Dragon Hunters

Featured In Issue 141, July/August 2009

WSR Score5
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Peace Arch Entertainment
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Some scary images, fantasy action and language
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Guillaume Ivernel & Arthur Qwak
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Dragon Hunters ("Chasseurs de dragons") is an animated fantasy adventure featuring the voice of Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker. Zoe (Mouser) is a little girl who believes in fairy tales. In order to help her uncle Lord Arnold (Jameson) get rid of a terrible dragon, Zoe decides she has to find some heroes. When she meets Gwizdo (Paulsen) and Lian-Chu (Whitaker)—a couple of two-bit, fly-by-night dragon hunters—she decides that she's going to believe in them and sets out on an adventure to bring peace to the land. (Gary Reber)

Special features include an interview with Forest Whitaker (SD 04:23), a character biography, a dragon gallery, the featurette The Universe Of Dragon Hunters, a Bonus View storyboard presentation, and the trailer.

The 1080p AVC picture quality is spectacular! Color fidelity is excellent, with fully saturated and vivid hues that convey a warm feeling. Contrast is excellent, with blacks that are deep and solid and shadow delineation that is revealing of fine shadow details. Resolution is outstanding, revealing fine textures and shadings. The character drawings are extremely creative and enchanting. Scenes are dramatically visual and colorful. This is a wonderful animated picture that is fascinating and mesmerizing as a visual experience that is sure the enthrall the entire family. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is wonderful, with a holosonic® presence that, at times, fully engages the soundfield. The ADR dialogue is nicely integrated spatially and is convincingly realistic within the scene settings. Surround envelopment is directionalized and often aggressively engaging. Bass extension is deep and, at times, powerful, extending below 25 Hz in the .1 LFE channel. The music score is well recorded, with a deep and wide soundstage that nicely extends into the surrounds, to provide sonic depth. This is a beautifully executed soundtrack presentation that showcases the potential for holosonic surround envelopment that perfectly transports you out of your listening room and into a magical animated world. That magic of believability is what home entertainment is all about, and this soundtrack delivers. (Gary Reber)