SRP $28.99 1.85:1 DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
SRP $38.99 1.85:1 PCM 5.1/Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY

SONY has released "SURF'S UP" on dvd and blu-ray.  As its main character is a penguin, the comparisons to "HAPPY FEET" are inevitable, but they're very different films, and both quite entertaining.  Shia LaBeouf stars as penguin Cody Maverick. Cody marches to his own beat, not content warming eggs, he'd rather surf the waves of Antarctica on boards he's made from ice.  His story is told partially in flashback, and the visual style to this narrative structure is brilliant! The filmmakers utilize a "live-action" camera style within a CGI film to give a documentary look that's original(at least for now) and providing great opportunities for creative guffaws.  While some of the other characters within the plot are totally expendable, LaBeouf and Jeff Bridges are terrific!  Bridges plays an older, former surfer/partier, named "Geek," whose only purpose here is to act as mentor to Cody.

While there are plenty of jokes targeted to youngsters, there are even more, brilliantly presented with a wink to the adults.

The dvd and blu-ray offer the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement for the dvd.  The dvd offers rich, solid colors. Detail is impressive, but some minor artifacts present themselves sporadically. The blu-ray, with 1080p/AVC MPEG-4,  offers even richer colors. While both formats present intentionally fake grain, sought by the directors for the "pseudo-documentary" look, it's perfectly representative of the theatrical presentation. Both look great, however, the digital to digital transfer found on the blu-ray offers greater detail and deeper grays.

SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for the dvd and options for either PCM 5.1 or Dolby TrueHD 5.1 for the blu-ray.  It's an aggressive mix, with surrounds and discrete effects creating an engulfing atmosphere for the audience.  While the Dolby Digital mix is fun and engaging, the mixes found on the blu-ray offer better dynamic range. The Dolby TrueHd mix provides the best overall fidelity and bass.

There are plenty of extras found on both formats, including featurettes, deleted scenes and more. Two great animated shorts involving the "ChubbChubbs" are offered, with the great advantage of full 1080p on blu-ray.