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Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue (2010) Print E-mail
Monday, 20 September 2010
Image“Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue” is the third installment in the Tinker Bell series from Disney.  “The Lost Treasure” was released back in October 2009.  This latest installment remains as strong as the first two, making the Tinker Bell series one of the best direct-to-video film franchises.

In the first film we witnessed the arrival of Tinker Bell in Pixie Hollow.  She found her roots as a tinker fairy, becoming known for her human-like inventions.  In the second film Tinker Bell gets in trouble with a duty bestowed upon her causing her to travel to a far off land in search of a solution.  Now, in the third film Tinker Bell becomes the first fairy to make contact with a human.

It is Tinker Bell’s first trip to the main land, where it is possible to encounter humans.  On the main land the fairies partake in a type of summer camp.  Tink’s curiosity and Vidia’s stubbornness lands Tink in trouble.  She is captured by Lizzy, who is staying in a cottage with her father while he does scientific research on animals, particularly butterflies.

Despite what the trailers might indicate, we find that Lizzy is actually a good girl with pure intentions.  Tink is stuck in her room as a giant rainstorm prevents her from flying off.  IN the meantime Lizzy and Tink form a friendship.  Tink introduces Lizzy to the wonders of being a fairy in hopes of bringing her closer with her father.  It is no surprise that Lizzy’s father doesn’t believe her story.

Meanwhile, Vidia and friends try to find Tink and rescue her from Lizzy, not knowing that she is relatively safe.  This is one of the weak points of the film as there is no immediate danger for Tink.  So, the rescue attempt is a bit drawn out.
Despite the film being predictable, once it gets going, there is still plenty of enjoyment for the youngsters.  However, this film lacks the magical quality that is present in the second Tink film.  This makes it harder for adults to get through the film.  While the story is touching, it ultimately just fails to really connect.

While the film stutters, the video transfer is near perfect.  This is to be expected from Disney and an all-digitally created film.  Only one minor defect, which will likely go unnoticed by most, keeps the film from perfection.  Minor aliasing does occur in a few scenes.  However, this is nitpicking.  The detail in this image is extraordinary.  Every pen stroke is perfectly recreated in Blu-ray resolution.  Black levels are impeccable.  Brightness and contrast is spot on.  Colors are exceptionally bold.  Tink’s green outfit and the yellow/gold pixie dust are as vibrant as ever.  What the film lacks in magic it makes up for in tremendous visual quality.

Unfortunately, the audio is not as lovely as the video.  This is not particularly the fault of the audio track but more the original sound design.  The LFE output is impressive.  Low frequencies are abundant and flow smoothly through the room.  The dialogue is clean and clear, but perhaps a tad bright.  The disappointing part of the audio lies in the soundfield.  It is fairly front-heavy throughout.  Rear speaker activity is spotty, as is directionality.  Torrential rains barely envelope the listener.  I was expecting much more based on the previous films’ audio tracks.  Also lacking this time around is a powerful score.  There is no real connection with the audience.  In addition, this year’s Tink film has a main pop by Disney channel’s Bridgit Mendler.  The tune is nowhere near as catchy or impacting as those from “The Lost Treasure” by members of Celtic Woman.  More could have been done to immerse the audience in this film.

As with the past Tink films, and as to be expected, there isn’t much in the way of special features.  There are two discs in this set.  The first is the Blu-ray edition and the second disc is a DVD copy.  The Blu-ray contains some deleted scenes and a Bridgit Mendler music videos.  “Design A Fairy House” is a brief featurette.  “Fairy Field Guide Builder” is a basic trivia challenge.

“Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue” is not the best in the series of the Tink films, but children with love the look of the film.  The video quality is amazing, while the audio track leaves the audience a bit less than truly immersed.  I still have to recommend this title overall.

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