Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D—Warner Bros. Pictures (Blu-ray)

3D Video: 5/5
Audio: 5/5
Extras: 4/5

Young owl Soren marvels at tales of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, mythic winged warriors who battled to save all owl kind from the evil Pure Ones. When he and brother Kludd fall into the talons of the Pure Ones, it's up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave owls and seek out the Great Tree, home of the Guardians.

This was one of the best looking animated films on Blu-ray with its 2D release, and the 3D sacrifices nothing in terms of contrast, clarity of depth. The 3D aspect isn’t as aggressive as some of the other titles on the market, but it does add some immersion to the experience. I didn’t see any troubling artifacts such as ghosting or line twitter, and the depth of the 3D presentation adds a lot to the overall dimensionality of the film. The DTS-HD Master Audio mix is also first rate with incredible dynamic range and an immersive sound mix. Surround activity is a big part of this mix and really adds to the visuals on the screen. Bass response is impressive with deep extension and plenty of solid dynamics to punctuate the action on screen. The voice work is also outstanding and blends perfectly with this top-notch animation.

Warner has included some great extras here for the younger viewers. Like all their new releases you get a DVD and a digital copy of the film to go along with the Blu-ray. You also get a maximum movie mode that provides insight into the production, the world of owls and some interactive games, all while watching the film. Other extras include the bedtime story that was used in the beginning of the film plus a new Looney Tunes short. A music video, more info on owls and some galleries are also included.

The 3D presentation adds a bit more depth to the already incredible animation of this one. While it isn’t quite as engaging as some 3D presentations, I like how they just added a touch of depth to an already spectacular presentation.

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