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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Kung Fu, 18 Nov 2008
This review is from: Kung Fu Panda [Blu-ray] (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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Initial post: 28 Nov 2008 08:44:32 GMT
Absolutly great DVD BD review. There's a lot of people (myself included) from outside the UK whom shops here at Amazon. Most reviews doesn't mention audio and subtitles options, even though, I believe it to be Amzon's obligation to do so. Again, GREAT REVIEW. Thank you so much.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2008 19:25:58 GMT
Paul McNamee says:
The one thing that put me off going to see Kung Fu Panda in the cinema was my fear that it would be "some parody with pop culture references like Dreamwork's Shrek or Madagascar", not forgetting the woeful Flushed Away either. I recently watched the film and intend soon to buy the Blu Ray as well. Nice to see someone else out there who hates the same things I do.

By the way, the Xbox 360 tie-in game defies convention as well, by being actually quite good!
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