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Race To Witch Mountain (2009/Disney Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)

 

Picture: B/C+ †††Sound: B/B- ††††Extras: C†††Film: C

 

 

Dwayne Johnson tries his diversity tactics again starring in this family-friendly actioner from Disney as a late breaking follow-up to their 70ís classic Escape to Witch Mountain and Return to Witch Mountain, which we recently covered on DVD here.

 

Fans will quickly note that the film is certainly entertaining and starts off fairly strong, but loses much of the momentum soon after our taxi driver lead (Johnson) picks up two kids, who somehow entered his cab without much notice, where they came from remains a mystery, but they do seem to possess supernatural powers.They are also being pursued by some agency and at the same time, our taxi driver has a past that is starting to catch up with him as well, what ensues is a cat and mouse race that also involves lots of plot twists and the usual moments of laughter as a love interest comes into play as well.

 

Itís almost difficult to say what age group would really latch onto this film because to a certain degree the films pace and overall twists are perhaps a bit too much for under 10, but kids over the age of 10 may not really be all that inclined to enjoy the films clichťd and worn out family adventure components either.If nothing else the film tries hard and works a bit more often than it doesnít, itís a film that was in desperate need of a solid Blu-ray release to really up the ante with good picture and sound, unfortunately those are a disappointment as well.

 

The picture fares better than the sound, the 2.40 X 1 scope framed 1080p image looks fairly sharp throughout with good color renderings, the digital work doesnít hold up nearly as well in those moments, but overall the image is never too soft, has a nice stylized quality with the only complaint being that the blacks are a shade off and seem a bit less true, otherwise the transfer is adequate for the source.

 

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that I was hoping would be a strong presentation, especially given the films overall nature with lots of aggressive moments, which there are certainly those, but overall the sound quality never seems to impress, there are lots of moments where the track becomes more still and the contrast between intense moments and calm moments really never works well, itís almost too dynamic for itís own good that the listener never fully gets settled in.Despite being a lossless audio track, it feels more compressed than what we are used to, and we can only think that maybe the recording process was suspect more so than the actual transfer here.

 

Extras on this Blu-ray release include the DVD version of the film, along with the digital copy; therefore we have 3 different formats all within one release that is a huge bonus as it will make fans happy that they can have all three without the hassle.There are also D-Box features for the kids, lots of other interactive components that kids will also enjoy, there are behind the scenes, deleted scenes, and bloopers all of which are throw-ins and at this point are nearly standard features for almost any film, the highlights here are the interactive features that will keep kids engaged even after the film is over.

 

Not the best product Disney has put out lately, but certainly one of their better releases with the Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy all combined.

 

 

-†† Nate Goss


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