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"Tangled 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Adrian Wittenberg

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Synopsis

In a kingdom there was rumoured to be a golden flower that had the magical properties of healing or reversing aging.  When the queen of the kingdom became terribly ill, everyone set out to find the famed flower to heal the queen.  After finding and using the flower to heal the queen from the illness, the queen gave birth to a girl whose hair was bestowed with some of the magical qualities from the golden flower.  The girl, named Rapunzel, was then kidnapped by a wicked witch who wanted to use Rapunzel's hair to keep herself young forever.  The witch raised Rapunzel as her own daughter and kept her locked up in a tower, never cutting her hair and keeping her from the outside world.  On one day, when the witch was gone, a thief named Flynn Rider accidentally finds and enters the tower and gets a swift blow to the head with Rapunzel's frying pan.  After he comes too, he offers to take Rapunzel outside of the tower to the kingdom in exchange for the location of the thief's lost satchel, which Rapunzel has hidden.  Together they set out on the journey and Rapunzel eventually learns of her true identity.

 

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • 2011, Color, Animated, Rated PG, 1 Hr 40 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec:  MPEG-4-MVC
  • 1080p
  • English, French, Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Starring:  Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Brad Garrett, Ron Perlmen
  • Directed by Byron Howard, Nathan Greno
Rating
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  • Violence: Cartoon Violence
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This is a light hearted adaptation of the german fairy tale that I found to be very entertaining because of the excellent animation, 3D effects, characters, dialogue, and music.  The film has good pacing so there aren't any dull moments.  The dialogue and voice acting is charming and sometimes funny throughout the film and is really good so it makes the story come alive.  Donna Murphy did a great job making Gothel into a selfish and cruel villain and Mandy Moore did an excellent job of breathing life into a hopeful and dreamy Rapunzel.  Like many Disney animations that borderline on being musicals, there is quite a bit of singing in this film which was entertaining and fit in the film very well.  For those that have a full surround sound setup and quality 3D display, this film will be a winner for the whole family.

Technical

This film really showcases how far animation has come in the last 50 years and the quality of the animation is top notch.  The animators working on this film did an impeccable job of breathing emotion and charm into the characters and created motion that was extremely realistic.  The detail level in the film is exquisite and the colors are very lush and striking. Even without 3D technology, the visuals make the film pop out enough to look three dimensional.  Tangled 3D effects are all computer generated as opposed to using two cameras preset to different capturing angles.  This gives the directors complete creative control and the ability to choose many different 3D scenarios.  The 3D in this movie is at many times quite pronounced.  Throughout the entire film there is excellent depth and spacing between objects and you get a really good sense of the environments.  This is especially true in some of the outdoor scenes.  In video game terminology I would compare it to parallax scrolling where the effect is that there are many different objects at different depths in the film that are independantly moving.  The horse Maximus and Rapunzel are right in the forefront, some bushes are at the next distance back, some more trees are further back, and so forth.  In other scenes, like the scene where Rapunzel and Flynn are watching the floating lanterns in the sky, you really can enjoy the surreality of the effect.  The film does a really good job of creating that 3D wow kind of effect that everyone will be sure to love.  I'd say that the 3D in this film is very tasteful and really adds to the adventure and further enhances the incredible detail and animation in the film.  After I watched this film, I only thought about how much I was anticipating this year's lineup of 3d Displays including Samsung's 75" 9500 series 3D panel, Panasonic's VT 35, Sony's XBRHX929, and LG's PZ950 plasma . On a really good 3D display with minimal crosstalk, this movie is going to look incredible.  The DTS 7.1 MA soundtrack on this film is excellent.  Whether it's the soundtrack and the singing numbers or the full use of all the surrounds and LFE effects, this film has a top notch presentation.

Extras

There are a couple of nice extra features on here including some funny clips in the Tangled Teasers section and some extended songs.  There are a couple of deleted scenes and some featurettes on the Disney production.