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Megamind: THE HTF 3D ADDICT REVIEW



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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 18 2011 - 11:59 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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MEGAMIND


Studio: DreamWorks

Product Release: September 6, 2011

Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: 7.1 Dolby True HD; French, Spanish & Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital

Running Time: 96 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: 4



The Most 3D Fun You Can Currently Buy!



Someone is going to hate me.  Count on it.  I am about to sit

here and give the most glowing review for what I feel is perhaps

the best 3D title currently available, and somebody is going to

buy it -- hate it, and me.


But you know what?  I'm going to firmly stand my ground and

praise this remarkably clever animated film that is big on laughs

and looks incredible on 3D.


...but I am getting a wee bit ahead of myself here.


Megamind was another one of those titles that went directly

to Samsung  as an exclusive in their 3D starter kit last March.

Fortunately, that exclusivity lasted only about 6 months as the

3D Blu-ray finally went on sale at every Best Buy starting on 

September 6th. 


The timing of this release and other exclusives through Best

Buy couldn't come at a better moment.  For the most part, the

3D market has been a bit stale up until recently.  It was time

that someone interjected some exciting new titles into the

marketplace to excite consumers into purchasing hardware.

With the release of Megamind, I think consumers finally have

something they can really put their 3D hardware to good use for.



In this Superhero Parody, Megamind (voiced by Will Farrell)

and his arch-enemy Metro Man (voiced by Brad Pitt) are sent to

Earth as babies as their home planets face immediate doom.

Metro Man lands himself in the hands of a loving family that gives

him all the proper care one would want from the world.  Megamind,

on the other hand, lands in a prison and is raised by inmates.


You can kind of see where this is leading.  Metroman becomes 

a super "hero" filled with goodness, while Megamind turns villain.

As much as the two hate each other, their relationship becomes

one of necessity.  For without one, the other has no purpose. 

Aided by his trustworthy minion (voiced by David Cross), Megamind

launches a repeated cycle of failed kidnap attempts on female 

reporter Roxie Richie (voiced by Tina Fey) to lure his opponent, until

one day, the plans actually work and finally rids the world of his

"goody-goody" rival.



With no more conflict in his life, and wanting to impress the

female reporter that has become his object of affection, Megamind

hatches a plan to create a new nemesis by transforming a nerdy

red-headed cameraman (Jonah Hill) into an über-SuperHero named

Titan.  When things go out of whack, Megamind must find a way

to set things right before the city is completely destroyed.


Megamind plays out like a comic-book caper that gives homage

to one of my favorite superhero movies (think Marlon Brando).  

Filled with terrific one-liners, Megamind is a wickedly funny movie

that had me laughing throughout.  The action and humor seem

to come at a rapid pace, so the film never feels as if it runs out

of steam even when it becomes a bit heartfelt.  Helping the film

move along is the surprising inclusion of old-school rock featuring

the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC and ELO.



One really needs to see this transfer to appreciate it.  It's simply

impeccable. Though "razor sharp" is a term used quite often to 

describe detail level, that term really comes into play here.  The

colors in the film seem to be on steroids.  It's very rare that I see

a powerful exhibition of eye-popping, vivid colors as I do here.  You

can thank Blu-ray for providing a presentation that looks as slick 

as this one, and none of it gets suppressed when you put on the

3D eyewear.



So, let's talk about the quality of 3D here.  All of you should know

by now my personal preferences towards what makes a superior

3D presentation. I lean more towards "In Yo' Face" gimmickry over

something more subtle.  So, imagine the delight I had watching a 

film that made exceptional use of the format it was conceptualized

for.  First of all, the film has a distinctive "cardboard cutout" look 

to it.  Secondly, the filmmakers made great use of different sized

objects to enhance the 3D effect.  For instance, take a look at 

Megamind floating in front of a JumboTron in one of the film's

earliest scenes.  The effect is simply amazing, making the character

appear as if he is floating just outside the perimeters of the home

theater display.  There is a similar sequence with a dangling spider,

who also seemingly hovers inches in front of the screen.  In the

meantime, we are treated to all kinds of objects that poke themselves

towards us including kernels of pop corn, laser guns, fingers and

an antenna above a skyrise building.   Even Megamind's flying 

army of robots take their turn pointing their electronic eyes towards

the viewer.  None of the lunging affects are as dramatic as I would

have liked them to be, but nonetheless, at least someone is still

trying to make 3D movies that give the viewer their money's worth.


