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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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  • Actors: Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Ryan Kwanten, Helen Mirren
  • Directors: Zack Snyder
  • Writers: John Orloff, Emil Stern
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Dec 17 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046GDYM0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,629 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (BD)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nikolas Amodeo on Feb. 4 2011
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Bernier on March 5 2011
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Garbett on Feb. 5 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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 By Janet Vincent on Nov. 19 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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I was so excited that the Ga'Hoole book series is coming to the big screen - I loved the series and read them all. My mom and I saw it in 3D, and we had known it would be worthy to get on DVD, when it comes.

The film follows the storyline of the first three books in the series: The Capture, The Journey, and The Rescue, which is about the young Barn Owl Soren, and his elder brother Kludd being kidnapped and taken to St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. At the "academy," Soren meets an Elf Owl named Gylfie and became friends. Then Soren and Gylfie see the terrible things that are going on at St Agie, and manage to escape, thanks to an owl named Grimble; but Kludd stayed behind - as a soldier to the evil Metalbeak. So Soren and Gylfie set off to find the Guardians of Ga'Hoole to help save the brainwashed owlets. Along the way, they met up with Digger a comical Burrowing Owl and Twilight a minstrel Great Grey Owl; together, the owls, along Mrs Plithiver, Soren's nurse-maid snake (who had been caught by Twilight as dinner), set off for the great tree of Ga'Hoole to find the Guardians. So anyway, this film is worth seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V Weaver on Jan. 14 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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By Nicolas Roux on May 15 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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By Dev1979 on April 29 2014
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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