Featured In Issue 140, May/June 2009

WSR Score5
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Walt Disney Home Entertainment
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Some mild action and peril
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Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
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Chris Williams & Byron Howard
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Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD Lossless 6.1
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Bolt (Travolta) is the star of the biggest show in Hollywood. The only problem is, he thinks the whole thing is real. When the super dog is accidentally shipped to New York City and separated from Penny (Cyrus), his beloved co-star and owner, Bolt, springs into action to find his way home. Together with his hilarious new sidekicks Rhino (Walton)—Bolt's #1 Fan—and a street-smart cat named Mittens (Essman), Bolt sets off on an amazing journey where he discovers he doesn't need super powers to be a hero. (Gary Reber)

Special features on Disc One include a bonus short: Super Rhino (HD 04:27); two deleted scenes with introduction by first-time Directors Chris Williams and Byron Howard (HD 06:37); In Session: John Travolta and Miley Cyrus (HD 0:59); their "I Thought I Lost You" music video (HD 01:47); Bolt's Be-Awesome Mission (HD), which is an interactive game; A New Breed Of Directors: The Filmmakers' Journey (HD 04:34); Act, Speak! The Voices Of Bolt (HD 09:48); Creating The World Of Bolt (HD 06:45); art galleries, showcasing the art and animation technique; up-front previews; BD-Live interactivity; and D-BOX® Motion Code. Disc Two contains a digital copy of the film, and Disc Three is the standard-definition DVD edition of the film.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture is a wonderfully warm, colorful animated look that exhibits a painted appearance within which the animated characters are seen. The resolution is so incredible that you can actually see the CG brush strokes in the background textures. Contrast is well balanced, with excellent natural lighting effects and shadow delineation. The animated articulation differentiates Bolt's television world and the real world he finds himself in. The animation appears very dimensional, even though this is the 2-D version, not the 3-D version that was exhibited theatrically. This is an exceptionally fine animated rendering, with superb color fidelity that appears natural, yet exhibits vibrant hues and deep blacks. Shadow delineation is terrific, revealing fine texture details, Resolution is excellent, revealing every hair on Bolt's coat and fine details in the animated characters and textures. This is a fascinating picture, with exceptional resolution and color fidelity. The DVD version, while excellent, can't compare to the visual qualities exhibited on the Blu-ray Disc™ edition. (Gary Reber)

The soundtrack is credited as a DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel production, but actually it is presented in 6.1-channel lossless. The sound is exceptionally dynamic, with a solid bass foundation that often extends to below 25 Hz, with powerful intensity. The soundfield is very often holosonically® enveloping with active directionalized surrounds and pans. The music score is beautifully recorded, with a very wide and deep soundstage and perfectly clear differentiation of instrumental timbre. Low-level sound effects, atmospheric effects, and Foley are nicely produced and create a wonderful sonic experience with plenty of transient impact. The dialogue, while well recorded and perfectly intelligible, is ADR produced and wanting in spatial integration. Dialogue generally sounds forward and disconnected from the visuals. The added surround center back channel signal perfectly enhances the sense of envelopment and sound-effect localization. The D-BOX Motion Code™ dramatically enhances the visceral effect with motion during pans and zooms. This is an outstanding and exciting soundtrack that delivers effective sound effects and powerful dynamics, along with an expansive music score that delivers a real sonic thrill ride. (Gary Reber)