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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treat In HD, 2 Nov 2009
This review is from: Wallace And Gromit The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Marking 20 years of 'Wallace and Gromit', 'The Complete Collection' brings together all four of the dynamic duo's television films - 'A Grand Day Out', 'The Wrong Trousers', 'A Close Shave' and 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' is glorious HD - for the very first time, in the case of the first three. There's little that can be said about the films themselves that hasn't been said already - they're all brilliant, and have all garnered a plethora of richly-deserved awards to reflect that. The question is - what is the Blu Ray like?

Picture and sound quality on this release is excellent, particularly on 'A Matter of Loaf and Death', but even the earliest film, 'A Grand Day Out', looks impressive. The high definition presentation highlights a few visual elements that perhaps weren't so obvious in SD - obviously painted backdrops, thumb-prints in the plasticine figures, and so on - but none of these detract from the films themselves, and to some extent actually enhance them, as it gives you a better sense of the sheer amount of work that has gone into even the smallest scenes. HD is also great for spotting little visual gags that Nick Park and co. have left scattered throughout the background. All the films are accompanied by commentaries, and there's a wealth of behind the scenes material too - though unfortunately this is all presented in SD.

I've seen these films countless times down the years, but the Blu Ray release really does give them a new lease of life - and compared with the standalone release of 'A Matter of Loaf and Death', it's terrific value for money too.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2009 14:09:56 GMT
DVD3500 says:
Very nice review A. Foxley. Could you confirm that the cracking contraptions and audio commentary that are available on the US version are on this BL-Ray as well?
Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2009 22:28:30 GMT
A. Foxley says:
The commentaries are there, the 'Cracking Contraptions' aren't - but I think (not certain) that the UK edition features some extras that aren't on the US one.

Posted on 22 Nov 2009 18:22:13 GMT
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Posted on 20 Dec 2009 22:06:49 GMT
thank you for a great review, it has helped be decide to double-dip for this blu-ray collection (wish I had waited for this insted ofgetting MoLoD bluray)

Posted on 18 Jan 2010 10:57:06 GMT
Juan Antonio says:
Please, anyone can look at if it has audio in spanish? Thanks!

Posted on 17 Feb 2010 09:43:49 GMT
E. L. Parry says:
I'm confused - sounds like you're talking about the Blu Ray version, although according to the Amazon page you've attached your review to it looks like the non Blu Ray version they are selling. Will there be a difference between the two e.g. not so stunning visual/audio? Don't suppose you know how long each feature is? Couldn't spot that in the product info, and wondering if fitting all of them onto one (normal) DVD will mean a downgrading in quality of some kind...

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2010 08:28:59 GMT
D. White says:
I agree. I would like to see Amazon associate any DVD or BluRay titles where applicable.

Posted on 22 Mar 2014 20:40:16 GMT
Wolfers says:
Nice to have straight review of the blu ray itself and its extras rather than a comment on what I think most people know of the films already. Cheers
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