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Old 06-23-2010, 10:22 PM   #1  
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Default TwoPlusTwo 3D Review: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs [3D] (2009)

Title: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc (I'm assuming this...don't know for sure...)
Video: 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio
3D: MVC Encoded 3D
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Run time: 90 minutes
Studio: Sony/Columbia Pictures
Rating: PG
Academy Award/Golden Globe Awards & Nominations:

* Nominated - Golden Globe, Best Animated Feature Film

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3D equipment used: Watched it in the new gameroom...used that equipment (see signature).

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My first 3D BD came via Amazon today (wow, that was fast!)...Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. My girlfriend and I watched it tonight. I know that everybody is probably curious about the 3D quality, and I will get to that, but let me comb over the film, PQ, and AQ first.

I didn't expect to enjoy this film, but I actually really liked it. Basically, some bumbling inventor causes it to rain food. The town loves this, and entertainment ensues. It really was a very good movie, believe it or not.

The PQ and AQ were both out of this world. You get all the fantastic PQ you would expect from CGI like this, and on top of that get some truly great audio here...really superb in both areas.

As usual I didn't watch the special features.

Now, the million dollar question. How did the 3D look?

INCREDIBLE.

There was absolutely no ghosting or other image artifacts when we viewed this on the VT25. The 3D was really well done in this film...it really did create a very lively, immersive environment that was not distracting in the least. Image depth was amazing. You can really tell how well-done the 3D in this movie is during scenes where the picture becomes 2D (they do this when, say, a television screen is being viewed...cute trick!).

There were some really great 3D effects in this film. When it rains food, man...it really rains food! And of course you will occasionally see the "stuff coming out towards your face" effect, but fortunately this is not over-used as a gimmick. The 3D seemed really natural, and very soon into the movie you get quite used to it, and it really enhances the overall experience.

At the start of the movie, it lets you choose between 2D and 3D. After watching the movie in 3D, choosing the 2D option seems silly by comparison. It's that good.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs in 3D was a thrilling Home Theater experience, and makes me really excited about future 3D BD releases. I only hope that other releases will be this good...

Movie: 8.5/10
VQ: 10/10
AQ: 10/10
3DQ: 10/10
Supplements: N/A. Didn't watch.
Final word: If this film is any kind of indicator, then 3D BD is destined for greatness.
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Hey! Not fair ! Mine hasn't arrived yet. And I'm not that far from you. Good review, though. Mine had better be here tomorrow, though, or I will write an angry letter to Amazon.
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Hey! Not fair ! Mine hasn't arrived yet. And I'm not that far from you. Good review, though. Mine had better be here tomorrow, though, or I will write an angry letter to Amazon.
That's odd because we live in the same state, and I didn't get express shipping or anything.

Anyway, you should get it today then I guess...let me know what you think of it!
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OK, it came this morning. We watched it this evening right after supper. I certainly could not have watched it BEFORE supper..I would have been dying for something to eat.
One of the first things I noticed was that, even though it is an animated movie and I thought there would be all kinds of things jumping out of the screen at me, that was not the case. The 3D was used more to give a realistic image of depth to go with heigth and width. Yes, there were things coming out of the screen, but the movie did not rely on these gimmicks to sell itself. However, the spaghetti tornado did make me hungry.......
All in all, it was a very good movie. The wife and grandkids loved it, though one of them thought it was funnier to watch it without the glasses.....twice as much to love, I guess.
Though the movie was more or less predictable ( nerd-boy grows up to be nerdy inventor, boy meets girl, boy invents ridiculous invention that eventually goes haywire, boy and girl save the world ), it was fun watching them and the associated characters ( especially Mr. T's character ) trying to figure it all out. Kids will love this movie - especially when they see hamburgers, pizza and ice cream falling from the sky......isn't that every kid's dream ?
Now I'm waiting on Panasonic to send me my 3D copies of CORALINE and ICE AGE that I get free with my plasma purchase.

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One of the first things I noticed was that, even though it is an animated movie and I thought there would be all kinds of things jumping out of the screen at me, that was not the case. The 3D was used more to give a realistic image of depth to go with heigth and width. Yes, there were things coming out of the screen, but the movie did not rely on these gimmicks to sell itself.
Yes, this is what I really liked about the 3D in this movie...it was really well done. This is the approach that all 3D movies should take if you ask me.
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This thread should probably be moved to the new 3D content section...
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