Those viewers who missed out on seeing "BOLT" in theaters, have a chance to discover it on blu-ray from BUENA VISTA. John Travolta voices "Bolt," a dog star of a hit tv series, wherein he and his human handler, Penny(Miley Cyrus) take on the evil Dr. Calico and his wicked henchmen in a James Bond-like series. The tv series' director, voiced by James Lipton, has created a restrictive atmosphere for Bolt, in a successful plan to prevent him from knowing any other world outside of the drama created for each episode exists. So, Bolt's world is reminiscent of "THE TRUMAN SHOW," only sadder, as at the end of each shooting schedule, he's locked up in a trailer. However, a great adventure begins, when he escapes and tries to (in his mind)rescue Penny from the villain of the show he's just started shooting.
While the animation is fantastic, all great films begin with a great script, and "BOLT" is cleverly written and consistently funny. As Bolt's adventure moves forward, he finds assistance from another dog, a hamster and a cat(among others)and these characters never feel like padding, as they're well developed and add great humor to an already funny film. "BOLT" also provides great action sequences, and it's one of those rare animated films that's far more successful in its humor and wow factor than most live-action films! While the ending is a bit disappointing, due to a lack of the freshness that precedes it, "BOLT" is still one of the most enjoyable films of 2008, and makes for great laughs, and easy to go back to time and time again!
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. It's one of the best looking transfers available on blu-ray. This digital-to-digital presentation is flawless in every way! Colors are vibrant throughout and the detail is amazing, providing an image that never falls flat. Even without a "3-D" presentation option(it was offered in "3-D" in many theaters) the image provides as much depth that's achievable without "3-D."
BUENA VISTA has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. Again, "F-L-A-W-L-E-S-S!!!!" From beginning to end, the audience is immersed in a 360 degree environment, with effects that perfectly compliment the on-screen action. The effects achieved here are innovative and push the envelope with brilliant success. Bass, music and dialogue are perfectly balanced. "BOLT" provides one of the best reference quality mixes available on blu-ray.
BUENA VISTA has provided three featurettes(standard resolution) a music video(HD)with Travolta and Cyrus, a pretty funny short film featuring the hamster character from the feature film(HD) and deleted scenes(HD). Unfortunately, the two deleted scenes offered only appear in storyboard form.
Additionally, a dvd copy and additional digital copy for laptop or PSP, is provided.
An interactive game and art gallery round out the other HD extras! GET IT!!!!!