Open Season 3 (Blu-ray) (2010)

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Released 12-Jan-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Audio & Animation
Game-Rabbit Splat Mode
Game-Boog's Cannon Blast Game
Featurette-Making Of
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 74:35
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Cody Cameron
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring David I. Stern
Ciara Bravo
Charlie Bright
Cody Cameron
Karley Scott Collins
Mike Epps
Crispin Glover
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $39.95 Music Jeff Cardoni
Nancy Frazen
Arthur D. Noda


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Italian DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Danish Dolby Digital 5.1
Finnish Dolby Digital 5.1
Hindi Dolby Digital 5.1
Norwegian Dolby Digital 5.1
Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

     Kids animation has produced some of the best films of the last few years and has also produced films which although quite entertaining for children certainly don't set the world on fire. The first Open Season film from Sony certainly falls into the latter category. Despite this it has spawned two sequels including this film, 2010's Open Season 3. To my knowledge this one did not get a local theatrical release and frankly despite being reasonably diverting probably didn't deserve one. Having said that I have certainly seen worse children's films which did get theatrical showings.

     The story here follows the main characters from the first two films, Boog the Bear and his best friend, Elliott the Deer. Boog is a favourite amongst the forest creatures as he helps them all when they need him. Elliott on the other hand is a good natured fool who relies on his children and long suffering wife to keep him from hurting himself (too badly). Boog, however, gets upset with his friends early in the film because they all pull out of a planned 'Guy's Trip' including Elliott. Boog decides to head off and join the circus. Unfortunately he gets tricked into staying in place of another bear, Doug. Here he meets a llama, Alistair (a highlight of the show especially his saliva problem) and a female bear Ursa. A variety of his friends set out to rescue him and restore their friendships.

     The voice cast and animation of this second sequel is not up to the usual standards of big productions, however, it is all quite well done and the story rollicks along and does not outstay its welcome. There are some amusing characters and situations but nothing to get too excited about. The running joke about the characters throwing live rabbits at each other may be considered a little distasteful (although amusing).

     If you are looking for something the kids haven't seen on a wet afternoon, this is probably worth a rental.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is excellent. The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p native widescreen.

     The picture was very clear and sharp throughout. The shadow detail was also excellent. The colour was also excellent with lots of bright colours in the scheme. There were no noticeable artefacts.

     There are no subtitles which was slightly surprising for a big studio production.

     There is no noticeable layer change during the program.

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Audio

     The audio quality is excellent. This BR contains two audio options, an English DTS HD-MA 5.1 soundtrack, the same in Italian & Spanish and Dolby Digital 5.1 in Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian & Swedish.

     Dialogue was clear and easy to hear except for some lines spoken too fast or in dodgy accents. The score by Jeff Cordoni is suited to the material but nothing exciting. The surround speakers were used constantly for music, atmosphere and lots of directional effects. The subwoofer was well used for thumps, thuds and music support.

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Extras

Menu

     The menu was functional but unexciting.

Rabbit Splat Mode

     Silly but fun for kids. This feature allows you to watch the film while flinging rabbits at the screen using the remote. The kids will love it.

Boog's Cannon Blast Game

     A well put together set top game which challenges you to use a cannon to fire various characters at a variety of obstacles which if done correctly will release Boog from a cage.

Progression Reel (1:03)

     One scene showing various elements of animation such as storyboards, layout, voices, lighting & final animation. Very short taster only.

R4 vs R1

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

    Global Blu-ray releases seem to be the same with the exception of some audio options.

Summary

     Diverting entertainment for the kiddies and better than most direct to DVD sequels.

    The video quality is excellent. The audio quality is excellent. The extras are OK but nothing spectacular.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplayLG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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