Skip to main content

Featured Post

Amazon Last Minute Christmas Sale Save Big On Tech After Black Friday

It's not too late to pick up tech gifts from Amazon. It's Last Minute Christmas Deals sale has discounts across smart home, laptops, monitors, speakers and other gadgets.

Ernest & Celestine Blu-ray Review

We all know that bears are the root of all evil, yes? That's sort of the cardinal rule in the world of Ernest & Celestine. However, if you continue to watch, you'll learn that these beasts can actually be quite sweet, once you get the know them.

The Oscar-nominated film follows the adventures of Celestine (voiced on the English track by Twilight's Mackenzie Foy), a mouse who lives at a mouse orphanage run by The Grey One (Lauren Bacall). She tells the kiddies some scary stories of the bears that live above the ground, but Celestine isn't really buying it. Her beliefs are pretty much reinforced when she meets Ernest (Forest Whitaker), who opts to not eat her. (Well, that was nice of him!) Soon, the two develop a sweet friendship -- even though it's not all that widely received by the world around them.

Of course, it's not just a cutesy story. Based on the Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine has some weirdness to it. For instance, Celestine is studying to be a dentist, as all of the mice do. That's because the mice collect teeth from the bear cubs, sort of like teeny minions for the Tooth Fairy. Of course, Celestine wants nothing to do with that. She's an artist. And because of the friendship, the two end up being hunted down like criminals. However, it's all of those little quirks that make this film unique, beautiful and quite entertaining.

 "Ernest & Celestine" are an unlikely, adorable pair. Photo: © 2014 Cinedigm/GKids.

The Picture

Those of you spoiled by Disney and Pixar may not appreciate the rudimentary appearance of Ernest & Celestine. That said, the 1.78:1 image is a pretty gorgeous one. The characters are hand-drawn and the film was animated using a computer. The end result is like reading a children's book, with lovely watercolors and not always a ton of detail. That said, it's definitely the type of film that benefits from Blu-ray. Just pop in the included DVD to see the difference.

The Sound

Cinedigm has included DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks in both English and French. Again, it's not quite as explosive as what you'd get from Disney or something like How to Train Your Dragon. The dialogue is the main focus here, and it's always clear. However, the soundtrack is a surprising one, with a bold score and plenty of birds, piano music, a really creepy nightmare, a thunderstorm, and general mayhem to fill the surrounds.

The Extras

The collection of extras included with Ernest & Celestine is really all about quality over quantity. There's a 52-minute making-of featurette, which is quite comprehensive, covering the book, how the film came about, the animation, the music, and more. It's also in French (with captions), so pay attention! Otherwise, there's an interview with Director Benjamin Renner, the film's theatrical trailer, and an option to watch the entire movie in storyboards, in French.

Final Thoughts
If your love for animation extends beyond some of the big-budget films currently out there, Ernest & Celestine is an absolute must, for all ages. The actual artwork and the lovely, unique story make this one a standout whether you opt for the original French soundtrack or the star-studded English dub.

Product Details
Voice Actors: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey WrightDirectors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English, French)Subtitles: English, English SDHAspect Ratio: 1.78:1Number of Discs: 2Rating: PGStudio: CinedigmBlu-ray Disc Release Date: June 17, 2014Run Time: 80 minutesList Price: $34.95Extras: The Making of Ernest & CelestineFeature-Length AnimaticInterview with Director Benjamin RennerTheatrical TrailerMore Animation from GKidsStandard-Def DVD


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Chicken Nachos

Chicken Nachos are the perfect thing for a busy weeknight dinner. They are easy to throw together using leftover chicken and can be customized using whatever Mexican toppings your gang enjoys.

Vorwerk Kobold VR300 Review

At nearly £1000, does the VR300 offer enough to justify the purchase when you can pick up a robot vac for £100s less? Find out in our Vorwerk Kobold VR300 review
Should I Buy The Vorwerk Kobold VR300?
It’s expensive, but the Kobold VR300 provides an impressive vacuuming experience that we think could rival that of a conventional vacuum cleaner, but it’s not as smart as some rivals – yet. The low-profile design, upgraded SLAM technology and D-shape design allow the VR300 to safely navigate around obstacles and reach every last nook and cranny.

Asus ZenBook 14 (UX433) Review

Asus has revamped the ZenBook line with a whole new design, including a lighter build, redesigned hinge, and a light-up numpad built right into the touch pad
Should I Buy The Asus ZenBook 14 UX433?
The ZenBook 14 is a very promising shakeup to the Asus laptop line. It’s smaller, lighter, and better looking than any of the previous models, without having to sacrifice either ports or powers. There aren't many laptops around that can offer you a 14in display in a body this compact while still giving you USB-A and HDMI ports, not to mention a Core i7 processor.
Unless you're an Excel addict you can probably safely ignore the glowing numpad - it's a fun gimmick, but most of us will probably forget it's even there, and without tactile feedback it's hardly a proper replacement for the keys. Still, this is a strong enough laptop elsewhere that it doesn't need that gimmick to get by, and there's plenty to recommend it otherwise.

Amazon Last Minute Christmas Sale Save Big On Tech After Black Friday

It's not too late to pick up tech gifts from Amazon. It's Last Minute Christmas Deals sale has discounts across smart home, laptops, monitors, speakers and other gadgets.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review

Nth Time's a Charm

If you groaned at the thought of another "Spider-Man" movie, fear not because you weren't alone. How many times can one character be rebooted or reimagined before it becomes insufferable? Apparently we aren't there yet, because "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is a welcome breath of fresh air.
Everyone's history with the movies about our favorite neighborhood webslinger differs. Sam Raimi's trilogy has its diehard fans (despite only producing one truly great film) and the Andrew Garfield-led "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies were cut short when they didn't meet expectations (the first one is good!). Last year, Jon Watts' "Spider-Man: Homecoming" found Tom Holland in the title role, providing a fun, well-rounded look at the character, which had been missing for a while.

Like Fan Page