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"Alpha and Omega" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

A couple of wolves, Kate and Humphry, used to be friends, until they grew up and drifted apart. The two are not on the same level as Kate is an alpha dog, leader of the pack, and Humphry is an omega, which is the bottom of the pack. The two of them get captured and moved from their pack in Canada to the forests of Idaho.  They meet a goose and a duck, Marcel and Paddy, who tell them they were brought here to repopulate the park with wolves. Kate will have nothing to do with this concept, but Humphry is all for it.  Meanwhile, back home in Canada, Kates parents are getting worried about her dissappearance.  Kate and Humphry hitch a ride with an unusual couple, but Humphry's antics only get them so far, when Kate is forced to rescue him from getting shot.  They get lost for a bit until they run into Marcel and Paddy who direct them to a train they can catch over a mountain.  While crossing over the mountain, the two run into a pack of bears and are forced off a cliff.  Humphry saves the day and they make it on the train, headed back to Canada. The love between these two opposites begins to grow and blossom, like a spring flower. .

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 28 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec:  AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover
  • Directed by Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Alpha and Omega is one of those movies that is purely for kids. There isn't much here for the adults to enjoy.  The jokes are childish and lame and the only times I found myself laughing were at the expense of the movie.  Voice-over performances were mailed in by this cast of actors.  I could tell this movie was created in order to take advantage of the latest 3D fad.  Many shots in the movie had that forced, 3D roller coaster feel and I found it very distracting. Random pointless shots were added to "throw" stuff at the viewers face. Presumably, this is an enjoyable 3D experience, but I do not understand it.  The quality of the animation was definitely below today's standards.  To me it had the look of a direct-to-video release.  Unless you need an 88 minute break from your kids, do not bother with Alpha and Omega.

Technical

An excellent direct digital transfer here, which would have been perfect except I did notice a few odd artifacting in some shots. It's possible these were caused in the rendering process.  The image is crisp and detailed with fantastic color.  The DTS HD MA audio track was decent, but when compared to some of the high profile CG releases like Toy Story 3 and How To Train A Dragon, Alpha and Omega just isn't in that same pack.

Extras

A making of featurette, deleted scene, log ride game, animal fun facts, and a personality quiz.