Turbo appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. No issues arose here, as the movie always looked terrific.
Virtually all shots looked crisp and concise, with no signs of softness on the horizon. We got a consistently tight, accurate presentation from start to finish.
Jagged edges and moiré effects created no concerns, and I also witnessed no signs of edge enhancement. Print flaws remained absent in this clean presentation.
Turbo featured an appealing palette, and the disc demonstrated positive color reproduction. It mixed a nice variety of hues, and these came across as well-rendered.
Black levels seemed distinct and rich, while low-light shots came across as appropriately dense but lacked any issues related to excessive opacity. Everything here looked very good.
Turbo’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack was also a strong effort. Some smooth directional dialogue popped up at times, and the score demonstrated clear stereo imaging. Effects appeared in their appropriate places and moved cleanly across the spectrum.
The surrounds added solid reinforcement of these elements throughout the film, and they kicked into gear well during louder sequences. The movie’s many driving sequences provided some nice discrete audio, with elements that seemed accurately located and dynamic.
Audio quality was similarly positive. Speech seemed natural and distinct, and the lines showed no problems related to edginess or intelligibility.
Music was lush and vivid, as the score appeared bright and dynamic throughout the film. Effects came across as accurate and concise, with very nice low-end response when appropriate. This became a vivid, involving mix.
This package includes both 2D and 3D versions of Turbo. The picture quality comments above examined the 2D edition – how did the 3D compare?
In terms of quality, they felt equivalent. If the 3D betrayed any clear degradation, I couldn’t see it, as I thought it looked virtually the same as its 2D counterpart.
As for the 3D presentation, Turbo boasted a fine sense of depth, especially during race scenes or those in Turbo’s garden neighborhood. Cars zoomed around us on the track, and natural elements fared well, especially when we saw cut grass from the snail POV.
A few airborne shots – mainly related to crows – brought out impact as well as the movie’s most obvious “pop out” moments. At no point did Turbo deliver a great 3D impression, but the stereo presentation became the more enjoyable way to watch the flick.
A smattering of minor extras fleshes out the desk. Champion’s Corner provides a five-minute piece in which TV host Paul Page chats with Indy 500 winner Turbo. It’s cute – and almost plays like a deleted scene - but it remains fairly pointless.
With Smoove Move’s Music Maker, we see six segments with a total running time of 12 minutes, 47 seconds. A few turn movie scenes into music videos, while others simply reproduce song-related segments from the film.
“Let the Bass Go” delivers an actual music video with Snoop Dogg, so it’s the most interesting of the bunch. Otherwise these become a pretty insubstantial addition to the set.
Team Turbo: Tricked Out runs two minutes, 43 seconds and offers a closer look at the movie’s snails. We see the various accoutrements each little racer sports. Like its predecessors, “Tricked” is decent but nothing memorable.
One Deleted Scene lasts two minutes, three seconds. A 31-second intro from director David Soren lets us know why the sequence got the boot, and then we see “Meet Tito”, the original introduction to that character.
Presented via a story reel, it’s a fairly enjoyable clip. It might not have worked in the final movie, but it’s good to see.
Next we get a Storyboard Sequence for “The Race”. With another intro from Soren, we find a two-minute, 25-second piece that compares the boards for “The Race” with the final footage. It becomes a nice presentation.
Be An Artist! gives us a series of tutorials. Accompanied by head of character animation David Burgess, this one-hour, 56-second compilation shows us how to draw “Turbo (Garden Shell)”, “Turbo (Racing Shell)”, “Burn”, “Smoove Move”, “Skidmark”, “:Whiplash”, “White Shadow” and “Chet”; the final segment enables you to “Customize Your Own Racer”.
The segments move along pretty briskly and are fun to see. Even if you don’t try to draw the characters, you’ll learn a fair amount about design choices and animation techniques.
An interactive piece comes via Shell Creator. Here you choose your favorite snail and then select colors for body and shell as well as graphics, spoiler, engine, pipes, accessory and background. I can’t say this did a lot for me, but I suspect kids will enjoy it.
The 2D disc opens with ads for The Croods, Shrek: The Musical, DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk, and Turbo FAST.
Sneak Peek adds promos for Walking with Dinosaurs. Epic, DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and “Holiday Favorites”. We also get the trailer for Turbo and various movie scenes under World of DreamWorks Animation.
On the 3D platter, we got 3D promos for The Croods and Epic. It doesn’t bring a 3D trailer for Turbo, though.
A third disc provides a DVD copy of Turbo. This includes “Sneak Peek” and “World of DreamWorks Animation” but lacks any of the other extras.
With a goofy but fun premise, I hoped Turbo would give us a peppy animated adventure. Unfortunately, the result lacks much charm or creativity, so it limps along as a mediocre tale. The Blu-ray comes with excellent picture and audio but lacks substantial bonus features. Turbo offers passable family fare but never reaches higher than that, even if the 3D version delivers the most fun way to view it.
To rate this film, visit the prior review of TURBO