Marking the first "animated" debut on BLU-RAY, BUENA VISTA has released "DINOSAUR". Having to be honest, this reviewer was originally excited about seeing the film after first viewing the "work in progress" extended clip shown in theaters and on dvd before it opened in theaters. However, upon viewing it, realized "DINOSAUR" was one of the first big-budget cures for insomnia. WHEW!!! WHAT A BORING EXPERIENCE FOR ADULTS. There's just nothing new in the way of story to captivate a viewer above the age of 8 or 9. Sure, there are plenty of impressive feats accomplished in the manner of digital effects and lighting and more, but these matter not, without a story. The story here is just dull!
As far as the 1080p transfer goes, BUENA VISTA offers another stellar presentation with "DINOSAUR". The level of detail and the technical feats accomplished in virtually every frame of film, is really impressive. BUENA VISTA attempts and succeeds in creating some phenomenal compositions here, not too dissimilar from what was achieved from the "rack focus" shots of "LION KING". However, without a good story, who cares?
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix that's on par with the image in terms of quality. The mix is filled with creative detail, especially during a meteor shower, wherein all speakers are used to maximum effect. While the film is really not entertaining, other than for very young audiences, the "BLU-RAY" presentation is actually quite an impressive title to demonstrate the full potential for visitors! No matter how loud or intentionally "light" the sound, every nuance is captured and displayed effectively within this great mix. A Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and DTS 5.1 mix are also included, but they both pale in comparison to the PCM 5.1.
BUENA VISTA has included a "BLU-SCAPE" short for this release. Shot in 1080p, it offers aerial footage of the Hawaiian settings utilized for the film.
There are plenty of extras carried over from the dvd on hand here, but it's hard to expect adults, whom this supplemental material has been aimed for, to actually care enough about the film to want to learn more about it.
Again, while this is absolutely a title that this reviewer could have done without, it offers a perfect demonstration of what a better selection can and should offer on BLU-RAY, as more titles are released. One can only hope that "SHOPGIRL" gets the same level of care as this film did in its "BLU-RAY" release.