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 “Secret of the Wings" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

This movie is the the latest feature length Tinker Bell release from Disney Studios.  Tinker Bell lives in Pixie Hollow with all the other warm weather fairies.  To them, the Winter Woods are strictly off limits.  Then one day Tinker Bell encounters a mysterious force that draws her to enter the Winter Woods.  While there, Tinker meets Periwinkle, a frost fairy who is the only fairy who can help Tinker Bell unlock the secrets of the wings.  It turns out that Tinker and Perrywinkle are sisters separated at birth.  Then when Pixie Hollow is threatened, they join forces to see if they can save the pixie dust tree from the frost. 

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2012, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 15 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring:Timothy Dalton, Lucy Hale, Megan Hilty, Anjelica Huston, Lucy Liu and Mae Whitman
  • Directed by Roberts Gannaway and Peggy Holmes
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I am giving this film three stars for entertainment which is much higher than I thought I'd rate it as the disc was sliding into the player's drawer.  Sure the plot line is banal by grown up standards.  And the story is about a fantasy world that is a major stretch for most to beleive.  Never mind all that as the movie is positive, uplifting and full of energy.  It is just pure diversionary fun.  Plus this movie reveals two important, little-known facts about fairies.  *Spoiler Alert* One thig I learned is that fairies are warm-blooded.  The other thing I learned about fairies is, despite that they can apparently get around on foot without a problem,  having broken wings is just one step short of dying.  So a fairy with broken wings is either ready for pasture or they may become King and fly around on the back of an owl. In the end, I recommend this movie for the little ones and for those who are young at heart.   

Technical

The animation of Secrets of the Wings doesn't have the hyper detailed, photo-realistic look of the animated titles that are aimed at an older audience.  This is a video that is directed toward a younger audience and the animation is more cartoonish.  That is not to say that the image is lacking detail and nuance, because it isn't.  As a matter of fact, the video transfer of this disc is first-rate.  It is colorful and detailed with fine gradations of tint and luminance.  There was no obvious ghosting with the 3D disc either.  I deducted one star for the audio because the DTS-HD Master track doesn't exploit the surrounds as a more mature offering might.  But, here again, the sound held up its end well with clear dialog and robust sound effects.  It is just right for the type of movie that it is.   

Extras

This is a four disc set with a Blu-ray, a DVD, a 3D Blu-ray and a Digital Copy disc.  Bonus content is found on the 2D Blu-ray and the DVD.  The short list of bonus features includes a 22-minute Bonus Feature titled "Pixie Hollow Games", an animated short, "Pixie Preview" and two music videos - "Great Divide" by the McClain Sisters and "Dig Down Deeper" by Zendaya.