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The Ant Bully Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 2006 | 89 min | Rated PG | Nov 28, 2006

The Ant Bully (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (12.13 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
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Single disc (1 BD)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.7 of 54.7
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 2.9 of 52.9
Based on 3 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Family100%
Animation82%
Adventure70%
Fantasy61%
Comedy59%
66%
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The Ant Bully

 (2006)

When you're as small as an ant, the world is big - and adventure is bigger! That's what young Lucas discovers after he aims his water pistol at some hapless ants. They retaliate with a secret potion that shrinks "the Destroyer" to their size... and turns an anthill into a mountain of thrills, action and laughs! Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Paul Giamatti head the voice cast of this rollicking, warm-hearted family treat.

For more about The Ant Bully and the The Ant Bully Blu-ray release, see the The Ant Bully Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, Zach Tyler Eisen, Regina King
Director: John A. Davis

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The Ant Bully Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Ant Bully comes as a direct digital to digital transfer, framed in a 1:85:1 aspect ratio, 1080p/VC-1 encode, and delivers an extremely sophisticated, polished and detailed production to the screen. The source is pristine and completely free of any video related noise. Blacks are inky and deep; colors are extremely well rendered without being oversaturated. Contrast is excellent, and this video sports some of the best shadow delineation that I have ever seen in an animation feature. The image is bright, punchy, extremely dynamic, full of depth, free of chroma noise and rock solid. It is much more sophisticated animation than my previously reviewed "Open Season", which had static non moving backgrounds set to a highly detailed foreground. To give a hyper realistic quality to the film, the backgrounds were complete with moving objects such as the wind stirring the grass and trees, highly detailed ants moving around the central characters, the movement of the hair on Lucas, his sister, mother and father. The detailed extended well past the foreground and into the backgrounds giving the whole picture a three dimensional depth that stretched forever into the visuals. Micro-detail is also excellent as you can see the reflections of each character nicely rendered on smooth shiny surfaces such as glasses, broken glass and other reflective objects. The amount of micro-detail outlining the ant's bodies, granny's face with forehead wrinkles, the individual waving blades of grass, the cloth pattern on Lucas's under ware after he shrinks, and the bed sheets is astonishing to the eye. Ant Bully definitely belongs among the giants of animation such as Cars, Ratatouille, but is in another level above such movies as The Wild and Open Season. The more I watched this video, the more impressed I became at the excellent visuals before my eyes.



The Ant Bully Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Ant Bully is presented in 640kbps Dolby digital, and I found it to be a rather conservative if not effective mix. Much like in Open Season, there was an opportunity to present the ambient sounds of a busy forest (or grass to the humans), and present a nice supporting ambience to each scene, it just does not happen. So what we often get is busy visuals with nothing audio to support it. That is not to say this is not a good mix, it is a strong mix. Stereo separation is excellent across the front soundstage. John Debney's very strong score is well recorded, if not subtlety buried within the mix. Strings have a wonderful sheen to them, sounding open and airy. Upper and lower brass is very strong in some cases, and the score occasionally washes into the surrounds during impact moments. When Lucas attacks the ant hill, the sound field comes alive with the sound of water moving through the channels, and screaming, running ants. Another very active scene involves the ant colony being attacked by wasps. The sound field is filled with buzzing insects, screaming ants, music, effects, and dialog, all presented out without crowding each other out. Bass through the LFE is occasionally very powerful, as the LFE is used pretty conservatively in this mix. What is sorely lacking in this mix is an effective use of the surrounds. They are largely silent throughout the movie, and only kick in during impact moments. Dialog is well recorded and integrated into each scene. No intelligibility problems here. While this mix was good, it is not great, but services this film nicely if not conservatively.

As an extra, I got a hold of the HD DVD version of this title so I could compare the soundtrack of the bluray against the TrueHD soundtrack of the HD DVD release. After level matching the two soundtracks, I sat back and listen to some key scenes that are the most active from a sound perspective. As expected the trueHD encode sounded cleaner, more open, and the instruments within the orchestra were better presented across the sound stage. In comparison the Dolby Digital encode sounded crowded and congested, less clean, rolled off in the highs, and discrete effects are much better rendered in Dolby TrueHD. It is a shame that Warner did not decide to include the same mix on both formats.



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