Gnomeo & Juliet Blu-ray Review
Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD / 1 DVD
Gnomeo and Juliet is a computer-animated kids comedy produced by Baker Bloodworth and directed by Kelly Asbury, and featuring music from Elton John. It is based on the tragic play by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. Featuring the voice talents of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Ashley Jensen, Matt Lucas, Patrick Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Jim Cummings, Hulk Hogan and more.
The movie takes place in the modern day gardens of the Capulet and Montague families. In their gardens they have tons of of cute little lawn gnomes running around, who hate each other, and are separated by their colors, red and blue. Our main characters are Gnomeo(James McAvoy) a blue gnome, and Juliet(Emily Blunt) a red gnome. After the blues and reds have a lawnmower race with Gnomeo and Tybalt(Jason Statham) as the racers. Tybalt ends up cheating and causes Gnomeos lawnmower to get destroyed. Gnomeo plots revenge and decides to sneak into the reds garden at nightfall. at the same time Juliet is plotting to go on top of a greenhouse out in the distance that holds a beautiful flower at the very top.
Gnomeos plan goes awry and he takes off towards the greenhouse to try to escape the reds he sees somone running towards the flower and he chases after the and grabs the flower right as Juliet reaches for it. The two fight over the flower and end up falling for each other in the process, when they discover that they are actually supposed to be enemies they are shocked. The two lovebirds decide to meet at a secret garden at certain times to profess their love to one another. While at this garden they meet an eccentric pink flamingo named featherstone, who had his lovebird taken away from him and was locked in a shed for 20 years. The flamingo teaches them they can’t let anyone stand in the way of their love and they have to fight for their right to be together. But it’s up to Gnomeo and Juliet to pull it off..
Movie Quality: 7/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. This has to be one of the best 2D animations that I have ever seen in terms of picture quality. ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ is a rather colorful film that also has a bright presentation. Disney knows how to do animation and this is where they succeed in rather well. With such a great color palette also brings excellent details that are rather impressive. Diseny outdoes itself here again as there were many scenes of the film in the opening act that actually looked lifelike. There are a lot of scenes at the beginning of the film that have a full 3D pop. I felt like I was watching a live action film at times.
Print Quality: 10/10
The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The soundtrack is great and that is what holds up quite well through the entire film in terms of sound and then the sound effects. Sound is well balanced across the soundfield with much more front heavy experience. Dialogue comes through the center clear and crisp.
Print Quality: 9.5/10
- Elton Builds a Garden [HD]
- Alternate Endings With Filmmaker Introductions
- Deleted and Alternate Scenes With Filmmaker Introductions
- Frog Talk with Ashley Jensen [HD]
- The Fawn of Darkness [HD]
- Crocodile Rock music video [HD]
- DVD Copy
Special Features: 8/10
The casting is a sort of coup really given the famous names featured here – there’s Jim Cummings, Patrick Stewart, Dolly Parton, Ozzy Osbourne, and many more! The movie is a kaleidoscope of color and at times this can get a tad overwhelming but the children appeared to love it, so my verdict – awesome entertainment for the kiddie set!
Overall Rating: 8/10