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#1 of 10 Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 13 2011 - 09:05 AM



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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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Yogi Bear 3D




Studio: Warner Bros.

Product Release: March 22, 2010

Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Running Time: 80 Minutes

Rating: PG


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ON A SCALE 0-5

Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 5

3D Separation: 5

3D In Yo' Face Factor: 5



It's smarter better than your average 3D Blu-ray 



Over the past few months the studios have been very

stagnent in getting new 3D feature films out on Blu-ray.

For this reason, I was very excited about finally getting

my hands on what is probably the first major feature film

3D release of this year, Yogi Bear.


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The film is cleverly adapted from the original Hanna

Barbera cartoon series and brought to the big screen

in live action combined with computer animation.  It's

the story of a bear named Yogi (voiced by Dan Aykroyd)

and his faithful companion Boo-Boo (voiced by Justin

Timberlake) who spend their days in Jellystone Park

dreaming of never-ending schemes.


As the film opens, it's business as usual for Yogi

Bear who is planning his latest elaborate attempt at

stealing a family's pic-a-nic basket, much to the reluctance

of Boo-Boo and the continued frustrations of Ranger

Smith (Tom Cavanagh).


With park attendance down, things turn drastically

worse when a miscreant Mayor (Andrew Daly) looks

to close the Park forever, selling it to developers, in

order to raise much needed cash for the city.  Of course

as one would expect, Yogi and the gang do whatever is

needed to save Jellystone from closure.


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The film remains pretty faithful to the original 60s

cartoon series with Yogi constantly dreaming up

gags to outsmart Ranger Smith.  The animated

characters are perfectly portrayed by Aykroyd and

Timberlake who have no problem getting the voices and

personalities down perfectly pat.  The story moves

along at a good pace though it gets a little sidetracked

with the inclusion of Rachel (Anna Farris),  a filmmaker

who is doing a documentary on Jellystone Park, quickly

becoming the eye of affection for Ranger Smith.


Though geared more towards families and a

younger audience, I was surprised to see how

entertaining this film was for adults.  I found myself

constantly chuckling at the witty humor scattered

throughout the film.  Furthermore, I really appreciated

the fact the filmmakers really went to great lengths

to make this film a first-rate production with terrific

effect work.  The combination of live action and

animation is seamless.


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What really made this an immensely enjoyable film

to watch was its "In Yo' Face" 3D, which is greatly

exploited throughout the film.  Those of you who follow

my 3D reviews know that I enjoy the gimmickry of the

format, and due to the fact that this film is geared

towards a younger audience, there are so many things

thrown at the camera for optimal effect.  In fact, within

the first 15 minutes of the film is one of the most

impressive 3D sequences I have seen thus far involving

a slo-motion spilling of picnic basket contents that reach

out far beyond the perimeters of the screen, stopping

inches away from your face.  It is truly one of those rare

"reach out and touch" moments that I wish were used more

in these films.  If you are sitting with a group of others you

will certainly hear shrieks of delight.  Throughout the rest of

the film you'll be treated to all sorts of objects hurdling

themselves forward including fingers, paws, a spyglass,

popping corn and sprayed water.


The transfer quality is exceptional.  You have these beautifully

photographed scenes of Woodhill Forrest shot in Auckland

New Zealand which look breathtaking with the added dimensional

levels that 3D provides.  Colors look true to form.  The quality

of the 3D is as good as it gets with absolute minimal ghosting.

In fact, the only scene I saw ghosting issues with was of the

Picnic Basket Nabber which is put together with a lot of strings

which produced a slight amount of double imaging.  Other than

that, the 3D is flawless.


The 5.1 DTS soundtrack is rather vigorous, with a full-bodied

score by composer John Debney.  Dialogue is well detailed

across the fronts and the rears do an admirable job of delivering

the film's effects.  During the Jellystone Park scenes there is

the constant ambience of woodland sounds (crickets and birds)

heard through the back channels.  Many of the action scenes

have some resounding LFE punch beneath them.


As if a satisfying 3D film experience was not enough, the disc

contains a small handful of bonus behind-the-scenes features

all filmed in 3D.  Though all the content averages at about 2

minutes each, the quality of the 3D is as just as good as that

in the film.  Each feature is hosted by the actors who portray

Ranger Jones and Ranger Smith.  They take you to the wooded

locale in which the film was shot in with some glimpses of the

cameras that photographed the 3D action.   One sequence in

particular I found most interesting was the original 2-minute

demo reel that the animators presented to the studio heads

hoping to sell the film into production.


Finally, what has become a common inclusion with Warner 3D

titles is yet another outstanding Road Runner short, Rabid Rider,

which looks amazing in 3D.


