THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Coming to Blu-ray and DVD in March
The Adventures of Tintin, Steven Spielberg's first 3D animated adventure, is finally coming home to DVD/Blu-ray on March 13th. This was my #1 film of last year (with Footloose and Drive in the #2 and #3 positions). I anticipated it all year, and it exceeded by all standards!
In one movie, Steven Spielberg has shown a better handle of performance capture than Robert Zemeckis has in three (it hurts to say). Zemeckis used performance capture to reinvent stories we all know. Spielberg uses performance capture to bring to life ambitious artwork and also move the camera around in ways that would be impossible in live-action. This is Spielberg’s most visually insane movie in a good way. There is an entire action sequence that mirrors the bike chase in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but practically does it all in one take and involves a tank, a dam, and a hawk. It’s incredibly massive and complex but visually exciting to watch. It’s good to see that Andy Serkis, who has been getting massive (and much deserved) praise after his performance as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, has a more playful role here as Captain Haddock. His delivery is quite funny and his movements are fantastic. He also gives a great monologue to Tintin about not letting failure define who you are. It’s certainly Spielberg’s most genuinely fun film in quite a while. It’s good to hear the master maestro John Williams (who apparently only does scores for Spielberg and George Lucas nowadays) back in action. After the disastrous results of Mars Needs Moms (which I think is a decent film itself), it took a master to make a much derided evolving technology get some respect from the film community. I can’t wait to see more from the team of Spielberg and Jackson.
Here is the official press release:
The incomparable team of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson brings the world-renowned stories of Herge to life in the rollicking and wildly imaginative THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, bursting onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD (all with UltraViolet™), On Demand and for Digital Download on March 13, 2012 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Winner of the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN has been called "a grand thrill ride of a treasure hunt" (New York Post) and the "most delightful dose of pure entertainment since Raiders of the Lost Ark" (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Featuring groundbreaking and visually-stunning motion capture animation, an outstanding cast of voice talent headed by Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig, and a thrilling story filled with non-stop action, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is a must-own film that the entire family will enjoy watching again and again.
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN three-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack include over 90 minutes of special features that take viewers behind-the-scenes with Spielberg and Jackson to discover how the filmmakers brought the characters to life, learn about Tintin's origins, delve into the design and animation processes, explore the creation of Tintin's faithful dog, Snowy, and much more. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD. All Blu-ray and DVD releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices.
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc breakdown is as follows:
-Feature film in high definition
-Toasting Tintin: Part 1
-The Journey of Tintin
-The World of Tintin
-The Who's Who of Tintin
-Tintin: Conceptual Design
-Tintin: In the Volume
-Snowy: From Beginning to End
-Tintin: The Score
-Toasting Tintin: Part 2
Feature film in standard definition
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes all of the above, plus a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The Blu-ray 3D includes the feature film presented in high definition and 3D.
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Single-Disc DVD
The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes the feature film in standard definition, plus The Journey of Tintin and Snowy: From Beginning to End.