Gnomeo & Juliet 3D (Blu-ray 3D)

Caught up in a feud between neighbors, Gnomeo (Mame McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) must overcome many obstacles to be together. But can this young couple find lasting happiness with their two families hell-bent on destroying each other?

This is a classic example of false advertising. While the trailers made this film look funny and fresh, it's anything but that. The screenplay is pathetically weak, the characters exhibit zero personality, and even the great music from Elton John can't make this anything more than a colossal waste of 84 minutes.

Video Highlights

  • MVC/1080p encode on a BD-50 disc
  • Understated 3D effects
  • Bright and colorful in daytime sequences
  • Nighttime scenes are a tad dark
  • Occasional ghosting
  • Excellent detail

Audio Highlights

  • DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack
  • Immersive experience
  • Intelligible dialog
  • Tepid bass response
  • Elton John inspired score is the highlight

Normally animated titles made in 3D leap off the screen, but the presentation here is more understated than other Blu-ray 3D movies I've viewed. It's mostly bright and colorful, especially during the daytime sequences, but the nighttime scenes are too dark and obscure too much shadow detail. The audio track is decent, but the sound design isn't as aggressive as it could be, especially on the low end.

Bonus Materials

  • Elton Builds a Garden
  • Alternate Endings with Filmmaker Introductions
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • Frog Talk with Ashley Jensen
  • The Fawn of Darkness
  • Crocodile Rock Music Video
  • Digital Copy, DVD, and Blu-ray (2D and 3D)

Maybe I set my expectations too high going in, but the entire family was disappointed with this one. Nearly 20 minutes into it my kids were bored and wanted to turn it off (never a good sign). The presentation is pretty good and I'm sure 3D starved consumers will give it look for this reason alone, but buyer beware.

Release Date: May 24, 2011
Studio: Touchstone

Movie: 3/10
Picture: 9/10
3D-ness 8/10
Sound: 8/10

Review System

Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray player

JVC DLA-RS40 projector
Stewart FireHawk screen (76.5" wide, 16:9)

Integra DTC-80.2 pre/pro
Anthem PVA-7 power amplifier
Belkin PVA-PF60 power conditioner

M&K S-150s (L, C, R)
M&K SS-150s (LS, RS, SBL, SBR)
SVS PC-Ultra subwoofer

Monoprice HDMI cables (source to pre/pro)
Best Deal analog-audio cables
PureLink HDC Fiber Optic HDMI Cable System (15 meters) from pre/pro to projector

Acoustical treatments from GIK Acoustics