It used to be that when one heard read critical acclaim for a film coming from Larry King, one generally knew to run the other way. Now, it seems one had to be wary of Pat Collins' comments too! "THE BEST SHREK YET," he exclaims? Really? While all things are open to opinion, it's hard to reason that any genuine filmgoer, not beholden to any particular studio, would or could come close to making such a claim. Some may have liked or disliked the earlier "SHREK" films, but the jury's pretty much in and "SHREK THE THIRD" is horrible! Virtually none of the warmth or originality of the previous films is on display this time around. Every joke seems horribly forced, and it's actually painful to hear the voice talents of Murphy, Banderas and others involved here, having to speak the atrocious dialogue and infantile attempts at humor in this wretched script.
There are a couple of good jokes, but when they're throwing a thousand out, a "couple" won't suffice. Unlike the previous films, there isn't one big gag that this reviewer can recall from "SHREK THE THIRD." Worse, "SHREK THE THIRD" moves very slowly! So, even at a 92 minute running time, it feels much longer for adults and kids alike!
PARAMOUNT/DREAMWORKS has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio(16:9 enhanced for dvd)on dvd and hd-dvd. The dvd offers a great looking transfer. The CGI looks terrific in every scene and colors are solid throughout, although less vibrant than we prefer. It's a very clean transfer. The 1080p/AVC 1 HD-DVD transfer is notably richer, with greater depth in every scene. Even more impressive, the blacks and grays are deeper, and the colors are brighter!
PARAMOUNT/DREAMWORKS has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for the dvd and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix for HD-DVD. The surround involvement can be lively in various scenes, but the mix doesn't match the wonders of the earlier films. It's not as well balanced as the earlier films either, with music tending to drown out dialogue in more than a few instances.
The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix of the HD-DVD format, offers notably improved balance, with dialogue always coming across clean and clear, regardless of the music or ambient effects. The bass is more lively on the HD-DVD as well.
There are some great extras on both formats, including commentary, deleted scenes, a three-part featurette and more. However, the HD-DVD version offers most of these extras in high-definition, and it's a notable difference!