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"Wreck-It Ralph 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Wreck-It Ralph has spent 30 years playing the bad guy in the classic video game Fix-It Felix.  The other game characters don't like him and he's relegated to live in a garbage dump.  Even his group therapy sessions don't seem to help.  While on a quest to win the favor of his in-game colleagues, he gets mixed up in another game's action causing chaos and mayhem for the world of Sugar Rush.  King Candy is trying to rid his game of the glitch, Vanellope, before she causes his world to be unplugged.  Ralph tries to help her and discovers the real reason why she is an outcast.  To save her and all the games in the arcade, he must make a tremendous sacrifice.  Their fate is literally in his abnormally large hands!

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 41 mins
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Starring the voices of: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
  • Directed by: Rich Moore
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

If you grew up playing arcade games like I did, you will love this movie.  It reminded me of Toy Story in that all the characters have lives of their own after the arcade closes.  But it was also completely original in its plot.  The basic premise seems to be, "no matter how bad you think you have it, someone else has it worse."  In solving the mystery, Ralph learns a lot about himself and how he fits into the world behind the game screen.

The world created by producer John Lasseter and director Rich Moore is a rich one.  The video game characters really do come to life and take on just the personalities you'd expect.  The use of color and sound, along with some superb voice-acting takes production quality to the highest level.  While it's not quite as thought-provoking as Wall-E, Wreck-It Ralph is right up there with the best animated films.

Technical

This commentary refers to the 3D version of the movie.  The effect was extremely well-done with a nice balance of color and texture.  The 3D never becomes too much and thankfully there aren't many in-your-face moments.  The image is perfectly sharp and detailed with deep contrast and bright, vibrant color.  There isn't much dark material but what little there is looks rich and detailed.  The world of Sugar Rush is guaranteed to make you crave sweets!

Disney includes a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio encode which is super-clean and filled with great surround-sound moments.  The sound stage envelops and immerses from beginning to end with a feeling that make your room melt away.  There are some low-frequency bits but not as many as there could have been.  And I felt the overall mix was a little polite.  There is plenty of dynamic range but I found myself wanting more.  The action scenes, which are frequent, just didn't have the maximum impact I was expecting.

Extras

Bonus features are a little thin given this package's high price tag.  There is only one 17-minute featurette that actually relates to the film.  The rest are trailers and promotional material.  There are 14 minutes of deleted scenes.  The package I received included 2D and 3D Blu-rays, a DVD, and a digital copy.