Tangled 3D (2010) 
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Written by Noah Fleming   
Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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This is a look at the 3D version of “Tangled.”  For more information about the film please visit the 2D review here.

After watching the film for a second time, I found that the music was better than I thought the first time around.  While it still wasn’t up to par with the classic Disney films where the music grabs you right from the start, it definitely was more enjoyable.  I’m not sure whether it was the second viewing or the added bonus of the 3D nature of the film that made the music stand out more.  Either way, it is welcomed.

I am not going to summarize the film for you again.  Please visit the 2D review for more information on that topic.  The primary focus here is the 3D nature of the Blu-ray.

“Tangled” is the Disney group’s second native 3D outing of late.  “Step Up 3D” was released back in December of last year.  And “Tron: Legacy” will be out next week in its native 3D format.  However, “Tangled” remains the one and only true animated 3D Disney production.

Let me just say upfront here that the 3D version of the film blows the 2D version completely out of the water.  For me 3D is terrific as you are watching it, but then it fades away and you are happy with 2D content.  “Tangled” has brought me the closest to wishing that everything was in 3D, all the time.

The film does not contain fancy, gimmicky 3D movements.  Instead, the image relies more on the depth.  A comparison of the depth of the forest sequences between the 2D and 3D versions leads one to easily identify why the film was originally designed in 3D.  The branches and leaves each reside in their own space, making camera zooms from the tops of the trees to Flynn and Rapunzel on the ground below all that much more incredible.

There are numerous instances in which sequences and imagery made more sense when viewed in the 3D environment than in the 2D counterpart.  For example, when Flynn and his two cohorts are running away from the castle across the bridge, the 2D version yielded a weird tie between the running characters and the static scenery.  It was almost as if the characters were running in the air and not actually touching the bridge.  However, in the 3D version the characters a firmly anchored to bridge as they run.  What the cause of this is goes beyond my 3D know-how.  However, it makes one wonder about the accuracy of the 3D to 2D conversion when it comes to animated features.

The video quality of the 3D version of the film is staggering.  As I already mentioned, the depth of the image is inspiring.  You will never have felt left you were more part of the action in an animated film.  Details are also more impressive in the 3D presentation than in the 2D.  Chalk that up to the native 3D rendering.  Rapunzel’s exaggerated eyes and 70-feet of flowing and sometimes golden hair is perfectly defined and textured.  Costumes and scenery all have their own unique texture.  Colors are bold with no evidence of blooming or chroma bleed.

There are only two issues that I really have with the 3D presentation.  The first is something that I mentioned in the 2D review.  In the darker sequences, there is some faint banding, and that continues in the 3D version.  While most will never notice it, those with keen eyes will spot it here and there.  The other issue I found with the transfer is the luminosity.  I have seen several 3D presentations and while the brightness of the image decreases when viewed through the glasses, “Tangled” seems to decrease more than any of the others.  While the image is still perfectly viewable and this is not so much an issue with the disc transfer but rather the 3D technology, just be warned that the image will appear much dimmer than the 2D presentation.  However, the colors and details remain intact and accurate.

As I mentioned in the 2D review, “Tangled” comes to Blu-ray with a native 7.1 DTS-HD MA audio track.  Everything that I stated in the previous review holds true here.  However, I did find that the 7.1 audio track works much better with the 3D presentation than the 2D presentation.  While it is simply a matter of brain interpretations, the enveloping nature of the 7.1 track fit better within the 3D environment.  Based on the way our minds work this is not surprising.  The dialogue contains just the right amount of punch and the music is enveloping during each segment.  The surround back channels can be a bit empty at times.  Disney likes to reserve the surround back channels for spreading of the music score.  However, I have found through my own 7.1 mixing that it really helps to pan effects through those rear channels, as well as discrete placement of directional effects.  With the existence of mixdown capabilities in the audio format, there is no reason to not fully utilize the extra two channels.

The 3D Blu-ray disc contains no special features.  All special features are on the 2D Blu-ray disc included in the 3D combo pack.  Please see the 2D review for information on the supplemental package.

“Tnagled” in 3D is worth the price of the package.  While it may not fully convince people to demand everything in 3D, it comes darn close.
Studio Walt Disney Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating PG
Starring Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, Brad Garrett, M.C. Gainey, Jeffery Tambor
Director Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Film Release Year 2010
Release Year 2011
Resolution(s) 1080p (main feature)
Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
Running Time 1 hr. 40 mins.
Sound Formats English DTS-HD Master 7.1 • English DVS 2.0 • French DTS-HD Hi-Res 7.1 • Spanish DTS-HD Hi-Res 7.1
Subtitles English SDH • French • Spanish
Special Features ALL FEATURES LOCATED ON THE 2D DISC: Deleted Scenes; Alternate Openings; “50th Animated Feature Countdown”; Extended Songs; “Untangled: The Making Of A Fairy Tale”; “Tangled Teasers”; “Discover Blu-ray 3D With Timon & Pumba”; DVD Copy; Digital Copy
Forum Link http://www.avrev.com/forum
Reviewer Noah Fleming

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