Many of us have noted here that the advent of these new high definition formats has rekindled our interest in Home Theater. After all, the DVD format had become dulled over recent years -- especially with studios cranking out multiple new editions of the same tired titles and transfers. Where DVD was once a format that seemed new and fresh to all of us, it has now been dumbed down to cater to the Walmart crowd who wants their image to fill their television screen. Despite the fact there is a raging format war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray, those of us that have invested in either format are very much reaping its benefits. These days I find myself very much immersed in this new technology that is providing a breathtaking audio and video experience. Animation is the one genre that really brings these high definition formats home. Since most of the recent animation films have been created in the digital realm, it's not difficult to understand how they integrate into a perfect marriage with the new optical formats. To sit and watch an explosion of colors and deep textures come to life in 1080p is an experience that cannot be easily translated into words. The problem with Shrek The Third is that while it qualifies itself as being worthy of joining the ranks of other animated features that look stupendous in high definition, the film itself is about as dull as a normal DVD presentation. For years, Hollywood has run out of original ideas and has relied upon sequels to keep the profit machine running. Unfortunately, it's a proven fact that a sequel rarely captures the charm of the original film, and in the case of Shrek The Third, it seems the well has run completely dry. While the HD-DVD format has provided a wonderful medium to showcase gorgeous animation, the entire viewing experience is dulled by a lackluster storyline and jokes that fall flat. The charm that we so much enjoyed in Shrek's kingdom has outstayed its welcome. On a visual level, the transfer on HD-DVD is as perfect as it gets. To watch animation in its purest form without any background noise whatsoever is nirvana! On the other hand, I found it odd that the supporting audio was less than impressive as the soundtrack seemed to be very heavy within the front channels. I found there to be very little use of the surrounds, and thus, I was less immersed in the presentation. I'm very interested to hear your comments about watching Shrek The Third on HD-DVD to see if your conclusions are in agreement with or not with mine.