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UP: THE HTF 3D ADDICT 3D REVIEW



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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 22 2012 - 08:45 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.


 


 


 


 


 





 


UP


  


Studio: Walt Disney


Product Release: December 4, 2012


Ratio: 1.78:1


Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital EX


Running Time: 96 Minutes


Rating: PG


 


 


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ON A SCALE 0-5


Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 5


3D Separation: 4


3D In Yo' Face Factor: 3


 


 


I was very happy to learn that Disney had decided to re-release 


UP for Blu-ray as a 3D presentation.  I have always had a soft 


spot for this wonderfully charming, touching adventure story that


proves once again that nobody makes animated features quite


like Pixar.


 





 


 


In one of the most poignant animated sequences ever filmed, we learn


the story of a young boy named Carl (Ed Asner) who dreams of


embarking on great adventures.  This young boy stumbles upon the


love of his life, Ellie (Elizabeth Docter), who becomes his fellow "adventurer."  


The two marry and grow old together, putting money away in hopes of  


being able to visit Paradise Falls, a place that Carl swore he would one


day bring Ellie to visit.  Unfortunately, that dream is never realized, as


Ellie eventually passes away.  Now, a grumpy old man, Carl finds that


he is about to lose his home to a commercial construction company.  


In a last-ditch effort to fulfill his promise to Ellie, Carl uses balloons to lift


his home and journey to South America.


 


 





 


 


UP excels in both story and animation.  This beautifully crisp HD transfer


brings out all the wonderful textures within the artistry accented with


exuberant and stirring colors.  None of the deep, well saturated coloration


seems to be hindered by active shutter eyewear.  Black levels are


exceptional.  Chalk this up as another outstanding, flawless rendering.


 


I wasn't quite certain if UP was originally conceived for or later up-converted


to 3D.  Something seemed rather odd to me when watching the Blu-ray --


it looked too damn good to be a simple up-conversion, particularly for the


fact that there was quite a bit of protrusion.  Upon doing some research, I


was delighted to find that UP was actually Pixar's very first film to be presented


in the newly introduced 3D format.


 


 





 


 


There is a predominant amount of depth to be found here which gives a keen


sense of giving proper size to foreground and background objects.  In the


beginning of the film, there is a clever shot of Carl sliding down his electric


stairlift.  Take a look at the contrast between the wall and the front railing.  


It really provides a realistic sense of spacing.  Many of the best 3D moments


of the film involve Carl's home flying over a city street or just gliding amongst


the clouds. Those shots provide exceptional view master-like moments that 


greatly illustrate size amidst various objects.  


 


As I recently mentioned, the one aspect of watching UP that convinced me


that this wasn't a simple up-conversion was the amount of objects that protruded


from the screen.  As we watch Ellie lying on her back next to Carl describing cloud


formations, her fingers seem to extend beyond the borders of the screen.  There


are many similar moments where Carl's thick black-rimmed glasses, nose and


chin poke outward.  Even the snouts of dogs find themselves popping forward.


Now mind you, I wouldn't consider these real "In Yo' Face" moments, but the


jettisons are so tastefully done, that one can't help but still be admired by it all.


 


 





 


 


Disney's 5.1 DTS-HD MA is a real pleasure to listen to, particularly for Michael


Giachinno's wonderfully soothing score with touches of waltzes and anthems


which immerses and seemingly lifts the viewer as if attached to a string of


balloons. I rarely hear a score for an animated film that perfectly captures


the adventure on-screen than this one. Of course, the rear channels do an


exceptional job of relaying all the surrounding scenic and weather elements.  


There is a good amount of rumbling LFE response to be found here whether


it be during a thunderstorm or when Carl's home is flying too close to the ground.  


Clean, clear and crisp are three words that come to mind when describing how


well the sound is translated to the viewer.  A exceptional HD experience in both


picture and sound.


 


UP arrives as a 4-disc combo pack that includes 3D/2D Blu-ray+2D Blu-ray


Bonus Features+DVD+Digital Copy. It even looks as if all the extra features


of the original Blu-ray release have been ported over.  There were no trailers


included on the 3D disc.


 


The Blu-ray case is sleeved in lenticular packaging.


 


 


 


CONCLUSION


 


 





 


 


UP is yet another masterpiece from the Pixar animation team. In 2009 it was


awarded two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Score.  If


you have not had the opportunity to see this film in 3D, it is definitely time to


take a second look.  UP looks even more uplifting than ever before thanks to


a 3D presentation that is nothing less than perfect.


 


 


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 7 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted November 22 2012 - 08:57 AM

The life montage is just devastating in this movie. I am looking forward to this and FInding Nemo 3D.

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted November 22 2012 - 06:25 PM

The life montage is just devastating in this movie. I am looking forward to this and FInding Nemo 3D.
i agree and it's just a few short minutes and says so much.
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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted November 23 2012 - 10:51 AM

I saw UP in 3D on initial release and found it amazing. That said, I don't think 3D is an essential part of the film in the same way as it was with Hugo, Avatar or some other examples. This one is a pass for now, as I already have the 4 disc Steelbook edition of the original release, but that may change when I actually acquire a 3D display. It would be nice if Disney set up an "upgrade" programme on the double-dip 3D titles.
"My opinion is that (a) anyone who actually works in a video store and does not understand letterboxing has given up on life, and (b) any customer who prefers to have the sides of a movie hacked off should not be licensed to operate a video player."-- Roger Ebert

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Posted November 23 2012 - 10:55 AM

It would be nice if Disney set up an "upgrade" programme on the double-dip 3D titles.
It sure would.

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted November 24 2012 - 10:16 AM

If you are planning on seeing Monsters Inc in 3D this December, Up and Nemo have codes for Disney Rewards that will get you a free ticket. That will help justify the price. Since Up and Nemo are so good whether flat or 3D, you can always wait for a good price.
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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted November 24 2012 - 04:57 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Tannehill /t/325404/up-the-htf-3d-addict-3d-review#post_4004451 The life montage is just devastating in this movie.  
It is.  Great movie.  We saw it in 3D in the theater and I am looking forward to replicating it at home.





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