The Adventures of Tintin appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Expect a terrific presentation here.
Overall sharpness looked strong. A smidgen of softness crept into a couple of wider shots, but those instances were infrequent. Instead, the majority of the image was tight and concise. I noticed no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. As expect, the movie lacked print flaws or any form of defects.
Colors didn’t dazzle but they seemed representative of the film’s design. Tintin tended to go with somewhat low-key hues, and these appeared full and rich within their constraints. While they didn’t seem killer, they were solid for what they wanted to do. Blacks appeared deep and dark, and shadows showed nice clarity. Across the board, the image satisfied.
Similar thoughts greeted the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Tintin. Actually, the film’s audio during its first act was a little more subdued than expected, but the soundscape kicked into higher gear as the movie progressed. With a wide variety of action sequences, the mix managed to deliver quite a lot of engulfing material; in particular, battles at sea tended to give us a broad, impactful auditory experience.
Music seemed warm and dynamic, with good kick. Effects followed suit, as those elements contributed accurate, vivid material. Speech was always natural and distinctive. Though it started out a bit slowly, the track ended up as a real winner.
When we head to extras, we get 11 featurettes. Because the disc gives us a handy “play all” option, I’m going to treat them as one long program, but I’ll still list the breakdown of specific chapters. In this one-hour, 36-minute, 20-second compilation, we find “Toasting Tintin: Part 1” (1:18), “The Journey to Tintin” (8:54), “The World of Tintin” (10:46), “The Who’s Who of Tintin” (14:18), “Tintin: Conceptual Design” (8:38), “Tintin: In the Volume” (17:54), “Snowy: From Beginning to End” (10:11), “Animating Tintin” (11:00), “Tintin: The Score” (7:01), “Collecting Tintin” (3:58) and “Toasting Tintin: Part 2” (3:12).
Across these, we hear from director Steven Spielberg, producer/2nd unit director Peter Jackson, producer Kathleen Kennedy, biographer Michael Farr, screenwriters Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat, executive producer Stephane Sperry, Weta Digital executive producer Eileen Moran, conceptual design supervisor Richard Taylor, conceptual designers Robert Baldwin, Rebekah Tisch and Frank Victoria, lead conceptual designer Chris Guise, visual effects supervisors Matt Aitken and Scott E. Anderson, art director Jeff Wisniewski, co-producer Jason McGatlin, motion capture supervisor Dejan Momcilovic, production supervisor Matt Madden, key makeup artist Tegan Taylor, VFX producer Meredith Meyer-Nichols, property master Brad Elliott, digital assets manager Connie Kennedy, props database Jeremiah Small, stunt coordinator/movement coach Terry Notary, stunt coordinator Garrett Warren, editor Michael Kahn, animation supervisors Jamie Beard and Paul Story, senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri, Snowy vocals editor Justin Webster, VFX art director Kim Sinclair, composer John Williams, and actors Gad Elmaleh, Jamie Bell, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Cary Elwes, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Toby Jones, Daniel Mays, Mackenzie Crook, and Enn Reitel.
We learn about the source property’s path to the screen and various challenges along the way, the style of animation used and technical issues, facts about the world of Tintin and its characters, story/script development, cast and performances, visual design, sound and music, shooting 3D, and related merchandise.
Expect a good recap of the production and connected topics here. I’ll always bemoan Spielberg’s refusal to record audio commentaries, but he tends to compensate with good documentaries, and this collection of featurettes adds up to a strong overview of the relevant subjects. Throw in lots of behind the scenes footage – as well as delightful test footage of Peter Jackson as Haddock – and this compilation delivers a solid informational experience.
In addition, a second disc throws in a DVD copy of Tintin. This may be useful for those who want to watch the film “on the go” or those who’ve not yet embraced Blu-ray.
While I expected The Adventures of Tintin to be a bit of a dud, I found a pretty good movie. The flick shows a nice sense of spirit and adventure as it delivers a fun, light romp. The Blu-ray comes with strong picture and audio as an informative collection of featurettes. I’d like more in-depth supplements – especially with this package’s high list price – but still think Tintin is worth your time.