Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Young owl Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess) marvels at tales of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, mythic winged warriors who battled to save all owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. When he and brother Kludd (Ryan Kwanten) 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.

The marketing for this film wasn't very enticing, but the story has a lot of heart and is very entertaining. Director Zach Snyder (300, Watchmen) makes his animation debut with this fantasy adventure based on the beloved books by Kathryn Lasky.

Day-and-date releases from Warner have been nothing short of outstanding this month, and here's another demo showpiece. The AVC encode is visually stimulating with impeccable attention to detail in the animation, and the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack has some of the best imaging I've ever heard in my theater.

The nest

  • Chapter 1, 00:03:07
  • Detail
  • Look at the amazing detail in Kudd's face, the texture of his feathers, and the reflection in his eyes.


  • Chapter 2, 00:18:15
  • Imaging
  • As Soren and Gylfie (Emily Barclay) are corralled into the gatherers area, listen to the voice of the guard as it moves through the soundstage. The pinpoint imaging creates the illusion of "being there."

Flying away

  • Chapter 5, 00:56:44
  • Detail, dynamic range
  • This scene highlights both audio and video as Soren and crew search for the owls of Ga'Hoole. Listen as the wind whistles through the room and how every flap of his wings can be heard.
  • On the video front, check out the amazing detail in Soren's body and face, and notice the realistic-looking cumulous clouds in the background.

Release Date: December 17, 2010
Studio: Warner

Movie: 7/10
Picture: 10/10
Sound: 10/10

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David Vaughn's picture

Glad you enjoyed it. The story drags a bit in the second act, but the audio/video more than make up for any shortcomings in the story.

Jarod's picture

I got this Blu-ray for Christmas and was blown away when I watched it tonight! All of the owls are absolutely stunning in detail as well as their world. My Kuro never looked better. Felt like I was flying right with them in Ch. 5 like you said. You hit the nail on the head about the imaging. I swear my basement turned into the Owlery at Hogwarts! Some explosive bass as well with tons of impact. Absolutely demo worthy no question at all.

brother's picture

I got this movie as a stocking stuffer for my kids, and we finally watched it. Holy cow, what a beautiful movie. I came to look at ultimate demos because I knew you have it on here and here it is.

I annoyed my wife to no end because I kept yelling for her to come in here and look at the feathers on the owls. Gorgeous movie overall, and the kids enjoyed it.

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