Wreck-It Ralph (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the "good guy" star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he's tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero. On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero's Duty. But it's the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it's too late? -- (C) Disney
Wreck-It Ralph rockets to the top of the Blu-ray leaderboards with a dazzling 1080p/AVC-encoded spectacle sure to delight gamers and film fans of all ages. Colors are nothing short of eye-popping, with gorgeous primaries, bright swaths of blue and green, lovely splashes of pink and purple, and deep blacks. Detail is straight-from-the-digital-tap perfect too. Edges are refined, surprisingly natural and consistently clean (and free from pesky ringing or aliasing), the finest textures and tiniest touches are flawlessly resolved, and every last in-joke and Easter egg is showcased in all its blink-and-you'll-miss-it glory. Better still, macro-blocking, color banding and other encode glitches are nowhere to be found, making this one of the more pristine and proficient animated presentations on the market.
Having already thoroughly outclassed the competition in the video department, Wreck-It Ralph sets its second high-score-to-beat with its energetic, explosive, altogether electrifying DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track. The LFE channel reports for duty and arms itself to the teeth with every low-end element in the film's arsenal. The first-person shooter segments are worth the price of admission alone, with a steady eruption of action that digs deep and takes full advantage of the tools at its disposal. The rear speakers are aggressive and eager to please as well. Cy-Bugs stream across the sound field. "Sugar Rush" racers zoom around the track. Game Central Station is bustling with activity; all encompassing, all enveloping and wholly immersive. Directional effects are a brisk blast, cross-channel pans are a convincing delight and dynamics are oh-so-exacting. Dialogue never fails either. Voices are clear and intelligible at all times, characters are wonderfully grounded in their game worlds no matter the silence or chaos that surrounds them, and prioritization is impeccable. Long story short? Wreck-It Ralph sounds fantastic, from joyous beginning to climactic end.
Growing up in the 80’s and witnessing the birth of home gaming and mall arcade venues, Wreck-It Ralph was an absolute must see for me. Not to mention that my son was salivating to go see it months before it arrived in theaters. I have to say that this movie has moved to the top of my all-time favorite animated movies list alongside The Lion King and Toy Story. The memories of my youth spent depositing quarter after quarter into the Donkey Kong machine at the local bowling alley were brought to the forefront of emotions. Disney has created an instant classic that will be showcased for decades to come. The storyline, the characters and the visual brilliance just prove that Disney is at the top of its game. My whole family has watched this movie multiple times over the last few weeks and I don’t see that ending anytime soon. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this movie and would highly recommend this as the centerpiece to any family movie night!!
Posted by Ryan Gibbs, March 15, 2013 7:25 AM