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"The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole  " (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Adrian Wittenberg

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Synopsis

Young owls, Soren (Jim Sturgess) and Kludd (Ryan Kwanten) are easily impressed by stories from their father about the legendary guardian owls of Ga'Hoole.  One day in their adventures, they mistakenly fall far from their home in the tree and are abducted by other owls and taken to an owl slave camp where young owls are hypnotized to become part of a far more evil owl plan.  With some help from some renegade owls and the possibility of locating the guardian owls of Ga'Hoole, there might be a glimpse of hope for owlkind.

Specifications

  • Warner Bros. 2010, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 37 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Starring: Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham
  • Directed by Zack Snyder
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  • Violence: Animated Violence involving Birds of Prey
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This movie could have featured any animal species in a similar fashion and never really made any kind of a connection with me in terms of why it focused around owls.  The film is long and drawn out and comes short of delivering any kind of meaningful experience from the story elements.  Young children might be delighted by this type of story but I found it rather stale.  On the other hand, both the CG effects as well as the 3D effects of the film are simply stunning and make it into a title that is good to showcase 3D technology

Technical

This film has truly incredible CG effects and the image is flawless throughout its entirety.  The 3D effects in the film look impeccable and are artfully designed and give a feeling of immersion in the environment.  The 3D looks as good as it does because the character models have an incredible amount of detail.  Watching this film in 3D becomes completely entertaining because it makes the creatures look so life like.  Audio is presented in DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio and is top notch throughout.  The film's storyline provides ample opportunity to entertain the viewer with spacious surround sound effects and climactic action scenes and is sure to run any sound system through its paces.

Extras

Extras include children's activities such as games or owl dress up, information about owls, artwork gallery, and music videos.