Wreck-It Ralph 3D

Featured In Issue 174, February 2013

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Rich Moore
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"Wreck-It Ralph" (Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes... so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan—win a medal—but soon wrecks everything and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph's only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (Silverman), a young troublemaking "glitch" from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it's "Game Over" for the entire arcade? (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "Bit By Bit: Creating The Worlds Of Wreck-It Ralph," four alternate and deleted scenes, video game commercials, the animated short film "Paperman" (HD 06:34), Disney Intermission: The Gamer's Guide To Wreck-It Ralph with host Chris Hardwick guiding viewers through a series of 10 video segments offering an inside look at the many video game references, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p MVC 3D picture is absolutely spectacular! The picture exhibits incredibly sharp and clear imagery and is dramatically visual. Contrast is impeccable. Blacks are deep and solid in their purest form. Even the animated shadow delineation is extraordinary. Colors are bold and vibrant and exhibit warm and rich hues that pop. Every brush of color looks simply amazing. Resolution is simply incredible, with every fine detail perfectly discernible. The 3D imagery is impressively dimensional and pristine, for a visually enthralling and breathtaking experience that will fascinate the visual senses. This is, yes, another one of the finest renderings of a picture ever to be released on the Blu-ray Disc format. The resolution is eye-googling and mesmerizing with its bold color palette! You will not be able to take your eyes off the screen, assuming you have a display system capable of extracting every nuance in the picture. The enhanced 3D depth perspective and dimensionality is dazzling. Depth and dimension are perfectly and naturally rendered. This is a technical perfect and pristine presentation with absolutely no apparent crosstalk ghosting or other artifact, including noise. This is absolute reference-quality imagery and a MUST for your 3D Blu-ray library! (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is engaging and immersive. Unfortunately, the added two channels are positioned to the far left and right back of the soundfield instead of to the 90-degree side positions, due to the original theatrical mix in Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, which does not adhere to the optimum home 7.1-channel format. This necessitates a rewiring of 7.1-channel sound systems optimized as to the recommendations preferred by Dolby® and DTS®, with the additional two channels positioned 90 degrees relative to the sweet spot listening position. Still, when the system is arranged for this presentation format, the spatial soundfield result is impressive, far more dimensional than just reproducing the soundtrack on a 5.1-channel system. Sonic imaging is superb and fully-involving, with compelling split surround activity that dramatically opens up the soundstage. Pans are delivered throughout the soundfield, and sound effects sound clear and convey a compelling sense of poignancy. Dialogue is directionalized across the front stage, with good imaging, to match on-screen locations. Dialogue sounds natural and intimate, with good articulation and integration. Henry Jackman's orchestral music score is very nicely recorded, with an involving, expansive presence that is nicely resolved in terms of instrument timbre and positioning. Fidelity is pristine. The .1 LFE channel is used effectively, with a deep presence at times that develops the low end well and accentuates the action segments, consisting of both subtle low-end foundation to the music and poignant, significant moments with sub-25 Hz extension. The split surrounds are used liberally throughout to wonderful effect. This soundtrack is a superb sonic presentation, with consistently satisfying holosonic® soundfield envelopment. This is fun, high-energy and immersive soundfield experience that is cheerful. (Gary Reber)