Yogi Bear comes in a Blu-ray 3D combo pack with lenticular

cover.  It includes the 2D and 3D Blu-ray releases as well as

a separate DVD with feature and digital copy



CONCLUSION


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Yogi Bear is the perfect family flick for 3D home technology.

You bring this disc home and your kids will never stop watching it.


As for adults, you'll either be charmed by the film's humor and

3D presentation or end up frustrated with its clichéd story and

simplistic plot. If not for the 3D I would bet on the latter, but

I found Yogi Bear to be one of the most enjoyable 3D feature

films I have had the pleasure to watch.


Perfect scores all around!


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


Equipment


LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D display

Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray Player

Denon 3808CI Receiver

Atlantic Technology H-PAS AT-1 fronts, 4400 center; 4200 rear speakers

SV Sound Subwoofer

 

 

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Posted February 27 2012 - 02:31 AM

Thanks Ron for the excellent review. I'm thinking of buying it but on another web site its mentioned: "Yogi has tons of depth. But only real popout is the nacho chips scene." "The fireworks scene is good too. Most 3D movies I've seen only have a handful of good pop out anyway. Yogi has good depth throughout plus a couple of exceptional pop out scenes." So are there only two scenes with notceable in-your-face 3D?

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Posted February 27 2012 - 03:59 AM



Originally Posted by RolandL 

Thanks Ron for the excellent review. I'm thinking of buying it but on another web site its mentioned:
"Yogi has tons of depth. But only real popout is the nacho chips scene."
"The fireworks scene is good too. Most 3D movies I've seen only have a handful of good pop out anyway. Yogi has good depth throughout plus a couple of exceptional pop out scenes."
So are there only two scenes with notceable in-your-face 3D?



 The story is pretty flimsy and obvious with Yogi Bear, but I quite enjoyed all of the 3D effects. It's been some months since I watched it (so I'm no expert), but I could have sworn there was a pretty good amount of forward projection effects through the entire film.



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Posted February 27 2012 - 04:07 AM

It was weak. I'm fairly easy to please when it comes to anything involving animation. Not even 3D or classic characters could save this miserable excuse for a film.
"You bring a horse for me?" "Looks like......looks like we're shy of one horse." "No.......You brought two too many."

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Posted July 23 2012 - 01:33 PM

HBO has this in 3D on their demand channel. I'm finally going to check this out so I can see if I want the Bluray.

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Posted July 23 2012 - 02:14 PM

I watched this over the weekend on the HBO HD 3D channel. The movie was so-so, but the 3D was great.

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Posted July 23 2012 - 02:17 PM

Originally Posted by Steve Tannehill 

I watched this over the weekend on the HBO HD 3D channel. The movie was so-so, but the 3D was great.


Exactly my assessment.



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Posted July 26 2012 - 02:26 PM

I was surprised how much I liked this movie. I think it's the best cartoon to movie to date. 3D effects and stuff coming at your face were fantastic. Going to add this 3Dbluray to my collection.

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Posted July 27 2012 - 07:40 AM

I was surprised how much I liked this movie. I think it's the best cartoon to movie to date. 3D effects and stuff coming at your face were fantastic. Going to add this 3Dbluray to my collection.

Not the BEST cartoon-to-movie to date (it's doesn't, er, quite have the sweeter natures of "Casper" and "Fat Albert"), and, being insanely jealous of the Alvin franchise, seems just as stuck in the 80's (and don't remember Ranger Smith in the cartoons having an "Al-viiin!" shout for Yogi...), but definitely one to try out your first 3DTV set with. :cool: I don't know if the native-CGI scenes of the Doritos and the turtle were being conceived back when Warner was becoming the industry whipping-boy for Clash of the Titans's conversion, but it's certainly a great attempt for the studio to sell their new dedication to "shot in 3D" as its own new genre.

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Posted July 27 2012 - 08:14 PM

Not the BEST cartoon-to-movie to date (it's doesn't, er, quite have the sweeter natures of "Casper" and "Fat Albert"), and, being insanely jealous of the Alvin franchise, seems just as stuck in the 80's (and don't remember Ranger Smith in the cartoons having an "Al-viiin!" shout for Yogi...), but definitely one to try out your first 3DTV set with. :cool: I don't know if the native-CGI scenes of the Doritos and the turtle were being conceived back when Warner was becoming the industry whipping-boy for Clash of the Titans's conversion, but it's certainly a great attempt for the studio to sell their new dedication to "shot in 3D" as its own new genre.

I just wish they would revisit Inspector Gadget and have it in 3D. Have a CGI dog(Brain)





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