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Kung Fu Panda on DVD and Blu-ray

Published November 18, 2008 in DVD News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of DreamWorks Animation
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Kung Fu Panda may have surprised me in theaters – I had grown used to CG-animations looking flatter then their drawn counterparts – but I was ready for excellence on Blu-ray. With so many vibrant colors and, might I add, furry characters, the medium has a lot to work with here.

On Blu-Ray: Kung Fu Panda

Fortunately, the Blu-ray for Kung Fu Panda does not disappoint in the slightest. Since I got the film on DVD as well, I had to do a comparison. First off, the DVD looked great. Upconverted on my Blu-ray player, the DVD showed competitive vibrancy and contrast but was still lacking in that whole 3D effect created by 1080p-quality high definition. So in goes the Blu-ray.

Now this is what I’ve been waiting for! While both Iron Man and Transformers looked great on Blu-ray, I still have yet to see that 3D effect created by the HD medium. I’ve seen it with HD DVD, before it went extinct of course, but not from Blu-ray as much. Sure, some previous Blu-rays I checked out had their moments, but nothing that carried through the entirety of a given film. Being my first CG-animated Blu-ray, I had high hopes for Kung Fu Panda. As expected, the film looks astonishing.

I don’t know what to give more credit to: the compression or my 32” 1080p Sharp LCD. Colors were ridiculously bright, had glowing contrast and, best yet, objects and characters seemed to stand off the page. Wait, there’s more, these characters are furry!

I didn’t realize the attention to detail when it came to each title character's fur in the film, but the DVD shows this aspect off greatly. Whether a character’s hair is blowing in the wind or gently blending into patches of other color, it always looks incredibly real. That and the fact that each characters ears seemed to er, flop with every movement continued to trip me out for the film’s entire running.

When it comes to the film itself, what can I say, I love it. Kung Fu Panda is a great film for any age and comes complete with awesome action, meaningful dialogue, and laughs to boot.

Like many Blu-rays, Kung Fu Panda comes with BD-Live for any of you who have internet connected up to your player. Mine just so happened to be giving me grief that day, so I had to stick with the features on the blu-ray. While I always appreciate a drawing lesson or two, I continue to have a fascination on storyboards for both live-action and animated films. As if to satisfy my appetite, one of the Blu-ray’s exclusive features gives us The Animators Corner, which looks at just that.

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