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Bee Movie (2007/Blu-ray)


Picture: Bee+     Sound: Bee+     Extras: C     Feature: C



Another CG animated feature hit for DreamWorks, I was less impressed than many by the Simon J. Smith/Steve Hickner Bee Movie (2007) with Jerry Seinfeld and every pun on bees that the screenplay Seinfeld co-wrote could squeeze into the feature.  Sure, some gags work, but they are few and far between.  For more details on the film and a more enthusiastic review, try this link:





That leaves us with the performance of the Blu-ray, especially anticipated since the HD-DVD was cancelled at the last minute.  The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image is very good, though it simply cannot compete with the best from Disney/Pixar, but has its moments for what it is.  It also looks a tad softer than the best CG features we have seen in theaters or either HD format, but this certainly outperforms the DVD.  The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix has its moments too, but at 16bits, seems compromised.  I wonder if a higher bit ceiling would have helped, but it still outdoes the Dolby Digital 5.1 here and from the DVD.


Extras from the DVD set are carried over, including some in HD, but five new features are added as Blu-ray exclusives including Barry’s Trivia Track, a picture-in-picture feature with the animators, The World Of Bees, Be A Bee Avatar and customizable character menus.  That may help fans and be good for younger viewers, but it did little for this critic.  At least it is a respectable performer in the new format.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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