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THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA:
PRINCE CASPIAN
(3-Disc Edition)

Following on the heels of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Walt Disney Studios has brought to life THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN ($36) with even more visual grandeur than their first adaptation of the fantasy world created by author C.S. Lewis. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN provides for another rousing tale that seems darker, more mature and more epic than the first. Taking place approximately a year after the events of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, PRINCE CASPIAN finds the four Pevensie children, Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) back in WWII era London; resigned to their everyday lives. While standing on a railway station platform, the arriving train literally shatters reality, and suddenly, the Pevensie children find themselves transported to a beach in Narnia.

While Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are elated to be back in Narnia, things are not as the remember them. Thirteen hundred years have passed since the Pevensies sat on the thrones of Narnia and all of the magical creatures of the land have seemingly disappeared. However, after rescuing a dwarf named Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage) from a couple of soldiers, the Pevensies learn that the Telmarines invaded Narnia, then either killed or drove the magical inhabitants into hiding. Of course, the Pevensies want to set things right by ousting the Telmarines from their rule of Narnia, and restoring their original inhabitants to their rightful place. In their quest to free Narnia from tyranny, the Pevensies find themselves with an unexpected ally- namely the Telmarine heir to the throne- Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), who was deposed by his scheming uncle Miraz (Sergio Castellitto). What follows is a series of battles that find the Narnians facing overwhelming odds in an effort to reclaim their kingdom. The cast of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN also features Warwick Davis, Vincent Grass, Pierfrancesco Favino, Cornell John, Damián Alcázar, Alicia Borrachero, Simón Andreu, Predrag Bjelac, David Bowles, Juan Diego Montoya Garcia, Eddie Izzard, Liam Neeson and Tilda Swinton.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has made THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation is absolutely demonstration quality and worthy of countless accolades. Image sharpness, depth and dimensionality are all truly top of the line. Fine details in the texture of fabrics and other objects, not to mention the lines, freckles and imperfections in the actor’s skin, plus individual hairs are clearly visible. Even the CGI work looks incredible, and has been flawlessly integrated with the live action sequences. Colors are rich, vibrant, fully saturated and reproduced without flaws. Additionally, the flesh tones come across in an exceedingly pleasing manner. Blacks are pure, as are the whites, plus the contrast is very smooth. The elements from which THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN has been mastered demonstrate virtually no imperfections. While the level of grain is usually pretty minimal, there is just enough to make the presentation seem organic.

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. No surprises here- the audio is a perfect match to the visuals. The sound design delivers everything one expects from a big budget fantasy film, plenty of discrete sound effects in all the outlying channels, especially during the big action set pieces. Sounds come from everywhere then sweep around the soundstage with relative ease. Fidelity is marvelous for both sound effects and the music, all of which is reproduced in a very lifelike manner. The bass channel is deep and shakes the ground whenever required. Voices have a warm, natural quality, plus the film’s dialogue is totally understandable. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplemental materials, which have been spread across this set. Disc one features a running Audio Commentary with director Andrew Adamson and actors Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, and Skandar Keynes. There is also a Circle-Vision Interactive mode, which is augmented with in context picture-in-picture, pop-up supplements in relation to individual moments or sequences (requires a Profile 1.1 player). THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player).

Moving onto disc two, which is a DVD, one will find additional supplemental programs. Inside Narnia: The Adventure Returns is a thirty-five minute making of piece. Sets of Narnia: A Classic Comes to Life offers twenty-three minutes of sets and locations. Big Movie Comes To A Small Town provides another twenty-three minutes of on location. Previsualizing Narnia ten minutes of the computer assisted storyboard process. Talking Animals And Walking Trees is a short piece on some of the CGI work. Secrets Of The Duel is six-minute look at the prep for the one on one combat sequence. Becoming Trumpkin provides five minutes with actor Peter Dinklage. Warwick Davis: The Man Behind Nikabrik provides five minutes with actor Warwick Davis. Ten Deleted Scenes are provided and include introductions by director Andrew Adamson. Finally on disc three, one will find a Digital Copy of the film.

Darker than the first film, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN is no less entertaining and makes for a worthy cinematic successor. The Blu-ray Disc release is an absolutely stunning achievement in high definition video and audio reproduction- this is another disc to keep at the very top of the demonstration quality pile. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN is very highly recommended.

 

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN 


The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Three-Disc Collector's Edition+ Digital Copy and BD Live) [Blu-ray] (2008)

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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