B Sound: B Extras: C- Film: C-
Superhero genre is so popular, that it not only spawns imitators all over the
place, but many spoofs and send-ups. The
later 1960s into the 1970s even saw a cycle of spoofs, which repeated recently
with some forgettable films and TV projects.
The strange thing about Mike Mitchell’s Sky High (2005) is that it wants to be a comedy and actual
Superhero film at the same time and the result never works. Wanting a live-action companion to Pixar’s The Incredibles, Disney greenlighted
this film thinking it could be a hit. It
was not, but here it is as an early Blu-ray release from the company.
Russell and Kelly Preston are a married superhero couple who also are among
those who run a school for up and coming heroes (no mutants here?) in a world
where everyone has superpowers. However,
their son Will (Michael Angarano from Almost
Famous and Lords Of Dogtown)
apparently does not have any powers of his own, so how will he fit in. Geez is this dull. The film is so lite and so preset to be about
“happy family syndrome” without realizing it.
It is PG and “child safe” enough if you have younger persons who just
got a PlayStation 3 or the family just got a Blu-ray player, but even Disney
has better in their catalog, so think twice before considering it.
Campbell, as well as Cloris Leachman and Linda Carter, show up in supporting
roles. Everyone knows Carter is Wonder
Woman and will be the high standard for which the next actress who takes the
role has to live up to. However, few
remember Leachman played her mother (the first of three actresses during
Carter’s reign) in the TV movie that launched her run as the classic character. That’s as smart as the film gets. The best Disney can hope for it that it
becomes a latter-day kid’s cult hit like Solarbabies.
2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is good, but nothing special, as was the
case with the 35mm film print. It looks
like yet another flat, dull Super 35mm production, easier to digitize of
course, and Shelley Johnson’s cinematography offers nothing memorable. This often looks prefabricated. The PCM 16-bit/48kHz 5.1 mix is nice, but
this is a mix that has only so much to offer.
Surrounds and bass noise are not bad, but nothing of demo quality
either. Extras include stunts and behind
the scenes featurettes, plus an alternate opening that would have made no
- Nicholas Sheffo