The LEGO Movie arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. Primary colours are bold and vivid. Blacks are deep and inky. Contrast is consistently filmic and strong. Details are exceptional, like the chips along the edges of the plastic characters, the fingerprints when the light hits Benny or Lord Business just right, the wear and tear of a fading decal and the imperfections of a brick. Edges are clean and natural. To watch this video filling up my entire 12 foot wide screen (using anamorphic lens) is a sight to behold. This is simply a perfect picture. (5/5)
The LEGO Movie 3D arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. While there aren't any in-your-face 3D gags, overall image depth is stunning. Watching this blu-ray 3D is like seeing the LEGO universe come to life. With the combination of excellent depth and dimensionality, brace yourselves for some of the most immersive and engaging 3D images, since Gravity 3D last year. All the good qualities from the 2D version are not only present, but greatly enhanced. This is a truly immersive 3D experience. (5+/5)
Matching The LEGO Movie's video presentation high-point for high-point is Warner's wonderfully enveloping DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. It is truly dynamic and surround channels are aggressive. Low-end output is big and boisterous, throwing weight and power behind every blast, explosion, crash and collision. Directionality is precise and involving, pans are smooth, and dynamics never falter. Dialogue is clear. The music is masterfully prioritized. If you have children, be warned that the song Everything Is Awesome in this movie has a similar hypnotic effect on children, like Let It Go from Frozen. This is a very immersive soundtrack. My only minor complaint is that it should have been 7.1 instead of 5.1. (5/5)
Writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller brought their magic touch from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009) and 21 Jump Street (2012) to The LEGO Movie, sharing a common theme of earnestly embracing material while poking fun at inherent commercial requirements. The LEGO Movie is an absolute joy, with endless verbal and visual gags. The LEGO Movie is impossibly creative on all levels. It is produced mostly as CGI animation, with a wee bit of live action stop motion. The film uses real LEGO pieces for everything, even little things like water droplets, which not only sets up many jokes, but is also wonderfully engrossing. You'd swear this was an impeccable stop-motion production. It looks like photo-realistic toys have come to life in a way where you could create these environments in your home. This is truly a fun movie to watch.
In LEGO Movie, the animation is entirely CGI. The creators deliberately tried to make the movie feel like stop-motion, and avoided making the computer-generated effects look too obvious. This was done to make the movie look like real Lego. Everything in the movie was designed to look as if built out of LEGO pieces. This even includes effects like water, fire, laser bolts, explosions and smoke. For instance, the lasers are actually transparent LEGO rods (commonly known as Lightsaber blades), while smaller puffs of smoke are LEGO ice cream pieces. This is in contrast with the direct-to-video LEGO movies and cartoon series, in which parts of the sceneries and most of the effects were made to look realistic. (Movie: 4.5/5)
The LEGO movie has an estimated budget of $60 million, but has a worldwide gross of $467 million (so far).
Did you notice that the word LEGO is never used in the body of the movie itself?
The LEGO Movie 3D debuts on blu-ray as part of an Everything is Awesome Edition. It includes the blu-ray 3D version of the movie as a bonus, a regular 2D Blu-ray with the film and bonus features, and a DVD. This edition also includes an "exclusive Vitruvius LEGO Minifigure and a large 3D Emmet Photo. It is so cute that I am displaying that box next to my Cinderella box set, Gone With The Wind, Ten Commandments, etc, box sets outside my Lee Theatre HD. My only complaint is that the 3D blu-ray disc is stacked on top of the 2D blu-ray disc. Come on Paramount, you can do better with the packaging in such a major release.
The LEGO Movie is fantastic on all levels. It's hilarious, exciting, clever, heart-warming, and pokes fun at modern story conventions. Lord and Miller are a top-rated filmmaking team capable of pulling off the impossible. They can take reboots and synergistic consumer tie-ins, turning them into tightly script stories that work really, really well. This is a film for moviegoers of all ages. The 3D version is truly “Everything Is Awesome” and my preferred choice. This set is a MUST-OWN!!
on 5 January 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie with my daughter.
