G-Force (2009) 
Blu-ray Action-Adventure
Written by Noah Fleming   
Monday, 14 December 2009

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There isn’t much to say about “G-Force.”  It is a relatively thin film that offers entertainment for kids.  The film takes the same spy kid genre story and hands it over to talking guinea pigs.  Despite low ratings by viewers, the film did take in about $140 million at the box office.  That isn’t too shabby.

“G-Force” stars three guinea pigs, a fly and a mole as super spies that have been trained by a forgotten department of the Federal Bureau.  When their funding is about to be taken away, they embark on a mission to gather intelligence that the FBI has been unable to get for two years.  After a somewhat less than stealthy mission the guinea pigs successfully retrieve the data.  However, when the Bureau shows up for an inspection, the data is found to show nothing at all.  This final embarrassment gets their operation shut down.

The guinea pigs escape but get trapped in a pet store.  Eventually they finally escape and make their way back to their handler’s house.  Darwin, leader of the guinea pigs has found out that there is a chip in all the machines made by Saber.  The guineas have less than 24 hours to stop this chip from being activated, otherwise the machines will turn into lethal killing machines and annihilate the human race.

As I said, the film doesn’t have much to it.  It plays like a bigger budgeted television cartoon.

This is another excellent transfer from Disney.  The color palette is highly oversaturated, which is true to the original.  However, this oversaturation creates an artificial look to image that becomes hard on the eyes over time.  Contrast is also boosted to increase the eye-popping imagery even more.  Black levels are rich and deep yielding nice shadow delineation.  Details are impressive and textures create some dimensionality.  With animation and live action put together, the fur of the guinea pigs does not contain a tremendous amount of detail.  In fact, most of the shots with the guinea pigs yield flat fur.  There is no obtrusive artifacting in this transfer.  However, there is some ringing throughout the film that becomes distracting.  Disney does a great job, but it isn’t quite perfect.

“G-Force” comes with an excellent audio track that is obviously reserved.  One might expect a Bruckheimer production to blast you out of your seat.  However, it is pleasantly tame to compensate for the targeted viewers.  This is probably the first kid action movie to attempt to protect children’s hearing.  Such is not the case with “Finding Nemo.”  Dialogue is always intelligible and matches the scene.  Sound effects are used judiciously.  There are instances in which the sound effects don’t quite live up to the action on screen.  Directionality is decent, although there are precedence blunders.  Frequency response is full and the dynamic range is decent.  The LFE channel is reserved, but does kick in when absolutely necessary.  The audio track with certainly keep kids interested, but adults will find it a bit tame compared fims like “Transformers.”

The Blu-ray disc comes enhanced with a Cine-Explore Mode.  This is a picture-in-picture track hosted by director Hoyt Yeatman.  There is a wealth of footage here, but unfortunately, the featurettes are not accessible via the bonus materials menu.  There are some deleted scenes that are boring and suffer in video quality.  “Inside the Animation Lab” goes beyond the special effects.  “Blaster’s Boot Camp” is a superficial look at the world of being a spy.  “Bruckheimer Animated” examines the history of Bruckheimer’s use of animation.  “’G-Force’ Mastermind” examines the fact that the film’s concept was designed by a five year-old.  The five year-old son of the director no less.  “G-Farce” is a collection of outtakes.  Lastly, there are three ridiculous music videos.  The Blu-ray package also contains a DVD Copy of the film and a Digital Copy of the movie.

“G-Force” is really just for kids.  Adults will be able to sit through it with their children once, but that’s about it.  The video and audio qualities are fairly good but do have their caveats.  This is worth a look if you have kids.
Studio Walt Disney Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating PG
Starring Bill Nighy, Sam Rockwell, Will Arnett, Jon Favreau, Zach Galifianakis, Nicolas Cage, Kelli Garner, Penelope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, Tracy Morgan
Director Hoyt Yeatman Jr.
Film Release Year 2009
Release Year 2009
Resolution(s) 1080p (main feature) • 1080p (supplements)
Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
Running Time 1 hr. 28 mins.
Sound Formats English DTS-HD Master 5.1 • French Dolby Digital 5.1 • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English SDH • French • Spanish
Special Features Cine-Explore Mode Picture-in-Picture track; Deleted Scenes; G-Farce Outtakes; 3 Music Videos; “Blaster’s Boot Camp”; “G-Force Mastermind”; Bruckheimer Animated”; “Inside the Animation Lab”; DVD Copy; Digital Copy
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Reviewer Noah Fleming

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