By the way, there was the most minor of ghosting issues present

in this transfer, noticeably at one point where Megamind points his

black-gloved finger towards the audience.  Other than that, I am 

proud to say that this transfer is practically ghost-free.



The Blu-ray is presented with a 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track that is the

same as the theatrical Dolby Surround 7.1 mix.  You can read more

about the designing of that mix here. Suffice to say, this is a very 

engrossing sonic experience with surround activity that is endlessly

engaged while never drowning out the front channels or center vocals.

There is a real sense of directionality when it comes to the placement

of the film's effects.  Most of the film's rock track comes through with

pounding clarity, such as George Thorogood's Bad To the Bone.  Other

songs like ELO's Mr. Blue Sky seem to be purposely placed in the

background so it gets more lost in the mix.  LFE activity is very 

prominent as explosions and crumbling buildings managed to shake

the floor beneath my feet. This is a satisfying soundtrack that perfectly

envelopes the viewer as equally as the 3D presentation.


Megamind comes packaged as a Blu-ray combo with 3D and 2D

Blu-ray + DVD discs.  The Blu-ray contains the film's trailer.  The

DVD has added Special Features that include a featurette with the

voice cast; a deleted scene, filmmakers commentary and some

exciting scenes from past DreamWorks films that you can quickly access.



CONCLUSION



Megamind is the kind of film that's perfect for the entire family, 

though I think it plays better for adults than kids.  From start to 

finish, the film is just terrific fun and it has immense repeat value

as I would bet many of you will use this as a demo disc for your

3D display.


For the longest time, Despicable Me has remained near the top

of my chart for the best 3D Blu-ray available for purchase.  Today,

Megamind topples Despicable Me from that position.  I am putting

the highest recommendation into the purchase of this film.  As of

this date, it's the best 3D title that you can currently buy in the store,

just as long as it's Best Buy.



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 3311CI Receiver

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

SV Sound Subwoofer

 

 

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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   dmiller68

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Posted September 18 2011 - 12:45 PM

Ok, I'll pick this up for sure now even though it will be a double dip. I really liked this movie.
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#3 of 9 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted September 18 2011 - 02:13 PM

Looking forward to adding all three newly available Dreamworks 3D films to my collection. Thanks for the review.

#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Todd Erwin

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Posted September 23 2011 - 09:29 AM

Ron, so the 2D Blu-ray is not included? Does this mean that the new short The Button of Doom, which was also created in 3D, plus all of the bonus features that were exclusive to the 2D Blu-ray, are missing from this package?



#5 of 9 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 23 2011 - 10:53 PM

Hi Todd!


That was an oversight in my review and I apologize.


The 2D Blu-ray version is included on the same disc as the 3D.

You select the version from the main menu.  I have updated my

review accordingly.


Checked again and did not find The Button of Doom indicated

anywhere from the menu, so it is not included.  Was this shown
in theaters?  If so, I am amazed it was omitted from the Blu-ray

release.


 

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#6 of 9 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted September 24 2011 - 09:11 AM

The Button of Doom was included in the first DVD/Blu-ray release, not the theater. I am looking forward to spinning this 3D disc!

#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Todd Erwin

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Posted September 25 2011 - 09:07 AM

Button of Doom was included on the Blu-ray disc of the BD/DVD combo, and was bundled on a 2nd DVD in the original DVD release.


I guess since Dreamworks Animation is one of the few studios (unlike Disney and Anchor Bay) that fully complies with the 3D Blu-ray standard (by making the disc 2D compatible), they did not include the 2D Blu-ray.



#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted November 22 2011 - 08:30 AM

I found myself with nothing to review this afternoon, so I finally got around to watching Megamind in 3D. It's just about the best use of 3D in an animated feature that I've yet seen, and I loved every minute of it. If Avatar is one of the reference titles to show off 3D to friends, Megamind should join that elite club, too.



#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 22 2011 - 08:45 AM

Matt, So glad someone agrees with me on this. Up until MEGAMIND, the best 3D animated title I had seen was DESPICABLE ME. ....and I have to tell yuh...I never thought anything could top that movie as far as overall 3D presentation. MEGAMIND is just plain fun.  I couldn't stop laughing throughout it. Happy you liked it as much as I did, Matt.

 

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