demo disc available, are going to find themselves fairly pleased with sequel.

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    The good news is that there is indeed a good share of pop-out to be enjoyed in this
    presentation, particularly with the seahorse, "Big-D," who often floats into the open space
    that separates display and viewer. There are multitudes of times that characters poke their
    noses, claws or fins forward. There's even a point in the film where gummy snacks are thrusted
    upwards and outwards at the audience.

    My only complaint is that the level of pop-out is a bit less intensified than the original film.
    The reason why A Turtle's Tale still remains the reference for pop-out, is because it characters
    moved farther out of the display, stopping inches before the viewer's eyewear. That level of
    intensity is somewhat scaled back here. Objects come out of the screen, but not so much forward.
    There's more pop-out in this sequel, but I think overall, the original film still does it the best.


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    Sonically, A Turtle's Tale 2 is a delight for the senses. The lossless mix is active
    with lots of effects that emerge from every direction. Overall dynamic range is quite
    excellent. Most notable to the listening experience is its usage of popular music
    that range from The Clash, The B52's and even Jimi Hendrix. The rest of the score
    features the music of Darius Rucker, lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish. I was
    pleased to find LFE support beneath the soundtrack, which become even more
    elevated with the sound of thuds as a hammerhead shark banged his way against
    an escape door.

    The 2-Disc set sports the 3D and 2D feature on a single Blu-ray with a separate
    DVD in tow. There are no included extras.


    CONCLUSION

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    A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise does not disappoint when it comes
    to 3D pop-out gimmickry. Just be aware that it is somewhat less intensified than the original
    film. Thankfully, the story and animation is appealing enough that this becomes an enjoyable
    sit-through even for us adults. Anyone looking for a demo disc to show off to their friends should
    plan on picking up this release. It will certainly end up on my list of Top 3D Releases, and as such,
    I would absolutely recommend a purchase.


    Images are for illustrative purpose only not representative of the picture quality of this disc.

    Equipment

    Panasonic TC-P65ZT60 THX Certified 3D display
    Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray Player
    Denon 3311CI Receiver
    Atlantic Technology H-PAS AT-1 fronts, 4400 center; 4200 rear speakers
    SV Sound Subwoofer
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    I am struggling with 3D issues that may be plaguing my new display.

    My review above has been revised, as initially, I was not getting the proper
    intensity of depth or pop-out.

    The revision now properly represents what the viewer can expect to see.
     
  3. Paul Hillenbrand

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    Would like to offer some information for those who may be interested:
    Regarding the original Sammy:
    There are different import versions available that are authored with different region coding.
    The (Hong Kong version) where the disc is authored in Taiwan and tiled as: Sammys Adventures: The Secret Passage 3D, UPC# 4-895033-773122, has Region-A Blu-ray 3D capability and will not require a region-free Blu-ray 3D player for playback in the U.S. ;)

    Re: Sammy 2. The U.S. version has a different Title song on the English sound track that is sung at the beginning of the movie. The original Title song is present on the English track of the Taiwan authored Region-A Hong Kong version. The song was probably replaced for Belgium copyright reasons, and the same for the difference of the BD 3D's title printed on the disc and case.
    Personally, my favorite song of the two versions is the original "English" (Hong Kong version), because it also has the same melody score throughout the background music on both versions, domestic & imports. :)

    Paul
     
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    Also if you have access to NF streaming 3D you can see the first movie there.
     

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