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"Frankenweenie 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Victor Frankenstein is a young boy who mostly keeps to himself, making films starring his beloved dog Sparky.  Despite prodding by his parents, he's fine to keep to himself and work on his own projects instead of socializing with other kids his age.  Finally he gives in to his Dad and goes out to play baseball, but a tragic accident at the game claims the life of Sparky.

After a demonstration in science class that shows how a dead frog still has a muscle reaction when electricity is applied, he sets out to bring Sparky back from the dead.  His experiment succeeds, but once his classmates find out they too want to bring their pets back to life.  Unfortunately this meets with disastrous results as they don't all come back as healthy and normal as Sparky did, and now they have to be stopped.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2012, B&W, PG, 1 Hour, 27 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p, MPEG-4 MVC
  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Starring: Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Martin Landau (voices)
  • Directed by Tim Burton
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I've always been a Tim Burton fan, though I've not seen some of this more recent films.  Because of this other animated films, I came into Frankenweenie with really high hopes and wound up being let down.  The film isn't bad, but the characters don't develop much depth, and the film just seems to move by instead of pulling you in.  It's not a bad movie at all, but it's also not a great one that I plan to go back and watch more often.

Technical

The 3D transfer of Frankenweenie is a bright spot, with a very nice B&W image, and a 3D image that provides a good amount of depth but doesn't overwhelm you by trying to show off.  There are specific scenes that try to use 3D to surprise you, and those are done very well, but mostly it's used to provide a bit more depth to the animated scenes, which it does quite well.

The soundtrack is also very good, with a great surround track that makes scenes like the rooftop lightning storm intense and enveloping.  Most of the scenes are pretty laid back but when more is called for, the soundtrack answers.

Extras

Some shorts and featurettes, as well as 2D Blu-ray, DVD, and a Digital Copy.