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"Puss in Boots 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) is a orphaned cat, raised in the village of San Ricardo.  Unfairly blamed for a crime and on the run from his village, he seeks to repair his reputation and to be able to return home.  When the opportunity to steal the magic beans from Jack and Jill comes up, he must team up with Kitten Soft Paws (Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty to continue the quest for the golden goose.

Specifications

  • Dreamworks
  • 2011, Color, PG, 90 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek (Voices)
  • Directed by Chris Miller
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Puss in Boots was one of my favorite characters from Shrek, so I was looking forward to a film of his own, and that it would be something my son would enjoy watching.  While not as sharp as a couple of the Shrek films were, the film is very enjoyable with enough humor mixed in there for adults in addition to kids that both of you can enjoy watching it.  The 80-minute run time goes by quickly, but feels about right.

Technical

The 2D presentation of Puss in Boots looks very, very nice.  It only doesn't get 5 stars as it is not quite up to the level of Rango, which was the best looking animated film this past year.  Certain scenes in 2D looked like they would be wonderful in 3D and for the most part they are.  There was decent depth and 3D on a lot of the shots and they did a good job with the 3D version overall.  The soundtrack also does not disappoint, with good use of surrounds and subwoofers in addition to the front soundstage, and you never struggle to understand dialogue.

Extras

A bonus animated short, The Three Diablos, multiple Featurettes, PIP Animators Corner, Deleted Scenes, Games, Trailers, a DVD copy and a Digital Copy.