Shrek the Third (Blu-ray)
SRP $29.99 1.78:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 DREAMWORKS
 

DreamWorks has chosen to release the third(and weakest)of the "SHREK" film series, "SHREK THE THIRD," on blu-ray.  Mike Meyers, Carmeron Diaz, Eddie Murphy  and Antonio Banderas reprise the roles that offered such attraction for the two previous films, however the wit and originality of those films is absent here. Sure, the previous films had a fair share of misfires, mostly surrounding potty-humor jokes, but low-brow humor seems to be the focus of "SHREK THE THIRD," probably endearing youngsters, but turning off the mature audiences that loved the other films, in the process.  Additionally, there are so many sub-plots and characters, serving no good purpose that the film becomes dull half-way through, making it feel much longer than its 92 minute running time.

DREAMWORKS has provided a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer for this blu-ray.  The digital transfer is stunning from beginning to end! Detail should be expected to be great in high-definition, but previous blu-rays prove this isn't always the case. "SHREK THE THIRD," however, looks fantastic in every single scene. While some may be bothered by the golden-tint aspect given in many scenes, it flawlessly captures the theatrical presentation image. Colors are solid and detail exceptional.  Deep blacks and grays provide exquisite depth in darker moments. There are no artifacts present anywhere.

DREAMWORKS has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's an aggressive mix, filled with 360 degree effects that immerse the viewer into the world of the fantastic, virtually at every moment.  There are some impressive subtle ambient effects, but most of the discrete effects are layered with music and dialogue, all perfectly balanced, and none of them overshadowing one another.

A variety of extras has been included. "Animators Corner" offers picture-in-picture storyboard comparisons via an option, running alongside the entire film. Other supplements are made up of numerous featurettes, "lost scenes," (in storyboard format) and trivia.