By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
Shrek the Third
I love it when I get a copy of the same film on both DVD and HD DVD. Such an event just happened with Shrek the Third, but I'm not going to get to the comparison just yet.
DVD Review: Shrek the Third
I am conflicted. Which film is better: Shrek or Shrek 2? I love Shrek for creating the franchise, but I just can't stop smiling while watching Shrek 2. I had hoped that Shrek the Third would put an end to my debate, but the latest installment comes in last. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad film, it just isn't as great as the first two installments.
Fortunately, it looks good; especially in HD. I got the DVD copy of Shrek the Third first, so that was first in the (HD) DVD tray. Yes, I upconverted it on my Xbox 360, and it looks great in 1080i.
The DVD comes with your standard array of features and then some. For all you extras whores, the DVD gives you quite a few items to browse including deleted scenes, Shrek's own parenting tips, a look at what goes into making the CG-animated film, and some fun activities.
Then in goes the HD DVD version of Shrek the Third. Colors vibrant, edges sharper and green has never looked better. Seriously, the color green does well here. I also have to throw a nod to the original high-definition projectors that use neither LCD, Plasma or DLP. I've seen what's new out there and, though I cannot do 1080p (1080i only), I still think the HD DVDs look better on my older model. Straight projection, I salute you!
The HD DVD comes with some added extras, but only the storyboards received my extra attention.