Hoodwinked Too!: Hood Vs. Evil (2011/Weinstein/Anchor Bay Blu-ray 2D w/DVD)/Rio (2011/Fox
Blu-ray 2D w/DVD)
& C+/B & C Sound: B
(Blu-rays) & B- (DVDs) Extras: C/C+ Animated Features: C+
go down as the year the honeymoon for computer animated features ended. Besides there simply being too many sequels,
a live action problem, everyone seemed to go on automatic pilot to some extent
at the same time. Cars 2 ended Pixar’s run as critical darlings and though the
dominant CG studio, less so, while second-place DreamWorks saw an even bigger
disappointment in Kung Fu Panda 2,
but they were not the only sequels. The
Weinstein Company gave us Hoodwinked
Too!: Hood Vs. Evil which sank fast and barely had a theatrical run, while
Fox delivered Rio
(not to be confused with Rango) and
though it was a hit, was not a breakout release.
are on Blu-ray and issued ion the Blu-ray 3D format. For now, we will look at the standard Blu-ray
Hoodwinked Too!: Hood Vs. Evil follows the 2005 hit that had its
moments. We recently reviewed its
Blu-ray release at this link:
sequel is more of the same, which is not a bad thing, but does not do much to
add to what was not an awful first release and Hayden Panettiere replaces Anne
Hathaway as Red nicely enough, but most of the voice cast is new, with only Glenn
Close and Patrick Warburton returning. What
I can say is that this continues the feel of the first release, which is not
easy, so fans and children should enjoy it, but there is only so many places
they can go after the first release so do not have high expectations. Extras include the bonus DVD, three Music
Videos, Production Artwork, Storyboard Sequences and The Voices Of Hoodwinked Too! featurette.
Rio is from the makers of the Ice Age franchise and it is a mixed
bag, starting off with one of the most shrill musical numbers in recent memory,
but the story kicks in an is nothing we have not seen or heard before (birds
lost, need to get back home, etc.) is also a love story of sorts (this is where
Anne Hathaway went off to, joined by Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx
and others) and is a somewhat energetic variant of that story. However, it does not offer much more and the
humor is more forced than it needed to be, certainly more so than any of the Ice Age features.
did like was the use of color, the humor that did not try so hard when we got
that and that a different look and feel was achieved versus so many CG releases
that it overcame some of its shortcomings.
This has some of the best color range of a non Pixar/DreamWorks CG release
to date and the makers were too all over the place or this could have been the
CG release of the year. Now you can see
include the bonus DVD, BD Live interactive functions, Digital Copy for PC and
PC portable devices, pocketBlu compatibility, Coloring With Rio app, Deleted Scenes, five Making Of featurettes, two Music Videos, Rio De JAM-erio Jukebox
function, Postcards From Rio and The Real Rio.
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on Too!
has some good shots, but is not any better than the previous release six years
earlier, with some softness and motion blur, while the anamorphically enhanced
DVD is weaker with more softness and color limitations, not to mention depth
issues. The 1080p 2.35 X 1 AVC @ 20 MBPS
digital High Definition image transfer on Rio
has some slight softness, but the color range and better overall CG animation
technology make it look better overall, yet the anamorphically enhanced DVD is
shockingly weaker than expected.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes on both Blu-rays are more evenly
matched with good sonic soundfields, even if they are not necessarily superior
overall mixes. The DVD versions have
Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes that are good for the lossy format, but no match for
the DTS-MA on the Blu-rays.
- Nicholas Sheffo