Special features on Disc One of the DVD two-disc sets include two featurettes: Spiderwick: It's All True! (seven minutes) and It's A Spiderwick World! (nine minutes); an interactive guide to the film's characters in Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide; a movie-in-movie mode featuring additional information throughout the film, and previews. On Disc Two there are the following featurettes: Spiderwick: Meet The Clan! (14 minutes), Making Spiderwick! (20 minutes), The Magic Of Spiderwick! (14 minutes), and A Final Word Of Advice! (two minutes); four deleted scenes; nine Nickelodeon TV Spots promoting the film; and the original theatrical trailer.
DVD General Information
Paramount Home Entertainment
For scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements
Arthur Spiderwick is a brilliant naturalist who obsessively Chronicles the existence of the fairies, hob-goblins, and ogres that inhabit the woods around his home. Eighty years after Arthur's mysterious disappearance, his great-niece Helen Grace (Parker) and her three children move into his now empty home. Soon, unexplainable accidents and disappearing objects begin to plague the Grace family, who are totally bewildered by the incidents. Grace's son Jared (Highmore) stumbles upon Arthur's well-hidden field guide, which has the power to unlock the truth about the amazing creatures that inhabit the Spiderwick estate. Based on books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. (Stacey Pendry)
The anamorphically enhanced 2.34:1 DVD shows impressive resolution, with fine details preserved well. Black levels are deep and shadow delineation is nicely rendered, helping create an acceptably dimensional image. Fleshtones look fairly natural, although highlights are too contrasted. Noticeable grain is recognizable throughout, and in comparison to the Blu-ray Disc, it appears that at least some of it should be attributed to noise. Colors are nicely saturated, with a stirring vibrancy at times. Edge enhancement is minor, and is never distracting. (Danny Richelieu)
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