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Shorts: The Adventures Of The Wishing Rock (2009/Warner Blu-ray + DVD)


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



Drifting back and fourth between children’s fare and adult kicks, Robert Rodriguez is back to mostly general audiences with Shorts, his first such work since finishing The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl and the results are forgettable, unfunny and really go nowhere.  This is part of a cycle of films we could call “child gets empowered by a gadget” but this is the least of them, is all over the place and despite a likable cast, they are left adrift in silliness.


It plays like a silly throw-together and is bonkers in the most incoherent way as the title device allows the child stars to transcend time and sort of travel back and forth through it.  The chance to spoof the likes of a Pokemon or Ben 10 are also lost throughout and you would never guess who the director is because his children’s titles do not have his distinct mark.  However, it is harmless for the most part and if you have a child and it holds their attention, but don’t expect much otherwise.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot in digital High Definition video and has more motion blur and detail issues than expected.  The DVD’s anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is available on the DVD included with the Blu-ray and separate DVD release, looking even softer with worse Video Black, while the separate DVD adds a really poor pan & scan 1.33 X 1 version that is a highly unnecessary disaster looking particularly bad and phony. 


The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix on the Blu-ray is not great, but is by default, the highlight of both releases and the most technically competent of both.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in both formats is much weaker and on the pan & scan 1.33 X 1 version has its limited soundfield further diminished.


Extras in both versions include Ten Minute Film School: Short Shorts and Ten Minute Cooking School: Chocolate Chip Volcano Cookies, while the Blu-ray adds Digital Copy for PC and PC portable devices, BD Live interactivity, Shorts Show & Tell and a making of featurette.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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