Spies In Disguise appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, the image looked terrific
No signs of softness ever emerged here. Instead, the movie always offered crisp, detailed visuals. I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and both edge haloes and print flaws failed to appear.
Colors offered a good array of hues. Plenty of situations and characters allowed for bright tones, and those consistently looked vivid and rich.
Blacks seemed tight and deep, while shadows were smooth and clear. This became a top-notch visual presentation.
Almost as good, the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Disguise added a lot of pep to the material. With all sorts of action on display, the various channels contributed exciting information of a frequent basis.
The flying elements zoomed around the room, and general mayhem created a good sense of the settings. These filled out the spectrum in an inventive and involving manner.
Audio quality was fine. Music sounded clear and smooth, while effects showed good range and punch, with very nice low end.
In addition, speech appeared natural and distinctive. I found myself impressed with this strong soundtrack.
No commentary appears here, but Super Secret Spy Mode provides a feature that accompanies the film. It offers a running piece hosted by directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane.
Due to video clips that pause the film, “Mode” fills one hour, 57 minutes, 37 seconds. In addition to notes from the directors, we also hear from production designer Michael Knapp, character art director Jason Sadler, lead sculptor Vicki Saulls, character development supervisor Sabine Heller, production assistant Caroline Qualey, head of story Adam Cootes, and directors’ assistant Spencer Bacon.
For the most part, the directors point out Easter eggs and trivia. The others discuss character and production design, and we occasionally see some story reels as well.
In terms of content, “Mode” provides some useful information. However, an awful lot of the movie passes without any material, and that becomes a major flaw.
Via the “Mode”, we don’t get a satisfying way to watch the movie, so if you sit through it, you do it solely for this feature. Due to all the dead spots, it becomes a frustrating path to follow.
Infiltrating Blue Sky Studios runs nine minutes, 11 seconds and comes hosted by actor Trinitee. She “spies” on the filmmakers at work, and we get some comments from Bruno, Quane, Sadler, Saulls, Cootes, senior animator Jackie Tarascio, producer Michael J. Travers, and effects supervisor Elvira Pinkhas.
Here we find a quick overview of various processes that go into an animated movie. I could live without the silly gimmick of Trinitee’s involvement, but the featurette provides a decent discussion of the domains.
With The Top Secret Guide to Gadgets, we find a three-minute, 57-second view of the movie’s spy technology. It becomes a quick and reasonably fun take.
Two music videosfollow: “Then There Were Two” by Mark Ronson and Anderson .Paak, and “Freak of Nature” by Mark Ronson and Dodgr. Both just show recording studio footage, so they’re forgettable videos.
Under Naking the Soundtrack, we get featurettes that look at the creation of “Two” (1:24) and “Freak” (1:30). These involve Ronson, Paak, and Dodgr. They give some minor thoughts about their songs’ creation, but these are essentially promo pieces.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find a gallery. It breaks into four domains: “Color Keys and Moment Paintings” (12 frames), “Character Designs” (16), “Locations” (9) and “Props and Gadgets Concept Art” (11).
Though we don’t find a lot of art here, we get good content. In particular, the “Props” domain gives us a fun examination of those devices.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Disguise. This includes none of the Blu-ray’s extras.
As a genre spoof, Spies In Disguise doesn’t find much new to say. With a good cast and occasional fun, it goes down painlessly, but it never turns into a memorable affair. The Blu-ray boasts strong picture and audio along with a decent array of bonus materials. Disguise brings passable animated entertainment at best.