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Shrek: The Whole Story Blu-ray

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Shrek / Shrek 2 / Shrek the Third / Shrek Forever After + Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular DreamWorks | 2001-2010 | 4 Movies | 370 min | Rated PG | Dec 07, 2010

Shrek: The Whole Story (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: see individual releases
Original aspect ratio: see individual releases

English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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Four-disc set (4 BDs)
Bonus View (PiP)

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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 3.9 of 53.9
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Shrek: The Whole Story


Shrek: The Whole Story Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

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For more about Shrek: The Whole Story and the Shrek: The Whole Story Blu-ray release, see Shrek: The Whole Story Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Antonio Banderas
Directors: Andrew Adamson, Chris Miller, Mike Mitchell, Vicky Jenson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon

This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:


Shrek: The Whole Story Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Rating: 4/5

Shrek's Blu-ray debut seems limited only by the boundaries of the original source material. DreamWorks' Blu-ray release of Shrek sees the green ogre spring to vivid life courtesy of a nicely detailed and exceptionally colored 1080p, 1.78:1-framed transfer. While fine details are strong -- particularly around the foreground and in character construction -- the film's vivid palette is the real winner in the upgrade to high definition. From the opening scene that features the brightly-colored pictures inside a book and through the entirety of the picture, Shrek's color palette shines brightly and with a vibrant yet steady appearance that allows reds, blues, and greens to practically leap off the screen. Detail is almost a match, though the rather limited CGI artistry of the time period in which the film was made in turn limits what DreamWorks' transfer can show. On the downside, banding is evident in a few spots while shimmering is visible throughout and to the point of bordering on distraction. Otherwise, Shrek looks very good on Blu-ray, sporting a crisp, perceptibly deep, and satisfying image that should please longtime fans itching to upgrade from that well-loved DVD edition.

Shrek 2
Rating: 4.5/5

It takes but a glance to see the improvements in the animation between Shrek and Shrek 2. DreamWorks' 1080p transfer of Shrek 2 delivers a gorgeous high definition presentation that allows all of the digital nuances to be fully realized in every frame. Detail is amazing throughout, with the transfer revealing every stubble of facial hair on Shrek's face, the finest texturing of his clothes, and the massive amounts of intricate eye candy that abounds in all of the film's locales, whether the serene woodland areas or the far more complex structures of the Kingdom of Far, Far Away. Colors excel, too; whether Shrek and Fiona's ogre-green skin -- the color that's come to define the franchise -- or the bright purple splashes of magic contrails that follow the Fairy Godmother's flying cart, the transfer never lacks a breathtakingly gorgeous rainbow of hues. Great amounts of perceptible depth -- even in 2D -- are another hallmark of this transfer, but DreamWorks' image does suffer through some minor shimmering and a few jagged edges, though not to the extent that they're seen in Shrek. All told and aside from those two slight bugaboos, Shrek 2 excels on Blu-ray.

Shrek the Third
Rating: 4.5/5

They just keep getting better and better. DreamWorks' Blu-ray release of Shrek the Third sparkles in high definition, with most of the (albeit minor) problems evident in the first two releases virtually non-factors here; only minor banding evident in the storm clouds seen during the film's open prove cause for concern. This 1080p, 1.78:1-framed gem of a transfer allows viewers to appreciate the precision work of DreamWorks' digital artists to an extent not even possible in theaters; pause almost any scene and marvel at the extraordinary attention to detail in every object. Even Shrek's old standby clothes that have seen him through three movies -- that dirty white undershirt and the brown vest -- offer up even greater detailing in Shrek the Third, with even the smallest of frays, speckles of dirt, and nuanced textures coming to life on Blu-ray. Colors are expectedly vibrant and remain steady even in low-light conditions, notably in an early scene in chapter three as several characters hover over the dying king. Once again, depth is fantastic, with several overhead shots of the Kingdom looking almost as good as a few of the lesser 3D transfers. The entire thing is a stunning achievement in digital animation and home video; that nuisance banding proves just heavy enough to knock the score down half a point, but rest assured that this is basically perfect picture quality the rest of the way.

Shrek Forever After
Rating: 5/5

Shrek Forever After switches things up a bit, ditching the 1.78:1 aspect ratio for the 2.35:1 widescreen format. The results are, in a word, breathtaking. For as wonderful as the other films look, Forever After simply blows them away in every area, thanks to the jaw-dropping quality of the animation that's arguably the best of any purely digital film to date. Detail is so striking that it sometimes distracts from the movie; viewers will be awed by the infinite clarity, precision sharpness, faultless detailing, and immaculate color palette that all accompany every frame. Whether the regal purple and gold accents on the King and Queen's carriage as seen at the beginning of the film, Shrek's trademark green skin, or Fiona's captivating blue eyes, this transfer is awash in a splendid array of colors that put most every other Blu-ray disc to shame. Likewise, details are so good that one can only wonder how long it took to make a movie this exacting while staring at the 1080p screen in bewilderment that anything can look this good. The transfer is free of any unwanted blemishes, and that pretty much wraps this one up. The transfer speaks for itself, and Shrek Forever After commands strong consideration as the year's -- and, so far, Blu-ray's -- absolute best picture quality.

