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Open Season (2006/Sony Blu-ray 3D Edition/Computer Animated Feature Film)


3-D Picture: A-     2-D Picture: B+     Sound: A-     Extras: B-     Feature: B-



The new Blu-ray 3D format titles just keep in coming and Open Season (2006) is yet another title already issued on standard Blu-ray that is one of the better early original titles in the format.  Like Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (our debut Blu-ray 3D title), the new Blu-ray 3D version outperforms the original 2D Blu-ray all around and in addition, is my favorite performer technically of the four I have seen so far.


If you are not familiar with the film, here is the link to our original coverage:





The 1080p 1.85 X 1 MVC-encoded 3-D – Full Resolution digital High Definition image outdoes the 2D 1080p HD image from the previous Blu-ray, which is also included here in not only showing off the 3D originally designed for this release (including in the 70mm IMAX format), but is the best demo of 3D in the new Blu-ray 3D format I have seen yet, with timing, depth, detail and clever usages of the format that even rival the Robert Zemeckis A Christmas Carol.  The makers are having a field day here, pushing the limits of the format, making it one of the best 3D theatrical features to date, even in the face of Disney, Pixar and Avatar.


A new DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix has replaced the PCM 5.1 16-Bit/48kHz mix from the 2D Blu-ray and it is the improvement I was hoping for an expecting, doing a much better job of reflecting both the 8-channel (7.1) Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS) from the 35mm prints (used when they were screened at their best) and the also-awesome Sonics-DDP digital sound system used for IMAX presentations.  Though the PCM was decent, it somehow seemed limited and this DTS-MA version seems to have a much wider and more transparent soundfield with slightly better articulation and when added to the 3D is a terrific experience.  Not bad considering it is already a few years old in one of the most competitive parts of the entertainment industry today.  The combination is fun enough and impressive demo material that speaks for itself.


Extras repeat the original Blu-ray and include a few new items.  Original features (to repeat from the older review) include Inside the Animals Studio, a making-of featurette Behind The Trees, Voices Behind the Stars featurette, Voice-A-Rama: See what the characters sound like with different accents, Music Video for I Want To Lose Control, Deleted Scenes, Ring tales, Art Gallery, Beat boards and HD short Boog & Elliot’s Midnight Bun Run.  Older extras upgraded to 3D include feature length audio commentary with the filmmakers behind Open Season for 3D, Wheel of Fortune: Forest Edition (now in 3D) and Voice-A-Rama: See what the characters sound like with different accents, now in 3D.  We also get a "Swept Away" Scene Deconstruction and the Surf’s Up (2D) sneak peak has been replaced by three Sony releases in 3D: Monster House, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and the upcoming Smurfs revival feature.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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