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"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Magic is everywhere in Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice-the fun family adventure from the creators of National Treasure. Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a modern-day sorcerer with his hands full defending Manhattan against dark forces. When a seemingly nerdy college kid shows hidden potential, Balthazar takes his reluctant recruit on a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the ultimate sorcerer's apprentice. Can the students of Merlin stop the evil students of Morgana in time to prevent an army of the un-dead from taking over all of mankind? My magic 8-ball ball says "likely".

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 29 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.40:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina
  • Directed by Jon Turteltaub
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  • Violence: Mild, no blood
  • Sex: Chemistry only
  • Language: No

Commentary

Say what you will about Disney, but they takethe quality of their films very seriously. Gorgeous picture quality and very immersive sound are found on most of their titles, and this one is no exception. The story was actually better than I expected with nice pacing, edge of your set action and stellar CGI effects that add to the movie plot, rather than drive the plot. A humorous nod to old Walt with mops and buckets half way through the feature that pay tribute to Mickey Mouse ala Fantasia. Cage is wonderfully cast and slightly wacky as the  good sorcerer. He actually uses his own one-of-a-kind Rolls Royce in this movie. Baruchel is the epitome of nerdiness. Molina is delightfully sinister and droll. This movie will delight the youngsters (pre teens are the target audience, I think) and interest the adults at the same time. A mix of magic and physics. Fun family fare!

Technical

The picture and sound are well nigh perfect and reference quality. Colors are vibrant and spot on. Black shadows are inky yet reveal texture within. Cages' worn leather coat looks good enough to feel from your side of the screen. Sounds are broad and deep and they swirl around you during the action scenes. Details abound, especially during the China town dragon sequence. Confetti sweeps around you in an explosion of color. This is a disc you'll use to show off your HT to your friends...it is that good!

Extras

DVD & Digital Copy: The Making of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, deleted scenes: Blathazar recruits Dave.

BD - Magic In The City, The Science Of Sorcery, Making Magic Real, Fantasia: Reinventing A Classic, The Fashionable Drake Stone, The Grimhold: An Evil Work Of Art, The Encantus, Wolves & Puppies and The World's Coolest Car.