Most of the way through, I was reasonably content to sit back and let the plot (good vs evil, chosen one, magic artifact yada-yada) pass me by, and simply enjoy the low level jokes, the attention to detail, the fun characters, the hilarious parodies, and the shameless mocking of all manner of pop culture clichés and western life in general.
Only in the last half hour or so of the movie, when the underlying plot is really exposed, do you realise the absolute genius of the story; the amazing parallel between the Lego world's fight against "oppression" and what we've all experienced in real life as kids - when we've gone from diligently making kits from instructions, to letting our imagination run riot.
It means in the end the movie wins on every level - and I thoroughly recommend buying it because I genuinely think you could watch this many times in short succession and still spot new details to be amazed by.
on 18 September 2014
Give most children a pile of assorted Lego pieces and they will be able to build something, with a little imagination, as being recognisable. OK it may not look like one of the sets with instructions but that has always been the joy of LEGO.
This computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure construction worker who is mistaken as the prophesied 'Special' and the key to saving the LEGO world. He is recruited into a group of strangers ( including Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman & Lucy, Emmets new found friend, in fact she found him ) on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into an eternal stasis , a quest for which Emmet is totally unprepared.
It is funny from start to end but it is not until near the end that you fully under4stand the 'true' story behind the story.
With the voice talents of stars like Liam Neeson ( good cop / bad cop ), Morgan Freeman ( Vitruvius ), Will Ferrell ( President Business ) and Shaquille O'Neal ( Shaq )
Well was it worth the wait ? .... yet it was
'U' rated 100 minutes long.
on 22 November 2015
From the directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and based on the popular line of construction bricks, comes the epic adventure The LEGO Movie from Warner Bros. Pictures. The film stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman. Is everything about this movie awesome or is it just a big budget commercial to sell more overly priced Lego sets?
One fateful day, Lord Business has tracked down an ancient relic known as the Kragle. It’s a powerful weapon that can destroy the world. The relic is guarded by a wise wizard named Vitruvius who warns Lord Business of a prophecy that proclaims that a savior named the “Special” will defeat him and disarm the Kragle with another relic known as the Piece of Resistance. Lord Business is not at all scared by his words. He sends his robot troops to snatch the Kragle and also leaves Vitruvius beaten and blind from their battle.
8 1/2 years later, Lord Business has now become President Business, the CEO of the Octan Corporation and ruler of Bricksburg. He and his evil corporation control everything including the high price of coffee, music on the radio, and television programs. He has successfully brainwashed all of the city’s citizens into believing everything is awesome.
One of Bricksburg’s inhabitants is a construction worker named Emmet Brickowoski. He’s a regular, normal guy who believes in following the instructions. One evening after work, he sees a mysterious female figure rummaging around the debris of a recently demolished building. He goes over to talk to her but instead clumsily falls down a hole where he finds a mysterious glowing artifact. He gets knocked out after touching it and receives strange mental visions of the future.
He wakes up in police custody and realizes that the relic is now forged to his back. He is then rescued by the mysterious female from the construction site who informs him that he must be the Special, the greatest master builder of all time, especially since he has the Piece of Resistance on his back. Emmet has no idea what’s going on, but follows her anyway. The female says her name is Wyldstyle and that she is going to take him to meet Vitruvius so they can gather all the Master Builders of the realms for one final assault against President Business. Can Emmet find the internal courage and creativity to help his new friends, or will Lord Business succeed in destroying the world on Taco Tuesday?
Ever since I was a kid, I always loved playing with LEGO, and yes the plural of LEGO is still LEGO. Trust me I looked it up. But anyway, there was nothing more fun then dumping out a huge bucket of multi-colored bricks and constructing whatever my imagination could take me. To this day I still build with them, but my tastes are more expensive. I pretty much have all of the Batman sets and proudly display them in my basement. I’m even particular about them and won’t let my kids even touch them. I’ve played a majority of the Lego video games on my XBOX 360 and watch the animated LEGO movies with my kids. When I initially saw the trailer for The LEGO Movie, I just figured it was another typical family adventure film, but boy was I wrong. The LEGO Movie is actually a charming and sophisticated movie disguised as kid’s movie. The real audience for this movie are the big kids out there to include myself. Just like how Toy Story tapped into our inner child, The LEGO Movie taps into that same child, but now he’s all grown up with kids of his own.
