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Blu-ray Review: Shrek The Third

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Unlike the other two Shrek movies, the third movie is not nearly as encapsulating as the first two have been. There was an incredible amount of hype around this movie when it was first announced, and most fans are going to end up somewhat disappointed with this release.

The film begins with Shrek (played by Mike Myers) and his daughter, Fiona (played by Cameron Diaz) about to step in as the King and Queen, but Shrek refuses and begins a search for the only person who can step in his place: his nephew. As Shrek sets sail, Fiona runs out to the dock and tells Shrek that she is pregnant.

Worried about his child on the way, Shrek, Donkey, and Puss in Boots meet up with Arthur, who goes by “Artie.” A big loser at his home academy, he is excited to step in as King.  After Donkey and Puss scare Artie with scary stories of being King, he crashes the ship on a nearby island.  The confusing storyline continues, and goes off on quite a few tangents. There were times that I ended up a bit overwhelmed by everything that was going on, and it made for an overall frustrating storyline.

Extra features on the disc include the “Animators’ Corner”, which include picture-in-picture interactive storyboard that plays along with the movie. “The Tech of Shrek” helps fans of the Shrek series understand the differences in this film compared to the first two. Other extras are included on this disc, but are mostly skippable. This portion of the disc was fairly disappointing, as a bit more work in this part of the disc could have really improved the overall quality of the Blu-ray.

Presented in beautiful 1080p high definition, the video quality on this film is outstanding. The animation in the movie lights up with stunning color and vividness. The characters and objects on the Blu-ray come across with incredible sharpness. In fact, some of the characters are so sharp and beautiful that they distract from the overall film in itself. There are no transfer flaws on this film: a real plus in the Blu-ray’s favor.

From an audio standpoint, Shrek the Third is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Other languages are supported by Dolby Digital 5.1 (French, Spanish, and Portuguese). The dialogue between the characters this movie is incredibly clear, a testament to the TrueHD’s high audio quality in general. The background sounds that add real depth to the film are also perfectly pitched and never intrude on the dialogue. All in all, the Blu-ray’s audio is a fine, excellent companion to the top-notch video quality of the disc.

The Shrek series was a real hit with the first two films, but it is clear that this series is winding down. There are so many small plots and characters that the movie simply gets difficult to follow. The video and audio quality on this disc is excellent, however, so its worth a pickup if you want to see one of the best Blu-ray transfers of the year. If not, take a pass on this one.

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