By Fred Topel | Image property of Walt Disney Pictures
I managed to avoid Bolt entirely in its theatrical release. The press screening was on my birthday so I got out of it. I suppose as a tentpole Blu Ray release I’m going to have to give it a shot. At least CGI animation is going to look awesome in hi-def, right?
Blu-Ray Review: Bolt
Actually, I find Bolt to look a little fake. Obviously, it’s not real, but let me explain. These CG animation movies are usually packed with dense detail to sell the “reality” of even the most heightened worlds. Mediocre films like Madagascar can look incredible, but Oscar-nominated Bolt is lacking that extra oomph.
It’s almost like there’s too much polish. It’s too rounded and shiny. Even in close up, fur and feathers look like they’re in small clumps. I’m sure the animators could point out how painstakingly they computed every follicle, and admittedly I don’t have a super top notch TV, but comparing to the likes of WALL-E and even Bee Movie, I don’t see it.
The environments too look good enough. You see the patterns of stone and gravel in the streets, rust on metal, but not that real world grit that the aforementioned Pixar apocalypse film had. Of course, the aesthetic to Bolt is different too, but I’m looking at HD demo standards.
Maybe I’m just being bitchy because I’m so freaking sick of talking animal movies. It’s got good colors. You can’t take that away from it. There’s no grain. It’s a pure, clear look into the world they constructed. I just don’t get my HD kicks looking at it.
Bolt comes to DVD and Blu-ray on March 22nd.
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