"THE CORPSE BRIDE" is an stop-motion animated film from Tim Burton, that while never achieving the brilliance of "A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS", still offers its share of beauty, humor and an ultimately worthwhile viewing experience. Johnny Depp voices the character of Victor, a 19th Century newlywed, forced into an adventure within the land of the dead and forced to marry a "Corpse Bride". Both worlds battle for his heart and Burton creates a magical environment that's not only innovative but worth repeated viewings. Unfortunately, none of the music is memorable, whereas the story is.
WARNER BROS. previously released "THE CORPSE BRIDE" on BLU-RAY. While that version wasn't available for comparison, the HD-DVD looks and sounds terrific! WARNER BROS has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio. With a typically dark look as is expected from Tim Burton, Blues are more prominent as blacks are in the design. However, other bright colors are also utilized in various scenes and "THE CORPSE BRIDE" ends up being much richer than expected for a Burton film. There's a staggering amount of detail and never a problem with grain or artifacts.
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix. Not only is this mix aggressive, but it's also wonderfully creative. Surrounds are carefully employed for maximum impact, and virtually every scene utilizes targeted speakers with great effectiveness. The various layers of music, effects and dialogue are well balanced and never overshadow one another.
WARNER BROS. has carried over all of the extras from the standard dvd.