Magic is everywhere in Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice-the fun family adventure from the creators of National Treasure. Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a modern-day sorcerer with his hands full defending Manhattan against dark forces. When a seemingly average kid shows hidden potential, Balthazar takes his reluctant recruit on a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the ultimate sorcerer’s apprentice. Experience more extraordinary thrills, heart-stopping action and spectacular special effects than you can imagine as these unlikely partners show us that the real world is far more magical than we ever knew!

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Year: 2010
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Run time: 169 minutes
Rating: PG

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50 / 1 DVD
Region: A

Dave was your typical ten-year-old until one fateful afternoon on a field trip when he passed a note to his crush. The note was swept up in a gust of wind and through a series of odd coincidences ended up inside a shop. It was in this shop that Dave met Balthazar, who informed Dave that he is a sorcerer.

Fast forward ten years and Dave is now a socially inept physics geek. Balthazar reenters Dave’s life and tells him he needs to begin his training. Dave quickly realizes he’s caught up in a centuries-old rivalry that could result in the end of the world- and he is the only one who can prevent it. Balthazar quickly tries to train Dave so they can battle the forces of evil that are trying to destroy the world.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is an exciting and entertaining film for the whole family! It has a little of everything in it- action, magic, humor and romance! The characters are funny and interesting (everything from geeky Dave to the greatest wizard ever known, Merlin). The content is family friendly so you can enjoy it with the kids, but it’s exciting enough to be a great movie for adults as well. I enjoyed the acting, and everyone did a spectacular job! There were quite a few familiar faces- Nicholas Cage is fantastic (as always) and Jay Baruchel once again shows that he is a pro at portraying the painfully awkward guy! Alfred Molina is also present, and plays a great villain! There are also many new faces- Toby Kebbell is showing us that he is an extremely diverse actor, one moment he’s playing a rugged Persian prince and the next he’s an egocentric magician!

One of the things I love about this movie is that Disney gives a nod to some of its past endeavors (Hint: think of a character by the same title and you’ll have an idea of what I’m referring to). Subtle homage to various films and characters can be seen throughout the movie, providing what computer geeks would refer to as “Easter eggs” for the viewer to catch. Some are relatively obvious, but if you’re like me, you’ll have to brush the cobwebs off of your memories of some of the older Disney flicks!

I also love that the trailers didn’t ruin every funny scene. There were many other parts of the movie that made me laugh! This movie has plenty of surprises, and it keeps you engaged for the entire length of the film. The soundtrack is also excellent, with fantastic compositions from Trevor Rabin. His music sounds like a cross between Klaus Badelt’s Pirates of the Caribbean score and Steve Jablonsky’s Transformers score, with a few distinct touches of his own. The primary song repeated throughout the film is One Republic’s “Secrets”, which I feel was an appropriate song choice.
Movie Content: 8.5/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/MPEG-4 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. he print looks very good and a bit of a mixed bag with certain scenes. I found the darker scenes at the beginning of the film to be a bit on the darker side. The blacks were fine, but it was way too dark in the cave scene. The rest of the film has vibrant colors, is very detailed, and has a pristine print with no apparent issues. The outside scenes look very good and are some of the best in the entire film. There were a few hints of grain in some scenes, but it was so faint, that you had to really look hard to tell.
Video Quality: 9.5/10

The audio mix is presented in DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track. There is great dynamic range with this release. From the start of the film, the entire soundfield immerses you into the action. This is one aggressive mix which booms with some excellent sounding bass. Panning effects are pure bliss to the ears with whizzing effects. Dialogue is rather clear and crisp through the center channel. Both the sound effects and dialogue are equally mixed.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

DVD
The Making of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Deleted scene: Blathazar recruits Dave

BD
Magic In The City
The Science Of Sorcery
Making Magic Real
Fantasia: Reinventing A Classic
The Fashionable Drake Stone
The Grimhold: An Evil Work Of Art
The Encantus
Wolves & Puppies
The World’s Coolest Car

Deleted Scenes
A Candidate In Calcutta
A Model Student
Balthazar Recruits Dave
Oh No, It’s Andre
Man’s Best Friend
Outtakes
3 Visual Effects Demos

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

The movie is a bit predictable, but it’s not as if you can expect otherwise from a Disney film. Some of the characters weren’t incredibly well developed, however I don’t feel it detracted from the film. To have gone into the details of every character would have made the movie too long. Regardless, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone!
Overall Rating: 8/10