LEGO Movie, The (Blu-ray) (2014)

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Released 3-Jul-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Audio Commentary
Short Film-Multiple
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Featurette-Multiple
Music Video
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Teaser Trailer
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2014
Running Time 100:35
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Phil Lord
Christopher Miller
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Chris Pratt
Will Ferrell
Elizabeth Banks
Liam Neeson
Will Arnett
Morgan Freeman
Case ?
RPI ? Music Mark Mothersbaugh


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

"Everything is Awesome"

     Big budget children's animated films based on toys have been around for a while and one based on LEGO has been mooted for some time. Would it be rubbish like Battleship or bring a new dimension to one of the world's favourite toys? Well, The LEGO Movie is a marvellous film for kids and adults alike with lots of fun, a good message and heaps of sly humour for adults.

     The story concerns a very ordinary construction worker called Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt) who goes to work every day, following his instructions diligently, like a good LEGO man would. The only problem is that even in this regimented world he doesn't seem to make much impact with his co-workers, they don't really find him terribly interesting. The whole world is controlled by the Octan Corporation including the construction work, entertainment, over-priced coffee and more. The head of Octan is also the leader of the world, President Business (voiced by Will Ferrell). One day at work, Emmett sees someone entering the building site after work, which is definitely against the instructions. He follows and sees a young woman, Wyldestyle (Elizabeth Banks) who is obviously a member of some sort of resistance against Octan. He tries to warn her but instead falls for her and falls into an area where random LEGO bricks have fallen. When he awakes he finds that he has a non-standard piece of plastic attached to his back and has been arrested by the police led by Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson). They want to know where he found the 'Piece of Resistance' which is attached to him. He soon learns that there is a legend that 'The Special One' will come and rid the world of tyranny by finding the 'piece of resistance'. With Wyldestyle's help Emmett escapes and together they try to work out how to stop President Business and his evil plans, despite everyone's concerns that Emmett is just not that special. Along the way they go through various LEGO lands and meet characters like Batman (Will Arnett), Vitruvious the blind sage (Morgan Freeman) and more.

     The film is completely animated using LEGO bricks (digitally created ones of course) except for a short live action sequence towards the end. The software used in making the film for building digital LEGO (or at least a version of it) is available for download and my kids enjoy it greatly. The film is constantly inventive visually and incorporates many of the things that kids the world over love about LEGO like the use of instructions, the ability to make things without instructions and the numbered pieces. The voice acting and dialogue are also excellent, with Will Arnett and Liam Neeson the standouts. The theme tune is insanely catchy and my kids have been singing it since they first saw the film at the cinema. They have gone out of their way to learn all the lyrics including the rap parts so they can sing it in its entirety. Despite the song, adults will thoroughly enjoy this film, especially those of the age group who loved LEGO as children, like me.

     This Blu-ray set includes a 2D Blu-ray and a 3D Blu-ray as a separate disc. All the extras are on the 2D disc. I was not provided with packaging however I believe this is known as the 'Everything is Awesome' edition and includes some extra things like a 3D photo and a LEGO figure.

     Highly recommended. The film is 'awesome'.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is 'awesome'.

     The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio or close to it. It is 1080p HD encoded using the AVC codec.

     The detail and clarity is wonderful showing of the quality animation. The film does have that 'shot for 3D' look about it with some scenes having very sharp close detail but backgrounds being a bit soft.

     The colour is also excellent bursting from the screen.

     There are no obvious artefacts.

     There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired. They are clear and easy to read.

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Audio

     The audio quality is 'awesome'.

     This disc contains an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1, an Audio Descriptive track in Dolby Digital 5.1 and a Commentary track in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue is clear and easy to understand throughout.

     The score by Mark Mothersbaugh is lots of fun and certainly adds to the film. The theme song is used in a variety of ways during the film.

     The surround speakers are in constant action with lots of directional effects, voices and adds to the overall immersive nature of this sound design.

     The subwoofer was also used constantly for music, thuds, thumps and the action sequences.

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Extras

     The extras are 'awesome'.

Menu

     The menu includes music from the film.

Audio Commentary - Filmmakers and Cast

     Includes the two co-directors/writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller along with cast members including Will Arnett, Chris Pratt, Charlie Day and others who join on the phone. They joke around quite a lot due to the presence of comedians, however there is also worthwhile information shared along the way. Decent but not completely 'awesome'.

Batman - A True Artist (1:12)

     A fan film by a 6 year old featuring LEGO Batman. Fun stuff.

Michelangelo and Lincoln - History Cops (1:21)

     A funny animated short.

Enter the Ninjago (2:13)

     Another funny animated short about the studio trying to get Ninjago LEGO included in the movie. 'Awesome'

Behind the Scenes: Bringing LEGO to life (12:36)

     A making of featurette hosted by Emmett including brief discussions of the directors, production design, story, casting, animation and the production being based in Australia. Worthwhile

Everything is Awesome : Singalong (3:19)

     A video clip for the song with on-screen lyrics. My kids have watched this a lot.

See It - Build It (0:50, 3:53, 2:55, 0:41, 2:11, 1:41)

     A set of featurettes which show you how to build the Double Decker couch and Emmett's car both in actual LEGO and on the LEGO Digital Designer software. There are introductions from a LEGO designer and from a movie Modelling artist. 'Awesome'.

Stories from the Story Team (4:08)

     Storyboard views of the scene where Emmett and Lucy meet.

Fan Made Films - Top Secret Submissions (3:57)

     Featurette about the competition run by the film makers to get fans to submit stop motion LEGO films. The winners were used in the film itself. 'Awesome'

Outtakes (2:33)

     Funny stuff, alternate dialogue and silly jokes. 'Awesome'

Additional Promotional Content (3:50)

     Various short promos which are mostly quite amusing.

Alleyway Test (0:55)

     The first animation test made for the film.

Deleted Scenes (3:28)

    Storyboard version of scenes considered and rejected. Worth watching.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region A release is the same. Locally you can get a DVD/UV or Blu-ray/UV combo or a 3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray combo as reviewed here. There is a 2D Blu-ray/DVD combo available in Region A.

Summary

    Everything is Awesome!

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, July 14, 2014
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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