Adventures Of Tintin, The 3D

Featured In Issue 166, April 2012

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Based on The Adventures Of Tintin by Hergé, Tintin (the voice of Bell) races to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune-but also an ancient curse. Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy embark on an action-packed journey around the world in a thrill ride of a treasure hunt. Featuring groundbreaking and visually stunning motion capture animation in 3D. (Gary Reber)

Special features include 11 featurettes: Toasting Tintin: Part 1 (HD 01:24) and Part 2 (HD 03:12), The Journey To Tintin (HD 08:54), The World Of Tintin (HD 10:46), The Who's Who Of Tintin (HD 14:18), Tintin: Conceptual Design (HD 08:38), Tintin: In The Volume (HD 17:54), Snowy: From Beginning To End (HD 10:11), Animating Tintin (HD 11:00), Tintin: The Score (HD 07:01), and Collecting Tintin (HD 03:58); BD-Live functionality; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.35:1 1080p MVC digitally native 3-D picture is absolutely stunning and breathes life into the spectacular motion capture animation, creating a wonderful and mysterious world. Picture quality is first rate and equal to the excellent 2-D version in every parameter. The color palette is warmly hued with natural tones that are never exaggerated but perfectly balanced and shaded. Fleshtones are rendered accurately. Contrast is superb with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The imagery is absolutely pristine throughout, with virtually no crosstalk ghosting artifacts. The 3-D visuals exhibit an incredible sense of realistic space, depth, and perspective. Characters are naturally shaped, with dimensional volume rendered impressively. Captain Haddock's rotund nose protrudes and the sea vessel Karaboudjan appears lifelike. Resolution is fabulous, with fine detail evident throughout in foreground and background imagery, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Dimensional depth is always realistic, with impressive positive parallax perspective. At times, negative parallax effects extend out from the screen, but they are always executed with artistic taste. The success of the 3D is the creation of a seemingly very real world defined with natural imagery. This is a visual experience that will enthrall the entire family, with an appreciation of the exceptional talent of the digital artists that created the movie. This is definitely one of the finest presentations in 3D to be released. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is spectacular! John Williams' orchestral score really steers the story with a resounding beautiful recording executed by Shawn Murphy. The music is nuanced throughout with incredible clarity, dimension, and revealing instrumental timbre. The music score is recorded in the 5.1-channel format, not 7.1. Atmospherics and sound effects benefit from the extra two channels in the 7.1-channel presentation, delivering a large soundfield with impressive directionality. The sound is holosonic® throughout. Dialogue is naturally presented with realistic spatial integration and at times is directionalized. Foley effects are impeccably synchronized and nicely recorded to convey realism. Low-end response is also superb, with natural .1 LFE extension to sub-25 Hz frequencies at times. Sound effects are impressively resolved and dimensional. And when all the elements are combined, there is an uncanny sense of immersion and soundfield envelopment. This is simply one of the finest reference-quality soundtracks ever released. (Gary Reber)