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3D Blu-ray Review THE HTF 3D ADDICT: Open Season in 3D

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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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.





    Open Season



    Studio: Sony Pictures

    Product Release: November 16, 2010

    Ratio: 1.85:1

    Audio: English, French, Portugese 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

    Running Time: 86 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: 3



    SONY DOES 3D RIGHT!


    I have been very impressed with what I have seen from Sony 3D

    animation thus far.  Following with my review of Cloudy with a 

    chance of Meatballs, I now find myself visiting another animated

    title from the studio, Open Season and boy, am I impressed!


    A bear named Boog (Martin Lawrence) is rescued as a cub by a

    forrest-ranger (Debra Messing) who gives the grizzly all the comforts

    of home and stardom in a town stage show.  It's not until Boog 

    rescues a one-antlered mule deer (Ashton Kucher) that mishaps

    begin to occur that ultimately get the two thrown back into the wild.


    So begins this all-too-familiar buddy movie that has the comedic

    par-par-par-partners hoping to find their way back to town, meeting

    talking forrest friends and foes while avoiding a trigger-happy hunter

    (Gary Sinise).


    Any faults you find with the story will quickly be redeemed by the 

    quality of 3D.  This is one of the best 3D titles available to date.


    The image is spellbinding. I was glued to the screen with my jaw

    hanging open savoring every moment of the beautiful 3D images

    that lay before me.   Okay....that's a little over the top, but how else

    can I emphasize how beautiful this 3D transfer looks.


    Filmed digitally, there isn't a spec or flaw to be seen here.  What

    lies before you is pure digital bliss.  Image is piercingly crisp with

    colors that are extremely vivid without being oversaturated.  


    The 3D is what holds your attention here.  It's amazing, to say 

    the least.  You can tell this film was made for the format as the

    level of separation and detail is stunning.  The animators make

    good use of placing forrest plants, grass, and branches in different

    areas of the frame to produce varying amounts of perceived depth.

    There is a wild chase down river rapids that looks spectacular.  

    When there isn't any action on screen one cannot help but be 

    enthralled with the beautiful landscapes and rich sunsets.


    With all that said, I wish there was better use of objects 

    leaping off the screen -- you know, it's what I call the "In Yo' Face"

    3D.  There are so many missed opportunities here such as

    when Bo destroys a local convenience store.  There are all kinds

    of products thrown from the shelves into the air that come 

    toward the camera but just fall short of breaking the fourth wall.

    With kids being your primary audience, I would have thought the

    film would have been a little more "gimmicky" with its 3D.


    What we get instead is some nice protruding moments that

    include animal noses, duck beaks, and water splashes.  


    There is some ghosting to be seen, but it's rather minimal.

    Most of it can be noticed in dark scenes that are illuminated 

    by ambient light.  Certainly not a major problem here.


    The DTS-HD soundtrack featuring the music of Paul Westerberg

    plays wonderfully across the front channels with a nice level of

    underlying bass.  Alas, the audio remains very front-heavy.  There 

    are some cleverly placed effects placed in the surround channels 

    (such as Bo scratching on the garage door), but it doesn't seem 

    as if there's enough activity to make the audio as immersive as

    the video.


    Included are 3D trailers for Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs and Monster House.



    CONCLUSION


    I was very much entertained by Open Season despite the

    fact it brings nothing new to the screen story wise.  Kids will

    absolutely adore this film.  Parents will be just as satisfied,

    though perhaps shocked by the most startling piece of

    animated toilet humor I have ever seen in a kid's film.  


    What really wins here is the 3D.  This is absolutely a

    "MUST OWN" title that lives up to all the qualities I feel

    makes 3D a compelling format.  


    This is one GORGEOUS film glorified by 3D technology.



    Equipment


    LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D display

    LG BX580 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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    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.











    Monster House in 3D






    Studio: Sony Pictures

    Product Release: November 16, 2010

    Ratio: 1.85:1

    Audio: English, French, Portugese 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

    Running Time: 86 Minutes

    Rating: PG



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    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 5

    3D Separation: 5

    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 1







    I have been very impressed with what I have seen from Sony 3D

    animation thus far. Following with my review of Cloudy with a

    chance of Meatballs and Open Season, I am now find myself

    back in familiar territory praising yet another Sony 3D title.


    ...but I need to ask, who did the filmmakers imagine they were making

    Monster House for? I don't think any young child would be able to sit

    through this film. This has got to be one of the scariest animated titles

    I have ever seen -- especially with the 5.1 sound turned way up high.


    So, let me give you the basics of the story. A young pre-teen boy
    named DJ (Mitchel Musso) lives across the street from a creepy

    old house inhabited by a creepier old Mr. Nebbercracker (Steve

    Buscemi) who isn't overly fond of kids or their toys ending up on
    his lawn. A mishap involving DJ and his friend Chowder (Sam

    Lerner) sends the old man into cardiac arrest. DJ thinks he is a

    murder.


    Soon afterwards the house comes alive, seemingly possessed,

    eating everything and everyone that comes into its path. The boys

    set out to find out what is at the heart of it all by setting forward a

    plan to destroy the house before it destroys them.


    Directed by Gil Kenan and with Executive Producers Robert

    Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, the film uses the same digital

    capture process as The Polar Express. The result is very life-like

    animation right down to facial expressions. It's this kind of

    animated realism that slaps on another layer of hair-raising

    tingles.

    This another perfect 3D experience for the new format. Image

    quality is pristine and deeply detailed. There is a considerable

    amount of depth here between bodies and background. Because

    the filmmakers designed this film for 3D viewing there is great use

    of shots taken from above trees, behind branches, and down
    through holes. It really gives the viewer an outstanding sense
    of realism. This film falls ever-so-slightly behind the other two

    Sony titles mentioned at the top of the review simply because
    it feels like the older film it is. I think the technology got better

    since its release.











    Included are 3D trailers for Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs and Monster House.





    CONCLUSION



    I was very much entertained by Open Season despite the

    fact it brings nothing new to the screen story wise. Kids will

    absolutely adore this film. Parents will be just as satisfied,

    though perhaps shocked by the most startling piece of

    animated toilet humor I have ever seen in a kid's film.



    What really wins here is the 3D. This is absolutely a

    "MUST OWN" title that lives up to all the qualities I feel

    makes 3D a compelling format.



    This is one GORGEOUS film glorified by 3D technology.





    Equipment



    LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D display

    LG BX580 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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