Adventures Of Sharkboy & Lavagirl (2005/Miramax/Lionsgate Blu-ray)/Bratz 3-Movie Collection (Lionsgate DVD
Set)/Celebrate With Dora
(Nickelodeon DVD Set)/G-Force 3D
(2009/Disney Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray + DVD)/Holidays
With SpongeBob (Nickelodeon DVD Set)/Leap
Frog: Scout & Friends Phonics Farm (Lionsgate DVD)
B-/C+/C+/B- & B- & C+/C+/C+
Sound: B-/C+/C+/B & B & B-/C+/C+ Extras: C-/C/C-/C-/C/C- Main Programs: C-/C+/C+/C-/C+/C+
children’s titles are more obvious choices with the Holidays coming.
Rodriguez’s Adventures Of Sharkboy &
Lavagirl (2005) arrives on Blu-ray (2D only) on Lionsgate Blu-ray and is
now a curio for being more than just a variant on his Spy Kids formula, but because the male lead is a young Taylor
Lautner, but it is a very slight work overall though not as annoying as the Spy Kids trilogy (and here comes the
fourth “installment”) telling the tale of more oddly empowered children. David Arquette, George Lopez and Kristen
Davis are among the supporting cast, but this is mostly boring and more so in
1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is not bad, but not great and
you can see how this was intended to be 3D.
The visuals are so-so and better clarity does not make it more
interesting. The DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is towards the front speakers, though it has its
surround moments. A feature length
Rodriguez commentary track and “Creating” featurette on the film.
The Bratz 3-Movie Collection is the latest
of the increasingly long series of CG animated installments of the toy tie-in
series, but this one combines the first two titles we ever covered (Starrin’ & Stylin’, Genie Magic) with Rock Angelz, which is new to us and more of the same. This one happens to be include a clip for the
Video Game of the same name, has a Music Video, a CD preview and bonus episode,
while the box also includes four special tie-in gum bands.
We just did a similar set Leap Frog,
but already a new DVD single Leap Frog:
Scout & Friends Phonics Farm is here with the gang of puppy dogs
teaching children how to speak and they don’t mean barking. It is amusing and a quality release, but is a
short 38 minutes. Sing-Alongs (including
with ‘The Band’), another Music Video, storybook and parental section are the
Not to be
outdone, Nickelodeon has two new 3-DVD box sets of their own: Celebrate With Dora (with Big Birthday Party, which we previously
reviewed plus Halloween and Christmas discs we never covered) and Holidays With SpongeBob (the new-to-us To Love A Patty, Halloween and Christmas
discs) that makes for nice catch-up sets.
Picture and sound are consistent with previous releases and little
simple games are included on all three Dora
releases, while SpongeBob has a bit
more including Audio Commentary & Storyboards on Christmas, a Music
Video & Video Game Sneak
Peak on Halloween and Karaoke Music Video &
Original Animation on Patty.
we have one of Disney’s sillier projects of late, G-Force 3D (2009) now issued on the Blu-ray 3D format, but also
including the regular 2D Blu-ray and DVD we covered at this link:
and sound on the regular 2D Blu-ray and DVD are the same and the 1080p 2.35 X 1
MVC-encoded 3-D – Full Resolution digital High Definition image (accompanied by
the same DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix as the regular Blu-ray) is
no real improvement over the 2D HD image with too many gimmicky shots and some
shots that have odd alignment. Needless
to say this upgrade is for fans only and that would be 99% children.
- Nicholas Sheffo