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Chicken Little (Blu-ray)

 

Picture: A-     Sound: A-     Extras: B-     Feature: B-

 

 

The surprise CG animated hit Chicken Little has now become one of the most awaited Blu-ray releases to date in all of its 50GB glory.  Containing the same extras as the DVD-Video, you can read about it in our first review at:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/3525/Chicken+Little

 

 

This looked good for DVD-Video and was one of the clips Disney supplied for the Blu-ray demo disc in stores nationwide.  The funny thing was that on some displays, it looked really good, but on others, it looked like you were there and could walk right into the picture.  It was like a Little Golden Book come to life.  The 1.78 X 1 1080p digital High Definition image here is easily my favorite of all CG animated product to hit HD to date and looks as good as that demo, sometimes better because they saved plenty to show off here.

 

The storybook color scheme is amazingly consistent and you get better attention to detail than in any other CG on HD title to date.  Textures are more naturalistic, though not always as complex as some of the other non-Pixar productions and I certainly liked it better than the HD-DVD on Happy Feet, which a fellow critic will soon tackle.

 

The standard Dolby Digital 5.1 on the feature and both Dolby 5.1 and 2.0 in the extras are of the same quality here as they are on the DVD-Video, but I really wanted DTS because I knew that the sound had more to offer.  This Blu-ray comes with a surprisingly lively PCM 5.1 16 bit/48kHz mix that manages to make the most of its limits similar to another great such PCM sound mix, Kung Fu Hustle.  In both cases, I would imagine Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio lossless would work even better, but the PCM still adds great dimension to their animated world, even if Hustle is live-action with animated feature aesthetics emphasizing its comedy.

 

The extras are easier to access and this is a smoother presentation all around.  The Chicken Little Blu-ray is guaranteed to be one of the top favorite HD discs on the market and its going to take some loaded Pixar titles to compete with it.  Home theater and animation fans should consider it of demo quality on every level.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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