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The Tale of Despereaux Blu-ray

United States
Universal Studios | 2008 | 93 min | Rated G | Apr 07, 2009

The Tale of Despereaux (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: DTS 5.1
French: DTS 5.1

Subtitles
English, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.3 of 54.3
Audio 3.9 of 53.9
Extras 2.7 of 52.7
Based on 7 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Family100%
Animation80%
Adventure67%
Comedy61%
Fantasy60%
65%
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803
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The Tale of Despereaux

 (2008)

The Tale of Despereaux Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

Tiny and graced with oversized ears, Despereaux was born too big for his little world. Refusing to live his life cowering, he befriends a Princess named Pea and learns to read (rather than eat) books -- reveling in stories of knights, dragons and fair maidens. Banished from Mouseworld for being more man than mouse, Despereaux is rescued by another outcast, Roscuro, who also wants to hear the tales. But when the Princess dismisses Roscuro's friendship, he becomes the ultimate rat and plots revenge with fellow outsider Mig. After Pea is kidnapped, Despereaux discovers he is the only one who can rescue her...and that even the tiniest mouse can find the courage of a knight in shining armor.

For more about The Tale of Despereaux and the The Tale of Despereaux Blu-ray release, see the The Tale of Despereaux Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltrane, Frances Conroy, Tony Hale, Ciarán Hinds, Dustin Hoffman
Narrator: Sigourney Weaver
Directors: Rob Stevenhagen, Sam Fell

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The Tale of Despereaux Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Tales of Despereaux scampers onto the Blu-ray format in a beautiful 1080p/VC-1 encode, framed in a wide 2:35:1 aspect ratio. What an eye popping treat to behold. While the animation does not have the 3-D sophistication of a Pixar product, it holds its own very well. Sourced direct from the digital master, there is no intrusion of film related artifacts such as pops, grain, scratches or dirt. Images are clean as a whistle, and free of any digital noise. Detail and small detail are finely rendered, showing the details in the clothing, individual mouse whiskers, and even down to the eyebrows of the princess. Perfect contrast and deep inky blacks make for highly dynamic punchy images that span the entire grayscale. Character's shadows against walls and the ground are well captured, which lends a realistic quality to the presentation. The color palette is wide, but more subdued than normally found on animation titles. It works well with the old Europe look of the entire film. This flick has a unique very complimentary look that serves the story well.


The Tale of Despereaux Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Featuring a 24/48 kHz bit and sample rate lossless DTS-HD Master Audio track, The Tales of Despereaux has a finely crafted mix that matches the visuals with perfection. The mix is subtle and does not attempt to hit you over the head, or get in your face. The subtleties of this track are best demonstrated by the creaking ship in the opening, the sound of dripping water echoing through the catacombs where the mice and rats live, and the sound of rat feet scurrying all around the sound field. The film's score is exceptionally well recorded, with a very deep and wide frontal sound stage wrapping nicely into the surrounds. Foley sounds are highly directionalized and very well recorded, rendering scurrying mice feet, the brush of clothing, and the subtle sounds of simmering soup with total clarity. Dialog is clean and clear and well integrated within the overall mix. The LFE is not frequently used, but when it fires up, there is bass that extends to below 25 Hz at high levels. Overall this sound track is ultra clean and serves the visuals very well.



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The Tale of Despereaux Blu-ray Announced - January 29, 2009

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that they will bring the animated family film 'The Tale of Despereaux' to Blu-ray on March 17th, day-and-date with the DVD release. Video will be presented in 2.35:1 1080p (a first for a Universal animated film) ...


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