3D Blu-ray Review Spy Kids All The Time In The World: THE HTF 3D ADDICT REVIEW

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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.



    Studio: Anchor Bay

    Product Release: November 22, 2011

    Ratio: 1.78:1

    Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

    Running Time: 88 Minutes

    Rating: PG


    ON A SCALE 0-5

    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 4

    3D Separation: 4

    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 4

    Marissa Wilson (Jessica Alba) is anything but your typical Mom.  

    I mean, how many Moms do you know that lead the life of an

    OSS agent?  As the film opens, we find Marissa, in her final stage

    of pregnancy, on one last daring mission to save the world from

    the hands of a evil villain named Tick Tock (Jeremy Piven).  After

    a stunt-filled chase through the streets of San Francisco, the bad

    guy is apprehended and Mom is on her way to the hospital to give birth.


    One year later, we find Marissa retired and tending home with her

    husband (Joel Mchale) and baby girl.  Her two step kids, Rebecca 

    and Cecil (Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook),  seem to be very 

    suspicious that perhaps their Mom is keeping secrets from them.  

    Their notions are soon realized when their house comes under attack

    from henchmen associated with a new villain named "Timekeeper."

    As Rebecca and Cecil's escape brings them to a panic room in the

    basement, they learn the truth about their mother's side career. 

    As Timekeeper releases his Armageddon on the world, Rebecca

    and Cecil are joined by the original Spy Kids (Alexa Vega and Daryl

    Sabara) who together, with some amazing new gadgets, might just 

    be able to save the world!


    Spy Kids All The Time In The World is the fourth and weakest

    installment of an exhausted series directed by Robert Rodriguez.

    Instead of aiming itself high in providing quality family entertainment

    it takes the low road by succumbing to poop, fart and vomit jokes.

    And why not?  What could be funnier to kids than a flatulent infant whose

    poop-filled diaper makes the perfect weapon to throw at an enemy?

    Still, despite the fact that this new Spy Kids film caters to a juvenile

    audience, it's filled with enough enticing 3D content to keep everyone

    in the family entertained throughout.  It doesn't take long for the projected

    gimmicky to begin, introducing itself prominently in the film's opening

    moments where a clock with its exploding gears and spinning hands

    thrusts itself towards the audience.   From hereonin, viewers should

    expect to have all sorts of objects pointed, splattered or sprayed towards

    them. One of the visual highlights includes a highly experimental

    transportation ray which provides some of the best computer-generated

    3D effect work in the movie.  The transfer looks excellent with enough

    clarity and deep depth to provide an effective sense of dimensionality --

    especially within the huge set pieces filled with grinding clock gears.  

    I was very pleased to find absolutely no ghosting related issues.


    The 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack provides a powerful active and

    immersive sonic experience with the surrounds taking on the task

    of accurately reproducing the film's discreet effects.  Inside a clock

    tower you find yourself surrounded by the sound of ticking against

    grinding clock gears. Overall, a very punchy track that should please


    Spy Kids All The Time In The World arrives as a 4-disc combo 

    pack that includes 3D and 2D Blu-ray as well as DVD and digital

    copy disc.  It's sort of odd that Anchor Bay is quietly promoting the

    fact that this is a 3D package only indicating such as a "bonus" disc.

    Special Features on the 2D Blu-ray and DVD include an interview

    with Robert Rodriguez, deleted scenes, the featurette: Spy Kids 

    Passing The Torch, Spy Gadgets and more!



    I can't completely pan Spy Kids All The Time In The World.  After

    all, it's perfectly suited for its intended juvenile audience and the 

    amount of really neat 3D imagery is more than enough to make this

    disc one that will be played many times over.  For adults without 

    young ones to share this with, there is absolutely no value in adding

    this disc to your 3D collection.

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


    LG 60PX950 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


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