Kung Fu Panda 3 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This became a killer presentation.
Sharpness was always excellent. Virtually no instances of softness appeared, as the flick demonstrated nice clarity and delineation. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to mar this clean, fresh image.
Panda 3 boasted a fairly teal and orange palette. Still, the movie featured a decent variety of other hues, and the disc made them look quite good. The tones seemed lively and full throughout the movie. Blacks were dark and tight, while shadows looked clear and well-delineated. This was a flawless presentation.
As for the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack, it also worked well. Most of the material stayed in the ambient realm, as the elements often just supported the settings in a general way.
That said, action scenes managed to add activity from the sides and surrounds, and the entire track offered a good sense of place. The action sequences used all the channels in a satisfying manner and created a broad, involving sense of the material.
Audio quality was solid. Music sounded dynamic and full, and effects followed suit, as those elements appeared tight and accurate. Speech came across as natural and concise, without edginess or other concerns. All in all, this was a very nice soundtrack.
While the Blu-rays for the first two films packed lots of good extras, Panda 3 seems less satisfying in that regard. Everybody Loves a Panda Party gives us a music video that combines a rewritten “Kung Fu Fighting” with some unique animation. It can also be viewed in Karaoke mode. It’s cute but forgettable.
Within Po’s Posters of Awesomeness, we get a three-minute, 30-second reel. It offers narration from Po and a view of ads Mr. Ping uses for his restaurant. Like “Panda Party”, it brings some minor amusement.
For Panda Paws, we find a two-minute, 23-second reel. Mei Mei stars in this short, as she shows her dance skills at a competition. It brings us another small bit of fun.
An activity, Make a Panda Party Paper Pal comes next. The three-minute, 38-second teaches viewers how to fold paper to make a panda. It requires an insert found in the Blu-ray package – and offers a lackluster instructional.
Real animals come to the fore in the four-minute, 44-second Play Like a Panda. It includes comments from directors Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, as they discuss panda facts. This gives us a few insights, but it’s a largely insubstantial piece – and redundant if you’ve seen similar programs on prior discs.
Another featurette, The Origin of “Skadoosh” goes for two minutes, 21 seconds. “Po” explains the formation of his signature term. Yup – it’s another cute but forgettable clip.
Three Deleted Scenes run a total of seven minutes, 50 seconds. The first adds more action, while the other two enhance character relationships. All seem interesting, though none needed to be in the final film.
Nelson and Carloni give us introductions that offer some thoughts about the sequences – and why they got cut. They add good background for the segments.
Finally, a Gallery appears. It gives us 29 images from the film. I would’ve preferred concept art.
The disc opens with ads for Ice Age: Collision Course and Voltron: Legendary Defender. Sneak Peek adds promos for Home, The Peanuts Movie, Dinotrux, Penguins of Madagascar, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, DreamWorks Animation Original Series and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. We also find the trailer for Panda 3.
Under The World of DreamWorks Animation, we find various promotional elements related to Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, The Croods, Turbo and Home. Mostly we get music videos, but a few trailers appear as well.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Panda 3. It includes most of the Blu-ray’s extras, with the deleted scenes being the most notable omission.
Although Kung Fu Panda 3 delivers reasonable entertainment, it never coalesces into anything great. This makes it an enjoyable flick but not one that excels – and it becomes a mild step down after the superior Panda 2. The Blu-ray presents excellent audio as well as pretty good audio and a spotty roster of supplements. Panda 3 reinvents no wheels and turns into a moderately amusing affair.