The Croods appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Expect a fine presentation.
No issues with sharpness occurred, as the movie offered crisp and detailed images from start to finish. If any softness marred the presentation, I couldn’t find it. Jagged edges and shimmering remained absent, and no edge enhancement appeared. I also detected no source flaws.
Croods provided a palette that featured a broad range of colors. It started with an amber feel but broadened as it went, so the movie offered a nice natural look with lively tones. Blacks came across as deep and rich, while shadows presented good clarity and visibility. This was a very satisfying transfer.
I also felt very pleased with the DTS-HD 7.1 soundtrack of Croods. With stomping creatures and all sorts of action sequences, the movie boasted many opportunities to feature all five speakers, and it did so quite well. Various effects elements zoomed around the room to create a fine sense of immersion. The pieces meshed together smoothly and transitioned well. Localization was clean and precise, and the score featured solid stereo imaging. The mix turned into a broad, encompassing piece.
Audio quality also was very good. Speech seemed crisp and distinctive, as I noticed no flaws like edginess. Music seemed warm and full, while effects added a real bang to the proceedings. Those elements showed good clarity and accuracy, and they offered tight, deep bass as well. The track seemed vibrant and dynamic as it accentuated the movie.
When we shift to the set’s extras, we open with a featurette called The Croodaceous Creatures of Croods. In this six-minute, 12-second piece, “Eep” and “Thunk” educate us about nine of the movie’s critters. It’s cute but not especially interesting.
Under Belt’s Cave Journal, we get a six-minute, 15-second featurette. Narrated by “Guy”, we get an animated adventure that involves a “Jackrobat”. This provides a mild diversion.
Under Croods’ Cuts, we find four “lost scenes”. Including introductions from writers/directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, these fill a total of eight minutes, 20 seconds. Three of them come as storyreels, but “It’s a Great Cave” presents final animation. All are good to see but not especially valuable.
Across its 35 minutes and 16 seconds, Be An Artist! teaches us how to draw three characters. Supervising animator Sean Sexton leads the piece and covers the methods needed to depict Belt, Macawnivore and Mousephant. Aspiring artists in the audience may enjoy this tutorial.
The disc opens with ads for Turbo, Shrek: The Musical and Epic. Sneak Peek also throws in clips for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and a mix of “Holiday Favorites”. World of DreamWorks Animation promotes another batch of flicks, and we get the trailer for Croods as well.
A second platter offers a DVD copy of Croods. It provides previews but none of the Blu-ray’s other bonus features.
Though it reinvents no wheels, The Croods provides an enjoyable animated adventure. It comes with enough amusement and cleverness to turn into a likable piece. The Blu-ray boasts excellent picture and audio along with a mediocre set of supplements. The lack of substantial bonus features disappoints, but the movie merits a look.