Writing a review for this movie is extremely difficult, because if I explain exactly what makes this movie incredibly special, I would be spoiling all of the surprises. One thing I recommend not doing is looking at the IMDB for this movie as the cast alone will ruin some of the really cool cameos. I will tell you this, LEGO completely utilizes just about all of their licensed brands to make this movie. The last time I saw so many different copyrighted characters on one screen was Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Wreck-It Ralph.
Of course your kids are gonna drag you out to see The LEGO Movie because Batman is in it, and that’s not really a bad thing. They will enjoy seeing Batman, Superman, and other Justice League superheroes, but those characters are just the hook to get you into the theater. What adults will appreciate is the social commentary the movie has. The main character, Emmet, is quite content following the instructions the corporation that runs his town puts in front of him. He is brain washed by the pop song, “Everything is Awesome” that is in constant loop on the radio station. And instead of trying to educate himself, he is happy watching the television show “Where Are My Pants?” The LEGO Movie challenges us to be creative and think outside of the box and beyond the instruction manual. There is another lesson to be learned, but you won’t find that out until the movie’s wonderful finale.
To tell the story, the film has great characters. Once again I really want to tell you what makes them extraordinary, but it will spoil the surprise. I will tell you this though, Batman for example, is not what you really think he is. It is indeed Batman, but from someone else’s imagination. It’s like Woody and Buzz from Toy Story. They have their own legit origin stories and character development from Woody’s Round Up and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, but we know them simply as Andy’s toys and that’s what we accept who they are, not what there supposed to be.
Leading the voice cast is Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski. His character reminded me a lot of Po from Kung Fu Panda. He’s a bit of a goofball that absolutely no one has faith in, but becomes the hero when he starts to believe in himself. Elizabeth Banks voices Wyldstyle. She helps Emmet on his journey to becoming the “Special” in sort of the same manner as Trinity from the Matrix helped Neo become “The One.” And if Wyldstyle is Emmet’s Trinity, then Vitruvius voiced by Morgan Freeman, is his Morpheus. When no one else believes in Emmet, Vitruvius is the constant guidance he needs to teach him just enough to motivate him into figuring out the world for himself. These three characters are the heart and soul of the movie. Personally my favorite was Morgan Freeman. Not only does he have an awesome voice, but he has no problem just having fun, especially when the film uses just about every type of blind guy, Mr. Magoo gag.
Along the way, Emmet is introduced to other LEGO minifigure Master Builders looking to defeat President Business. Will Arnett is the voice of Batman. He is not as campy as Adam West’s Batman, but is equally funny in his own right. Princess Unikitty is voiced by Allison Bree who stars on NBC’s Community. If you haven’t guessed by her name, she is half unicorn, half animé kitten. She lives in the heavy rainbow and glitter infused world of Cloud Cuckoo Land, the capital of rainbows and puppies. Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Pacific Rim is the voice of Benny, the 1980-something spaceman. He is silly and fun and always wants to build spaceships. Finally, Nick Offerman from NBC’s Parks & Recreation is the voice of Metal Beard. He is a pirate made from mismatched pieces of Lego pirate sets. He tried to overthrow President Business once before, but left the battle defeated with only his head, beard, and organs. There are a ton more actors and actresses who lend their voice talents to the movie. If your not able to initially recognize who is who, then watch the credits to see all the surprises of who is actually in it and who they play.
