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The Secret of NIHM (1982/MGM Blu-ray)


Picture: C     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: B-



Don Bluth has done many a great things with his talents and The Secret of NIHM may be among the greatest.  The 1982 film holds up well to this day and now we are finally treated to the animated masterpiece here on Blu-ray.


I had previously reviewed the Family Fun Edition of the film some time ago, but sadly not much has changed from DVD to this Blu-ray release.  Picture, Sound, and Extras are subpar (if not exactly the same as the DVD) and leave much to be desired.  The Blu-ray may be a slight upgrade at best, but certainly not the treatment the Don Bluth classic deserves.  For a further look into the content of The Secret of NIHM please take a look at my previous review found through the link below:





The technical features of this release are by no means high definition and I am hesitant to recommend upgrading this film to Blu-ray.  The video is supposedly a high definition release but there is noise, noise, noise everywhere with the 1080p release being dreadful in terms of dirt, dust, and grime.  The beautiful animation is hindered by the flecks the persistently fly by and though colors and sharpness may be slightly improved over the DVD, this is certainly not like that of a “Disney quality” Blu-ray.  The sound is better than the DVD release in its DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track that projects nicely (though muffled at times) and has a more well rounded feel and use of surrounds; though crackles and high pitched errors still occur.


The extras are exactly the same as the DVD release featuring Audio Commentary with Don Bluth, Movie Trailer, and short featurette entitled ‘Secrets Behind the Secret.’  Nicely done, but all too short and would have liked more.


I can not recommend up an upgrade to Blu-ray in this case as the Bluth classic is essentially the same as the DVD Family Fun Edition.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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