Sure, there’s that weird “all people that don’t hail from the United States are silly” kind of vibe that is usually present in movies of this variety. Fortunately, though, it doesn’t reach the point of extreme racial stereotyping like we see regularly in the “kiddie” films made by the haters at Disney.
Fox Home Entertainment brings us Rio in a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy pack) with a stunning 1080p MPEG-4/AVC transfer (it‘s also available as a Blu-ray 3D release). If you’re looking for something to get the most out of your HDTV and stereo setup, your bird has just flew in: Rio looks and sounds absolutely brilliant. The film is presented in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio with positively striking colors and fine detail throughout. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack delivers just as well, mixed to perfection for your listening pleasure. Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks in French and Spanish are also available, and optional subtitles are provided in English (SDH) and Spanish.
Rio carries a rather large assortment of special features with it, including a snipped segment (that is shown in storyboard format with voices) and a good half-dozen behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film. Also included are some things that are mostly for the kiddies, such as an interactive tour of Rio itself (which mostly consists of photographs), a music video, jukebox and other things that make us adults go “Huh?” Lastly, there’s an original theatrical trailer for the film.
In short: even if you don’t like the movie itself (which was the biggest-selling August release in home video history, incidentally), the A/V aspects of this release are definitely unbeatable.