Without a good villain, The LEGO Movie wouldn’t be as great as it is. Thankfully the filmmakers got Will Ferrell to be the voice of President Business. And just as silly and outrageous Ferrell is in real life, President Business is equally silly as he is diabolical. Being voiced by Ferrell, the character often reminded me of his performance as the bad guy from Megamind. Of course President Business doesn’t always get his hands dirty, that’s when he sends his number one enforcer into the world. That is Bad Cop voiced by Liam Neeson. He is a tough policeman minifigure who when things go wrong, loves taking his rage out on office chairs. For Neeson, this is actually a dual role because when Bad Cop needs to make his prisoners feel more comfortable, his face rotates and he becomes Good Cop. To help in capturing Emmet and the Master Builders, President Business also has an army of Robot Police Officers, Skeletrons, and Micro-Managers. There is never a rest for Emmet and the gang, because once he finds the Piece of Resistance, the movie is filled with non-stop action.
Visually the film is spectacular. It is a perfect blend of stop-motion animation and computer generated effects. This is different in comparison to other Lego computer animated movies and TV shows like LEGO Batman and Ninjago. There is a reason for the realistic look of the movie, but I won’t say why. Because this is in a “real” LEGO world, the minifigures move with the exact physics and articulation of the real toys. It’s just like if you made this movie at home using a digital camera. Another thing to note, is that the movie is entirely made made from real or digitally created LEGO. Everything from water, to clouds, to explosions are created all from bricks. This was really cool, especially in 3D, because the depth the extra dimension gives you a feeling that you are looking into a living and breathing LEGO universe. I was really impressed how much attention to detail was used in the movie. The construction workers don’t use blueprints to build skyscrapers. They use real LEGO instruction manuals. And when the Master Builders scan an area for bricks and pieces to create weapons and vehicles, the movie doesn’t just highlight the piece. It actually has pop out graphic labels with the real nomenclature of that particular brick. These are just a few examples of how well thought out the movie is in every detail.
I absolutely loved The LEGO Movie. I thought it was highly creative and smart. It’s one of those rare movies like Toy Story that raises the bar on the genre and shows what a family movie should be. The film is directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller who also directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and the upcoming 22 Jump Street, so they know how to make a cool kid movie and fill it with fun adult humor. I know it’s early in the year, but The LEGO Movie is going to be the film to beat as family movie of the year. The only movie I can foresee as possibly being able to take that title away is How to Train Your Dragon 2. Your kids will love it and those dads out there who are big kids at heart will absolutely adore the huge reveal at the end. I wish I could be more specific with out spoiling the film, but trust me, The LEGO Movie is well worth the price of admission. For the people who won’t like this movie, they probably didn’t like Toy Story either.
My kids and I had an absolutely fantastic time with The LEGO Movie. It is quite charming and sophisticated with its adult humor and filled with everything that kids will love about Lego and its licensed line of characters. To be honest, this is a movie for all the big kids out there, especially for the ones who still enjoy building with LEGO. And just like movies like Toy Story and How to Train Your Dragon, you do not need to have kids to see this movie. I highly recommend seeing it in 3D as the movie takes full advantage of the extra dimension and gives you the feeling you are in a living and breathing LEGO world.
on 9 February 2014
I, like most, was skeptical when news came that a Lego Movie was being produced. Then I discovered that the writer/directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, has also created Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, two films that I thoroughly enjoy watching. Then the trailer hit, and my interest started to peak. I still had my reservations, but I went into the movie with high hopes. I can't tell you how glad I am that I did.
Reviews have been nothing short of glowing, and while we often like to challenge their views, I completely agree with what they say. First of all, the animation. You may find it difficult to believe that you can watch a whole movie created with animated lego figures and not find it at least a little jarring. I thought that, even after five minutes of the movie had gone, but you soon get used to it and come to appreciate its unique style. I adored the sets, ranging from your stereotypical Western village to your stereotypical party resort. There was such attention to detail that you could practically look anywhere on the screen and be entertained by something (I saw Dumbledore showing off his dance skills in one scene). With regards to the 3D, it was very well done and perfectly enhanced every set and every action sequence, particularly one that involves a lego ocean.
