Title: Alice in Wonderland (2010)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc/Three Disc Set
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio: 6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (1.85:1 theatrically)
Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Run time: 108 minutes
Studio: Disney/Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Region Coding: Region A Only
Equipment used: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46″ 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu
Mia Wasikowska as Alice
Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter
Helena Bonham Carter as Red Queen
Anne Hathaway as White Queen
Crispin Glover as Stayne
Matt Lucas as Tweedledee/Tweedledum
Stephen Fry as the voice of Cheshire Cat
Michael Sheen as the voice of White Rabbit
Alan Rickman as the voice of Blue Caterpillar
Barbara Windsor as the voice of Dormouse
Paul Whitehouse as the voice of March Hare
Timothy Spall as the voice of Bayard
Directed by Tim Burton
My take: (the breakdown)
Like most of Tim Burton’s films the viewer gets the feeling they are stuck in one of his personal dreams or nightmares rather than just an idea, but here it definitely works. Most of you know Lewis Carroll’s story so I won’t get too much into those details. Burton takes the original story and makes it darker, drearier, and a little more captivating. Alice is a girl who repeatedly has the same dream about Wonderland and she firmly believes it is all indeed a dream until she actually gets there. Once there she determines that she must save the people of Wonderland from the horrible and oppressive Red Queen. However, to do that she must understand what path to take that will lead her to her ultimate destiny. This is a wise purchase for any Burton or Alice in Wonderland fan, but most others should probably rent this one first just to be safe. Other than a few brief moments of peril this one should be decent for children of any age.
I debated long and hard on whether to give this one a perfect score and I decided to just go with it. As usual with Burton’s presentations colors are muted, but never to the point they are completely drained. Reds, blues, and greens still manage to come to life quite well during the run time. Flesh tones are slightly drained as well, but I am certain this was also intentional and it actually fits with the theme of the story. The beginning and end of the film are shot on film as shown by my first screen capture and grain is light with detail completely intact. The rest of the movie was shot digitally and other than being devoid of grain looks absolutely fantastic. Fine detail is perfect from start to finish as every texture, hair, and insignia are all clearly visible.
We are supplied with a 6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (not 5.1 as printed on the box) that handles everything rather well. Dialogue is clear and well prioritized, but there were just a few lines of softer spoken dialogue that were harder to catch. Surrounds are used consistently for various discrete and more intrusive effects. The musical score fills the sound filed fully and evenly creating the perfect mood for each scene. Your sub will come alive during a few scenes letting you that the know LFE is extremely strong.
Surprisingly, the supplemental package for Alice in Wonderland is somewhat discouraging. We are given a 28 minute look at the characters and a 20 minute look at the film itself. Even though both features are extremely well done I was hoping for some deleted scenes or better yet a commentary done by Burton himself. At least both of the above features are presented in 1080p. There’s also a copy of the feature on a DVD on a second disc as well as a digital copy located on a third disc.
Final word: A Purchase For Fans
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