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Bolt (Blu-ray 3D, DVD)
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Bolt (Blu-ray 3D, DVD)

One of Disney’s most under-appreciated gems gets the full 3D treatment in this great, feature-packed Blu-ray edition that families are sure to enjoy.

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Bolt is one of Disney’s most underrated animated films in recent years, but also one of their best. John Travolta and Miley Cyrus lead a great cast in this heartwarming adventure that features fun characters and a nice soundtrack, all while being presented in 3D. Those looking for a great family film to add to their Blu-ray collection are barking up the right tree with this release.

The story follows Bolt (voiced by John Travolta), who is the star of the biggest TV show in Hollywood, in which he’s a dog with super powers.. After filming so many episodes and being assisted by special effects, he thinks it’s all real. After being accidentally shipped to New York City and separated from his owner and TV show co-star Penny (voiced by Miley Cyrus), Bolt tries to use his “powers” to find a way back home. After learning the harsh truth that his powers aren’t real, he befriends a lone cat named Mittens (voiced by Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Susie Essman), and a hamster named Rhino (voiced by Disney story artist Mark Walton), who is a huge fan of his show. The three of them set out to find Bolt a way home while also growing closer together after experiencing one fun-filled adventure after another.

I’m a big fan of the original Blu-ray release of Bolt, so to watch it again on a 3D Blu-ray was a treat in itself. The picture is super clean and sharp, as every little detail can be seen, such as the detail of the skin on human characters, to the strands of fur on Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino. The 3D effect helps establish realistic depth to the characters, as well as the objects and backgrounds they interact with. There’s also a few jump-out-at-you moments that make some of the already great scenes even better. The sound is just as impressive, as the 5.1 DTS-HD audio makes sure that every piece of dialogue, music, and laser zap comes in crystal clear.

Since Bolt is a special dog, its only fitting that the extras included would be special as well. There’s the hilarious animated short film “Super Rhino”, which I really enjoyed since he’s my favorite character from the movie. “Bolt’s Be-Awesome Mission Game” is a fun interactive game where kids can help Bolt defeat the evil green-eyed man from his TV show. There’s a “Behind the Scenes” feature with John Travolta and Miley Cyrus talking about their experiences working on the film. And if you couldn’t get enough of those two, there’s a music video of the end song “I Thought I Lost You” performed by them. “Creating The World of Bolt” goes into the design of the film and how it came about being created. Directors Chris Williams and Byron Howard talk about helming the movie on the “A New Breed of Directors” feature.

There are a few deleted scenes to check out, and a voice cast in session in “Act, Speak! The Voices of Bolt”, while a cool, but small art gallery rounds out the extras.

Bolt 3D is an under-appreciated, but wonderful entry into the Disney library of animated films. It has everything that makes a great family movie, from fun characters and music, to an overall heartwarming adventure story the whole family can enjoy. While there might be other versions of the film already available, this is the one you’ll want to get, as its has been remastered in 3D, and Disney has thrown fans a few bones by dishing out several tasty new special features that make a great film even better. Chance are that you’ll want to be like Rhino and answer the call of destiny by picking up a copy while you still can, as this special 3D Blu-ray edition comes highly recommended.

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11/8/2011

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PG

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Walt Disney Video

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