Kung Fu Panda 2008

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(207) IMDb 7.6/10
Available in HD

Stars Jack Black as an unlikely "chosen one," who is trained by the "furious five" martial arts masters (Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Ian McShane) to become the Kung Fu Panda.

Starring:
Jack Black, Jackie Chan
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Kung Fu Panda

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated
Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Starring Jack Black, Jackie Chan
Supporting actors Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Eckert on 18 Nov 2008
Format: Blu-ray
I had heard a lot of good things about this film so went for a blind buy having missed it in the cinemas. The film more than met my expectations.

The success of Kung Fu Panda is that it is serious about the Kung Fu element and that makes the panda part even funnier. This isn't some parody with pop culture references like Dreamwork's Shrek or Madagascar. The makers seem to really love and appreciate martial arts film and, as a result, this gets the adult market despite the childish concept. The action is really visceral and exciting, especially in HiDef. The film is shown in 1:2.35 anamorphic.

The sound is in Dolby 5.1 TrueHD and your speakers will get a good workout. As for voice talent, the three leads, Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane do sterling work. The rest of the talent, who are voicing the furious five (Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross) are good but don't really get a chance to shine.

The packaging makes it seem like the are only a few extras but there are a lot, equal to the US release (I am assuming my copy is Region B as it was bought through Amazon UK, but the packaging gives no apparent info about regions). I haven't watched these yet to comment, but I sucked at the games.

Languages: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, plus all the following in Dolby 5.1: Dutch; French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Spanish and Turkish (there are also commentaries). Subtitles cover the same languages plus English for hard of hearing and a trivia track.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Aug 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Yup it's yet another animals as humans cartoons with a moral to tell. But don't let that put you off because this is a cut above the usual.
It's time to pick a chosen one whose kung-fu skills will hold back the terror of the snow leopard Tai lung's escape. Sensei Shifu holds a tournament fully expecting one of his 5 top notch students to step up & take the title of 'dragon warrior'. Instead overweight noodle waiter Panda Po accidently finds himself in the arena & being picked out as the chosen one by the great one Oogway.
Through the opposition of the 5 pupils & their teacher & his own doubts Po finally finds himself facing off against Tai Lung.
Not much of a plot but it's delivery has a refreshingly different angle. Po is funny as Jack Black lends him a great attitude & delivers many funny lines with spot on timing. There are a fair few big names here,(including Hoffman, Rogan & Jolie to name a few), but they are all just swept aside by Blacks memorable vocal work.
Added to this is the animation which is detailed & of very good quality. Some scene are positively beautiful. Also the fight scenes are far more bone crunching than is usual for an animated film.
There are many very funny threads such as Po's 'father' being a crane which provides a great moment at the end. The final fight really encapsulates the kung-fu genre nicely & Po's method of fighting brings a smile.
This is a rare case of a cartoon that will keep the children glued & still consistantly entertain adults too. The searing colours, fluid animation & high level of scripting all add to make this better than expected & well worthy of repeated viewing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Fenton VINE VOICE on 1 Dec 2008
Format: Blu-ray
This is simply the best Blu Ray I have ever seen! Better that Wall E in terms of the scintillating images, colour, and detail! If you have anything like a decent Hi Def set up, this is a must demo and 'show off' disc. The film is good too, and extrtemely enjoyable, funny, full of action, and engaging! You can't go wrong with this movie, especially if you have kids! These animated blockbusters really do get better all of the time, Cars, Ratatouille, Happy Feet, Wall E, Shrek etc. and this is surely the best looking one yet! Ok, I am an adult, and we have no kids, but I suspect like many of us over 25, I do have a soft spot for these films, which really do make the best of your expensive equipment. This is utterly enagaging on a aesthetic level. Forgot work and real life for a short while, and enjoy this absolutely excellent movie!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lokeshbade on 31 May 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I am a huge fan of 3D, but I don't buy every 3D movie out there. I only buy after a lot of research. Till date, I own 32 3D Blu-ray movies which give the best 3D and Kung Fu Panda 3D is one of the BEST. I loved this movie in 2D, But it's great in 3D. The colors in every scene are bright and vivid and the 3D is Visually stunning. Though there is a VERY minimum Cross-talk in few scenes, the whole experience is Great. It looks like as if they designed the movie keeping 3D in mind. There are a lot of scenes where the characters and other objects leap out of screen and look very lively, especially the fireworks in the beginning Dragon Warrior choosing scene and the snow and leaves fly out of screen and 3D works well where ever there are explosions. Believe me, It's a whole new experience to watch this in 3D. As a genuine 3D lover, I highly recommend watching this in 3D!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Quintiere on 12 Jan 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Adults and kids love this one and the Blu-Ray version has amazing high definition image (you can actually see the animals fur against the wind!) and wonderful sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 1 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
The best animated film since Shrek stars Jack Black as the fat, but loveable panda Po, as he goes from working in his dad's noodle restaurant to becoming the Dragon Warrior.

The charming, artistically captivating animation features the star power of Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan. The film captures good-natured humour, juxtaposing it with hard hitting kung fu action (while managing not to insult the martial arts genre).

Plot-wise, Kung Fu Panda is simplistic, and there is a lack of character development with the Furious Five. However since the film is aimed at young children, this is unimportant; Kung Fu Panda is well worth watching, and will appeal across all age groups.

The Special Features disc features fun activities such as "Learn the Panda Dance" and "Become a Kung Fu Master", and features a detailed documentary into the making of the film.

Unfortunately, this will undoubtedly become a franchise with sequels which will probably never measure up, just like Shrek. However, you may as well enjoy it while you can!
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