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"How To Train Your Dragon" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

How To Train Your Dragon is a story about a young Viking named Hiccup who is growing up in a village where dealing with dragons is a daily job. His father is a strong chief who has killed more than his fair share of dragons in his time. He expects his boy to become a dragon-fighting man just like himself, but Hiccup is clumsy, scrawny, and has zero fighting instincts.  After Hiccup causes trouble by attempting to take down a dragon with one of his contraptions, his father gives up on him. Hiccup, however, is convinced he hit a dragon and goes searching in the woods. Hiccup finds the elusive Night Fury has been downed by his net.  Instead of killing the dragon he sets him free.  This leads to a special bond between the two and Hiccup uses that to learn all about the dragons. He becomes, what you might call, a Dragon Whisperer.  It's up to Hiccup to convince the rest of his fellow Vikings that the dragons aren't as mean and violent as once thought.

Specifications

  • Dreamworks Animation/Paramount
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 38 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Starring Voices of: Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson
  • Directed by Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I really enjoyed this movie. Dreamworks has really stepped up their game in the animation department. Although my favorite of theirs is still Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon definitely comes in a close second.   It is great entertainment for the whole family and should not be missed. I'd say worthy of a purchase for most Blu-ray fans, but surely worth a rental for anyone curious.

Technical

This will be mentioned on many audio video forums as a reference demo title and terrific subwoofer test.  There are countless scenes that will give your subs an amazing workout. Not just loud, but low and detailed as well. Like most computer generated movies, the picture quality is perfect.

Extras

Audio Commentary, Picture-in-Picture "Bonus View" commentary, several featurettes, Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon - short film.