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Prep & Landing Totally Tinsel Edition Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit), French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese & Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Run Time: 23 Mins./23 Mins.
  • Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD)
  • Digital Copies: N/A
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • Blu-ray Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • List Price: $20.00

Overall
[Rating:4.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:4/5]

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The Film

[Rating:4/5]

Disney’s animated special Prep & Landing, winner of 4 Emmy Awards, is a bit of simple holiday season family fare that grownups and kids alike can enjoy when the family’s all together. The premise of the half-hour special (23-minutes minus commercials) and its somewhat less successful but still enjoyable follow-up, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, is to place the focus on Santa’s elves rather than the big man himself. In particular, two members if his elite Prep & Landing team – you know, the ones who go out ahead and make sure all the houses are ready on Christmas Eve for his arrival? In the first special, The elf Wayne (Dave Foley) is passed up for a promotion by the big guy and has a rough go of it, especially when he his given a new trainee, Lanny (Derek Richardson). Not feeling up to the task, Wayne decides to literally lay down on the job, but causes big trouble when he is spotted by a kid and gets himself on the naughty list. Now, it’s a mad scramble to help Santa save Christmas and rescue his own reputation. In Naughty vs. Nice Wayne and Lanny are reunited for an adventure that finds them trying to recover classified North Pole technology from a young girl trying to get herself off the naughty list. But Christmastime just may turn out bad for everyone when things go haywire and every kid in the world ends up on the naughty list. A moral about friendship, family, and understanding, Naughty vs. Nice is a sweetly sentimental holiday tale. Each special is marked by excellent Disney CG animation, colorful holiday-themed landscapes, and best of all, wonderfully done voice acting.

Video Quality

[Rating:5/5]

We get a fine transfer of the original CG-animated specials in AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodements on Blu-ray. The image looks clean, detailed, and three dimensional with vivid colors and no artifacting.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

Audio for both shows is provided in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48/24) mix that, while it doesn’t quite reach the level of a theatrical production, comes pretty darn close. Effects are panned through the channels often utilizing the surrounds effectively, there’s lots of atmospherics, and the low frequency extension gives everything a sense of weightiness.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:4/5]

There is a fine selection of additional animated bits included on here that kids of all ages can enjoy. Additionally, an interesting “making of” in the unusual 720p format is provided for the older crowd as well.

The supplements:

  • Operation: Secret Santa (1.78:1; 1080p; Dolby Digital 5.1; 00:06:53) – Mrs. Claus sends the elves on a secret mission into Santa’s workshop.
  • Tiny’s Big Adventure (1.78:1; 1080p; 00:01:07) – Tiny has to get some coffee.
  • Kringle Academy (1.78:1; HD; 00:04:50) – “Training Video” for Santa’s Prep and Landing:
    • Welcome to Kringle Academy
    • Equipment Training
    • Do’s and Don’ts
  • North Pole News (1.78:1; 1080p) – Faux newsreels about the North Pole’s hot news items featuring the elves.:
    • Elf of the Year
    • Newsreel
  • North Pole Commercials (1.78:1; 1080p):
    • Elf-Date.com
    • The Fruitcake Factory
    • Spa Navidad
    • Christmas Carol’s
    • Yuletide Tech
    • B.U.L.B. Transit
    • Captain Avalanche’s Super Sled
    • Kringle County Christmas Fair
    • Elf Super Mart
    • Yuletide Joe
  • Promotional Pieces (1.78:1; 720p):
    • The Recording Process
    • The Animation Process
    • The Characters
    • Christmas Unwrapped
    • Prep and Landing: Behind the Scenes
  • Behind the Jingle with Grace Potter (1.78:1; 1080p)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4.5/5]

If you’re nice, then you should surely get this Prep & Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection for you and your family to enjoy for this season. Recommended.

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Overall
[Rating:4.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:4/5]


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