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Gnomeo & Juliet Blu-ray 3D Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4 (2D); MVC (3D)
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: G
  • Discs: 3 (1 x Blu-ray 3D + 1 x Blu-ray +1 x DVD + Digital Copy)
  • Studio: Touchstone Pictures
  • Blu-ray Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • List Price: $49.99

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]

Video Quality
HD: [Rating:5/5]

3D Effect: [Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:4/5]

From Touchstone Pictures and Sir Elton John’s Rocket Films comes this fun animated twist on Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy Romeo & Juliet. Gnomeo & Juliet takes the story and transplants it to the secret world of garden gnomes, where the blue gnomes and the red gnomes from two separate gardens have been feuding for years. But when the blues’ Gnomeo (James McAvoy), undercover one night on a mission to get back at the reds, spies the disguised Juliet (Emily Blunt; Wild Target; Gulliver’s Travels) sneaking out to capture a rare gardenia from an abandoned garden across the alleyway, it sparks a forbidden romance that can only lead to trouble. The question is, will this romance lead to tragedy like Shakespeare’s original tale, or is there a happy ending for this unlikely couple?

The movie has a cheerful soundtrack featuring the songs of Elton John, some classics and some new ones, plus a perfectly cast ensemble doing the voices, which includes the unlikely Ozzy Osbourne as Fawn, Patrick Stewart as Bill Shakespeare and Jason Stratham as Tybalt.

Video Quality

HD: [Rating:5/5]

3D Effect: [Rating:3/5]

The 3D effect on Gnomeo & Juliet is minimal at best. While the Full HD 3D 1080p MVC encodement does offer a better sense of depth than the 2D version, there is little pop-out effect. The color and detail strong and ghosting/crosstalk is minimal.

The standard 2D high definition presentation, offered here in an AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement, is perfect. Colors are vivid and every detail in the animation is visible, from the tiniest chip on the gnomes to the individual blades of grass in the gardens.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

A typically hyperactive soundtrack is supplied in the form of a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix. The back left and right channels are used mainly for ambience, never really carrying any discrete information, while the surround channels are given some discrete sounds on occasion. There are extended lows, relaxed highs, clean dialogue and a wide dynamic range.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

All the supplements reside on the 2D Blu-ray disc and while the bulk are deleted and alternate scenes in standard definition, there are also some brief behind-the-scenes interview segments with two of the actors in 1080p.

The supplements provided with this release are:

  • Elton Builds a Garden (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:05.47) – The filmmakers discuss Sir Elton John’s involvement in the film from the very beginning, including discussion of his production company, Rocket.
  • Alternate Endings with Filmmaker Introductions (1.78:1; 480i/60):
    • All’s Well that Ends Well
    • Alternate Dance Routine
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes with Filmmaker Introductions (1.78:1; 480i/60):
    • Alternate Opening
    • Featherstone’s Game
    • First Date – Alternate Scene
    • Game On
    • Gnomeo Exiled – Deleted Sequence
    • Wedding Ruse
    • Featherstone, Shroom, & Gnomeo
    • Gnomeo Meets the Weathervanes
  • Frog Talk with Ashley Jensen (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:01.46) – The actress talks about the fun time she had voicing her character in the film.
  • The Fawn of Darkness (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:01.29) – Ozzy Osbourne discusses his role as Tybalt’s sidekick.
  • Crocodile Rock Music Video – Nelly Furtado featuring Elton John (1.78:1; 1080p/24; Dolby Digital 5.1; 0:01.32)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

Excellent and charming family fun from start to finish, Gnomeo & Juliet is an inventive twist on a classic story that adults and kids alike can enjoy. With its superb animation and quality acting combined with a rocking soundtrack, Gnomeo is a home theatre winner on Blu-ray 3D and 2D.

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BestBuy.com:
Gnomeo & Juliet -

Purchase Gnomeo & Juliet on Blu-ray 3D+Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy at CD Universe

Also available:

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]

Video Quality
HD: [Rating:5/5]

3D Effect: [Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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