Of Dragons (1982/Rankin
Bass/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/The
LEGO Ninjago Movie
(2017/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray + Blu-ray w/DVD
+ Season Four
(1993 - 1995/Nickelodeon DVD Sets)/Woody
Woodpecker (2017 feature
film revival/Universal DVD)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B-/B+ (DVD: C)/C+/C+/C Sound:
C+/A/C/C/C+ Extras: C+/B/D/D/C- Main Programs: C+/C+/B-/B-/C-
next group of child favorites are of established favorites, one of
which is a revival mishandled...
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
in 1982 around the time they were involved in the animated Tolkien
films, Rankin/Bass' Flight
(1982) Warner Archive issued the film on DVD a while ago and we
looked at it in this review...
possible growing cult status, curiosity interest and loose Tolkien
connection has led to Warner Archive to issue the film on Blu-ray,
which has its moments and may not be very memorable unless you really
love fantasy storytelling, but seems rather ambitious in the face of
so many bad CGI animated, multi-million dollar gambles that rightly
bombed. The film has enough moments to make it worth a look, but it
is not great by any means.
this transfer may be uneven, but has plenty of great shots and
sections that will surprise even non-fans and animation fans will be
surprised by when compared to weaker broadcasts and the earlier DVD
(my fellow writer had more issues with it than I did, but it is not
as good as this Blu-ray version) so the upgrade is worth it. More on
only extra is a standard-definition version in its original 1.33 x 1
framing dubbed the 'TV' version, but it shows more of the frame than
the 1.78 X 1 widescreen HD framing, making one ask why a 1.33 X 1 HD
version was not included.
the highly successful The
(2014, reviewed elsewhere on this site and now on 4K disc) and The
LEGO Batman Movie
(2017, covered in 4K on this site), The
LEGO Ninjago Movie
(2017) is a family friendly romp with original characters (known from
the hit TV series) as opposed to the past two films, which have
borrowed LEGO pop culture icons as cast members. While the animation
is highly impressive, particularly so in 4K UHD 2160p high
definition, the story here is a bit traditional to the hero's journey
and nothing too new or fantastic.
voice cast includes the voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Jackie
Chan, Michael Pena, and Olivia Munn. The film is directed by Charlie
Much like the previous films, this is a mix of stop motion animation
and computer generated animation as well. The result is seamless and
you simply dive into his believable world of pint sized heroes pretty
a live action wrap around story starring Jackie Chan himself, LEGO
takes place in the fictional micro LEGO world where Lloyd (Franco) is
a mild mannered high school student by day but crime fighting
vigilante, the Green Ninja, by night. Unfortunately, Lloyd's father
is the hated warlord Garmadon (Theroux) and is constantly wrecking
the peaceful city of Ninjago. Aided by his other Ninja teenage
friends and their awesome giant robots, Lloyd attempts to take down
his dad and save the city simultaneously. Along the way he grows as
a characters and finds out the missing pieces of his past.
Supreme: Building NINJAGO - featurette
in the Bricks - featurette
Contest Winners - featurette
Way to the Ocean - mini-movie
Stand Up Promo - mini-movie
Master: A LEGO NINJAGO Short - mini-movie
NINJAGO TV Series Sneak Peek
Hush! & Jeff Lewis Found My Place - Music Video
Have a Ninja Day - Music Video
- Music Video
Ballad - Music Video
Bridge Test - Deleted Scene
Fight - Deleted Scene
Scene - Deleted Scene
by Director Charlie Bean and Crew
you like Ninjas, Samurais, and LEGOS, then this is a film that you
can safely watch with the whole family. While not quite as charming
or narratively sound as its predecessors, the film is pretty charming
and boasts a great presentation on the 4K UHD format in particular.
(1993 - 1995) have arrived in heavy, basic Nickelodeon DVD sets as
the first two seasons did a while ago, as covered here...
is the same kind of framing, sound and with surprisingly no extras
whatsoever, but at least fans and completists can have the show this
way until Nickelodeon decides to go for High Definition Blu-ray
editions. The seasons are interchangeable to me as they are for most
non-fans (like Muppet
but without as much humor), but Season
is twice as long as Season
requiring 4 DVDs versus 2.
and least is Alex Zamm's 2017 Woody
feature film revival that features a decent new CGI version of the
classic title animated character in a really, really bad, weak,
silly, dull, corny live action world that plays like a very, very bad
cable TV movie. In addition, they treat Woody like a lovable Disney
character when he is really much closer to a Tex Avery/MGM or Warner
Bros.' Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies character, yet they go the other
direction and are lost quickly.
plot has Woody versus two dumb poachers, with a family trying to have
a home in the middle of his forest, which offers nothing interesting,
falls flat quickly and the runs barely 80 minutes. Our copy had a
classic Woody cartoon stuck onto the end of it after the credits,
which is never a good sign. Next time, Universal need to turn this
over to a team, that cares (like DreamWorks?) and really get to the
wild heart of the character, then do something more edgy that works
and loses playing it safe or thinking you can put Woody's name on
anything and that will do.
that 'hidden' cartoon short, Digital Copy and three Making Of clips
are the only extras.
is presented in a stunning 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image that still seems a
little upscaled from some detail limits, and a widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.39:1. Aided by and a stunning 11.1 English Dolby Atmos
lossless track (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 on older systems) which brings a
theatrical level sound performance to your home entertainment system.
Also included in the 1080p high definition Blu-ray (Mr. Lockhart is
more impressed with it than Mr. Sheffo, but it looks good) with
lossless DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) 5.1 lossless sound, identical
widescreen framing and a digital UV copy, a disc that makes up the
Blu-ray/DVD set where the anamorphically enhanced DVD is softer than
expected and has the same extras, so if you don't need the DVD, get
the 4K set instead to future-proof yourself.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Dragon
can still show the age of the materials used, but this is far
superior a transfer to all previous releases of the film and most of
the footage will surprise you. Too bad there are too many instances
of rougher footage and slightly off color, but when this one
delivers, it does so well. Too
bad the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless is barely better
than a DVD and you should be careful of volume switching and high
playback levels. Here I thought we be able to hear Don McLean's
theme song better, but sadly not.
DVDs offer anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 images with its original
1.33 X 1 presentation bookended in the 16 X 9 frame, also looking
good, despite being finished on analog video with slight analog
videotape flaws including video noise, video banding, telecine
flicker, tape scratching, cross color and staircasing. Any true HD
versions will need more work.
the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Woody
is as soft as the LEGO
DVD and both are somehow just softer than the Rugrats
set, which should not be the case, but is. That adds to how
obnoxious it is to watch this empty Woody revival. The lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is a bit more like it, but is not very
imaginative, effective or memorable.
Flight Of The Dragons
Warner Archive Blu-ray, go to this link for it and many more great
web-exclusive releases at:
Nicholas Sheffo & James
Lockhart (4K Set)