Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (Blu-ray) (2010)

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Released 14-Sep-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Family Main Menu Audio & Animation
Music Video
Featurette-Design a Fairy House
Deleted Scenes-with Commentary
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 76:2 (Case: 76)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Bradley Raymond

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Bob Hilgenberg
Rob Muir
Bradley Raymond
Michael Sheen
Mae Whitman
Kristin Chenoweth
Pamela Adlon
Lucy Liu
Case Amaray Variant
RPI $44.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
French dts 5.1
Italian dts 5.1
Dutch dts 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Hindi dts 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

     Tinker Bell returns for her third straight-to-DVD/Blu-ray adventure. This time around she and her fairy pals have travelled away from their island home of Pixie Hollow to prepare the real world for summer. The one rule for fairies on the mainland is to stay out of sight of the humans, which Tink inevitably breaks accidentally within moments of arriving. Tinker Bell finds herself captured by a little girl who is desperate to make her preoccupied scientist father (unmistakably voiced by Michael Sheen) believe in fairies. Whilst Tink contends with her young captor, her fellow fairy chums mount an epic rescue operation. Well, as epic as a 76 minute runtime will allow for...

     Although not quite up to the same high standard as her previous two solo adventures, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue will keep its target audience amused for repeat viewings. The one let down in the film is its bland human characters. Rather than actually create personality for them beyond their cookie-cut stereotype, the film relies on viewers to infer everything about them from their being excruciatingly "British". Meanwhile, the fairies each get time to display their individuality.

     The animation is excellent and, as with the previous Tinker Bell movies, is a cut above plenty of theatrically released fare.

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Transfer Quality


     The film is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio in 1080p/24Hz. The video looks excellent. The image is sharp and clear. The colours are bold and well detailed. There is no sign of compression artefacts or film artefacts at any point.

     English subtitles are present for the feature and appear to be accurate and well timed.

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Film Artefacts


     The film features a variety of audio options including an English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 track, as well as French, Italian, Dutch and Hindi DTS 5.1 tracks and Russian, Arabic and Hindi DTS 5.1 tracks.

     The audio is flawless and well mixed. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand. The lip sync is a bit wonky but good enough, which is more of a sign of the accelerated pace at which this film was put together than a flaw as the sync for everything else is perfect. The rain and storm effects make particularly good use of the surrounds and subwoofer.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


Deleted Scenes

     Five Deleted scenes with introductions from the director.

How to Believe Music Video by Bridget Mendler

     An insipid manufactured Disney starlet sings an insipid manufactured Disney pop song. Kids will love it. Parents beware!

Design a Fairy House Featurette

     To promote the film, its producers set up an activity centre at Disney World's Epcot centre where kids could make fairy houses. This featurette shows a few kids making stuff and interviews them about what they've made. Yup, it's just like someone decided to make a featurette about kids doing holiday activities at the mall. Pass.

Tangled Sneak Peak (3:22)

     A sales pitch for an upcoming Disney flick, with fluffy interview bit from Zac thingy and Mandy Moore.

Fairy Field Guide Builder

     An interactive quiz about fairy lore in the world of Tinker Bell. Will keep the kids amused for a short while, but there isn't much to it.

DVD Copy of the Film

     Contains all the same extras as the Blu-ray, save for the Fairy Field Guide Builder quiz (though obviously in SD, PAL).

R4 vs R1

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

    The Australian Region B edition appears to be almost identical to the US Region A. The Region A misses out on Hindi, Italian and Dutch Language tracks but picks up a Spanish track and a host of additional trailers for other films.


     A decent entry into the Tinker Bell franchise, although not quite as good as the past two Tink movies. Audio and video are of a high standard. The extras are reasonable in number and quality.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Review Equipment
DVDSony Playstation 3, using HDMI output
DisplayOptoma HD20 Projector. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderPioneer VSX2016AVS. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX2016AVS
Speakers150W DTX front speakers, 100W centre and 4 surround/rear speakers, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub

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