AND… it’s pretty good! But it would’ve been nice if more care had been put into it. BUT!! At least a traditionally animated Dreamworks movie is on blu-ray!
The blu-ray cover isn’t actually as horrendous as I thought it would be in real life. I’m not a fan of the original cover in the first place, but it’s fine. It would be cool if they had used maybe one of the theatrical poster designs, but that’s the fan in me talking. Also if you were wondering, the DVD here is the original release from 2002. The blu-ray has that “Dreamworks frame” around it, seen in later DVD releases for Spirit and other Dreamworks (traditionally?) animated films.
Back cover comparison…
Inside… admittedly, I’m not a big fan of the “blue disk/gray disk” thing that’s been going on with physical movie releases these days, but whatever.
First menu, it’s actually really cool that you can watch the movie in all these languages. It has German, English, Latin and European Spanish, French, Benelux French, Dutch, and Flemish. Interesting. Also, dat grass tool.
The menu is kinda nice, but there’s literally no sound. Which is rather disappointing, honestly. Also more grass tool. :U
Also pardon the lack of clarity with these screen shots, but it’s the best I can do because I don’t have a means to get good screenshots of the blu-ray, and I don’t want to cheat by making screenshots of the digital HD release of Spirit.
The quality is really good though. It almost works to its disadvantage because the inconsistent production value of the film sticks out like a sore thumb. I was easily able to spot backgrounds painted in traditional mediums done by Nathan Fowkes and others that looked like they were half-haphazardly painted in Photoshop or Painter. And the CGI blending? Also sticks out like a sore thumb. Some scenes you can see the CG landscape dissolve into the background. But that’s probably just me.
Hey, this looks pretty familiar…
No, I didn’t pop in my 2002 DVD, this is the DVD that came with the pack, and it is literally the 2002 DVD. Down to the opening Dreamworks menu and everything. Haha.
And this is the reason I wanted a blu-ray really badly…
Yeah. Yikes. The DVD was never anything to look at quality-wise, but I remember upgrading to the DVD from my beloved VHS copy back in the day and being very impressed with the DVD’s picture quality. Now I’m very impressed again. :U
Also keep in mind that this is the scene in full:
But it’s still noticeable, especially if you have a large TV.
SO! If you’re a fan of Dreamworks by-gone days of their traditionally animated movies, horses, or the movie itself, this one is a definite pick up. Especially since you can get it on the cheap. It’s $9.99 at Best Buy, and $14.99 on Amazon. If you live near a Fry’s, apparently they’re selling it for FOUR BUCKS.
Even on an Art Student, ramen noodle diet you can afford this movie. Also, if you buy Spirit on blu-ray, chances are that will tell the distributors that people are interested in the traditionally animated Dreamworks Films and Prince of Egypt, Road to El Dorado, and Sinbad could follow suit by having blu-ray releases as well. And who doesn’t want that? :V