Animation ExpressImage Entertainment (Blu-ray)
Take a journey beyond your wildest imagination with this amazingly inventive, hugely entertaining collection of 26 animated shorts sure to delight viewers of all ages! With everything from modern masterworks such as Madame Tutli-Putli and Sleeping Betty to groundbreaking experimental shorts and classic cartoons, emerging talents join seasoned directors from the National Film Board of Canada, employing a startling palette of technologies to create animation magic. Films Include: Madame Tutti-Putli, Spare Change, Forming Game, The Spine, Hungu, The Man Who Slept, Rosa Rosa, How People Got Fire, Rains, Robes of War, Retouches, Drux Flux, Subservience, Sleeping Betty, Invasion of the Space Lobsters, The Necktie, Sainte Barbe, Come Again in Spring, Paradise, HA'Aki, Vive la Rose, Here and There, Land of the Heads, Flutter, Runaway, Engine 371.
A great collection of animated short films from our friends to the North. The collection spans a wide range of themes and genres with some great comedy and drama. The animation varies from claymation to black and white sketching and really translates well to the high def format. It is too bad we aren’t seeing more of these types of releases. I know the Pixar short film collection is one of my faves and there are PLENTY of great animated shorts out there that would really look and sound great on Blu-ray!
The presentation on this Blu-ray is quite good. The image quality at times is reference but of course varies from film to film. Some of the shorts are quite detailed with incredible use of color and depth. Others are simplistic but still hold up well. The soundtrack is limited to Dolby Digital 5.1, but there is little to complain about. None of the sound designs have quite the magnitude of some of the shorts you see from studios like Pixar and Dreamworks, but they get the job done nonetheless.
Extras include a collection of bonus shorts plus some trailers.
Animation always looks so amazing in high definition and I really hope we can start to see more and more of these type of collections hit the format. There are so many great pieces out there that are always fun to share with others looking for a quite demo!