Brave 3D

Featured In Issue 172, December 2012

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Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman
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An original and thrilling journey set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland,"Brave" follows the heroic journey of the headstrong, young adventurer Merida (Macdonald). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery. (Tricia Spears)

Included in this five-disc set is a Blu-ray 3D, a Blu-ray Disc, a Blu-ray Bonus Disc, a DVD, and a digital copy. Special features on the Blu-ray Disc include the short films "La Luna" (HD 06:57) and "The Legend Of Mor'du" (HD 06:51); the following under "Behind The Scenes": "Brave Old World" (HD 12:35), "Merida & Elinor" (HD 08:24), "Bears" (HD 06:10), "Brawl In The Hall" (HD 05:29), "Wonder Moss" (HD 02:45), "Magic" (HD 07:06), "Clan Pixar" (HD 04:46), "Once Upon A Scene" (HD 07:47), and four Extended Scenes: "Meet The Lords" (HD 03:20), "Triplets' Distraction" (HD 03:20), "The Ruins" (HD 04:20), and "Blockade" (HD 01:34); commentary with Director Mark Andrews, Co-Director Steve Purcell, Story Supervisor Brian Larsen, and Editor Nick Smith; sneak peeks; and upfront ads. Special features on the Bonus Disc include "Fergus & Mordu An Alternate Opening" (HD 02:40); the "Fallen Warriors" montage of deleted shots (HD 02:08); the following featurettes: "Dirty Hairy People" (HD 03:33), "It Is English...Sort Of" (HD 03:50), "Angus" (HD 03:25), and "The Tapestry" (HD 03:56); "Promotional Pieces" that include the "Feast Your Eyes Montage" (HD 03:40), "Relics" (HD 01:09), "Clan Dun Broch" (HD 01:10), "Launch" (HD 00:29), "Flying Guts Theater" (HD 00:59), the USA trailer, the Japan trailer, and the UK trailer; and an art gallery.

The 1080p MVC animated 3D picture quality is absolutely fantastic!. Colors are saturated but not exaggerated, presenting a natural palette of vivid and rich and warm hues that will dazzle your eyesight. The bold colors are striking, yet well balanced, and pop off the screen with lavish reds, fire-like oranges, lush greens, and natural earthtones! Contrast is impeccably balanced. Blacks are deep and solid throughout, and shadow delineation is superb, with excellent resolution in the darker scenes, which intensifies the visualizations. Nuanced resolution is incredibly detailed, sharp, and clear. There is absolutely no noise or other artifacts, for an extremely pristine digital sourced picture, with no artifacts or crosstalk ghosting, for a perfect visual 3D experience. The 3D rendering is among the finest, with naturally rendered positive and negative parallax depth perspectives within and out front of the screen. Caricatures appear realistic in terms of natural voluminous, with impressive density and roundness. Disney animators have taken the 3D's immersive technique to a new standard of quality and have crafted impressive natural dimensional support for the storytelling. This is truly a reference-quality 3D picture that deserves the highest praise. This is one beautiful picture and exhibits incredible textural depth, dimension, and detail that is the essence of 3D. The picture is reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)

The perfectly executed Dolby® TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack delivers a holosonic® enveloping soundfield, with aggressive directionalized surrounds and pans that define an impressive dimensional experience. The added two channels provide full immersive support to the dimensionality of the soundfield and follow the Dolby theatrical 7.1-channel configuration. Foley sound effects are excellent as well. Dialogue, which sounds nicely integrated is, of course, ADR produced but with effective spatial integration. A standout is the Scottish-flavored music score, which drives this soundtrack throughout. The sound is spacious, with a wide and deep soundstage and an enveloping surround presence. Instrumental timbre is nicely captured and the dynamics are superb, reproduced with exemplary fidelity. Sound effects and music often attain high SPLs, and bass extension in the LFE .1 channel, while at times extending below 25 Hz, is never exaggerated. This is a wonderful soundtrack, with invigorating moments of aggressive surround envelopment and directionalized dimensionality that is reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)