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Tinker Bell and The Lost Treasure
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 80 Minutes

Starring the voices of: Mae Whitman, Jesse McCartney, Jane Horrocks, Lucy Liu, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symone, Lucy Liu, Jeff Bennett, Rob Paulsen, Grey DeLisle and Anjelica Huston

Screenplay by: Evan Spiliotopoulos
Story by: Klay Hall, Evan Spiliotopoulos

Directed by: Klay Hall

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $39.99

Features: Magical Guide To Pixie Hollow, Scenes You Never Saw, Deleted Scenes, Pixie Hollow Comes To Disney World, Music Video, DVD Copy

Specs: 1.78:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (12 Chapters)

Released: October 27th, 2009


 

 

"Tinker Bell" is presented in a 1080p high definition widescreen transfer, with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. This is a fairly gorgeous transfer, so if you have a Blu-ray player, this is easily the version to go with. The world of Pixie Hollow really shines here: it comes off as sharp and vivid, with remarkably bright and vibrant colors that is nothing short of eye candy. Given the autumn theme to the movie, the orange, brown and harvest-y colors seem to stand out the most. Detail is equally remarkable, be it the backgrounds of this wonderland, fur on the animals or the clothing on the characters. There is plenty to draw eyeballs in — even if you are not the target demographic for this film. With that noted, I'm sure adults may not mind watching this movie because of how exceptional the image quality is here. I'd also like to think some young girls will be taken with it too — almost to the point where the world of Pixie Hollow will look so spectacular to them, that they'll want to reach out and touch the screen.


 

"Tinker Bell" is presented in a English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. I was pretty impressed in just how engaging this track is. The Celtic-tinged musical score brings plenty of warmth throughout the channels, while dialogue is always clear and easy to hear. Subwoofer use is not always constant, but there are a few moments that give off above-average booms.

But it's the discrete and active surrounds that stand out the most, so much to the point where you might feel like you're flying along with the fairies at some points. There are plenty of small sounds that can always be heard, and give the film a lot of flavors: fairies bouncing on leaves, the flapping of wings, the sprinkling of that all important dust, among other things. In all, this is a very dynamic mix that is sure to please all listeners.

Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French and Spanish are included — plus subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
 




First up is the Magical Guide To Pixie Hollow, a short that runs a little under 5 minutes that should acquaint viewers with the fairy homeland and some of their on-goings. There's also a Outtakes & Bloopers section. Scenes You Never Saw features 4 minutes worth of animated goofs. They're a bit amusing for what they are, and young viewers should probably like these the best. Nice to see Disney still carry on the tradition that Pixar ended long ago. There are more formal Deleted Scenes, with introductions from producer Sean Lurie and director Klay Hall. The scenes or more less story reels, and the two filmmakers discuss why these scenes didn't make the cut — or how they changed. There are 7 in total, and with the introductions, total about 16 minutes.

When it comes down to it, Pixie Hollow Comes To Disney World is really an extended advertisment for this franchise and the theme park itself. Every spring, there's now a Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden at Epcot. Hall and Lurie sort-of host this piece, as they're on hand for the park's dedication of this new attraction. They point out what's been brought to actual life, but given this supplement some added depth is that you get to see — and hear from Disney World officials and designers — how it was all brought to life. It's pretty interesting, and naturally, required a lot of hard work and talent. The amount of detail put forth is pretty staggering. In that sense it's nice to watch, but I'm pretty sure the real point of the whole thing is for little girls to beg their parents to go to Disney World once the last frame of this featurette is plated.

Finally, there's a Music Video: "Gift Of A Friend" as sung by Disney Channel star Demi Lovato.

Also included with this Blu-ray version is a standard DVD copy.
 

I'm pretty sure every little girl will enjoy "Tinker Bell and The Lost Treasure," which is the second installment of this new Disney franchise. This Blu-ray is rather satisfying: there's an excellent high defnition transfer, a superb DTS mix and a few supplements that hit the sweet spot with the target audience. A DVD copy is included, too. If you bought the first one for your family, chances are strong you'll be adding this second movie to your collection. If you have a decent home theater, then be sure to go for this Blu-ray version.