- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 03 January 2010
- Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2010
- The Marine 2 (Blu-ray)
- Mamma Mia! (Blu-ray)
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Blu-ray)
- Extract (Blu-ray)
- Jennifer's Body (Blu-ray)
- Horton Hears a Who! (Blu-ray)
- Command Performance (Blu-ray)
- 9 (Blu-ray)
- A Perfect Getaway (Blu-ray)
- Taking Woodstock (Blu-ray)
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Blu-ray)
- CSI: The First Season (Blu-ray)
- 10 Things I Hate About You (Blu-ray)
- Fighting (Blu-ray)
- Love Actually (Blu-ray)
- American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (Blu-ray)
- Funny People (Blu-ray)
- Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Blu-ray)
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"Horton Hears a Who!" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko
While sitting in the jungle one day, Horton the elephant hears a tiny cry for help.Â Using his highly-tuned hearing, Horton realizes that the whisper of a voice is emanating from a speck of dust floating on the breeze.
He captures the speck and strikes up a conversation with the microscopic Dr. Who-Vee, who tells Horton that a whole world of beings lives on the tiny ball of dust.Â Horton then makes a vow to protect the world of Whos from all dangers because "A person is a person, no matter how small."
- Warner Brothers
- 1970, Color, Not Rated, 26 min
- Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
- Codec: Not listed
- English 2.0 Dolby Digital
- Starring Hans Conried, June Foray, and Chuck Jones
- Directed by Chuck Jones and Ben Washam
- Violence: None
- Sex: None
- Language: None
â€œHorton Hears a Whoâ€ is a classic story with a wonderful moral message.Â Chuck Jonesâ€™ animation is excellent, just like the other Dr. Seuss stories that were made into cartoon specials.Â Overall, I donâ€™t think Horton is as tight of a story as â€œHow the Grinch Stole Christmasâ€ or â€œThe Lorax,â€ but it should be mandatory viewing for families nonetheless.Â While I now realize that the musical numbers are little more than filler to stretch the filmâ€™s length, watching this movie again brought back some fond childhood memories.
While I think it is great that classics such as this are being brought to Blu-ray, I wish that Warner Brothers would have spent some time on a proper restoration.Â Â The 1.37:1 image could really use an overhaul, with massive color fluctuation from frame to frame.Â Brightness and contrast changes with each individual cell as well.Â This is a shame because the picture is sharp.Â Â After seeing the job that Disney has done with some of their classic animation films (many of which have much older source material) I can only think how great this film could look with a little TLC.Â If you already own the standard definition DVD, I donâ€™t think that I would recommend the upgrade.Â There is not much to say about the Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack except that it is about what I expected, given the age of the source.
The packaging includes the Blu-ray disc as well as the DVD, plus a â€œDigital Copyâ€ of the feature.Â Also included are two extra cartoons; â€œButter Battle Bookâ€ and â€œDaisy-Head Mayzie.â€Â There is also a sing-along video and a feature length story on the life of Dr. Seuss.