Hotel Transylvania (Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters--Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more--to celebrate his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. For Dracula, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem--but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. -- (C) Sony
Hotel Transylvania's high definition presentation will dazzle all audiences. Sony's 1080p, 1.85:1-framed image sparkles from the first shot to the last, even under a real lack of bright backdrops. The splashes of color - a red carpet, a green globular character, and little accents all throughout the film - look great against the rather cold and unwelcoming but sometimes slightly warm (thanks to flame lighting) confines of the castle's stonewalls and floors. Darker hues are presented naturally, whether shadowy corners or black clothes. Detail is striking; Hotel Transylvania looks as good as any animated film on Blu-ray and captures the intricacies of digital animation splendidly, whether Murray the Mummy's worn bandages, facial and hair textures, or little touches around the castle. The transfer proves very crisp and smooth, nicely defined and naturally sharp. Even foggy exteriors appear natural and true. This transfer is a real pleasure from beginning to end.
Hotel Transylvania scares up a wonderful DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. The presentation offers a full, constant surround support that's natural, enveloping, and exciting. There's a steady flow of elements into the rear speakers, whether wide and swooping action elements that maneuver all over the stage or precision sound effects that help to fully immerse the listener into the castle and surrounding exteriors. There's fantastic clarity to music, whether playful score or full-on Rock and Pop inspired tunes. Even at its most aggressive, music remains tight and very clear, with fine details throughout the entire range and a strong low-end support element. The track really rocks out during its musical numbers, found in chapters seven and twelve and again at film's end. There's a pleasing ambience in several exterior scenes and fantastic immersive clarity even in the more quiet, dialogue-oriented moments, such as a father-daughter rooftop chat in chapter thirteen. General dialogue is clear and focused in the center channel, spreading out naturally when necessary. This is a wonderful, fun, active, and pitch-perfect track from Sony.
What can I say about Adam Sandler? There was a time when he could do no wrong. I mean come on, who amongst us doesn’t love Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Bobby Boucher, Robbie Hart or Sonny Koufax. But here recently he has been a box office disaster… That’s My Boy, Jack & Jill…really Adam? Well, he is officially back. I mean it is an animated movie but I was presently surprised at how well it was done. In this type of format, he gets to play off his crazy voices and goofy gestures but since it’s an animated version of him, it works to his advantage. Is the story line predictable? Yes, by all means, but it’s a kids movie. Of course, the usual casts of characters that are synonymous with any Adam Sandler movie are all monsters themselves. The movie had just the right feel and story to work with all age groups. Both children and adults will find this movie interesting and with just enough of a hint of typical Sandler humor. A great family movie night watch.
Posted by Ryan Gibbs, February 19, 2013 7:08 AM