The film "MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM" is as strange as the store where it's focused, but it does have a genuine tenderness and appreciation of life and is good natured enough, even with some big flaws, to recommend it heartily as a film for the whole family.
Dustin Hoffman stars as Mr. Magorium, the 237 (proclaimed a little too much by himself)year old owner of a literally magical store. He's ready to retire, but seeks to find a successor. Putting a weird(especially for a family film)touch on the story, his apparent eagerness to die, is more than bit morbid and dark. Natalie Portman is perfect as the wonderful assistant being prepared to take Magorium's place. Jason Bateman is also entertaining as an accountant trying to put things together for Magorium' s store to survive. However, unfortunately, because this is a G rated film, no sparks fly or even get close to igniting.
The kids we watched this blu-ray presentation with(all under 12)really enjoyed the story, enthralled, save for a few sluggish scenes.
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 It's a great looking transfer! Keeping with the magical atmosphere intended, the production design is colorful in every frame. so the fact that colors on the transfer are rich and vibrant, is a major accomplishment in remaining faithful to the theatrical presentation in a home theater. Deep blacks and grays provide terrific contrast, as well as depth, in dark scenes. More importantly, virtually every scene has that "jump off the screen" look one hopes for on blu-ray!
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 mix. Although surrounds aren't constantly present enough to make this a "aggressive" mix, there is plenty of involvement throughout. Ambient and discrete effects impress at just the right moments, and bass and music effects add a great touch to many scenes. There is plenty of separation in the front soundstage, without ever sounding too focused to the center channel and front soundstage.