The voice cast was utterly charming, starting with Chris Pratt, who has really come into his own as an actor. 2014 is sure to be a huge year for him. Supporting players such as Elizabeth Banks, a hilarious Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Alison Brie and Will Arnett are each very strong additions to the movie. However, it is Liam Neeson who arguably steels the show. His change from Good Cop to Bad Cop is hilarious, and he isn't afraid to just go crazy and have fun with his character, which I liked seeing as he is normally quite a brooding actor.
The humour was not only flat out some of the funniest things I've heard in a while, it also came in rapid succession, and you may miss one or two jokes because you've been laughing for almost five minutes. I had a huge grin on my face throughout the entire film, especially the 'Everything is Awesome' sequence, which had the entire audience going wild. There truly is something for everyone in this movie; kids will love the sets and slapstick, while adults will relish the pop culture references and parodies of genre cliches.
Up until the last fifteen minutes or so, the movie is a hilarious, non-stop adventure that has everyone on the floor. However, Lord and Miller cleverly chose the final act to covey some touching messages that took me completely by surprise. It was like Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon all over again. Prepare yourself, this one's a tearjerker.
Overall, I simply can't recommend this movie enough. Yes, you could say the final third is somewhat 'controversial', and yes you could say the animation is distracting. But for me, this was the perfect family adventure that someone of any age can enjoy. It's also a movie that I would definitely be open to viewing multiple times; it's just that good.
on 3 August 2014
It shouldn't have work. It really shouldn't. You can imagine how everyone must have reacted when it was announced there was going to be a Lego movie. They must have moaned in despair, wondering what has become of films. So it's something of a surprise that THE LEGO MOVIE has ended up being one of the best movies of the year. I just wanted to see what the fuss is all about. Yes, THE LEGO MOVIE is for children, but it's also for adults to enjoy as well.
The film centers on an ordinary Lego figure, Emmet, who soon finds himself to believe to be the prophecy that will save the Lego universe from the tyrannical Lord Business. He then embarks on a journey accompanied by the likes of Wyldstyle, Virtuvius, Benny, Princess Unikitty, and last, but definitely not least, Batman (Batman? AWESOME!!!).
As well as having a great story, THE LEGO MOVIE has so many memorable characters. You forget that they're just toy figures and are characters who the audiences can easily identify with. The voice acting is terrific, the best ones being Will Ferrell as Lord Business, Liam Nesson as Good Cop/Bad Cop (his best role in a while) and Will Arnett as Batman. I was really impress of how they build these worlds and sets that appear in this film. It was must have been such hard work getting all done to bring it to life on camera, but it certainly was worth it! If the film's song, 'Everything's Awesome', doesn't win the Best Original Song award at the next year's Oscars, I will be a monkey's uncle. Also, I thought the plot twist towards the end of the film was really clever and it does can of work in the story.
Children will enjoy THE LEGO MOVIE for it's story, characters and animation, and the adults will enjoy it for it's humor, attention to detail, culture references and heart-warming message. Believe the hype, it's AWESOME!
I am old enough that Legos had not yet grown to the ubiquitous force in American toy chests that we've recognized for two generations. Just like a world without the Interwebz, where phones are attached to cords and where TV programming arrived only via antennas: yes, Virginia, there was once a world where the play of children did not include colorful plastic interlocking blocks (but don't worry kids, we still had toys with small parts to inflict pain on the bare feet of parents).
When the release of the Lego movie was announced, I gave a cynical eye roll, lowered my expectations and expected to never watch it. All I could imagine was that it would --like so many movies that clearly target a younger audience-- be an end to end marketing tool for Lego products. Since the action takes place almost universally in scenes that are Lego-constructed or Lego-inspired, the most cynical watchers of this movie could think that. But if they did, it means they would lose out on a movie that is entertaining, witty, though-provoking, visually dramatic and more fun that I could have ever imagined. And it does all this with a message that at its heart suggests (to me, anyway) in self-deprecating, anti-marketing way that using Lego blocks in ways not described in their kits may be better for us that precisely following those instructions.
