G-Force (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Adventure / Family
Disney || PG - 88 minutes - $44.99 || December 15, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-12-10


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Hoyt Yeatman
Writer(s): Hoyt Yeatman (story), Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley (screenplay)
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Nicolas Cage, Tracy Morgan, Penelope Cruz


Theatrical Release Date: July 24, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Music Videos
  • DVD Copy
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (DTS-HD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I used to have a pet hamster when I was younger. I donít remember the name, but I remember they were a pain to take care of and eventually got bored with it. That was supposed to be a transition to G-Force, the latest animated feature from Disney to hit Blu-ray. Well, I guess it did transition well into it, since all the movie is about is talking hamsters and a few humans who it seems some can understand the hamsters but then others donít. Yeah, itís a bit confusing, but hey itís a kids film so Iíll leave it be for now.

Ben (Zach Galifianakis) and Marcie (Kelli Garner) are in command of a group of hamsters, including Darwin (Sam Rockwell), Juarez (Penelope Cruz), Blaster (Tracy Morgan), and finally a mole named Speckles (Nicolas Cage). The groupís job is to infiltrate enemy territories and find out information about them. The groupís mission takes them to Leonard Saberís (Bill Nighy) house, as the government thinks he may be doing something dastardly. The group successfully infiltrates the compound and gets the information, but the next day the new boss of the government, Kip (Will Arnett), comes in and says the program is shut down and fires Ben but also sends the hamsters and mole to a local pet shop.

The pet shop also has a few other hamsters there, such as Hurley (Jon Favreau) and Bucky (Steve Buscemi). After only a few minutes at the shop, Juarez is bought by a young girl and Blaster by her older brother. The remaining hamsters decide they must enact a plan to get out of there, so Speckles decides to play dead but the owner of the shop ends up tossing him into a garbage bag and then promptly into a garbage truck. The group of hamsters, now including Hurley, manages to escape inadvertently thanks to Bucky being quite the evil hamster and being dropped outside the cage. They are soon rescued by Marcie and Ben and taken back to a laboratory where they realize that Saberís coffee maker invention isnít really a coffee maker, but instead a giant evil contraption that could do something like destroy the world or something like that. Itís up to the hamsters to stop Saberís diabolical scheme once and for all, and also prove to the world that hamsters can be people to.

I donít think Iíve ever typed the word ďhamsterĒ so many times in the past two paragraphs in my entire writing career. Anyways, the movie is designed to be a ďfamilyĒ flick but instead the jokes will appeal more to the younger audiences than anyone else. This is the same cookie-cutter type movie that weíve all seen in the past, as one hamster is clearly the leader and the others are merely followers. We also get the crazy ďghettoĒ hamster, the sweet yet deadly one, the fat one, and then the deceiving one that was bad from the start. Thereís nothing really wrong with the characters but it just seems like these kinds of movies are overdone to the point of where they can put in mice, hamsters, dogs, cats, etc, and the film would still work regardless. Letís have a little variety sometimes.

The laughter factor however isnít here in this movie, as it usually is anyways in most Disney movies. The laughter just wasnít here at all for me, as the scenes that should have been somewhat entertaining fell flat, and the fact that the ďghettoĒ hamster is overused to every extent just didnít click at all with me. I know for sure that kids will get the jokes, as thatís what the target audience really is. Iím just more worried about the adults that will have to sit through this thinking itís going to be funny and not dozing off halfway through the movie like I nearly did.

The whole movie isnít bad though, but it just seems like not a lot of effort went into the script and instead went into making the movie look phenomenal (which it does). I think that kids will definitely find this more enjoyable, and parents should go do something else in the meantime.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Blasterís Boot Camp (5 minutes): Blaster explains some of the movies mechanics, such as the toys used by the hamsters and also some of the technology that they use as well. Itís a decent extra, but hearing Tracy Morgan attempt to act for five minutes straight somewhat hurt my ears.

G-Force Mastermind (4 minutes): The directorís son talks about how he was the mastermind behind the movie and how it came to be. This was already discussed briefly in the Cine-Explore extra below, so I donít get why there are two extras dedicated to primarily the same thing.

Bloopers (2 minutes): Galifianakas has a decent majority of these bloopers dedicated to him and they are quite funny, so I suggest a viewing when you get some free time.

Deleted Scenes (6 minutes): There are a handful of scenes that didnít make it into the already short film and while some do benefit the film, the majority doesnít do much. Itís short extra so if you have kids or free time then feel free to watch them but donít expect loads of excitement or laughter.

Music Videos (8 minutes): ďJumpĒ By Flo Rida/Nelly Furtado, ďReady to RockĒ by Steve Rushton, and also ďGo G-ForceĒ are available for your viewing pleasure. Iím not sure how Disney selected Flo Rida/Nelly Furtado for the soundtrack or the extra here, but the song is catchy. The other two videos arenít as good and can be skipped.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

Cine-Explore with Darwin, Blaster, and Their Creator (4 minutes): This neat little feature shows you how some of the ideas for the movie came to be, and also a few scenes from the movie are shown. Itís a cool extra but way too short to be too enjoyable.

Bruckheimer Animated: A Look Back at His CG Work (3 minutes): This, obviously, takes a look at Bruckheimerís most famous movies, including the famed pirates and treasure ones. Once again, this is so short that I donít understand the real point of adding it to the extras.

Access Granted: Inside the Animation Lab (8 minutes): By far the most interesting extra available on the disc, as this takes a look at the studio that made the movie. There are also some interesting interviews with the crew behind the scenes that let you know how the shots were done. I strongly urge you to watch this if you like the technical aspects of a movie like I do.

Finally, a Digital Copy that works with iTunes and a DVD Copy of the movie are available to do what you will with after finishing the flick.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Picture perfect video is the only way to really describe the transfer of this flick, and the easiest as well. Colors look absolutely gorgeous the entire movie, as there are no issues with overblown colors or any certain color taking over any other one. There werenít any issues with grain, noise, distortion, or any little combination of the three at all the runtime of the flick. The movie looks absolutely outstanding in every respect, and in all honesty, I actually felt like I was in the flick for the most part, as even the animated hamsters looked excellent. This is by far one of the best transfers Iíve seen as of late and definitely gets my vote for best transfer of 2009 (so far anyways).

The DTS-HD 5.1 track that comes with the movie is absolutely as astounding if not as good in comparison to the video transfer. Sound is incredibly loud from all speakers, and proper surround use is (finally) used extensively and done to the upmost for your ears. Dialogue itself is loud and can be heard perfectly, but itís not too loud to where it overpowers other characters or creates confusion on who is talking or where. Surround sound, as previously mentioned, is used excellently in every respect, and is also loud and engaging. My sub turned on at the start and didnít shut off once the entire runtime, so in all respects this is a fantastic track. Why canít all movies sound like this?



.::OVERALL::.

G-Force may not be the best in terms of kidís movies to come out recently, but it is a decent affair that most will enjoy. There are a few jokes here and there for parents to enjoy although this is a movie that will portray to mostly the younger children. The technical package is reference material in terms of audio and video, and the special features are outstanding. This is one force to add to your collection right now!