Shrek: The Whole Story Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Rating: 4.5/5

DreamWorks unleashes Shrek onto Blu-ray with a positively stunning Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless soundtrack. Those two additional channels bring greater dimension and clarity to the proceedings, effectively creating an immersive and wonderfully satisfying 360-degree sound field that's the ultimate compliment to the film. The various popular music tunes sound fantastic -- from Smash Mouth's "All Star" to Donkey's version of "I'm a Believer" -- and play with a power, clarity, and spacing reserved for the best of the best lossless presentations. Indeed, music spreads across the front with a fair back channel support element and a kicking but tight and perfectly-realized low end; these tunes have never sounded better. The 7.1 configuration also aids in recreating the various environmental nuances heard throughout the movie; whether nighttime buzzing insects or chirping birds during the day, listeners will often feel immersed into the world of Shrek thanks to a nuanced but highly effective support structure. Even better, more potent effects sound fantastic, and the bigger of them seem to widen the soundstage to practically hurtle the audience into the perils and pitfalls of the journey. Supported by seamless and center-focused dialogue reproduction, Shrek has never sounded better at home.

Shrek 2
Rating: 4.5/5

Copying and pasting the Shrek audio review would suffice here. DreamWorks' Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless soundtrack delivers a full and wonderfully immersive sonic experience that effortlessly transports listeners to the Kingdom of Far, Far Away. There's no wait time, no "are we there yet?" nagging; this track offers instant sonic gratification and never relents until the movie ends and the disc returns to the main menu screen. Once again, both popular music and sound effects alike spring to life through a rich and full-bodied presentation that works all seven speakers extensively, while the subwoofer chimes in to offer some tight and potent supportive elements that nicely round out the track and give it the heft it needs to stand out from tinier and less well-defined lossless soundtracks. Whether the slightest atmospheric elements or the most potent action sound effects, Shrek 2 delivers a continuous stream of sonic goodness by recreating every effect big, small, and in between with equal amounts of precision and ease. All of it is built around center-focused dialogue reproduction that plays with nary an audible hiccup from beginning to end. This is one soundtrack that will definitely leave listeners Happily Ever After!

Shrek the Third
Rating: 4.5/5

Yes indeed, Shrek the Third sounds great on Blu-ray. DreamWorks' Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless soundtrack dazzles with another wholly immersive experience that's so well balanced that everything from the subtlest of environmental nuances to the most dazzling of the biggest sound effects all pull the audience into the excitement of Shrek the Third with an effortlessness that must be heard to be believed. No, this isn't the most dynamic track out there; bass isn't quite as aggressive and music isn't quite as natural as what's found on the cream of the crop lossless soundtracks, but this one resides just a notch below. It's the same old story, really. The track's prowess extends to both ends of the spectrum and covers everything in between with equal amounts of precision and fun. Listeners will feel like a part of the unruly crowd during a raucous barroom brawl in chapter four or as one of the audience members bemoaning another subpar stage performance from the disgraced Prince Charming at film's open. Atmospherics -- notably the dripping rain and booming thunder heard during the King's funeral in chapter three -- proves extraordinarily satisfying and real, while the subtlety of gently rolling waters brushing up against the hull of a wooden vessel in chapter eight will make the audience feel like they're on the ship's deck. Bass is seamlessly integrated into the track, too, as evidenced by a stampeding herd of imaginary baby ogres in chapter five. Music once again enjoys excellent spacing and clarity across the front, while dialogue never misses a beat as it flows from the center speaker. It's just another day at the office with this one. The only question that remains is: can Shrek Forever After top its predecessors in the audio department?

Shrek Forever After
Rating: 5/5

This sonically flawless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless soundtrack is the perfect companion to Shrek Forever After's impeccable 1080p video transfer. DreamWorks' lossless presentation easily surpasses the soundtracks of the three other films in this collection, and while it shares in common most of the same attributes, it amplifies them all and perfects each one, allowing this track to reach something of a zenith that places it amongst the finest soundtracks available on Blu-ray. Spacing is perfect, clarity amazing, and the entire thing is virtually transparent as the speakers seem to disappear in favor of a wide, real, and organic presentation that simply must be heard to be believed. Listen as the Royal buggy slams its way through the soundstage in one early scene or be transported into a mobile holding cell with Shrek in another as it bounces around on rough terrain, allowing listeners to almost feel the bumps in the road with every pebble and recess. Listen for the track to increase in potency in conjunction with Shrek's level of irritation at the birthday party, culminating in him "doing the roar" and sending a shockwave of blissful bass through the listening area that's as tight, precise, and potentially window-shattering as anything out there, at least until the sensation is repeated and, it seems, kicked up a level or two later in the film. DreamWorks' soundtrack expectedly handles all of the lesser environmental nuances with ease, and music, too, is delivered with a clarity and realism fit for only the finest of soundtracks, whether speaking of the cheerfully laid back performance of "Top of the World" or the bass-heavy dance beats heard during one of Rumpelstiltskin's parties. Dialogue, of course, plays faultlessly, rounding out a superior soundtrack where even the most praising of adjectives can't really get to how good it really is.

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Shrek: The Whole Story Blu-ray Review - November 25, 2010

It is a little-known fact that in the early years of Dreamworks Animation, Shrek was the ugly duckling, while other projects like The Prince of Egypt and The Road to El Dorado got all the attention. However, this ogre tale eventually became the studio's major breadwinner, ...

Shrek Forever After and Collection Blu-ray in December - October 8, 2010

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced the Dreamworks Animation movie Shrek Forever After for Blu-ray release on December 7. On the same date, the studio will also release Shrek: The Whole Story, a gift set including all four Shrek movies.

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