As we learn at the movie's end, the tension between the movie's stifled protagonist (Emmet) and his principal foil, control freak Lord Business (aka President Business) is a metaphor for the tension between the order adults want to impose on kids and the freedom to explore that kids seek. Interspersed in the tale are wonderful, MMA-style takedowns of popular culture, movie memes, relationships, personal identity challenges, religion and politics. These are executed through tropes of "real" (yes, Batman has a big role) figures from art, and tropes (such as President Business himself, Good Cop/Bad Cop and others who advance the story).
Like many toy-centric movies that preceded the Lego movie, the interactions between the toy characters are being driven by the reality of the human world they exist in. The Lego movie foreshadows this nicely with the presence of non-Lego objects from the non-Lego world ("artifacts") that gain prominence in the iconography of Lord Business. The resolution takes place with live action human actors at the center (The Man Upstairs, Will Farrell and Finn, Jadon Sand). They are a father and son with different views on how to interact with the Legos in their basement.
Whether you've ever assembled a Lego structure or not: watch this movie. You'll be entertained (and you'll want to watch again to discover the non-strop stream of visual and narrative Easter eggs that populate this delightful flick).
on 8 February 2014
The idea of a Lego movie really didn't entice my enthusiasm one Iota, and the trailer was even more discouraging.
But i'm here to say that this is one of the funniest, sweetest, family films I've seen in a while.
The premise is simple, a prophecy is held stating that a special master builder will find a piece that will defeat lord business, and stop him from destroying the world.
Jump eight and a half years later, we meet Emmet, an ordinary man who follows the instructions by the book, and goes unnoticed by his work colleagues and pretty much everyone in general.
That is until he spots a stranger around the building site, and he discovers the sacred piece, and a policeman who's less than friendly....
Suddenly his life changes forever....
First and foremost its a kids movie, but its a film for everyone. Not one of those movies that has separate jokes for adults, but one that the whole family can laugh at/with.
And the reason why the film works, is because it's just so bonkers that you cannot help but love it. One minute we have a wonderful Batman being cocky toward everybody, or Superman trying to avoid The Green Lantern, or Han Solo trying to find a party, to Milhouse.
There's something here for everyone. The voice work is brilliant, and even though the leads are brilliant Neeson steals the movie from everyone as his bad cop/good cop hybrid.
The adventure goes from world to different world, and each world carries a vast array of colour and character, but that's not the joker up the movies sleeve.
The final third spins the whole film on its head, and turns it into a totally different film that you were watching for seventy five minutes.
Its clever, funny, and most of all, touching.
Well worth seeing with the whole family, and see it before people tell you the secret....
Superheroes have been done movie wise. TV shows have been done. So what else can be turned into a movie? Toys and games!
GI Joe and Battleship happened. The Monopoly movie didn't. But a movie based on Lego has.
A movie based on a toy involving building blocks and toy figures.
Some of certain generations will have fond memories of using their imagination with Lego sets that allowed them to build whatever they wanted. Some more recent generations can get lego sets that let them build fantastic things. If they follow the instructions properly.
This movie could have been the latter. Safe and generic and corporate.
But instead the film makers have come up with something that uses lego firmly in the former category.
A work of imagination.
Bad guy lord Business wants to rule the Lego world and run everything his way. The forces that stand against him are seemingly crushed. But prophecy dictates that a special person will save the world.
Prophecy seems to indicate that person is Emmet. A very ordinary construction worker who is good at fitting in with the crowd. Caught up in the quest to save the day, can Emmet live up to expectations?
This is one of those movies that works on different levels for different generations. The stunning and very detailed animation will grab the attention right from the off. Things proceed at chaotic pace after that. But there's always so much going on that it hooks. From great character comedy between all the leads - Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson in particular proving much more adept at this that you might have expected - to things happening in the background.
Of particular note as well is Will Arnett, who voices the best movie Batman ever. A Batman rather in love with his own image.
