Zoë's Blu-ray Review: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

The incomparable team of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson brings the world-renowned stories of Hergé to life in the rollicking and wildly imaginative THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, bursting onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD (all with UltraViolet™), On Demand and for Digital Download on March 13, 2012 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

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The Film

One of my top five films of 2011 hits stores today in home release that comes jam packed with fantastic features. The Adventures of Tintin is a ground breaking event in and of itself as it is the first film utilizing full motion captured technology; and the magnificent visuals hold up very well in Blu-ray format. Spearheading this ambitious project is acclaimed director Steven Spielberg and producer/second unit director Peter Jackson, who brandish their adventurous storytelling abilities with gusto to bring the daring young journalist Tintin and his canine sidekick Snowy to life.

Jamie Bell portrayed Tintin with playful reverence, maintaining the nuances that made him such an the iconic character. Andy Serkis tells his theatrical flair to Tintin's his accidental partner, Captain Haddock, and you can tell in every frame how comfortable he is with mo-cap work. Rounding out the cast with exuberant charm are Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Daniel Craig among many others giving this animated film more life than most live-action films these days.

The animation is crisp and astonishing, making the viewer second guess at moments how "real" footage is, and the soundtrack provided by John Williams is nothing less than captivating. Tintin is an exciting adventure of a film akin to Indiana Jones properties of old that both children and adults will devour.

Special Features Breakdown

Featurettes / Toasting Tintin: Part 1, The Journey to Tintin, The World of Tintin, The Who's Who of Tintin, Tintin: Concept Design, Tintin: In the Volume, Snowy: From Beginning to End, Animating Tintin, Tintin: The Score, Collecting Tintin, Toasting Tintin: Part 2 - Much credit is due to Spielberg, Jackson and effects house WETA Workshop because this is a certifiable treasure trove of behind-the-scenes magic. These eleven chapters can be played as one long documentary one individually. In total, it’s almost 100 minutes long taking an in-depth look into the first fully motion captured animated film in history. I was pulled into the first scene where the cast and crew toast on the first day of filming as Spielberg reads out loud a letter from Hergé’s wife, wishing them well on production. It is in moments such as this which most definitely makes this documentary worth your time. The creators are proud of their film, and you can tell because they showcase the hard work their team gave to making Tintin a reality after a 20+ year struggle.

I enjoyed the broad range of topics discussed, such as why Spielberg and Jackson chose this product, the history of the beloved cartoon character, the very physical acting of motion capture filming, and the ever genius work of Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings, The Rise of the Planet of the Apes). I truly believe epic motion picture events such as this deserve just as much behind the scenes footage time as the film itself, and Tintin delivers. Blu-ray home releases such this provides high standards in this industry, and is worth every penny.

5 Stars

Combining three of Belgian artist Georges "Hergé" Remi's comic stories --The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure -- the film depicts Tintin's first encounter with Captain Haddock and the discovery of a clue to the treasure of his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock. They set out to find it with protection from a prison escapee, the nefarious Red Rackham, as well as Detectives Thompson and Thomson.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN three-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack include over 90 minutes of special features that take viewers behind-the-scenes with Spielberg and Jackson to discover how the filmmakers brought the characters to life, learn about Tintin’s origins, delve into the design and animation processes, explore the creation of Tintin’s faithful dog, Snowy, and much more. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD. All Blu-ray and DVD releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices.