Angry Birds Movie 3D, The

Featured In Issue 210, October 2016

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Rude humor and action.
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Fergal Reilly & Clay Kaytis
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In the animated comedy-adventure, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds—or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Gad), and the volatile Bomb (McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to in order to save their home. Based on the most downloaded app of all time. Also available as a 4K Ultra HD feature. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the all-new short The Early Hachling Gets The Worm (HD 02:06); three more Hachlings Shorts (HD 09:38); six deleted scenes (HD 06:33); seven featurettes: Making Music With Composer Heitor Pereira (HD 10:31), Crafty Birds—How To Build Your Own Piggy Tower (HD 04:45), Creating The Real World Of Angry Birds (HD 08:29), Bubbles And Hal (HD 01:35), Meet The Birds (HD 10:26), Meet The Pigs (HD 05:05), and Meet The Hatchlings; Dance Along Birds And Pigs (HD 03:35); an Angry Birds Action game; the Blake Shelton music video Friends (HD 03:04); a photo gallery; Symphony Mode; upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy. A 4K UltraHD version is also available on the disc.

The 1.85:1 1080p MVC 3D picture exhibits wonderfully saturated colors that pop and dazzle. Tropical greens, blue skies, and multi-colored birds are vividly rendered with rich and warm hues. Near neon-green, pigs are vividly hued. Resolution is superb, with excellent texturing and clarity of complex animation. Surfaces and objects are nicely defined. Each bird is distinctive, with fine rendering of their feathers. The pigs' pirate ship is full of textural nuances, as well as the island, with its brilliant foliage, tree trunks, terrain, and structures. As for the 3D, the depth and sense of perspective is fantastic. Dimensional depth is realistic throughout. Often the imagery appears to nearly pop out of the screen. The 3D experience is simply the absolutely preferred version in terms of a 1080p viewing experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding, with a terrific orchestral score that fills the soundstage wide and deep, and aggressively extends to the surrounds, to deliver engaging holosonic® envelopment. The songs will enthrall the little ones. The added two channels really enlarge the sense of total immersion. The end credit sequence is wonderful and will have the entire family dancing. Such a wide range of music is a highlight and makes for an absolutely delightful experience. Sound effects enhance the action sequences with explosions and flying segments that zip through the soundfield. Deep .1 LFE bass provides a natural-sounding foundation to the proceedings, and energizes the action. Terrence's bellows and grunts benefit from the bass heft. Dialogue and vocals are consistently intelligible, clear, and natural sounding, with good spatial integration. This is a really fun soundtrack that is always lively and dynamic, and sure to please the entire family. (Gary Reber)