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Treasure Planet: 10th Anniversary Edition (blu ray)...good audio/video transfer...a great addition to my blu ray library!
on August 8, 2012
Treasure Planet arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.68:1 encode. Even lesser Disney animated feature films earn A-class treatments. This video transfer is almost perfect, with slight banding (the Etherium clouds in the opening shot). Colours are rich and radiant. Primaries are subdued but potent. Black levels are as dark and deep as a black hole (quite literally at the 42-minute mark). Contrast is consistent, with great detail. The animators' hand-drawn line art is crisp and refined. (4.5/5)
Treasure Planet sails the deadly Etherium seas with a brisk, spirited DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. Fiery supernova debris hurtles past the bow of the RLS Legacy. A black hole roars and hisses as a helpless crew is dragging into its maw. Space whales glide alongside an astonished young man. A giant energy beam slices through the center of a planet and sends a sea of treasure hurtling into an opening abyss. And those are just some of Planet's more notable sonic showcases. Dialogue is clean, clear and perfectly prioritized throughout. (4.5/5)
A futuristic twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, Treasure Planet follows restless teen Jim Hawkins on a fantastic journey across the universe as cabin boy aboard a majestic space galleon. Befriended by the ship's charismatic cyborg cook, John Silver, Jim blossoms under his guidance and shows the makings of a fine shipmate as he and the alien crew battle a supernova, a black hole, and a ferocious space storm. But even greater dangers lie ahead when Jim discovers that his trusted friend Silver is actually a scheming pirate with mutiny on his mind.
Treasure Planet was nominated for Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2002, but lost to Spirited Away from Japan.
It has an estimated budget of $140 million and $40 million for advertisement, but only grossed $101 million worldwide.
The name of the ship, "R.L.S. Legacy" is a reference to the book's ("Treasure Island") author, Robert Louis Stevenson.
Did you notice a Mickey Mouse figurine on one of young Jim's bedroom shelves as Sarah talks to him while he reads?
I bought Treasure Planet as part of the purchase, including The Lorax 3D blu ray which has dropped to a ridiculously low $24.97, in order to qualify for free shipping. I did not regret. It was an enjoyable 95 minutes. With a great audio/video transfer and plenty of actions, this 10th Anniversary Edition is highly recommended.
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