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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - August, 2012

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 "The Lorax" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 27 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  The voices of Danny DeVito, Zach Efron, Ed Helms and Betty White
  • Directed by Chris Renaud
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Loosely based on a story by Theodore Geisel, this story was originally crafted to explain the dangers of over harvesting nature (conservation). This newer version basically slams consumerism and corporate greed (curse you 1 %-ers!). Notice the Once-ler poster in the factory hallway that mentions “too big to fail”. I think that there are too many avenues being played out in the film and a simple tale is made overly complicated in the telling. Plastic is bad, don't destroy the trees and don't buy bottled air (though no one thinks twice about buying bottles water these days). Frankly, other than the eye and ear candy, the story will not hold a kids attention for very long and they will likely forget about the whole thing after a day or two.

Technical

Visually, the movie is stunning, both the natural beauty of the paradise valley and the plastic artificiality of Thneedville are full of bright and beautiful colors. These are contrasted by the  greys of the world outside of Thneedville, a world that the Once-ler has created. As most digital productions, the colors and details just pop and the details are all there. Notice that some scenes even show fine dust particles floating in the air. Sound, especially during the musical numbers, is powerful and clear with lots of surround and sub usage. Truly demo worthy picture and sound. Too bad the story is mediocre.

Extras

Included are an audio commentary, featurrettes, 3 mini-movies, My Scenes, deleted scenes, New Ticker, Ultra-violet and Pocket Blu, interactive games and a sing-along. A DVD version is included as well as a digital copy.