Best Disney film since The Incredibles? (Robert W. Butler,
McClatchy Newspapers) You betcha! The latest and greatest computer
generated movie has arrived on Blu-ray which allows users to
experience this awesome movie in glorious high definition video and
sound. Starring John Travolta as Bolt, the movie revolves
around one of Hollywood's biggest show, a TV series called Bolt
which its lead star being a super powered canine.
With slight parallels of the Truman Show, the director of
Bolt has carefully created a story around this dog, however has done
his utmost to ensure that Bolt thinks it is real. When Bolt screams
his superbark or lasers come from his eyes, the special effects
department and actors ensure that it appears that it is coming from
our canine hero.
Unfortunately the popularity of show is lacking for viewers between
18 to 35 and the director is forced to stage a "cliff hanger" ending
which accidentally results in Bolt being shipped to New York due to
two meddling cats. Once in New York, Bolt attempts to make his way
back to Hollywood in order to be with his onscreen owner Penny whom
both share a close bond.
Fate throws Bolt another "bone" and he discovers that Styrofoam has
taken away "his" powers, unbeknown to him that he never actually had
powers. On the streets and directionless, he meets a street smart
cat called mittens (Miley Cyrus) who are joined by Bolt's
number one fan, Rhino, a hamster in the ball and together they must
make the journey back to Hollywood through comedy, drama and action.
Although Bolt is an animated film, it can be watched by everyone,
whether you're four or forty or even eighty, this feel good movie
about one dog's journey of discovery and pathway back to his owner
will have you laughing and on the edge of your seat.
There's some great cameos in the movie and the pigeons in the movie
are really surreal to watch, especially because of their pigeon-like
movements which I found a tad creepy... although in a good way.
Needless to say, from the very first minutes of the movie from the
action of Bolt and his "owner" Penny being chased through the
streets or the reunion at the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie
and dare I admit it, it was probably one of the best movies that I
have watched all year on Blu-ray.
regards to Blu-ray, the video quality is stunning and the attention
to detail almost makes it look like you are looking at real animals
come to life on your high definition TV. The colours and super sharp
images are fantastic and this is easily one of the best Blu-ray
discs in terms of quality. Match that with high definition sound and
through our Logitech sound system, the movie sounded phenomenal and
make good use of the speakers.
This presentation also comes with the DVD disc which is a great idea
as it can be given to another member of the family or watched in
another room on DVD as I'm sure that not everyone has Blu-ray in all
their rooms. The extras are entertaining, especially the short film
about Rhino, it's a pure classic and there's a variety of
featurettes and even the music video of the movie. Definitely some
interesting and fun special features!
conclusion, Bolt is a great fun movie that can be watched by
everyone any anyone. Even though the story is highly entertaining,
on Blu-ray, it transforms the movie into an amazing magical journey
that oozes with Disney magic. Highly Recommended!
Super Rhino Short
In session with Miley Cyrus and
A New Breed of Directors: The
Act, Speak! The Voices of Bolt
Creating the World of Bolt
Bolt's Be-Awesome mission game
Bolt Art Gallery