Good Dinosaur, The 3D

Featured In Issue 206, April/May 2016

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The Good Dinosaur is a heartwarming adventure about the power of confronting and overcoming your fears and discovering who you are meant to be. The question asked is: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo (Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary from Director Peter Sohn; the theatrical short Sanjay's Super Team (HD 07:07); six featurettes: True Lies About Dinosaurs (HD 01:56), Reccyclosaurus (HD 06:19), The Filmmaker's Journey (HD 07:54), Every Part Of The Dinosaur (HD 06:08), Following The T-Rex Trail (HD 06:58), and Dino Bits (HD 04:15); Hide And Seek short animated pieces (HD 0.59); four deleted scenes (HD 10:41); trailers; upfront previews; and a digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p MVC 3D picture is absolutely wonderful, with a rich and warm color palette that is nicely contrasted. The colors are rich and vibrant, virtually as rich as on the 2D version. Greens, in particular, are diverse throughout, especially on dinosaur hides and vegetation. Earth tones are predominant, as this is a prehistoric time, and appear naturally rendered, as with mountains and river valleys. Various colorful creatures add pop and vibrancy to a few scenes. Resolution is terrific, especially during close-ups of vegetation, terrain, furry creatures, and as well, Arlo and Spot. Contrast is superb, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The 3D imagery dramatically heightens the visual experience compared to the 2D version. Depth and perspective are effectively rendered. The opening cosmos scene reaches endlessly, and on earth sprawling terrain and river currents are absolutely impressive. Of course, with this expansive backdrop, objects in the foreground really pop and enhance the already wonderful dimensionality. Early on, when Arlo and his brother and sister are born, there is a real sense of volume, size, and depth. Occasionally, tails and snouts appear to extend out of the screen but always with good taste. Overall, this is a terrific, reference-quality animated 3D feature that will thrill the family. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding and full of bottom-end sonics such as dinosaur footfalls, rustling buffalo herds, and intense rapid river sounds. The sound is often holosonic®, as the four surrounds enhance the sense of dimensionality and envelopment. Often, directional atmospherics and sound effects saturate the soundfield with energized action. More nuanced sounds such as rustling grasses, insects, rolling thunder, rushing water, and other atmospherics are well integrated. A thunder rainstorm also is effectively engaging. Dialogue is nicely integrated and consistently intelligible. The orchestral music score is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. The sound is dynamic and often exciting. This is a wonderful soundtrack that perfectly complements this heartwarming story of family. (Gary Reber)