Paper Planes (Blu-ray) (2015)

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Due Out for Sale 24-Jun-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Family Featurette
Featurette-Making Of
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2015
Running Time 96:23
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Robert Connelly

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Ed Oxenbould
Peter Rowsthorn
David Wenham
Deborah Mailman
Sam Worthington
Case ?
RPI ? Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio 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

     Dylan (Ed Oxenbould) lives with his dad in the outback of Western Australia. His dad (Sam Worthington) initially seems like a bit of a deadbeat, lying around on the couch all day, not working and not really looking after his son. However, as we learn later, Dylan's mom died a few months earlier and his dad is really not coping with the loss. One day at school a student teacher runs a lesson teaching the kids how to make paper planes which inspires Dylan. The plane he makes flies the furthest of his class and the teacher tells him that if he can throw 25 metres he can attend the state championships and possibly represent the state at the national championships. Despite his father not really showing an interest, Dylan manages to get to the state championship and then qualifies for the nationals in Sydney. With the support of his teacher Mr Hickenlooper (Peter Rowsthorn), his Grandpa George (Terry Norris), an ex-champ, Maureen Prescott (Deborah Mailman) and his mate Kevin (Julian Dennison), the world championships are within his reach. Can he qualify and if so how will he be able to get to Japan to compete for the world title?

     This is a good quality family film from well-known Australian producer/director Robert Connelly, director of quality films such as The Bank and Balibo. It is based on the true story of a couple of young guys, Dylan and James who went through a similar journey to the Dylan character in the film, ending up competing internationally in paper plane competitions for Australia. They now run their own business running paper plane courses and other related enterprises. They were featured on Australian Story on the ABC a few years ago. The film is well shot, showing off some outback locations, and the story is well told, without schmaltz. The acting is generally of good quality and the music is well chosen and backed by a good score. My only real criticism of the film would be that the character and characterisation of Dylan's father is hard to understand or sympathise with.

     If you are looking for something with a more Australian context than most kids films, this one is definitely worthwhile.

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Transfer Quality


     This video transfer is very good although not quite as spectacular as major release Blu-rays. The picture is sharp, clear and colourful and there are no obvious artefacts to mar your enjoyment. Technically it is 1080p and 2.35:1 which is the original aspect ratio. There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired. They are clear and easy to read. Quality Blu-ray video with no issues to report.

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     The soundtrack is very good, enhancing what is a fairly laid back soundtrack, certainly compared to the DVD version. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand throughout. The music sounds great and is a combination of a score and various pop and rock songs such as Cold Chisel. The surrounds display excellent definition in some effects and there is significant atmospheric activity. The subwoofer is mostly used to support the music.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


     A small set of extras.


     The menu features music and motion.

Paper Pilots Clips (6:08)

     The guys who the film is based on, Dylan and James, take us through making some planes, how to fly them properly and how you can mount a school exercise to test and fly paper planes. Not bad but pretty short.

Paper Planes Featurette (3:45)

     Promo style making of including scenes and interview snippets.

R4 vs R1

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

    This seems to be the only release of this film currently.


    A good quality Aussie family film, which is a pretty rare thing.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are short but decent.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DMR-PWT500, 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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