It may seem chaotic plot wise at times, and there may be times when it might not seem to make sense in that respect. But hang on in there, because it does know exactly what it's doing in regards to that. You'll see.
The central message of the movie, like lots of animations aimed at all ages, is about individuality and being yourself. It never hammers this home. And it's also smart enough to not get too sentimental. You'll see that as well.
It does feature a song that you will not be able to get off your mind for a long time afterwards. But it's an awesome and cheerful song, so it's a good mood lifter.
Do keep watching during the end credits for a full version of self penned Batman song that you only hear some of during the film.
A truly awesome movie, and a whole lot of fun.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English, Hindi, Portugese.
Subtitles: English, Portugese.
The disc begins with an advert and a trailer, but you can skip both via the next button on the dvd remote.
There are two extras:
Everything is awesome sing along!: A three minute long video of the aforementioned song. Which also has karaoke lyrics for it. You won't be able to resist.
Fan made films-top secret submissions: a three minute long feature, introduced by Chris Pratt [who voiced Emmet] showing some fan made lego films that the directors asked people to make, some of which got to be seen in the movie. They're all absolutely awesome as well.
The box also contains a flyer with a code for downloading a copy of the movie to a digital device.
When I first saw the initial trailer for The Lego Movie back in November, the first thing that went through my mind was, ‘HAVE to see this!’ Let’s be honest, Lego is the most imaginative, versatile and everlasting toy EVER created. It’s been that way for generations and its global appeal will doubtless continue to stand the test of time.
Now, previous Lego animations have either been stop-motion-based shorts (i.e. ‘Monty Python & the Holy Grail…in Lego!’) or CGI feature-lengths based on various Lego Franchises (i.e. Batman, Star Wars, Bionicle etc). The Lego Movie is the first true production to be released in cinemas…and it’s a REAL work of art.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are the masterminds behind it all, and they’ve produced a story that’s not only full of humour and excitement, but also heart. The protagonist is one generic Lego Minifigure; construction worker Emmet Brickowski, who just goes about his life until accidentally stumbling upon the legendary ‘Piece of Resistance’, the one thing that can thwart the evil Lord Business’ plan to end the world. Now a target from the forces of evil, and mistaken by the elite Masterbuilders (rebelling against the evil tyrant) for being the prophesized ‘Special’, Emmet finds himself unwillingly forced into the greatest adventure of all time.
The sheer imagination of The Lego Movie is worthy of the toy it’s based on. The multitude of endless creations, worlds and possibilities spawned by Lego is somehow captured brilliantly in these 96 minutes. And there’s all manner of cameos from Lego Minifigures galore, such as William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Milhouse (from The Simpsons), Michelangelo (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Superman…the list is endless.
But the main-cast members themselves drive the story beautifully, loading the film with TONNES of charm to make you care about them individually. Emmet (Chris Pratt), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Lord Business (Will Ferrell), Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), Princess Unikitty (Alison Brie), Benny (Charlie Day), Metal Beard (Nick Offerman) and of course, BATMAN (Will Arnett); ALL these characters have ample opportunity to steal your hearts, and the entire film is so full of surprises you’ll have a hard time keeping track!
Needless to say, it’s the animation that takes your breath away. Initially assuming this was all purely stop-motion, The Lego Move is actually computer animated, scanning endless Lego bricks to the point where it actually replicates textures, lighting and dirt-traces of the pieces themselves! I didn’t think computer animation could impress me anymore, but this shows how little I know. I don’t think there are any bounds for the future now. This animation is revolutionary!
So The Lego Movie is obviously recommended to kids of all ages, but the appeal of Lego is still carried on over to adulthood, so grown-ups will love it just as much. The DVD release has some nice features, such as the excellent selection of Fan-Made Films from the Lego Movie Competition itself, and the ‘Everything is Awesome’ Sing-Along (that song is just SO infectious!). However, if you’re after more, perhaps you’re better off turning to the Blu-Ray version for further special-features.
Quite possibly film of the year. Buy it now.