Sunday, December 8, 2013

BluWorks


It looks like an older DreamWorks animated film is coming to Blu-ray this spring…

According to Amazon, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is going to hit the format on March 11, 2014. This makes it the first DreamWorks hand-drawn film to get a Blu-ray release, as it is one of four hand-drawn films produced by the studio. This implies that DreamWorks is intending to release everything else in their library that isn't on Blu-ray yet all throughout next year.


Currently, the following DreamWorks films aren't on Blu-ray in North America: Antz, The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven SeasShark Tale and Over the Hedge. The three Aardman films - Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Flushed Away - also aren't on Blu-ray in North America. It made me ask a couple times, "What's taking them?" You can rent all of them on iTunes or Vudu or whatever… Except Over the Hedge. That film seemed to fall off the face of the Earth. Nowhere to be found… Could it be a rights issue? It is based on a comic strip.

As for Spirit, I'll pick it up. I happen to like it, I like the fact that it's mostly dialogue-free and does have a pretty decent story. There are a few things about it that kind of irritate me, but I look past that and admire some of the great animation, the surprisingly effective use of Bryan Adams' songs and some genuinely good moments. I liked what they tried to achieve with it: A mostly silent story set during the Old American West of a lost horse trying to get back home and having quite the adventure. While a money loser when it opened, I'm sure it probably got a bigger fan base later on. I think it's a solid, good film.

Anyways, do you think DreamWorks will release a lot of their films on Blu-ray this coming year? Or not? Sound off below!

2 comments:

  1. I'm eagerly awaiting Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit (haven't seen Flushed Away) as I think they're the best films from Aardman and are quite fantastic. I have various feelings for the others DWA but I'm not sure if I'll buy any of the rest. I already have what I think are the best DWA films to date which are Shrek, Shrek 2, Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, How to Train Your Dragon and Rise of the Guardians. Not really interested in the rest if their output.

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  2. This is splendid news!

    I was thinking about this yesterday! Couldn't figure out why they weren't releasing their older movies on blu-ray. I don't like all of them, but a few of the DWA are worth owning. I'm waiting for the following releases: The Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams, Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Flushed Away.

    I haven't seen The Road to El Dorado and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, so maybe (if I like them) I'll pick those two up as well!

    Here's hoping for an international release!

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