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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole / La Légende des gardiens : Le royauame de Ga'Hoole (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, 300 director Zack Snyder's debut animated feature, is based on Kathryn Lasky's juvenile novel series Guardians of Ga'Hoole. Soren (voice by Jim Sturgess), a young owl, has grown up listening to his father's stories about the Guardians, a legendary band of heroes who fought to keep owldom free. But when he and his jealous older brother Kludd (Ryan Kwanten) are kidnapped, Soren learns the evil Pure Ones are once again plotting to enslave owlkind. Escaping from their clutches, he and a typically mismatched group of friends set out to find the Guardians, the only owls capable of defeating the Pure Ones. The first feature from the Animal Logic studio since the Oscar-winning Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians quickly degenerates into an unsatisfying muddle of elements borrowed from Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and The Lion King. The storytelling borders on the inept: The Pure Ones are using bats to create some sort of blue electricity that paralyzes owls, but no one ever explains what it is, how it works, or why the bats created it. The first battle between the Pure Ones and Guardians is presented as an ancient myth, yet many of the participants are still alive. Soren and his friends look up at the stars to navigate their way to the Guardians' island, but when the camera pans down to them flying, the sky is the blue of a summer afternoon. The vocal cast includes Helen Mirren, Miriam Margolyes, and Geoffrey Rush, who somehow manage to read hokey lines like "listen to your gizzard" without snickering. Despite Snyder's elaborate use of swooping 3-D pan shots to energize the visuals, the film feels achingly slow at 91 minutes. Too scary for small children and too clichéd for their older siblings and parents, Legend of the Guardians ranks among 2010's most disappointing animated films. (Rated PG, but suitable for ages 9 and older: considerable violence and grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic visuals March 5 2011
Not only is the story quite good, the visual effects are amazing ! I bought it thinking it would rather be a children movie kind, but I loved it myself and deeply recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised! Feb. 4 2011
I never read any reviews for "Guardians", and had no preconceptions about the film before I saw it. I was pleasantly surprised. The visuals alone are breathtaking. It's a grand testament to the animators and their talents. More so, however, the film develops lovable characters (Gylfie, Digger, Twilight, and Lyes of Kiel specifically), and an identifiable lead in Soren. Its themes explore the validity of honouring our culture's legends, defending the innocent, and self-sacrifice for what is right. It is unashamedly a book adaption--though I never felt as though the film tied itself down in unnecessary exposition.

Instead the film thrusts its viewers into the world, mythos and story of the Owl Kingdoms...and succeeds. Its characters are humorous and lovable, its plot includes betrayal, friendship, honour and justice. And as a book adaption, its pacing is well developed and reworked into an understandable screenplay.

Now, would I recommend it for a younger audience? No, not necessarily. It does not employ a Disney or Pixar-esque family quality about it. Parents should know that there may be some scary moments for your young children. Does it leave some things unexplained (such as the "blue-lightening" as described in the editor's review)? In a sense, yes, but this in no way hinders the plot or the understanding of the risks that exist for our heroes. Though I can understand how some might consider it slow or muddled, I didn't find that. It had me, and I was enjoying every moment of it.

Some of todays animated films (and television programs) are regrettably damaging. So much of it centres around pathetic humour, and a lack of reverence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie Feb. 5 2011
It was really a great Movie. Our other friends liked it so much, 2 of them bought it also after watching it at our place!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is excellent Nov. 19 2011
This movie is excellent. I would recommended it to anyone. We have it in 3d which is even better, but the blu ray edition is also very good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Jan. 14 2011
My husband and I loved this movie. One of the best this year for animated movies, for sure. It's nice when a kid's movie can make you wonder what will happen next and it's not something completely expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars De toute beauté May 15 2014
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Visuellement, il s'agit du plus beau film d'animation que j'ai jamais vu. Les détails sont hallucinants. Petits et grands adoreront ce film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 3D experience! April 29 2014
By Dev1979
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This rating is more of reflection on the 3D, not so much the movie. The 3D is amazing, there were more than enough wow moments. The story is okay, but I was more blown away by the 3D, and the story does well enough to compliment the 3D.

Bottom line, this film is definitely a film to showcase 3D on your tv or projector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not so 3D Jan. 30 2014
By Andy
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The disc was bought for testing the 3D feature of my TV. It plays with no problem but the 3D effect was disappointing. I am not sure it is the production of the movie or some settings I have to play around with in the BD player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect Great seler.
Published 1 month ago by dd
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film pour enfants (je dirais 6 & plus ) ...
excellent film pour enfants (je dirais 6 & plus ) pour la qualité visuelle , l'intrigue et le coté fantastique .
Published 1 month ago by Jean Fortin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I am 57 years old and enjoyed the movie, sick of the crap they show on TV . Loved the colours-Will recommend for children and parents.
Published 10 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney is so overrated
It's so nice to see a studio that has not been bought or taken over by Disney produce such a stellar product. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Neuro
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3D Video
We are just beginning our 3D journey. We have watched several 3D movies to date, but this one is the best. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Louis LaPlante
2.0 out of 5 stars Too scary for young children
My six year old great niece loves owls, so I got this for her, but after watching it, I would not give it to her. The plot was too violent for a sensitive child.
Published 14 months ago by Chillidachs
2.0 out of 5 stars la légende des guardiens
vraiemnt pas interressant quelques tres belles images par contre mais je regrette la plupart de ceux quej ai acheter
Je ne pense plus queje vais en acheter
Published 19 months ago by laurette gaudreault
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 3D
Great story and fantastic 3D effects. Very well animated. This is a must buy for 3D lovers. The sound is also fantastic
Published 19 months ago by starexplorer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Was a very good movie. The animation was really good and so detailed especially on blu-ray. I am sure the 3D version is even better. Read more
Published 21 months ago by tdundee
1.0 out of 5 stars dissappointed
I cant give a review because I have yet to receive this item. I was supposed to receive it the 3rd week in September. It is almost a month late.
Published 23 months ago by RBishop
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